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Panoramic Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nazionale, 196/B | Loc Isola Bella, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #12 of 89 Hotels in Taormina
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“Fantastic Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We have just returned from a seven night stay at this hotel, the hotel is kept very clean with all rooms having a balcony (Fantastic view!!) and sea view overlooking the pebble beach and Isola Bella. The hotel staff spoke excellent English and were always very helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Reception staff were happy to arrange hotel transfers, excursions and give advice and print out information for trips. The buffet breakfast was plentiful with a good variety of hot and cold food. Location of hotel is also ideal, local restaurants are near and cable car to Taormina centre is only a 2 minute walk away. Overall we had a wonderful holiday and would definitely return again.

Room Tip: Room 107 was the largest in the hotel and has 2 balconies and two en suite bathrooms.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Just spent 11 nights at The Panoramic Hotel. Excellent location with great views from the room. Main road and railway just outside but not really a problem with noise. Clean hotel with good breakfast. Helpful waiters in Gabriele and Andrea. All the guys on reception also very helpful with any questions asked. Would recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a week in the Panoramic Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff were extremely helpful and only to pleased to offer advice on the area, book restaurants on your behalf and generally serve your needs. The rooms were furnished to a modern standard and the views across the Med and Isla Bella were superb. The roof top solarium and swimming pool were pleasant places to relax and sun bath and their were loungers and umbrellas for everyone. The maids cleaned the rooms spotless everyday and replenished any used towels. On a couple of occasions our air conditioning played up but within a few minutes they had a maintenance technician resolve it. Having personally had a positive experience I can see why the hotel may have some mixed reviews as I do believe their is some room for small improvement i.e. warm breakfast could be cooked fresh as you got the feeling it was cooked at 7.00am and left to the last sitting at 11.00 and possibly add some Italian decor to the communal areas. Yes the hotel does have a road and train track passing in front of the hotel but it never effected the quality of our experience and stay, the trains are very irregular. If you are staying for a week buy the weekly pass for the funicular it certainly worked out financially better for us. You will also need to be fit and healthy if you want to walk down/up to the beach as their over 100 steps.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I agree that the facilities are basic but the view of Isola Bella is wonderful from the rooms, the breakfast terrace and the sundeck. The road outside is noisy but the constant traffic provides entertainment and there are excellent restaurants on the beach or in the town (easily accessible by cable car). The staff were very helpful from the moment I handed over the car keys to the time we checked out.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I really don't understand why this hotel is rated so highly. There are much better hotels for the same price in Taormina. We stayed for one night in April and found the rooms to be very basic and the hotel is lacking in character. Yes it's clean but it's dated and so based on the price I wouldn't come back here. The views are great though

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We only stayed in this hotel for one night but were treated like we were there for two weeks, excellent service from reception, parked the car and took the bags to the room. Rooms were modern, clean and well equipped. Fantastic sea view from our balcony. The pool area was clean and again well kept and smart. Breakfast was OK and there is no restaurant but with a whole town a 5 min cable car away why would you need one.
Would definitely book again, and will.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Firstly, I would like to say that the staff at this hotel are very helpful especially on reception!
The hotel has a very small car park which is valet car parking. I think it’s first come first served so it’s worth checking is space will be available for you. There was for us so I’m sure if you get a car it will be fine.

Rooms are clean and if you get a sea view then you will have beautiful view of the sea and Isola Bella.

The room itself is extremely dated. There are no little modern quirks here. Very early 90’s style. There’s no bath tub either just an FYI if you like to have one over a shower.

Breakfast is really standard, there really isn’t too much to choose from. a few rolls, dry cakes, scrambled eggs and bacon. Fruit always looked like it was going off. Not the best but edible.
The pool area is ok. It does have some beautiful views but I felt the pool area could be cleaner. There were always bits of bird poo or dead flies all over the beds. I never saw cleaners near the pool area which was a shame. It wasn’t terrible just standard.

I think the worst thing about this hotel is that whilst the staff were very helpful and friendly. They were rarely about. Breakfast finishes at 11am. So you would expect that the pool snack / bar would open at this time for drinks etc. But it never did. There’s a massive sign by the pool informing you that it is forbidden to bring food and drink to the hotel from outside sources but it was impossible to get served by the pool.

You would physically have to go up and down the hotel searching for someone just to get a bottle of water or some lunch. The snack bar was never manned the entire time we were there. When food and drinks came the service was great and the food was good too but the fact you had to seek out a member of staff to open up their bar so they can make money out of you was a bit poor.

This hotel has no entertainment at night either. I’d honestly say that when you class this hotel to the others I’ve stayed in during this stay then it should really be a 3 star plus.
To sum up, not terrible but nothing special either!

Room Tip: Beware of the jelly fish in islola bella! Get a sea room!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Nazionale, 196/B | Loc Isola Bella, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Taormina
#10 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#15 Business Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Panoramic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Panoramic Hotel in Taormina in Sicily certainly lives up to its promising name. The breakfast out on the balcony with the breathtaking view alone is worth the trip to Sicily.The rooftop terrace with the swimming pool at the romantic beach hotel in Taormina offers guests an even broader view of the truly dreamlike surroundings! ... more   less 
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