We recently stayed at the Panoramic Hotel and it definitely exceed our expectations. Firstly, the staff were terrific and friendly. The location is terrific. A very easy walk to the the cable car to get up to the town (less than 5 minutes) and an easy stroll to both beaches. View for our room was incredible and there was a lovely big balcony with chairs and table to just relax and take it all in. Room size was large for the 3 of us and also a nice large bathroom. The road outside is busy (but not unusual for Italy) and of course footpaths are a bit hit and miss so you have to be a bit careful if you are travelling with young ones. Breakfast was very good, fresh and the breakfast terrace was just beautiful! The pool and surrounding area was lovely, it was very hot when we were there so it was great to have a choice of beach and pool. Just outside of the hotel there are many little restaurants and shops where you can buy wine, food etc. The hotel also organised for us a transfer from Catania airport when we arrived (it was late in the evening) and we had Salvatore as our driver, he is a local Taormina cab driver and was terrific, very friendly and a highlight for my son (9yr old) as he pulled over on the way to Taormina to point out Mt Etna and the glow of the lava coming off top and side! Would highly recommend this hotel, we will be going back!