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Hotel el Jebel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Salita Ciampoli 9, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #4 of 88 hotels in Taormina
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“Exquisite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a 4 day break at this hotel recently. It is very small and tucked away but absolutely charming and perfectly located in the centre of Taormina. I think there are only 9 rooms, some of which are suites. We stayed in a suite which was larger than average with a fabulous bathroom - I think it was room 301. The restaurant was beautiful as was the interconnecting bar area. The hotel was very quiet as it was out of season, as was Taormina itself, but that suited us perfectly. The staff were very friendly, attentive and helpful. If you're looking for a 5 star chain hotel, this is not for you as there's no spa, gym etc but I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for the perfect romantic break with little distraction.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dear SianH,

Thank you for sharing your opinion on TripAdvisor and thank you for pointing out the professionalism and attitude of our fantastic staff. We are looking forward to your next visit and to see you again in the future!

Kindest regards from my self and the entire staff
Antonio, Room Division Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed in el Jebel at the end of our Sicily trip. We wanted something special, and were not disappointed. Location is in the heart of Taormina, next to the duomo. Interior is truly 5-star; a small number of rooms, which are all different (they showed us a couple so we could choose). Our baby of 6 months instantly loved the place; we guess because of the light, space, and comfortable cottons. Staff takes great effort to make you feel comfortable. The rooftop terrace has magnificent views over the bay. The restaurant serves wonderful local cuisine at fair prices (e.g. 20 euros for a main course).

If I have to be picky, I could think of a few minor points. Rooms on the first floor do not have a great view. Pressure in the shower was not very high. Like in most places in Taormina, you can't drive up to the hotel, and there are stairs to get to the entrance (the staff will help you with carrying bags up). But this does not keep me for giving a high grade. We really had a great time, and would go back again without hesitation.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wiesbaden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Every couple in the world should experience the Hotel el Jebel once in their lifetime. This hotel is superb! I would recommend this hotel to anyone! The custom made breakfast was served with the warmest of smiles. We could not have had a better holiday vacation. The room, the view, the food -- all were magnificant! Thank you Hotel el Jebel! We will return!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The service is great. All the staff are happy and friendly and no request is too difficult. The rooms are clean and bright, the only complaint is the water can go cold when having a shower. Also our room had too much furinture. The location is good for shopping and eating in the winter, as closer to the beach most resturants and shops are closed. We had a hire car for the week to travel the local region and there is a multistory car park about 200 meters away, very convenient. A very small hotel with big service in a very beautiful town.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

We visited beautiful Taormina and for one week our second home was this fantastic hotel. At arrival the staff pick up us from the parking lot, then after some prosecco wine as welcome drink, we were taken to the most beautiful room we ever stayied in our all life! We booked a deluxe junior suite, no words to describe the views from Sicilian sea and mount Etna and the beauty of the room. The staff is amazing, we can not thank them enough, Tony, danielo and carmelo from reception, evel and dario from breakfast, Nice People and always professional. We felt at home and we had the best holiday ever!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

EL JEBEL is the best hotel We've ever stayed at. The location of this hotel is great. It is not on the beach but then we just enjoyed our way to the sea because the way passes though amazing streets of Taormina. There are a lot of good reustorants around. Our room was luxurious and comfortable at the same time. And there were a lot of small things which made our stay in the hotel really pleasant :a chambermaid bringing sweets every everning and unmaking beds, a set for a bathroom which surprisingly included many of things, best cleaning and other... We like so much that there were not a lot of other guests and everyone from the staff was very attentive to us. Guys at the front desk Antonio and Danilo were so friendly and ready to help with any request we had. The same friendly attitide we met during the breakfast thanks to Eveline.Breakfast with shampane was great...Nice atmosphere and smiling stuff put us in a good mood every day. We had very special time there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Very small hotel, it has just about 8 rooms if I'm not mistaken, located in the center of Taormina. The rooms are very different, but very nice - spacious, clean, with all modern amentities and nice view. If you travel by car, the best way is to leave it at Porta Catania parking, and the hotel provides you a discount parking voucher, which is very helpful. The portier will help with luggage, and the nicest lady at reception will give you all the necesary information and recommendations about Taormina. We didn't have a dinner at the hotel, as it seemed too "haute quisine" for us, but don't miss the rooftop terrace! Even if you don't have a dinner there, just go for an evening drink. It is never crowded as the hotel is really small, so there is a chance you'll be there alone. Ask for a bottle of champagne from the bar, lit the candles, and you will have the most romantic evening with gorgeous views over Taormina and Etna!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Salita Ciampoli 9, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#6 Family Hotel in Taormina
#12 Business Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel el Jebel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Taormina, "the Pearl of the Jonian sea" and welcome to El Jebel, an exclusive five stars deluxe hotel in the heart of the historical center, next to Palazzo Ciampoli (XV century medieval building) and close to the Cathedral Square and the main street Corso Umberto, famous for shopping, where our guests can enjoy the fragrances, the colours and the atmosphere of this magic land, one of the most fascinating in the Mediterranean Sea. From the arrival to the hotel with private transfer, everything has been arranged to welcome our guests in our exclusive and intimate Suites and Junior Suites. ... more   less 
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