Stayed at the Grand Timeo for a short honeymoon last year... The hotel is very nice, with amazing views, and has a charming old world feel to it. That said, for the exorbitant price, it fell short of our expectations. There was no effort made on the part of the staff to acknowledge that we were on our honeymoon (despite specifying this when we made a reservation and checked in). We were given a room in the main building right next to the elevator with a balcony and could hear people in adjacent rooms as well as the staff cleaning and gardening outside from very early hours in the morning. There were also some service snafus like a maid walking into our room without knocking while we were still there, restaurant staff rushing us through our dinner, a staff member offering to call us a taxi at the Sant'Andrea when their shuttle was full and then forgetting to do so...
These are all small things but service, above all, at this kind of hotel should be impeccable and warm and in our case nothing was done to make us feel welcome. There were some very nice things about the Timeo like the breakfast (amazing), architecture, pool, fresh cut flowers and toiletries.
Food is better outside of the hotel -- check out Trattoria da Nino and you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the centre of Taormina, in beautiful gardens, the hotel enjoys unrivalled views of the coastline and Mount Etna. Adjacent to the Greek Theatre, it is surrounded by stylish boutiques, cafes and cultural attractions, and has been welcoming guests, including famous artists and writers, since 1873. Its renowned Literary Terrace is an elegant place to relax and enjoy the vistas. Most guest rooms, decorated with Sicilian baroque flourishes, enjoy sea views from their expansive balconies or terraces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Hotels Taormina
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel Timeo
- Timeo Hotel Sicily
- Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Taormina, Sicily