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“Grand in every sense” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 89 Hotels in Taormina
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8 hotel reviews
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“Grand in every sense”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

This was our second visit to the Timeo and I am always slightly nervous about second visits. Will it be as good? Will the staff have changed and the service dropped? Our first visit was memorable for all the right reasons and I crossed my fingers that we would not be disappointed. We weren't. Yes, some staff had moved on but the mark of a great hotel is that good people come and go but normal service is maintained. The hotel occupies a spectacular position - where else can you have breakfast and watch Etna smoulder - and our Junior Suites on both occasions were beautiful. I could say that the sea view was through a fairly small window but that would take away (unfairly) from the overall quality and comfort of the room. The hotel terrace is a wonderful venue to have a glass of Prosecco or an Aperol and marvel at the view and the pool is well served by Antonio and Alberto who looked after us every day. Lunch in the restaurant by the pool can be as heavy or light as you want but I can recommend the pizzas! And the hotel is convenient for exploring the town but at the same time is private and away from the hustle and bustle. Expensive, certainly, but so it should be. It is a destination to visit and savour. Enjoy!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Harrow, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My cousin and I stayed for 10 days at this fabulous hotel. We were made to feel so welcome and special.The location and views are incredible, especially from the terrace bar. The staff,especially Salvadore, were attentive and helpful, even helping my cousin who spent time learning Italian at the local language school, with her pronounciation. The pool is heated so it was a pleasure to swim everyday, with Alberto and Antonio assisting with beds and parasols ensuring our comfort.
We have no complaints at all and would recommend this hotel to everyone. Thank you Hotel Timeo for a lovely holiday

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I stayed on two separate occasions. The first room was fabulous, the continental breakfast great! The second room was not as good as the first and some items from the breakfast were missing which when queried were supplied. Overall WE were happy with our hotel experience. Timeo Hotel is an institution in Taormina! Thank you!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 May 20, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic long week-end at the Timeo. Architecture, landscaping, location and views are wonderful. The staff are very friendly and have a very positive attitude even during times of stress. While we didn't enjoy the room that much (on two levels, we can climb stairs at home if we want to...), it didn't spoil our experience. The service is very good. Lovely breakfasts on the terrace with excellent views of the volcano. Lunch on the terrace is an experience. Dinner was equally pleasing. We also tried lunch and dinner at the sister hotel Sant Andrea. The quality of service and food matches the Timeo's. And the ambiance is hard to beat. After a fews days away from home we usually look forward to our return, but this time it was different. We would have gladly stayed a few more days.

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  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 5 nights in 122 (Junior suite plus). Room perfect. Service perfect. But it is all about location, location, location. And this has it in abundance. Breakfast on the terrace viewing the coast and Mt. Etna? You get it. Dinner too? Of course. I'll save time and just say we had no complaints. Front desk and concierge helped with everything and gave great recommendations for dinner and visits even though their own restaurant was superb.
Not cheap but you do get what you pay for. And nothing is too difficult. Would recommend to anyone and would return gladly.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We just returned from a 10 day trip to Sicily spending May 6th thru May 12, 2013 at the Timeo.
I agree completely with my fellow travelers' recent Trip Advisor reviews of the Timeo. Yes, it is "off the charts" in terms of location, service, quality of food, etc. You name it -- it was fantastic. We have been fortunate to stay in many 5 star hotels around the world and Timeo ranks up there for us at the top or as one writer stated, rather -- it should be at the "7 star" level. Signor Funardi, the GM and his team ensure that each guest have an extraordinary experience at their property. Of course, it is a 5 star hotel -- so if one is on a budget, respectfully, you will probably be more comfortable at another property but do stop by to admire the view at a minimum. BTW, we also thought the chef was one of the best in Taormina.

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  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We visitied the Greek Theatre at Taormina, Sicily. During our walk through the theatre we saw a beautiful terrace underneath. It was the terrace of hotel Timeo. We asked for lunch and we were guided by Mr. Privitera to a beautiful place at the terrace with a view at the roaring Etna! We had a wunderful light lunch in the sun, and a afternoon we will never forget!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Taormina
#3 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#8 Family Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo 5*
Number of rooms: 83
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

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