My wife and I have been to this hotel on several occasions and each visit is a step back in time; This is a beautiful place which warms the heart and soul. Its location, perched on the side of a mountain with the Greco Roman ruins directly above and lit up at night and the snow capped Mt Etna with a backdrop of a black star studded Italian sky with golden moon beams creating dancing lights in the ripples of the Ionian sea is incomparable.
As for the hotel the rooms and suites, they are superb and leave you wanting for nothing. The warmth and charm of the staff under Stephen Ceschia is beyond your greatest wish. The view and solitude that one has on the terrace of this special place is priceless.
The food is of the highest quality and the preparation and plating rivals any French restaurant in the world and they are great. The fish dishes are fresh for obvious reasons and the side dishes are mostly from the country side of Sicily. In all the restaurant has a wall of glass and the bar and wine cellar lack nothing. The only complaint I have is the restaurant lacks personality. It's just there. So, having dessert on the terrace under a beautiful Italian sky is the key to ending a perfect evening. No, I am not being paid for this. This hotel and amenities are just very special. Don't miss this. It is pricey but not outrageous. For those of us who are not rich just save a bit extra to enjoy this dream come true place. The memory will last a lifetime.
- 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