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Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Bagnoli Croce 1, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #25 of 89 Hotels in Taormina
Senglea Malta
1 review
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“Excellent Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

The hotel is very good. The staff is really nice and helpful. Very clean hotel. Food was very good. The rooms are really good. I will be back. I highly recommend this hotel.

Jacqueline Cousin - Malta

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAristonTaormina, Web PR Manager at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
Dear client, as we told your friends, we are very happy that you enjoyed our hotel and that you plan to come back next time. So we're looking forward to your next visit.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

we went for a holiday in Taormina and we stayed for 5 days at the Ariston hotel,we were 3 girls, we really enjoyed our trip.the hotel was excellent, very clean, we had half board, and the food was also very good,service was excellent , room very nice and clean and we had entertainment every night at the hotel, Also the pool is fantastic,we enjoyed very minute, I have been in many hotels in Taormina, have been going there for the past 15 years and i have to admit that the Ariston is one of the best hotels i have been in,i go to Taormina every year and since i have discovered the Ariston from now on its going to be my hotel for my holidays in Taormina.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAristonTaormina, Web PR Manager at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
Dear client, thank you very much for your kind words. We really appreciated them. We hope to welcome you again soon.
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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

I wasn't expecting much since we paid very little for a triple room on half board basis, so was pleasantly surprised with the overall service we received during our holiday. The staff are courteous and dinner was excellent every evening. The evenings at the piano bar were great fun - grazie signor Corrado! Room was spacious, which was very important since we were a party of 3 girls. Very very clean. Pool area was pleasant and Claudio was an excellent bagnino. We go to Taormina every year and this was the first time we stayed at the Ariston, however, it was decided unanimously that we shall be returning to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAristonTaormina, Web PR Manager at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
Dear clients, we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. We're really looking forward for your next visit.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

We decided to spend a long weekend during the Christmas break in Italy, however were not sure about the destination. After a thorough research we decided to try Taormina as our main base, from which we would then explore the surrounding cities of Catania and Siracusa.
Once the flight was booked I got in touch with a friend who had travelled to Taormina the previous year. He suggested we should try the Hotel Ariston as it is ideally located in the heart of Taormina.
As I am in the hotel industry myself, I decided to contact the hotel direct, hoping I could get a better deal. I had a very interesting conversation with a lady from the front desk, who was very helpful but at the same time very tough to bargain with. Eventually I managed to get an upgrade into one of their see view rooms.
On arrival the welcome experience was very positive. The front desk staff was very diligent and friendly. Even though there was a large group arrival, the lovely gentleman who checked us in, took the time to tell as about the hotel's facilities as well as things to do in Taormina.
Our room was fairly small however very cosy, clean and the bed very comfortable. The view from the balcony was breathtaking, overlooking the mount Etna and the beautiful bay of Giardini Naxos.
We decided to check out the bar for an aperitif before going for a dinner. There was live music and the barman was a master at mixing my favourite Negroni cocktail. As the weather was poor we opted try the hotel’s restaurant. The variety of Sicilian dishes on their a la Carte menu was impressive. The tuna dish my girlfriend ordered was delicious and my pasta ai frutti di mare (seafood pasta) was exquisite.
The breakfast served the next day (we were on half board) was very generous and as it was sunny we decided to have it on the hotel’s terrace which offered spectacular views.
The pool looked really inviting however the water was not heated therefore we did not dare to go for a swim. This was actually the only disappointment during our entire stay. We would definitely recommend the Hotel Ariston to anyone who is looking for a good 4 star upscale hotel with great service and authentic Sicilian cuisine.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAristonTaormina, Web PR Manager at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
Dear client, thank you so much for writing your review. We really appreciated it. We are looking forward to seeing you again in Sicily. :-)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

The Ariston Hotel, was in short, fabulous... The staff were friendly, very personal, they would go above and beyond, what was required of them. Particularly the breakfast staff.
Speaking of which. It Is, the same every day. But the variety Is Immense, also eggs cooked to order, freshly squeezed orange juice, from a very natty machine. How anyone could moan, is beyond me..
Our room was at the back of the hotel, because we didn't pay for an upgrade. However, we still had a balcony overlooking the sea. Which we used for late afternoon drinks, as the sun would set behind the hill. The shower was powerful and hot. The room had ample of storage, and hangers. Impeccably cleaned with fresh sheets and towels daily.. Sparkling wine,and fresh fruit was left to greet us. A very welcome treat.
Location, was second to none. A short walk to the cable car, which took you down to a shingle beach, with lido's and bars, for 5 Euro. You get a beach bed and parasol, we didn't use the beach very often as the Ariston, had a superb pool and plenty of sunbeds.
Taormina, is a short stretch of the legs, we liked to walk down the hill at the back of the hotel. Where we walked around the park / gardens, built by an eccentric English woman, who is reputed to have had connections with royalty, subsequently exiled to Taormina.. The Town has got restaurants galore, you can stay in Taormina for three months and visit a different restaurant every day. No-one bothers you to go into their establishments, the free and easy pace of life also reflects on the fact that Taormina, has no crime.. According to the Rep, they haven't had a crime for over two years.
If you love to sit outside a cafe, with a cold glass of fantastic local wine, and watch the world go by,then this Is the place for you.. But look out because the shops, are irresistible, no Debenhams here, small boutiques, with fashion for all ages, and hand made jewellery. Which of course my husband Is still blanching at the credit card bill.
Sicily has everything, for the more adventurous, you can go to Mount Etna, for the film buff, you can visit the place the Godfather was filmed.. For the food lover, you can be taught by a local chef, to cook fresh pasta, and your partner can join you for lunch.
We never return to the same place twice, as the world has other splendors, for us to discover, but I would go back to the Ariston, at the first opportunity,

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAristonTaormina, Web PR Manager at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
Dear client, we were very happy to read you review and learn that you had a fantastic stay at our hotel. We thank you also for highlighting our strong points. We are really looking forward for that “first opportunity” to happen and then we will be happy to meet your every need :-) . See you soon.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

As a couple, we stayed at the Parc Ariston Hotel.
Reception personnel good. Lovely sea views. That's about it.
Shower/bath lukewarm water. no heat. outdated & stained furniture/rug..yugh! soft bed. no luggage racks in room. reminded us of the old Holiday Inn rooms of the 1980's.
Food buffets both morns & eves was just ok & very crowded due to tour groups.
don't know what their sister hotel, Palazza Santa Caterina, is like but it got to be better than this one!

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAristonTaormina, Web PR Manager at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, February 15, 2012
Dear guest, we are really sorry about the inconveniences you experienced during your stay. Glad to hear a positive feedback about our staff and the panoramic position. Every comment helps us continuously to improve our services and facilities. We hope to welcome you in the future. Kind regards
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

It was my first visit to Sicily. Taormina is a lovely town and the Ariston is about ten minutes walk to the town centre. It's also near the cable car down to the beach, and the bus station. Our room was very clean, the shower was great and we had complimentary fruit and sparkling wine. The view from the balcony was really fantastic. Breakfast was good - a hot and cold buffet with a lot of choice. We also had a couple of lunches in the terrace bar - not a huge menu but fine when you don't feel like moving far from the pool. I swam in the pool a few times - a bit cold but great area for sunbathing. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a balcony or sea view
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valeria B, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina, responded to this review, October 20, 2011
Dear Mrs Taylor ,
we are glad to read that our services fulfilled all your need and we really hope to welcome you again soon!

Regards
Valeria Bosco
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Address: Via Bagnoli Croce 1, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Taormina
#16 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#17 Business Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina 4*
Number of rooms: 146
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