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“A few things to iron out” 4 of 5 stars
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The Ashbee Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viale San Pancrazio n. 46, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #12 of 88 hotels in Taormina
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25 hotel reviews
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“A few things to iron out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

A pleasant stay that could have been better, on arrival we were told of the St George Restaurant but were not told until we went to eat there that it was closed during our stay, we were told of Roof Top Terrace bar but again when we wanted to go there it was closed for refurbishment, maybe not such big issues as there are lots of restaurants and bars in Taormina but would have been better to be told beforehand.
The rooms (Superior) are small, nicely furnished but very small and not clearly shown on their website (maybe the reason why they are not shown).
I understand that it is out of their control that there was a water problem on the last day of our stay but none the less to wake up with no water at all in the bathroom was not pleasant and did not get fixed by the time we checked out at 11 am.
The pool is nice though small but difficult to stay long due to mosquitos (some mosquito coils strategically placed would have been good)
For the rest the Hotel is nice, nice location and good quality without doubt....maybe we were unlucky.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Ashbee is the perfect hotel for a relaxing break, in a beautiful setting. I swam every day in the infinity pool and felt as if I was in paradise. It was quiet and the staff were very welcoming without being intrusive, they made you feel as if you were the only guests in a private villa.

The only disappointment, like previous guests, were the lack of bathrobes in the classic room but they were supplied on request and also the lack of drawers or baskets in the units to keep our clothes in.

The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and dinner was excellent, although the restaurant was only open twice for dinner when we were there!

We will definitely return again this hotel was perfect for reviving our spirits.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Ashbee, Taormina for 3 nights for a wedding and it was delightful:
1.Courteous and accomodating staff, namely Danilo
2.Beautifully decorated and welcomed with a cool refreshing drink after terrible flight and tiring journey
3.The room was stunning, perfectly decorated and clean with cute details
4.The garden/pool area where we had breakfast had the most breathtaking view and overall the ambience was relaxed
5.I will definitely be staying here again - perfect for a nice romantic long weekend away

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 October 14, 2012

Had a weeks stay at the Ashbee at the end of September , lovely hotel with stunning views from the immaculate gardens and pool area. It has a great position being only a short walk to the Main Street ( corso umberto ), which runs the length of Taormina and is full of shops and restaurants. It is also less than 10 mins to the cable car which takes you down to the beaches below.
We stayed in a classic room which was of a good size with a lovely modern bathroom and a small balcony. Had a few niggles as there is no drawers to store clothes in and only 6 hangers, though more were given when we asked. Bathrobes were said to be in all the rooms on the website and from the BA website who we booked through but were not present, my wife asked and was told they are not standard in classic rooms but gave her one anyway. strangely you do get slippers as standard.Wifi in the room and also around the hotel was quite poor. I also think complimentary water in room would be nice. We also had problems with Mosquitos but this was probably due to the time of year.
The public ares are beautiful and we took breakfast on the lovely terrace each morning. The choice was good with great fresh orange juice and coffee. Had dinner once which was good though quite expensive but lacked atmosphere as we were the only people eating.
The staff are all a credit to the hotel and were friendly and helpful always.
Taormina has an abundance of great restaurants, particularly liked Osteria Nero D'Avola, La Tavernetta and Daiquiri Lounge for great cocktails overlooking the Duomo. Make sure you enjoy a Cannoli with your coffee they are a delight.
Will definitely return one day and The Ashbee will be my choice to stay and will recommend to anyone in an instant.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stratford upon Avon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Ashbee has a great location adjacent Taormina centre. The understated facade hides a lovely, quiet, small hotel, perfect for a short getaway. You will enjoy:

High quality rooms, decor and external areas
Friendly staff
Quiet pool area with stunning coastal view
Great location for access to Taormina
On site parking

We were disappointed by:

No apparent restaurant on site - do not book dinner. Service was slow and orders were wrong. I think they might get the food from a nearby restaurant? There are a multitude of better options off site.
Lunch is basic and disappointing
Air conditioning not quite up to the job
Service at poolside is intermittent
Quite expensive

Overall, if you want a classy, quiet hotel, this fits the bill well. If you want lots of facilities from a larger resort, this will seem insufficient. It does the basics well, if not perfectly.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

We just returned from spending two wonderful days at the Ashbee Hotel with friends. Our suite was absolutely beautiful and spotlessly clean. The staff particularly Irene and Danilo were so accommodating and helpful. Most of all, the setting and gardens are spectacular. We just wanted to sit forever by the infinity pool and admire the gorgeous sea views ! Yet, the delightful town of Taormina awaits you, and the location of the Ashbee is perfect for exploring the sights while being in a very quiet and private setting. The hotel is quite new and was once a private villa...hence its incredible grounds and stately buildings. We would most definitely recommend the Ashbee Hotel for anyone wanting a quiet and delightful respite while visiting the exquisite town of Taormina.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We have just returned from our first trip to Sicily and wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Ashbee. Ideally located close to Corso Umberto, the gated entrance lends an air of security and privacy and we loved being so close to the many shops and restaurants that Taormina offers. The building itself is stunning and our room (in the newer extension) was gorgeous - stylish and spotless. I loved the attention to detail - especially the Ortigia toiletries and powerful hairdryer in the bathroom. All staff were lovely and helpful, assisting with airport transfers and recommending a guide for a day trip etc. The pool is small but set in lovely gardens with a spectacular view. Perhaps my only (small) criticism would be the very limited lunch and room service menu. The salads offered were delicious but there is not a huge choice so it could be a slight problem if you wanted to eat at the hotel more than once or twice. This didn't really matter to us though as the hotel is so close to town. Hope to return soon!

  • Stayed September 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: Viale San Pancrazio n. 46, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Taormina
#9 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#15 Family Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ashbee Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a peaceful 20th century Sicilian Villa in the heart of Taormina. The House was built in the 1908’s by Colonel Shaw-Hellier who commissioned the famous Architect Charles Robert Ashbee, English designer and entrepreneur, prime mover of the Arts & Craft movement. Easy to locate, just few steps from the main street and chic boutiques of Taormina, the hotel offers easy access to the main theatres, museums and all over objects arts, historical heritage of the city.A short walk leads to famous restaurants, to enjoy an excellent cuisine.Today, this new charming house offers some of the finest accommodation in Sicily. With 25 guestrooms and suite, you will find everything required for a relaxing stay, screwing up one’s eye to English style, representative symbol of The Ashbee Hospitality. ... more   less 
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