I never write reviews, but all the reviews I read were so helpful for us to book this hotel. We stayed here for only 2 nights and I wish we were able to stay longer. I agree with all the other reviews that the furniture in the rooms is a bit outdated, but so what! The rooms are spotless. We had a view of Mt Etna, which was spectacular. After a long day of transatlantic travel, I woke up the next morning and stepped out onto the balcony to a breathtaking view. The views from this hotel are outstanding and worth the extra money for a sea view room. If you enjoy a workout, the fitness facility is well equipped. Both the beach & the pool are amazing. We spent the morning at the beach & when the sun moved, so did we. The afternoon we spent by the pool. When at the pool seek a lounge chair on a higher level overlooking the sea. It's quieter, nice ocean breeze, and beautiful. We did not eat at the hotel other than breakfast, which was lovely. We ate all of our meals in town. Taormina is beautiful. My other bit of advise, that I wish I took for myself, if you see something that you like while walking around Taormina, buy it!!! I saw a great pair of earring that I was going to buy at a later time and couldn't find the store again. Sicily is beautiful and Taormina is magical. I will book this hotel again. Enjoy your stay!