The steep drive has been done to death – we (fairly fit late fifties) found it okay. It’s actually the top part of a path that goes all the way down to the coast. Our taxi dropped us at the top and the driver must have rung the bell since the porter arrived in the blink of an eye and took our bags to the room.
We booked a superior room but in many ways that is the normal room since there are very few standard rooms or suites. The room was on the small side and we found the bed and pillows a bit on the hard side (I’ve got to start bringing my own pillow with me!). The balcony had two wooden chairs (non-reclining) and a table.
Breakfasts were wonderful – fresh fruit and the facility to squeeze your own orange juice; cold cuts, smoked salmon, cheese etc etc and bacon and eggs cooked to order. Good quality coffee dispensed by an espresso machine. Mineral water and prosecco. Very helpful and attentive waiting staff. Lovely view from the restaurant.
The pool man is a legend and, if like us you want shade, as soon as you leave your bed he moves it so that it stays out of the sun. Good size pool and comfortable beds and a good pool-side restaurant.
On the negative side: (1) they still have the stupid rules about no food, drinks or irons in the rooms although I didn’t see anyone carrying water being wrestled to the floor as was the suggestion in reviews of several months back. I suspect the rules are to protect their mini bar, restaurant and ironing service. (2) Our balcony (room ending in 09) was slightly set back from the others and had a concrete scallop shell thingy which greatly restricted our view. In general rooms ending in 11 or less are to the left of the lift tower and will probably have a more restricted view. Rooms ending in 9 – 11 are likely to be set back or have the scallop shell. Best views are probably from rooms ending in 01-08.
All in all no hesitation in recommending the Monte Tauro.
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- Also Known As:
- Monte Tauro Taormina
- Hotel Monte Tauro
- Monte Tauro Hotel Taormina, Sicily