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Bel Soggiorno Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via L Pirandello 60, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #26 of 88 hotels in Taormina
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“Great for us...but is it right for you?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Firstly the great things about this hotel. The views from the balcony rooms and the breakfast room are just stunning; when the sun is out and you can see the sea and the top of Mount Etna there's a great temptation not to move all day. The staff, from the owner, through the waiting staff to the cleaning ladies are lovely people - just very friendly and helpful. And the breakfast room and adjoining lounge/bar, with hints of period/art deco style, are a joy. Breakfast itself is a comprehensive continental affair, with, for example, eight different fruit juices on offer. My only criticisms are that we would have liked more fresh fruit and the coffee was not the best I've tasted.

However, if you are looking to stay here, there are some things you should consider which might affect your decision. The hotel itself is some way below the town of Taormina itself and to get there on foot you have to walk up a flight of steps and then into town - about 15 minutes for us (an active 60+ couple). And as the hotel only does breakfast (apart from a weekly dinner and music night - good fun from the owner and one of the waiters!) you can be up and down them at least twice daily to get into Taormina to eat or to catch local buses etc. The hotel itself has no lift so it's stairs again if you happen to be on a different floor than reception.

There are different types of 'balcony' rooms - those with small individual balconies, and then those, like the one we stayed in, which are on a 'communal' balcony where you have either to walk past others to get to your room, or other guests are walking past you. It didn't bother us at all and it helped us to socialise with other guests which added to our holiday enjoyment, but not everyone would want this. I would suggest asking for a specific type of balcony room depending on what you want from your holiday.

Our room was fine - not enormous but certainly more than adequate size. Clean, quiet and air-conditioned; two minor negatives - we found the beds very firm (seems to be standard on the continent) and the shower cubicle was quite small, although very efficient. But the room did overlook the sea and Mount Etna so all was forgiven!

Taormina itself is lovely. The main Corso, lined with shops, bars and cafes, widened out to delightful small squares with plenty of good restaurants, and the higher you went the better the views. If you don't want to walk right into Taormina on a evening to eat, we found the Al Giordano restaurant just opposite the (again, lovely) public park to be very good. You still have to walk up those steps from the hotel, though!

Yes, we loved staying at Bel Soggiorno. If you're reasonably fit and don't mind the daily walk up the steps then it's thoroughly recommended. If not, you'd probably be better closer to the town itself where you might be able to walk in on the flat. Just make sure you get a room with a view!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

A lovely hotel and such a friendly relaxed atmosphere. A hotel more for couples rather than families or children. The hotel only does bed and breakfast, although they do do an evening meal once a week. Drawbacks are that once you have had breakfast there is no food to be had if you want to hang around the hotel all day (not that you probably would anyway!). You also need to be relatively fit to stay there. The position is fantastic as far as views are concerned but to get to the beach you have to walk uphill into the town and then get the cablecar down to the beach. The walk into the main town where the restaurants are takes about 20 minutes and is uphill. It truly is worth it when you get there though. The restaurants and food are amazing! In summary - a romantic and friendly hotel with views to die for!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Wow this hotel has it all! True Sicilian character, friendly staff and views to die for! Feels like you are stepping back in time with high ceilings and chandaliers, beautiful breakfast room overlooking the sea and Mount Etna. The hotel puts on a weekly dinner with entertainement which I thoroughly recommend with Carlo on piano and Luigi on guitar! Breakfast is plentiful with everything from fresh fruit to cereals, yogurts and italian cakes, enough to set you up for the day! We will be back next year without a doubt, this place really is a little gem and we cannot wait to return!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This lovely hotel does not only have wonderful views, but also very helpful and friendly staff. It is almost like staying with friends! When I asked to help me with a web check in for my flight the next day, the very friendly recepcionist even installed a program to print the boarding tickets for me, because initially that was not possible.
The atmosphere is very good. Once a week there is the possibility to have dinner at the hotel. That is not really a problem, as the town of Taormina is very closeby, a 5 of 10 minutes walk., The breakfast buffet has something for everyone and is abundant. The rooms are simple but nice, most have a litte balcony or terrace, overlooking at least part of the sea.
If I ever come back to Taormina, I will certainly stay in this hotel again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Worth staying here for the view alone. A quaint old fashioned hotel with a lot of character. The staff were friendly and helpful and put on a great musical evening. Loved breakfast on the terrace with views of Etna. So glad I stayed here rather than one of the characterless beach hotels.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This hotel is a very much like a grand old Italian Villa, the views are superb and the decor is very quaint but charming. We stayed over August when is was mostly full, but it always seemed quiet and restful, a perfect place to stay if you want a complete chill out. The breakfast was good for a 3 star hotel and served on a beautiful terrace by friendly staff. The room was serviced daily with clean linen and towels and complimentary toiletries. The bar is normally manned from about 4 pm, but if you want anything before then you can always ask at reception. They also let us put a few things in the hotel fridge, as there are no fridges in the rooms.

The main town of Taormina on the Corso Umberto is about 15 mins walk away going uphill. The first restaurant you find on the road to the town is called Al Giardino which is fantastic and we would strongly recommend dining there. The beach is about 20 minutes away down some steps, you can get a cable car back up, but it is surprising how you get used to going up and down the steps, just take plenty of water with you! The main bus station is about 10 minutes away, we took a bus to Castelmola a village about Taormina which is a good short trip to do, with fantastic views of Etna. There are also regular buses about every 15 mins to the next resort of Giardini Naxos which has nice sandy beaches.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This really is a gem of a hotel with the most amazing art deco interior & views across Isola Bella & Giardarni Nexos bays. This was our 2nd visit to the Bel Sogg & Luigi, Sebastiano, Nico & the rest of the staff made our stay so fantastic we really did not want to come home. I can highly suggest eating at the Gamberro Rosso just off the main street in Toarmina (there is a pastry shop on the left corner). The sea bass was to die for & if you are very lucky they will give you the family recipe for the sicilian sauce.My only word of advice would be to remove any jewellery if going to Isola Bella or one of the lidos especially if you decide to have a massage from the chinese ladies who offer this at a reasonable cost. Unfortunately it cost me my wedding band when it was slipped off my finger during the massage. But this has not put us off from returning to Taormina & plan to go back next year.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bel Soggiorno Hotel

Address: Via L Pirandello 60, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#23 Family Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bel Soggiorno Hotel 3*
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