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“World smallest showerroom” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Isola Bella
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nazionale 196, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #57 of 89 Hotels in Taormina
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“World smallest showerroom”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Stayed is a tiny single room with The Worlds Smallest Shower Room - it was actually impossible to turn around in the shower with the door closed.... Room was old but clean. Small balcony with stunning view of Isola Bella. Buffet breakfast was good.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Least favorite stop in my 2 week trip to Italy. The town was too crowded and felt a lot like New York, just too busy. My room in this hotel had a cockroach problem, which the staff was not too concerned with. They were small, but still unsettling. They seemed to come from the cracks in the bathroom. Pass if you are touring Italy, leave this place to the locals.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We spent two nights at this hotel, which we'd booked because it was one of the very few in Taromina in our price range which had decent enough reviews! It wasn't an unpleasant place to stay, but the hotel could definitely use some revamping/modernising. The air-conditioning units are from the dawn of time - giant boxy things that sound like a semi-trailer and need to be left on continuously to have any effect. I wouldn't stay here if you're a larger person - the shower in our room and our friend's was ridiculously small. I'm 5 foot tall and small build and I found it difficult to wash my hair without banging my elbows on the walls. We'd booked a double room, but got two single mattresses pushed together and covered with a double sheet (same for our friend). The wifi is intermittent, but a decent speed when working. The breakfast is decent - the croissants and cakes are delicious. Location is good if you want to walk down to Isola Bella, and not a problem to get up to Taormina town either - it's less than a 5 minute walk to the bottom of the cable car which takes you up to town for €3 each way. All in all, the hotel is a good, clean place to rest your head at a much more reasonable price than others in the area.

The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to their sister resort Copacabana, which is on the beach, and to hire sunloungers and umbrellas there at cheap rates (€6 a sunlounger). We were led to believe that Copacabana was on the beach at Isola Bella, but it's actually more than a 5 minute drive away to a normal bit of beach. You have to book the shuttlebus and your lounger/umbrella at the hotel before you go. We were glad we hadn't booked umbrellas, as the hotel wanted us to pay extra for this, but when you get there, the umbrellas are actually attached to the loungers, so you can use them anyway! the beach is nice, in that it's much less crowded than Isola Bella, but about half-way through our stay there, the tide/winds must have changed, and a whole lot of gross rubbish started to wash up in the beautifully clear water, which was disappointing.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

we drove from Sferracavallo to Taormina, an amazing place to visit. out of a 2 1/2 week visit this turned out to be our most expensive place we stayed by 40 - 60 euros and for that price it seemed a little worn down. from tiles being damaged to the bathroom being musty.
the staff was very helpful and accommodating.
the view from the hotel and our balcony was magnificent.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Beore choosing Isola Bella I have read tons of reviews, and I was conscious or the fact the hotel had no other oustanding feature more than have the best view of Isola Bella.
And so it was. Isola Bella Hotel is in many ways a damm ugly property. A squary concrete block typical of early 70s savage land exploitation, building. The hotel was probably the result of massive tourist development during the period in Italy there was no law protecting special landscape.
Despite all that I went, and obtain to stay in one of the "room with the view".
I must say the view was breathless specially at sunrise, but that was it effectively.
The price/value equation was OK, but nothing can be done to the uglyness of the Hotel.
Other remarks, personnel was extremely nice, breakfast very decent, and all in all also very clean. Accessing Taormina from the hotel can be done in various way, walking, cable carrier (be aware only open during summer season), bus, or your on transportation.
The room with the view comes also with a lot of noise from the "strada Nazionale" and the rail just underneat the road.
I would not recommend this Hotel unless you need a place to stay for one , or two nights.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We booked this hotel knowing it would not be 4 star luxury, but the view is one of the most important things for us and I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this fantastic view. It's a very clean hotel and well worth the money.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

The rooms facing the ocean do offer a spectacular view. There is no denying that. However the rooms themselves are tired and in much need of an update. That rotary phone seems to be from 60’s! The bathroom was narrow and cramped.

The first night we stayed was very windy and we slept with the balcony window open. All we could hear were the rough seas and it was very relaxing with perfect temperature. The next night it was calm but the train and road traffic required us to keep the window closed, but the noise levels were acceptable.

Breakfast was acceptable with fresh squeezed OJ a highlight, though the burnt coffee wasn’t well received. Parking is very much luck of the draw. We arrived late and scored the last spot in front of the hotel along the road. We had to leave the keys to the car at reception. If that spot wasn’t available I’m not sure where we would have parked. Never used the pool.

I think if you are going to spend most of your time at the beach the Isola Bella is a decent option. However, if you are spending most of your time in town, I’d get some place either closer to the lift or up at top.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Nazionale 196, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Isola Bella 3*
Number of rooms: 1
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