I booked this hotel because of the good reviews it had on this site. Maybe I should not have done that.
Good:Breathtaking view from the rooms facing the Ionian sea.
The cable car to Taormina is very close.
These are probably the only outstanding things about the hotel. Everything else is average or poor.
We arrived quite late on Easter Friday in April and the receptionist did not bother to explain anything, so it took us a bit to work out how to get the lights working. A bit of a pain considering it was dark. We had one front facing room with balcony and one normal standard room, which was situated on the side of the hotel. As it was April it was a bit chilly at night and there was no heating. The airconditioning unit had a heating buttion, but it was to high up to reach and there was no remote control, so I am not sure if it worked. Also, there was not remote control for the TV in the standard room and the TV could not be operated by hand. The beds felt damp when we arrived and were uncomfortable. The bath room in the room with balcony was tiny. Especially the shower was a joke. It was just ok for us, but if you are bigger than size 10, you would have a serious problem. We did not bother to ask for the remote controls and some extra blankets, because we just stayed there for two days. So, I do not know, how the service would have been in that respect. Also, it is very noisy. You can literally hear your neighbour talk as if he was sitting in your room. The doors sound like they are banged constantly, even though people just shut them normal. If we would have planned to stay for a week or longer, we might have considered changing the hotel. The balcony is quite pretty, if you ignored the airconditioning unit, but it was tiny. There would have been no space for a sun lounger or something more comfortable than the small metal chairs that were there. The balcony is fine to have a nice view over the sea in the morning, but not good for spending mor time to relax, as it is just too small. There was nothing in the minibar/fridge, but that might be due to the fact we were there in April and not during summer season. There are no coffee/tea making facilities. The hotel is right on a main road, which was not a problem when we stayed there, as it was still pretty quiet, but I was told it is a nightmare in the summer. The beach is very stony. You reach it by walking down lots of steps. If you have problems walking, this is not the place to go. Also you will not be able to walk very far, as it is in some kind of cut-off bay. Very pretty, but not made for long walks. The nearby restaurants are nice but pricey. If you go to the the restaurant, that's owned by the Jonic Hotel down the road you can expect to pay about €145 for 3 people. Breakfast is ok but nothing fancy. Overall the hotel is ok for someone who does not want to spend anytime there apart from sleeping. It is definitely overpriced for what it can offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Jonic, a small and romantic residence in Liberty style is incorporated in an old villa dating back from the early 1900s. It is situated at the Mazzarò Bay, formerly an fishing harbour called Taormina mare. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jonic Hotel Mazzarò
- Jonic Hotel Mazzaro Taormina, Sicily