Bel Soggiorno is a lovely old villa perched above Giardini Naxos on the road up to Taormina. Every room has a balcony or patio overlooking the sea. Mine (room.28) had a patio with views over Giardini, the bay and Mt.Etna. Spectacular views by day or night. The rooms are fairly basic, but had everything you could need AND everything worked (a rarity in my experience), and were very clean.
The staff are wonderful, and definitely went that extra mile to make our anniversary stay a memorable one. The service is great.....you want a cold beer? pick up the phone and it arrives etc.
Breakfast is a vast array of tempting items which you can eat on your own pitch or eat on the terrace or in the dining room, wherever you like and (from 7.30 - 10) when you like.
While we were there they were also serving dinner at a very reasonable price and high quality local dishes. We "ate in" 4 nights out of seven and the food was excellent. Of course, served by the very charming and efficient Sebastiano, who was definitely "Signor Fixit" and would endeavour to help with anything you needed.
The hotel was quiet and friendly. Elegant without being at all pretentious.
The only downside I can foresee is for those who are less mobile. The hotel is on 4 levels with no lift (although one is planned next year). The only way into town is by a pretty busy road uphill, or by the shortcut steps nearby. I thought at the time that it would be worthwhile to have a minibus laid on perhaps after breakfast time daily. The walk to town takes about 10mins.
Without doubt the best hotel I've had the pleasure of staying in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bel Soggiorno Hotel Restaurant, restored in 1998, is set in a charming position over the sea, in Quercianella. We offer you a garden with pine-wood, a solarium and a private beach area. All our bedrooms are ensuite with tv colour, telephone, balcony and a wonderful view of the sea. Our restaurant has a air-conditioned hall. We will offer you a typical menu of Mediterranean and Tuscan cooking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel Soggiorno Taormina, Sicily