My husband and I stayed at the Panoramic Hotel for two weeks in June of 2010. We weren't sure what to expect, but were not disappointed.
What to expect from the PH:
-The staff is kind and accommodating: Lilliana arranged excursions, airport transfers, massages, dinner reservations, gave recommendations and tips, and even gave a needle out of her own purse when I needed one! Pietro and the other managers and wait staff are just as attentive and kind. They really help make your stay a personal one.
-The room and bathroom are spacious, clean, new, and have great views
-We were given a welcome and farewell bottle of Prosecco and berries (nice touch!)
-The breakfast is one of the best I've had throughout my travels to Europe: cereals, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, croissants, great juices, prosciutto, salami, etc.
-The location is great if you want to visit the beach! There are nearby steps you can take to walk down to the Bay of Isola Bella and spend time at the beach. A word of advice: You need not pay to rent a towel and chair; you can bring your own towel and go toward the public area. The water is rather cold (which some might find refreshing) so there are many jellyfish. Also, since it is a rocky beach, be sure to wear shoes that you can wear in the water, because many slip while walking along.
-To go into town, it's just a quick walk to the Funivia. I would suggest buying a weekly pass if you're going to go often, as we did, or if you're going to utilize the town more than the beach, it might be best to stay up in town.
-The beds in the room were a bit too firm for my liking, but some may find it very comfortable.
-There is no cable television, but I can't imagine anyone wanting to spend too much time watching TV in Taormina!
-Although the hotel is located on a busy street (watch where you're walking!), it is easy to navigate to the beach and town. Also, with the sliding door closed, the rooms are very quiet and peaceful.
-The pool area is really superb, clean, and inviting. Drinks on the deck are fantastic, but I would skip the lunch there and head into town or to one of the restaurants nearby that the staff recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Panoramic Hotel in Taormina in Sicily certainly lives up to its promising name. The breakfast out on the balcony with the breathtaking view alone is worth the trip to Sicily.The rooftop terrace with the swimming pool at the romantic beach hotel in Taormina offers guests an even broader view of the truly dreamlike surroundings! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panoramic Hotel Taormina, Sicily