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Panoramic Hotel
Ranked #10 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a place!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2010

This hotel is simply sublime! There are 23 rooms in the hotel, each forward facing and looking out over breathtaking views of isola bella island, beach and the hills. Etna can be seen in the distance. The rooms are all en suite and extremely clean. We had a TV (useful for my partner to watch the Italian grand prix), ample desk and wardrobe space and even a safe for all those valuables! The balcony though has to be the jewel in the crown with those views and beautiful patio furniture to enjoy a lazy afternoon drink or read.

Each morning breakfast is served on the 4th floor covered terrace area again with those 'panoramic' views. Breakfast itself was a real treat and combined the traditional English bacon and eggs with the slightly more unusual prosecco and wine (well you are on holiday so why not?!), fruit, cereal, fresh bread and various condiments (jams/honey/Nutella, cheese and cold meats) as well as pastries and cakes. Needless to say that we were full! The highlight of breakfast for us was the freshly squeezed orange juice which was simply awesome. The only minor criticsm being that near the end of service this was watered down (presumably to ensure there was enough). Coffee was a huge part of breakfast too with unlimited refills - great for me who loves strong coffee not so great for everyone else when I had a caffeine high!

Right next to the breakfast area was a small seating area where drinks from the bar could be enjoyed (although they would also bring drinks to your room or the pool area). The bar was well stocked and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I have to say, my Gin and Tonic was a real treat. Each time we ordered a drink we were brought various bowls of snacks to enjoy (free of charge) and after a few rounds, were even treated to pizza or bruschetta.

The pool area was probably my favourite part of the hotel (if indeed a favourite part can be picked). The pool, although not the biggest, was perfect for the number of guests and much easier to complete a length of! The water was a little cold but you got past that very quickly. It was also reasonably shallow which meant it was suitable for all. Surrounding the pool are various areas of sun loungers - some being facing away from the pool area for those who did not like their eyes to be parted from that amazing view - and although it was nearing end of season when we were there, there was plenty of space and we regularly had the pool to ourselves. The extra touches of wc and shower facilities by the pool was great.

As you can tell, I am full of praise for this hotel and think it is a real find. It may not be the cheapest option but it really is good value for money. The staff, particularly front of house and Garbielle, Simone and Andrea were real characters and helped make us all feel welcome, going that extra mile. The cleaning staff were lovely and boy do they clean! The bathroom sparkled each day!

The only downside of the hotel is the road below which can be noisy at peak times (although much quieter from breakfast/pool areas) but the view by far makes up for it and besides, it enoucrages you to get up and enjoy Taormina which we did! Whilst others have criticised the hotel for not having a restaurant, it really doesn't need one! You can order paninis/bruschetta and salads at the hotel and find lots of good, local restaurants (isn't that one of the great things about being on holiday?). There are local bars too and obviously the centre of Taormina is not far away - for those who do not fancy the cable car, you can walk up some stairs to the centre which takes around 20 minutes.

One final point, we used a local taxi-type company to take us from the hotel to the airport (and vice versa) and they can be used for trips whilst there. Most the drivers speak English, French, Spanish and German and add a real personal feel to any trips. Christian is the manager and is a real Sicilian gem. He was the cheapest quote too and can accommodate small or large groups, giving you a price up front. I would highly recommend his services. If you contact him prior to your visit, he will call you back to confirm things. New Travel Services -Tel\fax --; cell - --: --; www.newtravelservices.net

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2010

The hotel is beautifully situated overlooking Isola Bella beach area, this has been optimised by only designing a small number of rooms each overlooking the magnificent beach area. A wonderful concept.
This awareness of its beautiful location extends to the pool area which commands a roof top location with the same unbeatable views. It is a boutique hotel as such you are made to feel as though you are having personal service by the extremely friendly and ready to help staff. The hotel is faultless (unless you really need tea and coffee making facilities, which are not a feature in Sicilian hotels).
The breakfasts are bountiful, serving wine and prosecco along with freshly squeezed juices, cakes, pastries, salads, fruit, yoghurts, breads, hams, eggs, bacon, the best coffee in the world!....overall mixing many cultures' breakfasts. It is served in the breakfast area overlooking the dramatic scenery of the beaches and cliffs.

It would be hard to beat this hotel

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Kansas City, Missouri
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2010

Located right above the beach, this hotel is perfect. 24 rooms makes the service impecable. Attentive to all our questions and great information for everything we wanted to do . The rooms are big, clean and new. Each with a walkout balcony. Located on the main street above the beach, you can't hear the traffice below. They will park your car for you and get it when you need it. The pool on top is quiet and relaxing. Breakfast is fresh and good as well. They have fresh squeezed Sicilian Oranges. If you stay in Taormina, stay here.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

Spent the last 3 nights of our honeymoon here. The staff was the most attentive and helpful that we encountered on our 2 week trip. Room was clean and sunny with a private balcony and a gorgeous ocean view (which all rooms have), the breakfast space had a lovely view of Isola Bella, the pool had plentiful lounge chairs. Both the rocky public beach and lounge chair-laden pay beaches are across the street and the cable car to hilltop Taormina is a 5 minute walk around the corner.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sorocaba, SP
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

The hotel was perfect for the trip. Starting from the (courtesy) welcome Prosecco bottle. The staff was very kind, the location is a good point because it´s in front of the main beach view of the city (Isolabella) and a few meters from the Funicular that takes to the center os the city.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kildare, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2010

Amazing view from this hotel onto the beach and Isola Bella.

Very conviently located around the corner from the cable car which will take you into the centre of Taormina.

Very firnedly/helpful staff - highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2010

Panaramic and breathtakinng although simple words cannot do it justice. Taormina and indeed this hotel in Isolabellla is a hidden gem the italian holiday makers are understandibly keeeping secret from the rest of the world. This hotel is one of the best weve stayed at and there have been many far more expensive and with higher star ratings. Aside from the amazing views which never get old, the experience is a perfect mix of authenticity, style and class with luscious food and exceptional hospitality by all staff but notably lovely Liliana on reception who oozes helpfulness and charisma and Gabrielle and the other restarant staff who bend over backwards to ensure your every indulgent need is no only satisfied but exceeded. The only bad thing about this hotel is that we have to say arivadechi to it!

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Panoramic Hotel
Address: Via Nazionale 196/B | Loc Isola Bella, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Panoramic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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