Stayed at the Grand Timeo for a short honeymoon last year... The hotel is very nice, with amazing views, and has a charming old world feel to it. That said, for the exorbitant price, it fell short of our expectations. There was no effort made on the part of the staff to acknowledge that we were on our honeymoon (despite specifying this when we made a reservation and checked in). We were given a room in the main building right next to the elevator with a balcony and could hear people in adjacent rooms as well as the staff cleaning and gardening outside from very early hours in the morning. There were also some service snafus like a maid walking into our room without knocking while we were still there, restaurant staff rushing us through our dinner, a staff member offering to call us a taxi at the Sant'Andrea when their shuttle was full and then forgetting to do so...
These are all small things but service, above all, at this kind of hotel should be impeccable and warm and in our case nothing was done to make us feel welcome. There were some very nice things about the Timeo like the breakfast (amazing), architecture, pool, fresh cut flowers and toiletries.
Food is better outside of the hotel -- check out Trattoria da Nino and you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set high in the rocky hills on the East coast of the island, with Mount Etna as a backdrop, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has always been one of the favourite destinations of both Hollywood’s and Europe’s most prominent stars; from Sofia Loren to Audrey Hepburn, from Marcello Mastroianni to Liz Taylor. Adjacent to the Greek Theatre, the hotel was first built in 1873 and is surrounded by a six-acre park and magnificent gardens where the panoramic pool is located. Widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in Taormina, it boasts 70 splendid rooms and suites, each decorated in a fresh Sicilian style that blends modern innovation with local artisan traditions. This historical hotel is well known for its “Literary Terrace” which has always been a preferred meeting spot for illustrious guests thanks to its breathtaking panorama. Dining facilities include the Restaurant with an enchanting view of Mount Etna combined with typical Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Pool Restaurant offers brick-oven pizza, a salad buffet and freshly caught fish, it is the perfect place for a light lunch or a snack. The wellness centre offers signature treatments made from local flowers and fruit essences. A fitness centre and a panoramic swimming-pool are also available Guests can benefit of the complimentary shuttle to the private beach at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, in Taormina Mare, boasting new exclusive cabanas, as well as the daily mini-cruise by private boat to explore the beauties of the coast (available during summer). The Smile Club with an English-speaking supervisor is available at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea to entertain the younger guests with lots of fun and exciting activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Hotels Taormina
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel Timeo
- Timeo Hotel Sicily
- Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Taormina, Sicily