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“Ariston Hotel, Taormina - fantastic”
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Hotel Ariston
Ranked #22 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Reviewed November 18, 2011

This hotel was excellent - the facilities were clean and comfortable, the pool bar, breakfast room and reception were excellent, the location was perfect just a short stroll from the town and above all the staff could not have done enough to make our stay enjoyable. They were helpful and friendly and very welcoming to children.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank Miriam H
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2012

Dear Costumer,
thank you very much for your fantastic review !!
We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay for in full. It means that our effort to give a good quality goes on the right direction .

I hope to welcome you back in our hotel .

Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

The hotel is set high on the craggy cliffs above the bus station that acts as the centre for all travel activity in Taormina. The hotel rises from a steep slope to an underground tunnel with circular windows to the water in the deep swimming pool. A lift takes you to the 1st terrace where in the Summer I guess doing takes place. Then up some stairs to the reception terrace. The staff were calm and helpful. The room was clean and modern and well presented with a small balcony overlooking a glorious view of the coastline and the sea. Rooms on a lower level have a larger balcony with chairs and a table. The breakfast bar has a lot of everything to suit all national tastes but the cooked elements are a weak point - tasteless scrambled egg and strange paper-thin bacon and frankfurters. We had two evening meals while we were there one was good and the other so-so but reasonably priced. The wide range of restaurants nearby requires a walk down to the bus station and up a hill to the town centre that has numerous restaurants. Thompsons organised the trip and did a fantastic job - the rep. was brilliant - especially as my disability required passenger assistance at airports - which they did with aplomb.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank livingcoward
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Dear Costumer,
we are very happy that you had an ejoyable stay with us and that all our services fulfilled your need !
Our staff also thank you a lot your positive comment .

We hope to see you soon again !

Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Stayed for a week on B&B basis, restaurant was so good we had evening meals in most nights.(Set menu - with choices E20) Our room overlooked the sea so you could see the sun rise from the bed. Carpet in the bedroom a little tired (apparently due to be replaced over winter) but otherwise all good. Reception & staff pleasant & helpful. Location next to bus station ideal for getting around, cable car a few hundred metres and main town just a short walk. Don't forget to ask for the 'complimentary robes & slippers.

Room Tip: Front facing room ideal for sea view
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Rikki1
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Dear Mr Rikki,
we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us!.
We are very proud of our sea view rooms, and about this , I would like to inform you that this winter carpet has been replaced in all rooms and changed with tiles.
I also wish to thank you for the positive comments about our staff : I will share your compliments with them !!
We hope to see you soon again.

Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

This hotel has been well reviewed and having spent two weeks there in October 2011 I can appreciate the points (both good and not so good) previous reviewers have made. We were on a package tour but elected to upgrade to a seaview room and also opted for the Half Board option. Plus points are the location which is excellent (and critical in Taormina), the views from the seaview rooms, the public areas and the generally friendly and helpful staff. The rooms do vary both in location and state (some have been refurbished). Ours was of adequate size, clean but a little tired (eg carpet) and the towels were somewhat rough. The breakfast buffet is extensive and early breakfasts for excursions are well catered floor. The evening meals were somewhat problematical being variable in quality with some very good dishes and others less good creating the overall impression that the chefs were operating to a tight budget. Overall we were satified with our choice of the Ariston and like a previous reviewer would like to have given it a score of 3.5. Perhaps my biggest gripe was the charge of Eur 7 per hour for wi-fi internet access. As others have noted, with modest investment and some effort (and a free wi fi hub) this hotel could be an absolute gem.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a sea view room, preferably on the 3rd ot 4th floor in the main building. Check out the b...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank glynnhesel
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Dear Sirs,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.
We are glad to hear that the staff was helpful and that you enjoyed our breakfast.
We will take note of the other reports, they will be useful to improve our quality .
Regarding your comment about the carpet in rooms I would like to inform that from this year all the rooms have been refurbished with tiles .

We hope to see you soon.

Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
Booking Office

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Reviewed October 27, 2011

Recently spent 3 nights in this hotel along with 3 other couples (family members). We all loved the setting (overlooking the sea and unbelievable sunrises) and the fruit bowl and Spumante in our rooms when we arrived. The rooms were very suitable and clean and slippers and robes were left in our room. The breakfast buffet was fantastic with a wide variety of fresh fruits, breads, vegetables, cereals , eggs, and on and on and on. The only drawback for some of our party was the uphill walk from the parking area below...but everyone managed! We all said we would return to this hotel in the future.

Room Tip: Choose a room with either a separate balcony or one large terrace shared by 4 rooms.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank adnilb
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Dear Costumer,
we thank you very much for your positive feedback.
It is always a great pleasure to know that our clients appreciate our effort to make their stay as enjoyable as possibile .

We hope to see you and your friends, again soon.

Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
Booking office

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Reviewed October 24, 2011

If I could ave chosen 3.5 stars I would have done.

Overall this hotel is of a good standard. The room was a little dated in its décor but a good size and had good storage, I appreciated the free spumante and fresh fruit in the room on arrival and the tea and coffee in the rooms. The view from the balcony was lovely. The room walls are disappointing very thin and noise can be heard from above and at the sides. Also the shower did leak a bit and caused a little bit of smell.

The breakfast was mostly good except the hot food which was very limited, and very bland as nothing was seasoned and the scrambled egg was disgusting. However, there was a very good selection of fresh fruit, fresh orange juice, croissants and brioches.

The outside areas around the hotel are well kept and the hotel is reasonably attractive.

Reception staff were helpful and the bar drinks where in line with prices in Taormina.

The location is very close to the centre and very useful for local buses and excursions pick ups.

We did not eat at the hotel because there are so many restaurants to chose from in Taormina.

I would go back to this hotel as relative to other hotels in Taormina it is reasonably priced and in a good location. Taormina overall is a very expensive place to holiday.

Room Tip: pay extra for the seaview and balcony, avoid the hot food at breakfast.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank sarahandMartb
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Dear Madame,
we thank you very much for having posted a review. For us all the feedback are important to improve our services.
Regarding your comment about the rooms ,we would like to inform you that this year we have done some renovations both in rooms than in services.
We are Sorry to read that breakfast was not of your taste : it is usually very appreciated from our guests for its wide choise of hot and cold foods.

We hope to welcome you back again to enjoy our new improvements.



Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
Booking office

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Reviewed October 24, 2011

A week there and I could say the nationalities of all the persons next to my bedroom. It's a very noisy place, moving a chair, having a shower, anything which can make your stay a nightmare. When you wake up every night due to the noise, it's a shame.

On the other hand, the breakfast was perfect and excellent, the location great, the view nice and the personel was dedicated to make your stay nice and happy.

Room Tip: Rooms located on the right sides endding with 18
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Thank swissbox
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HotelAristonTaormina, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Ariston, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2012

Dear Sir,
we regret to hear that the only inconvenience with your stay was the noisy of the room.
We are Happy to know that our staff, the breakfast service and the location fulfilled your expectations.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you will plan another stay in Taormina , we will try to do all the best to assign the room in the most quiet part of the hotel.

Best Regards
Valeria Bosco
Booking office

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Address: Via Bagnoli Croce | behind the ancient Greek Theatre, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy (Formerly Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina)
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: $82 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ariston 4*
Number of rooms: 146
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Also Known As:
Parc Hotel Ariston And Palazzo Santa Caterina
Parc Hotel Taormina
Hotel Ariston Taormina, Sicily
Ariston Hotel Taormina

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