We found the Ashbee to be a peaceful and quite spot right in the centre of taormina, far away from the loud and chaotic town centre. The small pool is very impressive and the garden conjured up images of an exotic Botanical garden. We particularly appreciated the local restaurant, the St George I think, which offers one of the finest Italian cuisine I have ever tasted (my grandmother was Italian and cooked the most amazing pasta ever). I recommend having breakfast on the Roof Terrace with its spectacular and soothing views over the Straits of Messina. The only thing we were not happy about was the barman, the only way to get hold of him was to call the reception and request his presence at the bar!! So annoying!!
Friendly and helpful hotel staff though, a big thank you to Danilo, Fabrizio and Philippo and the maid (cannot remember her name though) Overall we had a good time, very grateful to them for the wonderful holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a peaceful 20th century Sicilian Villa in the heart of Taormina. The House was built in the 1908’s by Colonel Shaw-Hellier who commissioned the famous Architect Charles Robert Ashbee, English designer and entrepreneur, prime mover of the Arts & Craft movement. Easy to locate, just few steps from the main street and chic boutiques of Taormina, the hotel offers easy access to the main theatres, museums and all over objects arts, historical heritage of the city. Today, this charming house offers some of the finest accommodation in Sicily. With 24 guestrooms and suite, you will find everything required for a relaxing stay, screwing up one’s eye to English style, representative symbol of The Ashbee Hospitality. Beyond the elegant rooms, a gourmet restaurant overseen by the multiple awarded chef Heinz Beck, called St. George Restaurant by Heinz Beck. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ashbee Hotel Taormina, Sicily