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Hotel La Pensione Svizzera
Ranked #14 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This place looks unassuming from the exterior but is charming indoors. There is a lovely courtyard where complimentary tea is served in the afternoon and the room was spacious by Italy standards. Staff spoke English, were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was one of the best we had in a month of touring Italy. Very clean premises and the location couldn't be better for exploring the Corso on foot. Lots of restaurants nearby and a gorgeous view. Would defintely stay here again.

Room Tip: There is no elevator but staff helped carry the luggage.
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We found this hotel from the 'Rough Guide' and were not disappointed. The staff are very friendly and most speak good English No lift but our cases were carried up to the second floor by the porter. And each day we had plenty of exercise! Breakfast till 10am suited us well. Didn't have to rush down to get there early. Plenty of comfortable chairs outside in the shade of palm trees. Complimentary beach towels are available when one books a minibus to the beach. The reception will organise taxis to and from Catania Airport. It takes just under an hour in normal traffic conditions. We even had a view from our balcony of the house the author D H Lawrence rented in the early 1920s.

Room Tip: Room 9 on the 2nd floor is great with sea views. The balcony is small but it didn't stop us enjo...
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We visited sicily as a family and stayed in various places in different hotels over a period of seven days and we stayed in la pensione svizzera for the last 3 nights and enjoyed it very much. The breakfast was excellent as was the choice of tea in the afternoon. We would all recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a comfortable friendly, well located place to stay. Try the day trip to the beach for 8€ includes bus return journey, sun bed and towels.
Hotel is well located close to cable car and town. Taormina is a lovely town which needs a minimum of 3 days for a comfortable time to get to know the place.

Room Tip: We only stayed in room 3 which was perfect for 3 people. It has a nice big balcony with typical ital...
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The hotel is nice as long as you don't mind lots of steps and cats wandering around in the garden courtyard. Our room was on the second floor and was very clean and qauint with a lovely view of the water. Shower is extremely small even by Italy's standards, but clean. One problem was we received a complinetary bottle of wine upon check-in waiting in our room, and would loved to have sipped a glass or two while sitting on the balcony, except no corkscrew to open bottle. Bottle made rest of trip with us and was finally consummed back in States. You can't beat the location if you come by bus. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the bus terminal. Nor can you beat the location with regards to walking to the Corso. Would stay again.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a room with a view and be aware that there is no elevator to get to your room...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Lovely friendly staff who speak excellent English. Lady at breakfast very attentive and keeps everything replenished including the wonderful variety of cakes. Bedrooms cleaned daily with fresh linen. We were on the second floor with great views over the sea, very glad to be no higher. Liked the arrangement of the bus shuttle to beach and towels provided.
Would definately consider returning to this hotel.
Hotel cats present in garden.

Room Tip: Would recommend first floor with sea view and large balcony
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

This place was recommended by a coworker from last year. It was everything she promised and more! Five minute's walk from the Corso, it was quiet but convenient. The breakfast was excellent (first eggs and bacon we've had in Italy!). Be aware that there's no elevator, so the better rooms do require a climb. But the view is worth every step. The staff went above and beyond to help with some special needs we had. They also made excellent recommendations for restaurants and adventures. Plus my husband found American football for the first time in two weeks and was in heaven. We will definitely be back!!

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Lovely small hotel, as clean as you could wish for, superb breakfast selection. All looked after by the friendliest & most professional staff you are ever likely to encounter. No lift to our 4th floor room but we were made well aware of that, the view more than compensated for that. Bathroom was small but immaculate. We will visit again as soon as we are able.

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Additional Information about Hotel La Pensione Svizzera

Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: $112 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Pensione Svizzera 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Pensione Svizzera is a small charming hotel ideally located in Via Pirandello, the most central panoramic road of Taormina, where you'll find yourself. Only 4 minutes walk from the city centre and Corso Umberto, Taormina's main drag next to the cable-car that brings down to Mazzaro, Taormina's most popular beach, as well as to the busterminal leading to the white-sandy beaches in the surroundings. ... more   less 
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