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“traditional service at a great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Schuler
Ranked #8 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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Geneva, Switzerland
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295 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“traditional service at a great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My wife and I just completed a three night stay at Villa Schuler, 16-19 March. The rental car drive from Catania to Taormina, in the dark, was a bit of a challenge so we felt good about a professional and at the same time warm, professional reception at 21:30, and the eye for detail ("no worries about your car, we'll park it in the garage you booked"). The junior suite on the top floor with its magnificent view is well worth the minimal extra cost. Breakfast at Villa Schuler is delightful, staff purposely renders old-fashioned service rather than having you queue for a messy buffet - and there is an extensive choice (the mozzarella is not to be missed!). The best part is the location: a walkup through the hotel's botanical garden and you are in the middle of Taormina's main street. While Sicily is suffering the same unseasonal cold this March 2013 as the rest of Europe (relatively speaking) it didnotaffect our stay: Villa Schuler has central heating and the view of the snowcapped Etna from the hotel's rooftop terrace was a great compensation. Thanks to the invariably friendlly and service oriented staff.

Room Tip: Front-side, topfloor Junior suites are worth the extra money. When travelling by car renting a garag...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I have visited this hotel 3 times and would go back again and again! It is lovely with lovely gardens, beautiful view, wonderful staff and great accessibility to the town of Taormina. The breakfast are delicious and offer a great variety of food. Eating on the terrace is truly a treat and we have been able to eat out there every day for all 3 visits. Just can't say enough about this hotel! Heaven!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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GerhardSchuler, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Dear Anne B,
your positive feedback proves that personalized services make the difference. The constantly growing number of our regular guests motivates our entire team. Looking forward to your fourth visit
Christine and Gerhard Schuler
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Villa Schuler for 2 wonderful nights during our trip in Sicily. It was a stopover before continuing our journey to visit my family in Agrigento (Burgio). We booked this hotel 2 months in advance from New York and we were extremely happy with our decision. We had a top floor junior suite with an amazing balcony & gorgeous views overlooking the sea. The room itself was spacious and there was an extra sitting area with a table and chairs in the room in addition to the outdoor balcony area. The room was clean, bed was comfortable, there was a safe in the room for our valuables and the bathroom was a decent size with a Jacuzzi shower & the AC worked very well in June (2012). The hotel is located in such a wonderful convenient location, steps away from Corso Umberto right through their beautiful garden. Everything is in walking distance. The complementary gourmet breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea and Mt. Etna was just breathtaking. The food was outstanding & offered more than the traditional “Italian” breakfast…. the options were plentiful and the food was delicious. The service was also great, the waiters & waitresses were attentive & accommodating. I was also happy to know that most of the staff were fluent in English (even though my boyfriend and I both speak Italian). We were also able to park our car at the hotel and not have to worry about it for the 2 nights/3 days that we were in Taormina. The front desk was also very friendly & answered all our questions. We did not utilize the top floor terrace (since we had our own) but we did go up there to see the view & it was a great space & had wonderful views. We contemplated staying one extra night but since we had other hotels already reserved for the rest of our trip we couldn’t stay. This hotel was recommended to me by someone on Tripadvisor & I am so glad I took their advice. It was not the first time for us in Sicily, but it was the first time for us together in Taormina and we loved every minute of it. If we ever get back to Taormina, we’ll definitely stay at Villa Schuler again!

Room Tip: "Top floor junior suites" offer amazing views
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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GerhardSchuler, Manager at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear guests from Queens, NY

Thank you for a remarkable review remembering a pleasant stay 8 months later.

Our approach is delivering personalized services and your promise „if we ever get back to Taormina“ makes us happy.

In the meanwhile we completed our seasonal winter refurbishings. Many innovations and improvements took place in the last 3 months and we are going to start the new season, as scheduled, on March 9, 2013.

Arrivederci e grazie!
Christine and Gerhard Schuler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Taormina is commercialized but this is not a problem as it is such a delightful place to visit. Hotel Schuler is located just a few steps from the main street via their gardens. Everything is within walking distance and Taormina has some of the best restaurants, if you are willing to choose and pay for the best ones.
We opted for a room with a large terrace that had wonderful views of the sea and Etna. Besides the terrace our room included a separate area with a table and chairs.
Breakfast was excellent and it was a joy to sit in the shade eating breakfast with wonderful scenery.
The hotel is very well presented, charming and recommended.

Room Tip: Double room with bath and balcony recommended.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Villa Schuler is conveniently located near the Corso Umberto of Taormina but it is separated from the confusion by a beautiful garden, ensuring uiet nights and great sleep. On the other side you have a stunning view of the sea side. Rooms are ok, but the real highlight is the FANTASTIC breakfast they offer you on the sunny terrace facing the seaside.
Can highly recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Great location, nice facilities, and reasonable prices are a recipe for success. Extremely polite and professional staff makes check in/check out a breeze and the complementary gourmet breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea something to write home about. Beautiful gardens and minutes from numerous restaurants, shops, and sites. Outstanding!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My wife and her friend stayed here almost 10 years ago, and our recent visit together only confirmed her recollection that it is a gorgeous hotel in a gorgeous place, and unreasonably priced to boot. We agree with other reviewers that the included breakfast would be exceptional even if it wasn't accompanied by a breathtaking view overlooking the Ionian Sea. Our room (#1) was huge, comfortable, quiet, and well-appointed, although lacking a view. Villa Schuler is an easy uphill walk from the main shopping area in Taormina, but also a quick walk from the very lovely botanical garden. The staff was friendly, helpful, and fluent in English.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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GerhardSchuler, Direttore at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
It was a pleasure to read that also this new visit to our hotel fulfilled your expectations. Your review was posted on the day before our traditional winter closure for refurbishings and so I would like to inform you that we will reopen on March 9, 2013 with lots of improvements and innovations.

We are all looking forward to welcome you again at our hotel.

Christine and Gerhard Schuler
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Property: Hotel Villa Schuler
Address: Piazzetta Bastione / Via Roma, I-98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Taormina
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Schuler 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Converted from a Sicilian mansion into a hotel in 1905, historic Villa Schuler is most probably the oldest owner run hotel in Sicily. Extensively refurbished in recent years emphasizing its original elegance, charm and atmosphere. Superbly situated high above the Ionian Sea, its unique position offers stupendous views of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos. Centrally located just 2 minutes walk to traffic free "Corso Umberto" and 10 min. To the Greek-Roman theatre. Surrounded by its own extensive, subtropical, shady terraced botanic gardens. Other amenities include the elegant Orangery, the scenic Palm Terrace, a panoramic lift, the Rooftop Lounge&Terrace, free Wi-Fi, 24h bar and room service, valet parking and garages. Breakfast embracing Slow Food criteria is served "a la carte" in the breakfast room, in the Orangery, on the Palm Terrace overlooking the whole coastline or in your room. Courtesy mountain bikes. Shuttle-service to partner beaches. Tennis courts nearby. Eco-certified ISO 14001. ... more   less 
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