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Hotel Villa Paradiso
Ranked #26 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
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Belfast, NI
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
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“Very comfortable”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

I booked this hotel as a gift for a friend at the start of January whilst we were all visiting Taormina. When I was booking it I was really surprised the prices were so good for what seemed to be such a nice room and was almost waiting to hear that it wasn't as good as on the website. But if anything it was better. I had also been concerned about whether it would be warm enough since Taormina hotels are often more set up for coolness than heat. However when I visited I was very surprised at how warm it was, perfect for my friends.

I spent a little time at the hotel myself and was impressed. The wifi was great and worked in the rooms as well as the lobby, in my experience this is unusual in Taormina. And I was also able to log in as a visitor which I really appreciated. The views from the room were lovely and the whole hotel had just the right balance between being clean but also very comfortable. When we ordered prosecco they offered to open the rooftop restaurant for us even though it was out of season - though the room was so pleasant we declined. They also delivered a range of snacks with the wine meaning we didn't need a starter when we went out for dinner. They thoughtfully put the meat separately from everything else as well which suited the veggies in the party. When we picked up a bottle of wine ourselves too they happily delivered glasses which some hotels are much less accommodating about. The staff in general were very nice as well and nothing was too much trouble. I also heard good reports about the breakfast but didn't get to try it myself!

The hotel were also good at dealing with emails etc about the booking and helping me to arrange paying for it as a gift.

Overall I would definitely recommend it.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Malta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed at this hotel between the 3rd and 6th January. We booked a standard room, but were given a level 5 room with terrace (double room) which had really a fantastic view of MOunt Etna and Giardini Naxos. The view was really breathtaking from the room. The staff were very helpful. We reserved parking and it was just 50metres away from the Hotel, inside a Garage. Very nice Stay, thanks Villa Paradiso & Staff. The location is inside the historic centre. Just up a stairs and you will find yourself in Corso Umberto.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Silver Creek, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2013

What a great place to stay in Taormina! Our room overlooked the coastline and the Ionian Sea and the hotel is situated at the entrance to the Public Garden. If you exit the hotel and turn right then left you are literally 3 minutes from the Corso Umberto. The staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were large and comfortable. We never wanted to leave. We did utilize their shuttle to go to their beach club, which was a very nice treat. We did not eat any meals there except for the breakfasts, which were a nice start to the day. Should I be fortunate enough to be able to return to Taormina, there is no doubt that I will stay at the Villa Paradiso again!

Room Tip: Be sure to request a room with a view. We were on the 4th floor and it was perfect.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Nunney, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2013

We chose this hotel after reading lots of reviews about how friendly the staff were and the lovely restaurant overlooking the sea. We did not find the staff friendly or particularly helpful, in fact we hardly ever saw the same staff so there was no opportunity to develop any sort of relationships. We went to the restaurant on our first evening as we did not arrive until 8.00 pm, even though they served until 9pm we felt very unwelcome and consequently didn't eat there again. The food was very mediocre and quite pricy. Breakfast was very uninspiring and even though the view was beautiful it didn't make up for the quality of the service or the food. The room was clean, plenty of hot water, storage space and free wi-fi so no complaints there. The hotel did not have good sound proofing and we were woken on a few occasions by people returning at night. The location is good, very near the main shopping street and about 15 minutes walk from bus station. The hotel has a link with a beach resort but as it was November we cannot comment on it. Lots of lovely restaurants around, serving very good food at reasonable prices. Overall we enjoyed Taormina its a lovely little town, with amazing roads and walk, perched right on the side of a hill with views of Etna, if we were to return, we would stay in a different hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Hotel was excellent in every respect from initial welcome to reluctant farewell after superb relaxing holiday. Centrally located within couple of minutes of Corso Umberto central thoroughfare and shops. Greek theatre nearby and hotel is next to the town communal garden. Stunning views of Etna and the bay below where you can often see cruise and masted ships at anchor. Handily placed for bus station and coach pick up stops if going on local tours

Rooms clean and comfortable and well laid out and seviced daily. Roof top restaurant is grat for breakfast and daily evening meal if dont want to frequent the many nearby excellent restaurants and famous Bam Bar for their varied granitas

Staff friendly and accomodating and free use of nearby Beach club with laid on shuttle was an added bonus

Highlyt recommend this as a base and and oasis of tranquility with varied walks in and around Taormina

Room Tip: Ask for a superior room as they come with terrace view over bay and towards Etna
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

We had a great 4 days here, loved Taormina, and this hotel is in a great spot, with the most amazing views. The rooms are big and could do with a bit of maintenance, but don't be put off, friendly staff, good food and they have a beach property as well which is just awesome. We spent a day down at the beach - you are treated like royalty, beautiful pool, grounds, great food, friendly staff. Would highly recommend this hotel

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

One of the many reasons to stay for a while in Taormina is its setting high above the coast and the proximity to Mount Etna. This hotel, depending on your room, offers probably the finest views and they are magical. This is a third generation family owned hotel with the grandparents still holding the reines but ably supported by several tiers of their family awaiting the opportunity to add a slightly more modern feel to the establishment. The historical style and furnishings are what gives it it's charm and distinguishes it from the sameness too often found. The location is moments away from the fascinating town centre and numerous excellent restaurants, the historic venues and the adjoining public gardens once part of the hotel when it was owned by an ex mistress of The Prince of Wales(not the current one obviously). Other reviewers have expressed disappointment with the choices of breakfasts but it was normal fare fore much of Sicily. The coffee was strong and black, the choice of fresh fruit good and the sixth floor setting unbeatable. It you indulge in a full lunch and a splendid dinner in the town you really don't need eggs cooked to oreo.

The hotel own a very fine beach resort and shuttle bus service to it(free) and the garden, pool, restaurant of high standard, plus the black volcanic sand beach are well worth the detour. The gardens have bee a labour of love by the grandmother and you will find avacados hanging on trees, sweet ginger with wonderfully perfumed blooms, even bananas growing amongs herbs and some spices for the kitchen.

Parking outside is limited to three free spaces but they have a secure indoor garage close by at 17 euros per average car per 24 hours. Driving to the hotel needs strong nerves.

Room Tip: There are four amply spacious rooms on the fifth floor with their own verandahs equipped with lounge...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Paradiso
Address: Via Roma 2, 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
#19 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Paradiso 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated a few metres from the historical center of Taormina, and a stone's throw from the main street (Corso Umberto) and the Congress Building; the hotel overlooks: The Bay of Naxos, Etna volcano, the public gardens and tennis courts.From 01/06/10 al 15/10/10, a fully equipped beach service is available free at the "Paradise Beach Club" lido in Letojanni (garden overlooking the sea with swimming pool) with a shuttle service at about 10 minutes from the hotel. ... more   less 
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