My husband and I spent five days staying here during our honeymoon. We were in a beautiful corner room on the second floor with views of the ocean and the pool. It is a close walk to town, although we didn't realize until day two that you can get into town by going left as well as right when you leave. It is a very walkable area. Seeing all the major sights can be knocked out in an afternoon.
The top thing about this hotel is the service and concierge. My husband got bronchitis while we there and within an hour we had an appointment with a doctor in the town center, my husband had been seen and we had prescriptions in hand. The funniest thing is as we were trying to find the office in the center of town one of the guys from the front desk (who was in town picking up newspapers) appeared and pointed us in the right direction.
Ask them for suggestions on restaurants. They never led us astray. We had amazing meals based on their advice. When we asked for assistance planning our Etna trip they suggested an excellent route (we drove) that gave us a real flavor of Sicily. They also recommended we visit the Gambino vineyard on the side of Etna. It was a highlight of our trip, where we did a tasting with food pairing of cheeses etc.
Also take advantage of the free internet ( a bit of a pain due to the access code) and the DVD collection. We watched tons of movies at night and during a day we were rained in. There's a great selection of books. I actually donated a bunch before I left to lighten my suitcase.
A major plus of our room was a long hallway with luggage racks and an armoire separate from the bedroom with a sitting area. I was a tad disappointed our room didn't have a large balcony we could lounge on like the room next to ours but our room seemed to be bigger than that one.
The breakfast spread is excellent and the ambiance can't be beat. The pool is nice. One thing that isn't the hotel's fault but just a bit of advice...Getting to Isola Bella the beach the hotel is overlooking is a hike. There is a cable car you can take but I'm afraid of heights. The hotel can arrange for a free shuttle to a nearby nice beach but you have to pay (I think) 10 euro a person to get on there. The beaches are also quite rocky.
We'd go back in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Carlotta is an aristocratic 1860 Sicilian villa converted into a luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Taormina at 5/7 minutes walk to the historical pedestrian area of town. Our hotel, member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, is located in a panoramic and tranquil part of Taormina, overlooking the Ionian sea, lush mediterranean gardens, Italy’s mainland coast and on one side Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most interesting active volcano.You can feel an informal and elegant atmosphere all around the hotel which has been decorated individually by celebrated Italian interior designers making it an idyllic place, ideal for honeymooners or for those looking for romance, relax and good Sicilian food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlotta Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Carlotta Taormina, Sicily