To the folks who didn't like their "small" rooms - if you went to Taormina to spend time in your room, you picked the wrong vacation spot. We ended up "upgrading" to a room with a view and it was large, spacious, and the view was worth a million - yet we spent very little time there. Taormina and the local excursions are incredible.
To the folks who didn't like the breakfasts or dinners - if you went to Sicily and expected a big American or Continental breakfast, shame. It was typically Sicilian, and great. The coffee was fantastic. The dinners were delicious, especially the pasta servings. The wine flowed like honey, and the service was great.
To the folks who didn't like the idea that there wasn't a sidewalk and the walk was dangerous - yup. Did you notice, however, that there weren't sidewalks *anywhere* in the city? We walked every day, trekking to the gondola or down to the beach with the locals. It was fabulous.
To the folks who thought the beach was too far - well, the front desk offered to call a ride for us. We took them up on it one day, and for a mere 3.5 euros we got shuttled right to the beach, with chairs and umbrellas. They would even come back and get us for that price, but we opted to walk. It was glorious.
To the folks who didn't like the food - go to England next time. The Sicilian food was great, and the restaurant was incredibly accommodating and fun. They treated us to Sicilian cannoli (chocolate - yum!) the last night, and because we loved them so much they surprised us with several more at breakfast, to bring with us.
To the folks who thought the staff was rude - apparently you're not familiar with Italians, or perhaps you weren't the most polite of guests - ? In a nutshell, Italians talk loud, gesticulate, and are abrupt. They sound angry when they're not, and they say what they mean. We found EVERYONE on staff to be courteous, funny, helpful beyond compare, and generous. They helped us with our Italian, and we helped them with their English (which was pretty good.) They gave us t-shirts when we all left, and some even had tears in their eyes (as did we.) THE STAFF WAS FANTASTIC. We miss you all!
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Palace Taormina
- Hotel Bay Palace
- Bay Palace Hotel Taormina, Sicily