What a stay we had, in such a friendly homely hotel. The staff were fantastic, very accommodating - arranging taxis, trip to Etna, advise on restaurants etc...
Breakfast was good, though as some have said it'd be nice to have more fresh fruit but having stayed in a 4* hotel in Catania after this, I'd say tinned fruit is usual in Sicily...the Italians do have a funny way of doing things (see Sicilian lemonade - in 2 weeks travelling around, not one place had any traditional lemonade, only Sprite or the equivalent on offer!)
The setting is superb and the views amazing - ask for room 10 on the lower ground floor - it's on the south eastern corner with a private terrace with sun loungers that look out over the sea PLUS the bay and Etna. And the window from the bedroom? Direct view to Etna. The room above this would also be lovely, as it has two private balconies. The rooms on the lower lower ground (!) may not be the best as they appear to only have windows to the front and are under the private terraces above. Lovely rooms with high ceilings, and traditional furniture give the place such character (though the bed was two singles not a double, which was a shame). The breakfast room is, well, simply one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen.
Lovely place, great location away from the tourist madness of Taormina - easy 10 min walk into the centre though older visitors may have trouble walking up the 50 or so gentle steps every day / night.
For the money it was a bargain when compared to other hotels in Taormina. This belies
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