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Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #57 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Bergen
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great place!”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

The staff was always friendly and helpful. Nice big rooms with AC, the rooms were thouroghly cleaned every day. Good breakfast. The best about this hotel is still the pool on the top floor (I used it every day) and how close it is to the beach. Only one negative: we could hear people talking from the floor above us and next to us (+ showers, wc..). Luckily we had quiet neighbours so we still slept peacefully every night. I enjoyed my stay but would not stay here again because of this.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Walsall
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have just come back from my 3rd stay at this hotel and my wife's 8th! yet another fantastic holiday and will be back in 2015. The staff are great, the food & service is first class and the place is spotless. Some modernisation is required but that all adds to the Sicilian charm of this great hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Just got back from a great stay at this Hotel, every thing was just great.The staff were so kind & helpful,food was very good each night, the Hotel overlooks the bay, you wake each morning to beautiful views.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Joyce J
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Cant understand some of the reviews for this hotel as we found it to be a really nice place to stay. Yes it is not ultra modern and maybe a little tired in places but this added to the charm and this is what we wanted a typical Sicilian hotel to stay in Taormina. Our room (404) had a wonderful view and was cleaned every day. The shower was a little small but thats the only downside to this bathroom. The staff were wonderful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. The breakfast is ok but the evening meals we found were excellent and the Friday buffet was amazing as was the entertainment. I would definately recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the sea and on the 4th or 5th floor. Room 404 was a good room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed at this hotel in June 2012 and forgot to write a review. It's been on our conscience because some of the reviews we read before we went were mixed and we felt they didn't reflect our experience. The hotel is in an ideal location, right next to a very attractive bay. The view from the balcony is picture perfect and it is really easy to take the cable car up into the main town. The hotel staff were outstanding and the food was also good with plenty of choice and lots of it. The hotel does a weekly buffet and entertainment night which was excellent and the food was amazing.
The hotel feels very Italian with marble floors and coloured tiles around the pool. The plumbing is slightly noisy but I don't think we would have thought about it if we hadn't read the other reviews. If you look closely there may be a few repairs that could be done but we found everything very clean.
If you are looking for a hotel with character, friendly staff, in a beautiful location next to an interesting town with plenty of restaurants and stunning views, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view. Choose a room nearest the sea, on the top floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Mark L
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Otley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Hotel is dated but that does not distract from the superb position overlooking the bay in Taormina Mare. We kept expecting Hercule P to waddle by it was that sort of place. The staff were excellent and nothing was too much trouble particular Christina in reception, Santos and Vincenzo in the restaurant. They were all friendly and helpful which made up for what at times was extremely poor food. Towards the end of the stay the food did improve but it was never particularly hot throughout the week. We got particularly tired of being offered fruit salad for dessert and tinned fruit at breakfast. Usual continental breakfast was adequate but possibly it needed to be covered especially the ham and cheese but not all of us in Europe are under the thumb of the EU.
The rooms were comfortable with large beds, bed linen changed regularly and plenty of wardrobe space. What made it special was of course the view from our own small balcony we were reluctant to move.
The sun deck and pool area when we arrived on Sunday looked as it hadn't been cleaned for months but the following morning it was glistening, whether they were running down as the hotel was due to close this week and were short of staff. The owner needs to stop resting on the reputation of his staff and get with it particularly by getting the food back up to scratch or change the chef.
The hotel was a 5 minute walk to the cable car and 10 mins to the steps which took you up to Taormina but be warned its strenuous but we did it both ways and it took us 15 mins.
The beach club closed end of September so we just used the facilities of the local beach. Plenty of activities await if you are inclined or you can just relax and watch others. Water is clear and good for snorkeling.
Despite the poor food we would return to the this hotel at the same time of year, when the resort is quieter.
I read reviews before we travelled out and some mentioned the noisy plumbing but it didn't bother us as we chose a room on the 5th floor. There were guests from all over Europe particular Germany and everyone was extremely friendly towards one another which made for a much more pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Upper floor room around 302/402/501/502/503
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norfolk
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This was a disappointing hotel that has seen better days. On the plus side the staff go out of their way to help and to cover for the proprietor's lack of vision, the location is good, evening meals are good and rooms are comfortable. There are, however, just too many negatives, most of which result from poor management. Staffing is at the bare minimum so that they are over stretched and not able to provide the services advertised ( bar not open in the morning for coffee and closing early each night for example). While the rooms are clean, the sun deck and pool area are not, during our week the bins in public areas were not emptied, toilets in public areas had no soap or towels and were far from satisfactory.
It would be very easy to condemn this hotel totally but that would be unfair on the staff, it would however be justified for the proprietor who has no vision of customer care and exceptionally poor interpersonal skills,
Would we go to Taormina again? Definitely. Would be stay at this hotel again? Certainly not.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ipanema Hotel
Address: Via Nazionale 242, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#30 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ipanema Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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