Just returned from a holiday at the Grand Hotel Miramare and feel it's not up to the 4* it has been awarded. Apparently this is the last week this season as they plan to carry out refurbishment works, mainly to the furnishings and bathrooms, which are both quite dated and tatty. The position is fantastic and the staff are helpful and polite but the breakfast is unimaginative and lacks variety. The steps down to the pool were not as challenging as we had feared but that may be due to cooler weather, however the plastic sun beds were extremely uncomfortable after 30 minutes or so. We did ask whether they had any cushions we could use, but unfortunately they said no. We paid extra for a sea view room which is spectacular but unfortunately this view was from a small window without a balcony. I would therefore definitely ask for a sea view with balcony if you want to sit and admire the views. Overall, we had a really enjoyable experience and went on some fantastic tours - the local guide Maria from Thomson was exceptional and the coach drivers were really good. If you are planning on travelling up to Mount Etna you can hire coats and walking shoes but I would recommend packing a hat, gloves and some glasses as it was bitterly cold and extremely windy but well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Miramare is located only 400 meters from the centre of Taormina, just a short walk away from the funicular and the Greek theatre. The hotel, an old villa, is set within a verdent park and offers a spectacular view of the Messina Straight and Calabria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel Miramare Taormina, Sicily