Villa Riis is perfectly located at the top of the Corso Umberto, a 2 minute walk to the main street. I booked a single and was pleasantly surprised to be given a rather large double on the top floor, what I imagine to be one of the better rooms, I suspect this was because they were very quiet as June is classed out of season. The staff were friendly if a little reserved but seemed genuine and whilst they lack the typical in your face bright smile typical hotel service approach, its not necessarily a bad thing. The hotel itself is a very beautiful both building and interior with amazing views over the Mazzuro coast, yes it in need of some TLC but it does have a certain charm. However, breakfast is bad, they desperately need to address this, I went down on the first of 4 mornings and didn't bother again. The swimming pool was empty all week, i spent a couple of hours there on my last day and like everything else a bit of TLC and it could be even better but the pool is clean, there are sunbeds and towels and its serenely peaceful. Overall my stay was pleasant, not amazing but I have seen and stayed in worse places. There are some low budget quick wins to be made at Villa Riis ( breakfast, sweep round the pool, lighting) to attract more clientele to then pay for the bigger investment required. Don't rule out Villa Riis
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vill Riis is a 4 - star , Baroque style hotel in the real centre on Taormina, only 10 meters from the main avenue Corso Umberto. All rooms are facing the Golf of Taormina and the lovely, always green park and on the right one can enjoy the view of the Mount Etna. Clients can enjoy an amazing sunset on the hotel's terrace while taking a sip of the local wines and listening the relaxing music.During the hot days our clients can refresh themselves in the outdoor swimming pool or they can simply relax by the pool or in the pool-bar. For the lovers of active holidays there is a tennis court which is surrounded by the trees and so offers a refreshing shadow while one is playing. Hotel Villa Riis collaborates with the City of Taormina and the Taormina Art so we are always informed about what is going on in Taormina and we keep informed also our clients by apdating our web site each day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riis Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Riis Taormina, Sicily