My wife and I liked the idea of visiting Sicily and had the money for a good trip. However, the shocking costs of the hotels in Taormina were very off putting. After some careful research we concluded that the area was quite an up-market tourist trap and plenty of money would be required to eat well and enjoy the island generally. So, we looked at the reviews and gambled on a 2 star hotel that had raves. So most of the local hotels were in 4 figures to stay for 9 days and we felt this was money wasted when the Hotel Condor was getting such good reviews.
I am pleased to say it deserves the positive reviews thoroughly, but it is a 2 star hotel. The hotel is very clean and the rooms are serviced every day. The rooms are a good size and the beds are much more comfortable than the last few 4 star hotels I had on Greek Islands! Free speedy Wifi, lots of storage space, good bathrooms, great staff always on hand and helpful. The location is great; I am writing this from the terrace of the hotel which has an amazing view to the mainland and shores below.
Breakfast is included and is as good as any 3 or 4 star I have generally had. Plus they serve it til 10am. Most places in Greece finish at 9am and the fare is not! There is Sky TV in the room, but it is mostly Italian and not much use. That said, Sky News is in English and usual Music TV is available 24/7. A "nice to have" for quiet moments. The aircon works really well, more than most 3 star hotels can say!
So what are the things that make this a 2 Star? Not sure overall, but somethings that could be an issue are:
No evening meal available, some of the rooms are a little dark due to the building design, the whole place suffers from echo and noise does travel throughout the building. I would not like to be here with a stag do crowd or hen night party.
Apart from these things, I am very happy here and recommend this place for what it is. A comfortable and affordable hotel in a beautiful town called Taormina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Condor Hotel, built on 1968, is owned by the Sparta-Longo family which made the ideal place to spend a pleasant holiday in Taormina in a warm familiar atmosphere. Its location is just 200 meters from the historical centre but away from the noise and the main traffic roads. The hotel is situated within 4 minutes walking distance to the cableway to the beach, the taxi station and within 8 minutes to the Greek-Roman Theatre, the Public Gardens, the panoramic Main Square ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Condor Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Condor Taormina, Sicily