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“Small rooms” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Condor
Ranked #23 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Small rooms”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We booked into this hotel for 4 nights and thought it looked okay for the internet. We were taken to our room and it was so small we couldn't even walk past each other. The shower in the bathroom was the same, you could hardly turn around and the curtain kept sticking to you as there was just no room to move. The cleaners came and we weren't ready to leave and they waited outside the door so we felt pressured. On saying this the breakfast area on the roof was lovely and so were the people. It was a shame about the room which said it had a view but not one you could sit outside and admire, it was only a peak.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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London
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We arrived to the hotel by taxi which I think is the best choice as the streets in the town are rather narrow. The check-in was quick and staff was friendly throughout our stay. They also gave advice about what to see in the area. The hotel is located just behind the town walls on a steep hill, 5 minutes walk to the main shopping street lined with shops and affordable restaurants. And from there it was very easy to get to all tourist attractions. If you are keen on walking then from the hotel there was walking route to the beautiful village of Castelmola.
Our room was in good order, there was a safe to store your valuables. The only problem with our room was a odd smell from the shower drain... which spread throughout the room. Otherwise the bathroom was good, with bidet. There was a small balcony providing views towards the sea. If you are lucky you might wake up one day to a layer of ash on the balcony from nearby volcano Etna. But bear in mind that the first thing you see is the roof of a large car park and the roundabout. Also when we stayed there there were quite advanced construction works on at least two blocks. Also the walls dividing the rooms are not very well insulated and you could easily hear your neighbours.
The breakfast was served on the top floor on the terrace which had much better views, the breakfast is nice and fresh but after a week of having the same thing every day (ham, cheese, rolls and coffee) was a little bit boring. In the evening you could order drinks on the terrace.
To sum up, it's an affordable hotel in not that cheap town and that is its main advantage.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Arek80
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Edmonton, Canada
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204 reviews
186 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Taormina is not an easy destination to find value accommodation with a certain standard - thankfully we found Hotel Condor. The hotel is well looked after and maintained, and spotlessly clean. Parking is 10 Euros/day in a secure parking area as there is no nearby street parking. Our room #35, a sea view room was impeccably clean, and comfortable. I was very impressed with additional pillows provided in the closet that were clean and covered with a pillow protector. For a 2 star hotel, Kleenex was provided which was a surprise. The bathroom was very large, and the shower has plenty of hot water. The in-room safe was the largest of any of our accommodation. We had a balcony with 2 chairs that we were able to enjoy with a sea view however you are set back in the hillside and overlooking a parkade in the foreground but the view of the sea is very nice. The location is ideal as it is a short 10 minute walk through the historical gate to the Corso. Breakfast was simple with a croissant and rolls but the cappuccinos more than made up for it. The staff are charming, considerate and helpful and it is a family hotel. I don't know the name of the older gentleman that worked reception, but he is very caring and kind, a highlight of our interactions at the hotel. I highly, highly recommend Hotel Condor and if we returned to Taormina, this would be our hotel of choice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank flymeaway2
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Sacramento, CA
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149 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Very close to all the historic sites AND the tourist shopping area, this small hotel rewards the driver who can find it with inviting warmth and an attentive staff. Parking is an additional 10 euro/day if you don not want to risk your car on the narrow streets but the room prices are so reasonable that the parking fee is painless. I am writing this in Room 53 which has a nice ocean view from the small balcony. The bathroom has only a shower, but there is plenty of hot water.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank gparrott
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Mississauga, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We recently stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. Great family run hotel. We arrived by bus. Easy to find, but bit of a hill. Well worth the walk as breakfast on the Terrence includes the most incredible view of the sea and city. Plus, homemade peach tiramisu by family member. Little grocery store down the street for snacks and water. We had quad room, very spacious for European standards. Great find and front staff were so helpful and very welcoming to us. Great place for good night sleep and breakfast. The city is explored on foot, very little time spent at hotel, but exceeded our expectations for 2 star rating.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Sina R
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Condor, we had a sea view room with a balcony, which provided an amazing view of one of the most amazing thunder storms I have ever seen! In the morning the sun came out to show a spectacular sea view.

The staff were friendly, giving us good advice on all the sites we could see in the town, and helping with a trip up Etna (which unfortunately the tour company had to cancel due to the weather, but I can't blame the hotel for that). The hotel is a short walk (10 mins max) from the main part of the town, but if you can walk 10 mins then thats no problem

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Wildfalcon
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had a very enjoyable four-night stay at Hotel Condor in April 2012. I had a corner room with a small balcony that overlooked the sea - lovely view and nice place to sit and relax! The room (a double) was a very good size and very clean. The bathroom on the small size but perfectly adequate with a shower cubicle and its own window. It too was very clean. The breakfast on the terrace each morning was a great way to start the day. The location I thought was very good - just a few minutes' walk into the heart of Taormina and all the shops etc. Ilaria and Marcello at the front desk were very helpful and friendly - and spoke English when my limited Italian failed me! Very nice hotel and very good value for money in a town that can be very expensive. Another great thing about this place is it's just down the road from Pasticceria d'Amore, which I found to have the best cannoli in all of Taormina. Yum!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Condor
Address: Via Dietro Cappuccini 25, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Condor 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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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