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“The staff make it great”
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Hotel Condor
Ranked #26 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Beautiful views on the terrace, nice and clean rooms, great breakfast, free wifi that actually works! What made it superior, however, was the service, particularly from Ileria, the front desk staff, a real sweetie who was helpful in every way. Only negative were some drunken kids on the street making late night noise with their car stereo for a few minutes, but the hotel has no control over that. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

This was our second time in Hotel Condor. As our previous stay everything was great! Especially the owners and all the staff in Hotel Condor were extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you very much for everything you did for us! We will come back some day!

Room Tip: Get a room with sea view!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

The sea view on the Taormina bay was the reason why we choose this hotel.
We booked an apartment with sea-view : two bedrooms, each one clearly mentioned on the website with sea view, living room and kitchen with sea view.
Upon arrival, none of the rooms had sea view, none of the bedrooms, nor the living room : see pictures.
We are told that it is an error on the hotel website. Indeed, the description of the rooms on the hotel website is not the same depending on the language Italian, French, or English !
We therefore asked whether the hotel can correct his mistake by proposing us sea-view rooms.
The manager showed us a communicating room with sea view, available for our stay. When we said we were ok, the manager says we have to pay the double price of our original booking !
The hotel made the mistake, they have rooms to correct their mistake, but the customer has to pay double the price to have the mistake corrected! This is just unacceptable.
The error on the website is still not corrected several months later, giving an idea of what this hotel does with customer remarks.
Everything lets the feeling that the hotel seeks to take the maximum, giving the minimum.
Our rooms were outdated, furniture like recovered from the grandmother house, the bathroom equipment was in the cheapest plastic.
The cleaning was not done properly. The bathroom was dirty.
Same thing to park the car: they proposed a “place” for 10 euros per night, a so small place, once parked you cannot open the car doors, and you must leave your key for someone to park behind you. You cannot pay the park at the same time as the room, a separate payment is required, in cash and without invoice.
The breakfast perfectly reflects this state of mind: few choice, little food, no fresh fruit , bad bread, low-cost cheese & ham, industrial orange juice diluted with water (however there is no shortage of oranges in Sicily! ), and no restocking for the last comers, even when it is still breakfast time.
The Wi-fi is presented on website as being in the whole hotel, public areas and rooms. This is not true: there is wi-fi only near the reception desk.
If you like hotels that give you something, don't go there.

Room Tip: Call before to verify the exact nature of your room !
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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10  Thank frtrip
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Marcellospta, Direttore at Hotel Condor, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2014

Dear Sir
You wrote your review after 5 month from your stay and maybe you don't remember very well.
But I would like to answer point by point.
First, you have posted the same photos that you can see in our web site at the moment of the reservation (no surprise at your arrival, you found what you have booked, including furnishing).
No where in our website you can read that the apartment is with sea view at the four side, this is impossible because the apartment is in the city, not on the rock in the middle of the sea where you can enjoy the sea view at 360 degrees, (you have posted the photo of the rooms at the four side of the accomodation).
We proposed to you our family room, with no extra cost, this room is only with partial sea view. You have decided not move in it, because you could use the the kitchen in the apartment and the view isn't better than in the apartment.
About the parking: In Taormina the parking on the street is forbidden, it's only for resident with a permit. We have an agreement with a parking area near the Hotel with extra cost of euro 10,00 a day, you can choose to park in our parking or at the public parking at euro 16,00 per day.For safety reason we ask the keys of the car, if you park in our parking.
You pay for the parking at the Hotel, at request we ask a receipt of the payment at the parking and we can include on the invoice, Just ask.

About the breakfast:
We have included the breakfast in Hotel, (the apartment it's not in Hotel and usually isn't included). We serve continental breakfast in our panoramic terrace, with choice of coffee espresso cappuccino tea, etc., made with coffee bar machine.
we serve at table cheese, ham, small croissant, and two different quality of fresh bread from the bakery, also we have a small buffet where you can find same, home made cake, cereal, boiled eggs, fresh fruit of the season including oranges when is season (September is not season, but we think is not our fault).
We suggest you to come in Sicily from December to May to enjoy our sweet oranges.

About Wi-fi We don't understand why you can use only near the reception, our computers at reception work by cable not wi-fi.
We have a wi-fi signal dedicated only for guest use, with one wi-fi bridge every three room and 1 only for the terrace and one computer for guest use for free, where our gust can print boarding pass.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Hotel Condor is a bit off the beaten tourist track, but only a 15 minute walk from the Corso Umberto and so very convenient. The room rate for a room with a view was very reasonable. The bed was comfortable, and the whole place was clean and pleasant. The shower was a bit cramped by North American standards, but comparable to most of the other higher end places I stayed on the trip. There was good waterpressure, and daily clean towels. Its relatively small and has more of a home feel to it. The elevator is miniscule but good for getting a couple of suitcases up and down.

The view in the forground is the bus station, but its quite a bit down hill and can bearly be heard. There is a nice view out to the water and some shade in the morning on the balcony. The neigbourhood dogs did bark quite a bit, but it was still nice to be able to leave the balcony doors open and enjoy the nighttime air, rather than depend on the air conditioning.

The staff/owners were very friendly and helpful, it was nice to have an option to pay either cash or credit card. The morning continental breakfast was quite decent with a variety of cereals, breads, pastries, hard boiled eggs, cured meats, cheese, juice and coffee. The breakfast area was at the top of the hotel as well, and had a pleasant view, and nice breezes.

I would certainly stay there again and definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a reasonably priced, well located and comfortable place to spend a few days.

Room Tip: I chose a room with a view, it was a small bit more expensive, but well worth it.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This hotel is well located, the service is good. The view from the hotel is nice. It's a good quality price compared to other hotel in the area. Keep in mind it's a 2 star hotel, so, it's not
Fancy by any mean. overall, We enjoyed our stay in this hotel. Breakfast is good.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We were more than satisfied with our first stay at the Hotel Condor. This was our fifth trip to Taormina and Hotel Condor is in a part of the city where we never stayed. It was very convenient to Via Umberto and yet had a neighborhood feel to it. There was a handy small grocery nearby and an excellent neighborhood restaurant. Marcello, Felipe, and the rest of the staff were extremely kind and attentive. I needed a wheelchair rental and they got it done with ease. Their rooftop Collazione was something we looked forward to each morning. We also took advantage of the Bar, for tea and coffee, after going out at night. There was some construction in the distance that was a minor interference with the view but not a big issue. Our room was compact and had all we needed, including convenience to the stairs and lobby and a street and water view. We recommended this good value hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view. Side view is a good value and still lovely.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Our second great stay at the Hotel Condor in Taormina. After a long flight from the states, our rooms were ready upon check-in and it helped to start our Sicilian vacation off to a good beginning. Lovely hotel located closed enough to walk to all the restaurants and take the cable car to the beach below. Great breakfast included with the most pleasant staff, all well managed by a sister and brother team. Wi-fi is now available in all rooms, which by the way were immaculate! Thanks Hotel Condor, we can't wait to return:) The Lo Duca Family

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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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:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: $84 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Condor 3*
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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