My Husband and I stayed at Villa Angela late Summer. We were really looking forward to the experience based on the reviews.
We are well travelled, going abroad approx 5 times per year, mainly staying in 5 or 4 star accomodation worldwide.
We had booked a package with Thomson, unusual for us, we normally travel independantly. We skipped the free coach transfer at the airport and took a taxi, glad we did as we arrived almost 2 hours ahead of other guests on our plane. The hotel are happy to arrange a taxi transfer for you at no extra cost compared to picking one up at the airport. It was quite a trek from the airport, almost 1 hour and the journey was not at all scenic until we reached Taormina.
Check in was fast with Charlie giving us a briefing about the hotel and surrounding area which was useful.
We had booked a Delux room as this is all that was available to us, it is the hotels most basic room. Upon entering our room the view was magnificent, overlooking the hotels pool, Etna, mountains and the bay below. The outside terrace was almost as large as the room with sun loungers and a table and chairs. The terrace was not private as the plants that grow between balconies are quite sparse. Each room has a wonderful view so no worries on that score. The room interior was basic with no creature comforts and small. There was not enough draw, cupboard or wardrobe space, thank goodness we were only staying for 1 week. By the way, we don't travel with the kitchen sink either, only the necessary's for a weeks holiday. The bathroom was very disappointing, very basic in need of a full makeover, tired and worn and old fashioned by todays standards. The shower was over the small slippery bath, water pressure was not great and the toilet was crammed into the corner. Obviously we had our own toiletries but the hotels were sparse and cheap with 2 plastic drinking cups and nothing to store toothbrushes/toothpaste in - very 2 to 3 star in our opinion.
The hotels terrace, gardens & pool area are kept very nice. Plenty of sunbeds, we never had a problem getting one. It is very relaxing and peacful too.
The dining terrace is lovely with beautiful views. The breakfast however was rather odd. Daily there was fresh bread, a couple of cheese selections and a couple of cooked meats. Fruit was very limited and not quickly replenished, the fruit juice was not freshly squeezed but that fake stuff. There were cakes and pastries daily. There were different types of cold vegetables each morning ranging from wilted spinach, cold peas with ham, roasted vegetables, cold potatoes, olives and onions. If you wanted for example hot eggs, smoked salamon or bacon you had to pay extra - not very 4 star at all.
We had a couple of lunches at the hotel on both occasions they were very nice.
The location of the hotel is away from centre of Taormina up very steep hills. On a cloudy day we took advantage of the cloud cover and walked down to the centre, it took about 15 mins. I would imagine only anyone training for the next Olympics would attempt the walk back up hundreds of steps. We used the hotels mini bus facility, we paid a small fee for the week and used to book it each morning for the day ahead, sometimes using it there and back twice a day. Only on 1 occasion did it forget to collect us from town, we phoned the hotel and they sent is straight down for us. One advantage of the hotels location is its stunning views as it so high up.
The staff are great, a real asset to the hotel, nothing was too much trouble, especially the staff in the dining room. Everyone was so friendly and keen to please.
The beaches in Taormina were not great, we did venture down to them on the cable car but quickly retreated back up to the town. The town itself is medieval and gothic. There were lots of nice shops to look around, a few bars and lots of restaurants, we did take the hotels guidance on dining out options after a couple of dodgy meals out.
Overall we felt Taormina was more of a city break rather than a beach holiday. We would recommend it but perssonally would not visit again. Other lovely accomodation we came accross whilst walking around the town was Hotel Villa Ducale, a great central spot but quiet, and if you wanted to spend a little more money, Grande Hotel Timeo, a wonderful location, in the town, we had drinks there and it was beautiful, quite close to the lovely botanical gardens which are simply a must for a walk around and opposite the ampitheatre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Super-friendly boutique hotel with only 27 rooms and an intimate, informal atmosphere ensuring that every guest feels instantly at home. Set in a tranquil location above Taormina with spectacular views that stretch from the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea all the way to the top of the volcano, magnificent Mount Etna, and up to the picturesque, medieval hilltop village of Castelmola, Villa Angela is a wonderful example of welcoming Sicilian hospitality. Enjoy delicious buffet breakfasts and authentic Sicilian lunches on our panoramic poolside restaurant terrace. With swimming pool and free car park, Villa Angela offers an unforgettable vacation in romantic rooms (all with free wi-fi, air conditioning/heating, furnished balconies and breathtaking views) amidst the warmth and hospitality of a splendid Sicilian residence. ... more less
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- Hotel Villa Angela Taormina, Sicily