I visited this hotel in late October with my fiancé in order to celebrate my birthday and to give him a bit of a surprise, so I apologise for this late review.
Before making my booking I had so many questions and found Katherine so helpful and understanding as she answered all of them and replied to my numerous emails promptly and efficiently.
We had arranged our own private transfer to the hotel and when we arrived we were warmly greeted by the member of staff on reception and throughout our stay found all the staff to be very helpful and friendly.
We stayed in the Etna Suite, which is a bit more expensive, but well worth it. It was to die for. The suite was spacious and clean, all the rooms were nicely furnished and there was plenty of wardrobe/storage space. Both the lounge and the bedroom have views of Mount Etna, which are amazing. I thought Mount Vesuvius was big, but Etna is huge. We loved relaxing in the Jacuzzi bath on an evening with a glass of wine, after a busy day out and before getting ready for dinner and the fact that the bathroom ceiling lights gently changed colour helped with the relaxation even more.
It was my birthday on the Saturday and as well as waking up early in the morning of the 26th to Mount Etna actually erupting, Katherine kindly had a bottle of Prosecco and some nibbles delivered to our room, upon our return to the hotel in the afternoon, which was a lovely gesture. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed the wine, whilst sitting on the balcony, looking at Mount Etna and listening to Andrea Bocelli. I was in heaven.
The hotel runs an efficient shuttle bus every half an hour to and from Taormina, but you will need to book if the hotel is busy. We used this service frequently and found it very reliable and comfortable.
We didn’t eat at the hotel in the evenings as the restaurant was closed, so I am unable to review the evening meals, as we ate in Taormina on most nights. However, we did have breakfast and found it a bit disappointing. Sometimes there were staff to show you around, but you were mostly left to your own devices and had to find your own table. Breakfast was completely self-service from making your own tea, to watching the bread go through the toaster. The cold items on offer at breakfast were very good, various cheeses, meats and fruit, however we felt the hot food let it down slightly. When on holiday in a four star hotel, whether in the UK or abroad, we would expect there to be some sort of table service and for the hot food to be of a better quality. This is the only area that I feel the hotel could improve upon as they have everything else more than covered. If this area was improved we would have no hesitation in awarding 5 stars instead of 4.
We had a wonderful few days at Hotel Villa Angela and would like to thank all the staff for making it special. We would definitely recommend the hotel to anyone wishing to stay in Taormina.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Angela Taormina, Sicily