Villa Angela sits high upon the mountain overlooking Taoramina on the Via Leonardo Da Vinci.
Above lies the small fortress town of Castelmola.
We stayed at the tail end of June start of July. It is as most reviewers have commented a wonderful hotel. It is clean with staff that are very helpful. We had a room with a large balcony that was wonderful to rest on. The pool is good, not heated, but the terrace and pool area are clean and well kept.
When you book this hotel you will probably have been advised that there are no evening meals except on Monday. Breakfast is basic, and lunch not too bad, but you cannot help feeling that Villa Angela is missing a trick by not offering evening meals. When you have had a long day out it can be a bit of a pain to arrange another trip to town, however, if you use Al Saraceno (see below) you will not feel cheated!
Take this into account because round the immediate vicinity there is only one noteworthy restaurant, the Al Saraceno that sits above the hotel on the Madonna Della Rocca. To go to town you can pre book the hotel shuttle (€20 per week per person), and book the trip back, not very spontaneous as you will clock watch, but useful nonetheless.
Drinks, both from your mini bar and the hotel bar are reasonably priced.
There is a walkway at the end of Madonna Della Rossa that leads down to town which at a steady pace would take 15-20 minutes. To walk up anywhere in Taormina you need to be fairly fit, it will not forgive dodgy knees, backs or anyone prone to breathlessness!
The main thoroughfare, the Corso Umberto is lively, expensive, plenty of banks, cafes, and shops, but off the beaten track lies a wealth of better value eating places and shops.
There is a lovely inexpensive cafe at the end of the Via Del Ginnasio just before you get to the public gardens.
For gifts that are not souvenir in style, visit Gifts on the Via Del Ginnasio, the shop run by a lady from the lakes has a wealth if inexpensive but beautifully different gifts.
No trip to Taormina can be done without seeing the Theatro Grecco, great views and soaked in history, €8 per person, or Castelmola.
Taxi’s, which we used a lot, are €15 from/to town. The hotel are happy to book for you.
If you visit or plan a visit to Etna, good shoes and a warm coat/fleece are a must.
All in all a lovely place, super hotel, but do remember Taormina is not hilly, it is mountainous, and to get anywhere is a trek because although as he crow flies it does not seem far, the inclines and incredible winding roads with no pavements have to be negotiated.
- 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