I chose this hotel from a website based on the stunning views it showed - when we were driving up steep multiple hairpin bends I realised why the view was so amazing and hoped it was worth it...
We had a worrying start with an unfriendly hotel receptionist who tried to give us a room without the view of Etna and the bay. Luckily, I produced an email that promised this would be available for us and a smiley receptionsit quickly and efficiently checked us into a small, clean room that opened onto a huge balcony with the most amazing vista. Wow. This view was described in DK guidebook as 'one of the greatest in the world' & I think this budget hotel's view beats some of the more expensive places further down the mountainside.
Bathroom was small and clean. Air Conditioning was very weak but kept the room just bearable overnight. Rooms were cleaned perfectly - even an item I thought I had lost was put prominently on the bed for me to find. A typical European budget room. The swimming pool was small but perfect for an early evening dip and lounge before preparing to go out again. I sometimes felt a bit ripped off by the price of beers at the bar but it's an expensive resort and we did enjoy those beers!! Breakfast was adequate.
Other reviewers have complained about the steps. Well, the reception staff were really helpful about providing information on bus times and we quite happily walked down the steps to town - amazing views of Taormina square and the Greek Theatre on the way - and then caught the last (cheap, modern, air conditioned) bus home at about midnight. It was great fun being slightly tipsy and going round those tight hairpins in a bus! One night we missed the last bus and paid €15 to get back which was comparable to Sheffield prices regarding distance etc and worth paying rather than climbing the steps. We also had a hire car which made going to the local beaches quick and easy during the day - good, free parking at the back of the hotel and cheap parking at the beach. But one day we went down the steps and used the cable car to the beach which was fun too, so quite manageable without a car. Recommended as long as you're not too fussy.
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- Also Known As:
- Sole Castello Taormina, Sicily
- Sole Castello Hotel Taormina