We have just returned from a week at the Kristina Hotel and were frankly disappointed..
Firstly on a positive note it is situated in a great position - views of Mount Etna are amazing! The rooms were cleaned everyday and the towels changed. The staff were friendly enough, I especially liked the two guys serving breakfast, esp the small guy who was always rushing about.
But on a negative note alas there is plenty. Firstly on arrival we were "greeted" at reception by the manager/owner who although polite enough was by no means welcoming. First impressions of the room was how dark, drab and dingey they are. The bathroom is very dated with no shower curtain, no enamel still visible on the bath. Every time we attempted to use the shower the whole room got soaked!
There was no information in the room regarding Taormina, only rules, such as not to use the electricity power points!
The balcony was so small it virtually just accomodated us . And the biggest problem by far is the noise - noise from the busy road which is right outside, noise from the building work being carried out on the hotel, noise from other peoples rooms - in the bathroom you could clearly hear your neighbours. The air con was switched off but it was still hot at night , hence had the doors open, so we had to sleep wearing earplugs and chance being bit to death by mosquitoes!
The breakfast was okay but certainly room for improvement - the juices tasted like diluted squash, the scrambled egg if you were lucky enough for some to be left by 8.30, was cold and very limited selection.
Other couples also complained and were told that because its only a 3 star hotel and cheap for Taormina what did we expect. Okay it is cheap for that area but it made a cheap B+B in Blackpool look tasteful!
Final conclusion - If it hadn't been so noisy mainly due to where its situated the points above wouldn't have mattered as much, but the fact that peace and quiet was the main thing I needed from this holiday - made it a big let-down.
Taormina is on the otherhand everything and more, it has great restaurants, boutiques, garden retreats, the architecture is amazing. Loved going down little alleys to experience something different every time. Loved people watching, saw weddings, children playing, artists on the main square - you name it its got it. The beach we preferred was in Lettujani which is only a 15 min bus ride away. It is quieter than the others, less crowded and free to use! The restaurants we recommend are Ristorante Cucina Tipica Siciliana and Austeria Rita which is bit cheaper than most but with very good food and friendly staff. The walk upto Castlemola is well worth it, from the Krisitna there are steps all the way up and takes approx an hour to the top.
Hope you enjoy your trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This three-floor family-run hotel was built in the early sixties on the hillside at Taormina and enjoys superb views across the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. Hotel Villa Kristina features an outdoor pool on a sunny terrace with a poolside bar, sun loungers and parasols, all open seasonally. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kristina Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Kristina Taormina, Sicily