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“Breakfast in view of Etna”

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Hotel Villa Taormina
Ranked #28 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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West Wales
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Breakfast in view of Etna”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

What a delight this privately run hotel is. Only 10 rooms but each room is individually decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The attention from the staff and owners is first class. We enjoyed wondeful breakfasts looking out onto Mount Etna.
The hotel is tucked away just off the main street and upon entering you find it adorned with antiques and fine furniture. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and their local knowledge is superb.
We stayed for a week as our niece was getting married in a villa about 30 mins taxi ride away. We wanted to stay in Taormina as it really comes to life at night and is a wonderful place to walk around.
If you appreciate the finer things in life stay here.
One tip make sure you agree a price with the taxi drivers before you start your journey and always barter.
As for transfers from the airport to Taormina, because it is quite a distance from Catania airport we shopped around for transfers prior to our trip and chose Click Airport Transfer who I would highly recommend and you can book online at www.clickairporttransfer.com
Their service was 1st class and very reasonable compared to other companies.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the garden and plunge pool and it was tranquil and cool.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beckenham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

This was a superb find - only 10 rooms, very quiet, but only 50m from the Corso Umberto and Porta Catania. The small hotel says quality and refinement from the moment you go through the door yet at the same time the whole atmosphere is very friendly and the staff are wonderful. The panoramic views from the top floor breakfast are superb (as is the breakfast). We would go back again without question.

We usually hire a car wherever we go but on this occasion the hotel arranged a private transfer from Catania airport, given the 8pm arrival of the BA flight - a very good move - you do not want to be driving in Taormina! Take the tours to see the Greek & Roman sites - and also the local bus up to Castelmolle,both for the hairy ride and the views! Very good food at Le Naumachie and L'Arco dei Cappuccini and go to the local trattoria 'Tiramisu' for excellent traditional pasta and fish dishes. I&CT

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed at this gorgeous hotel, from the minute we arrived we were given lovely snacks and drinks which was great with 3 children. Our room gave us privacy with a sliding door and the chidren in the living area with a fantastic sea view. Breakfasts were sumptuous and plentiful and no job was too small for the attentive staff. A truly great family location as no car required and you can walk straight into the lovely old town with historic and modern restaurants and the square each night where all the local action is taking place. Great restaurants just be aware of the cover charge per person and make sure you agree this prior to eating anywhwere.

Room Tip: A suite overlooking the sea and garden
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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County Kerry, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

Just made our wedding even more special,the hospitality was above anything we have experienced in all our travels around the world.From the family to the staff an all round beautiful hotel with beautiful people running it.Top hotels around should visit and learn.Jon & Caroline.

Room Tip: All rooms areof a very high standard.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Naples, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

My wife and I chose Sicily for our 25th anniversary . We concluded the trip with three days in Taormina. The stay at the hotel couldn't have been better. An old mansion lovingly restored and embellished, steps from the tourist walking streets and restaurants.

Our hostess (Rosalie Gerber) went over and above to make sure we ate at good spots and saw the sights we wanted to see.

Please go to the villa and tell them Dick and Diane will be back.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

If you like small scale, antique, and individual, this is your place. About 12 rooms, all different; beautiful paintings on the wall. Antique vases, paintings and sculptures in the hallway. Right in the middle of Taormina with shops and restaurants around the corner. The back yard has a small whirlpool. The only room that offers a view of mount Etna is actually the breakfast area. Btw, the breakfast is very, very good. Quality products in abundance. This is NOT your typical hotel-breakfast with some cereals and the odd roll with some cheese and ham. Free wifi throughout the hotel. Would stay again!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2011

This is a "nice" hotel/villa but the write-up in travel books is misleading. It does not have what you would call an ocean view from any room. The breakfast room has a view, but mostly of the roofs of other nearby houses and the ocean in the far far distance.

Perhaps the biggest problem is parking. There are very very few spots and if you don't get one of them, you must drive to a parking structure in town to park...which is a dicey proposition. There are several sections of the street coming to the hotel and leaving it that are too narrow for many cars to get through. It is virtually impossible to back up, so many people we saw (ourselves included) damaged their cars. There is no warning either.

Compared to the stunning ocean view we had at the Albergo Domus Mariae in Siracusa for half the price, the Villa Taormina was a big disappointment.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Taormina
Address: Via Fazzello 39, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
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Hotel Style:
#19 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Taormina 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a charm hotel designed with an intimate approach integrating our love for antiques and traditional Sicilian interiors. The villa is an antique residence located in the historic center of Taormina just a staircase above the Piazza Duomo. Breakfast is served on our sun-filled terrace with outstanding views of Mt. Etna, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Old Abbey (Badia Vecchia). ... more   less 
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