If you're from the USA and travel regularly, you already know that "four stars" means many different things to many different people. The Olimpo is typical of other Parc Hotel chain properties I have seen: a wide range of pros and cons.
Since we were with a small tour group arranged by an Italian cultural society in northern California, I don't know what the nightly charge was. But, it did include breakfast and dinner and we did have a seaview room (I'll post photos).
First, let's talk about location. This hotel is NOT in Taormina. It is in a small town to the south, Letojanni, which is an 18-20 Euro taxi ride (one way) from the Messina Gate in Taormina. So, if you want to spend the bulk of your time in that town, the taxi fare is a significant consideration. That said, there is the reality that the hotel was full of German visitors "on holiday." Apparently, many German families go there just to "go to the beach." We were there in late March. So, the place was not packed with the summer crowd yet. But, I could see how the "Taormina-adjacent" location was less of an issue for a family who didn't need the cultural tourist experience and this hotel seems to work well for them.
If it is the family "holiday" experience you want (and you understand that "four star" here means "Best Western" type amenities, i.e., threadbare towels and no "Heavenly Bed" type experience of Hiltons or Westins), This place has food, pool, bars, views, beach proximity (a funicular ride down to the road and then a short walk to the beach) and large rooms (some with an extra convertible bed). If the price is right for you, you might be able to overlook the deferred maintenance of wall cracks, old furniture, etc. and very mediocre cafeteria food served buffet style.
The food: For us, about the only decent food experience was a nice selection of local wines at very reasonable prices. Had we been closer to Taormina, we would've skipped every dinner at this hotel, opting instead for a variety of dining experiences on the Corsa Umberto in Taormina. Sorry Olimpo but your food is really quite poor. There's plenty of it. But, it was basically tasteless night after night.
Again, whether or not you want to go here depends very much on what you're looking for.
We would not return here since we can go to Lake Tahoe or somewhere along the California Coast for a "beach holiday."
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- Also Known As:
- Olimpo Hotel Letojanni
- Hotel Olimpo Letojanni, Sicily