After my partner and I decided that we needed a relaxing week away somewhere warm (the prolonged winter in London getting us down) we finally decided on Etna Hotel.
The taxi ride from the airport (kindly arranged by the hotel before departure) might cause you to be slightly concerned by some of Sicily's 'rustic' character - do not let this fool you. Etna Hotel is set back from the road and is an idyllic set of buildings in lovely lush grounds. When we arrived, we were checked in and shown our room which was overlooking the courtyard and was nicely sized. Although we did not have a private balcony, there was a bench outside our room which overlooked the courtyard and was perfect to sit at with a glass of wine in the evening before bed.
The hotel is even more beautiful in the daylight and offers views of Mount Etna from the pool. The pool has ample space for sunbathing and also offers a solarium when you need some shade.
There is a restaurant next door to the hotel which offers very good food and we were looked after every time we ate here. There is also a nice seafood restaurant in Riposte which is a 10 minute cycle (the hotel kindly loaned us use of the bicycles) which we visited a couple of times for lunch.
There is not much to do in the local area so if you fancy more than staying and lying around the pool, you may want to hire a car, although you can walk (if you are brave with fast cars and no pavements) to the station in Giarre/Riposte where you can get a train to Taormina in 20 minutes.
Overall, Etna Hotel is a lovely place to stay for a nice relaxing break in the sunshine. The hotel staff are beyond lovely and are extremely helpful. We have already recommended the hotel to friends who have booked to stay in August and we will definitely stop again.
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- Also Known As:
- Etna Hotel Giarre
- Etna Hotel Sicily/Giarre