Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
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... while the girls ran around like madmen, going down slid after slide, ride after ride -Paolo went with on the slides and I on the more scary rides, but the professionalism of all the lifeguards and staff allowed us to relax a little and let the girls explore on their own - it was hard to let go, though!
When we arrived, all the young kids were running around in jellies or socks and we rolled our eyes at their Italian softness, but they'd ...
So, we had planned to go to Etnaland today, home of water slides and rides, which the girls had been counting down the sleeps for, bit some bad behaviour put paid to that, I'm afraid!
Instead, we opted for a more low key day and headed to the beach at Fiumefreddo, about 8km down the road. The beach itself was quite rocky, and the water really cold, but we had a nice time ...
... around, especially Mt Etna. We went for lunch at Sine Tempore, which I found a little snooty and definitely didn't offer the the best pasta: Lia had veal a la limone, Nuka the Sine Tempore which had wild mushrooms, Paolo had a pasta that included fresh tomatoes and I had the Norma.
Using our our newfound energy, we made it back to our car and set off for Bronte, home of the pistachio. The GPS put our time of arrival at 3.30pm, perfectly timed to ...
... the ampi theatre and some gorgeous buildings. We sat and had a coffee and then started walking again and around another corner was the biggest markets we have ever seen. It just kept going and going and going. From new and used clothes, jewellery, shoes, leather goods, bathers, electronics, toys, hats and fruit and vegetables. It was amazing. As we kept walking we came across old churches and beautiful buildings and just enjoyed it so much. ...
... I was talking to a good friend of mine here who told me that she and a buddy were renting a car and driving through Sicily. She asked me if I wanted to come along. Even though I only had a couple days to spare, OF COURSE I SAID YES!! I flew to Catania where they picked me up and then we stayed in Taormina on an amazing beach named Nexos Beach. It was one of the first places that they Ancient Greeks occupied when they landed in Sicily. And I can see why! It is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parc Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina Taormina
A great hotel
This summer we want to go to the Ariston for the 5th time. The hotel is great, the staff is very friendly and the location is fine.
We never had any problems there.
We love staying there!
Only ok; lots of steps
Our hotel room was only ok. The front desk staff was rude. A waiter used derogatory words and was he surprized when I responded in Italian!
Never let them put you in The Annex. One member of our tour group was placed in The Annex and I couldn't believe it when I saw it: the room was dark, musty, mildewy, tiny....and a steep decline from the main building. Warning to anyone with bad knees or heart problems: access to the hotel involves steep inclines. The pool looks pretty; too cold for us but lots of German tourists took the plunge. Rooms with balconies overlooking the water are preferred. Our room overlooked a brick wall.
Good View But...
We have just returned from one week in Taormina a wonderful safe city.
Hotel Ariston is a very good hotel if you get a sea view. The problem is if you have trouble walking you can not get out of the hotel easily.
It is either a steep hill out one way or a long walk, stairs, and another hill the other way. I also got stuck in the elevator and management didn't seem to care (like it happens often). The food was good for breakfast, even asti spumante and there was good music and dancing in the evening in the bar. So if you don't have trouble walking it is a great hotel if you get a view.
I had the pleasure of spending a week at the Ariston the last week in January 2004. We were there as a group from the Birmingham Community House. Our room, we were happy to discover, was overlooking the Ionian Sea and the mountainside. The room was very clean and the beds were comfortable. The patio with table and chairs were a nice touch, and I enjoyed eating the famous Sicilian oranges there. The hotel is located half-way up the mountain to Taormina, and a 15 minute walk up the hill brings you right to the Messina Gate. The dining room offered a variety of foods for breakfast and dinner, enough to choose from, if some things were not to your particular taste. There was live music in the lower bar after dinner. The staff was cordial. The gardens and surroundings are breathtaking. I would stay there again.
Good Location Hotel Ariston
Spent the last week in January at Hotel Ariston which is in a good location for shopping and eating out if you so desire. The surrounding gardens are beautiful. Breakfast and Dinner Buffet had a good variety, eggs and bacon on breakfast buffet needed to be cooked a little more.
Pool looks lovely and weather permitting would be most enjoyable. Room was very clean and overlooked the sea. Jacuzzi would have been good after all the walking. Staff was friendly and very accommodating. Would stay there again and recommend it.
My son and I stayed here in December 2003 for 1 night. We got in late (10 pm) to the front desk. There were about 4-5 older customers in front of us complaining about their room. By the time we got up to the desk, the staff was not very friendly. The reason why people were upset was that at a such a low occupancy that everyone was given a room that faced a rock wall. I am talking about a rock wall that is so close you can touch it which made the rooms very dark.
We stayed at the Ariston during the last two weeks in Oct and were very pleased with the hotel. We stayed in the main hotel and had a balcony (very small) and sea view. Both were worth paying the extra for. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Location ideal, a short walk to the beautiful Corsa Umberto (main street) full of atmosphere, restaurants and shops but still chic. A slight minus point is that one of the two approaches to the hotel is through a bus terminal, it wasn't a problem and rather handy when you want to go anywhere! It's not a hotel you would pass by and think of staying in. That aside the hotel is nicely laid out with good pool and well designed sunbathing terraces with lovely views. Nice lounge and bar, again with good views. Hardly any children staying there and not really any facilities for them. We were bed & breakfast, which I would recommend. There are plenty of places to eat to suit a range of budgets and within easy walking distance. From the reviews of others the hotel food didn't sound brilliant. We had a buffet lunch at the hotel several times, delicious but left out, uncovered for two hours!! Wouldn't risk it unless you eat at 12 noon when it is first put out. We were lucky in having a corner room that was very large. Well furnished and well decorated. Bottle of water, sparkling wine and fruit on arrival. Free tea and coffee making facilities. Bath robes in room. Satellite TV, safe, hairdryer etc. Only complaint was that the bed was too hard and the balcony too small. AND the weather!! we were there for 10 days, the first 4 we had wonderful weather the last 6 it rained and it rained and it rained. Don't recommend October when apparently this can happen. A better time is the last two weeks in September. We plan to go back to Sicily and would certainly stay at the Ariston again.
Good value for money
good hotel,clean & bright with friendly staff. evening meal cold & warm buffet good sweets with fruit always available.make sure you are in the main hotel with room sea facing.rear rooms face hillside.
The Ariston is not bad at all,rooms are fine,position is wonderful,pool is great....But you need to ask for a sea view(expensive)or you will end up looking out at a rock wall and the food is not all that great.The restaurant is run like a cafeteria so you may feel rushed and the food is not kept hot enough. The buffet is much the same every evening with only minor variations.We suffered with upset stomachs while we were there as did nearly everyone else we spoke to.
An average hotel
Good rooms but make sure you ask for a sea view and to be in the main hotel as opposed to the annexe.Staff not very friendly.Poor choice of main meals in the evening. Gala night to be avoided( too many flies).good sun terraces and lovely views.