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We have recently returned from two weeks honeymoon in the Miramare Hotel in Taormina, Sicily.
Although the hotel doesn't look much from the front, it is in one of the best locations on a dramatic hillside overlooking the coast. It has a fabulous pool, with free loungers and towels - if it's too hot for you, you can get some shade under the orange trees that surround the pool. The gardens are beautiful, very tropical with lots of fruit trees and exotic flowers.
We stayed half board and the food was great. Plenty of choice, I can recommend all the fresh fish and the pasta dishes. The only criticism was poor choice of puddings - but you can always get a great icecream or granite in the town.
The town center is a 5-10 walk away slightly uphill. It's a vibrant, medieval town with lots to see and do.
The rooms were very clean and had everything you would need. It was well worth getting a room with a sea view.
Just returned from 10 fabulous days in Taormina. We stayed at the Hotel Miramare. This hotel was very well situated for our holiday. Right from when we arrived we found the position to be perfect. The main town was a 5 minute stroll in the evening slightly uphill on the way in but nicely downhill when returning. The cable car to the beaches is also only 2-3 minutes away. The hotel looked out onto a delightful stretch of coast towards the mainland. The vast majority of rooms share this view.
The hotel itself was well furnished. We had a room overlooking the coast and with the biggest terrace I have ever seen!! The room wasnt huge but perfectly adequate with everything you could have wanted. The pool area was delightful, well worth the 186 steps down the hill through the gardens to it. The pool attendent was very helpful and a great charachter. The tennis court likewise was well maintained and afforded excellent views out to the coast. The staff were all helpful and polite. The hotel arranges for buses to the nearby beaches and were very helpful with other local enquiries.
The breakfasts were good with a nice selection of pastries, cereals, fresh frust salad and yoghurts, cold meats and cheese, breads, scrambled eggs and bacon. There was fresh sicilian oragnge juice and good coffee. Worth asking for a specific type rather than blandly asking for coffee for which you are giving a large jug of coffe , nice but the cappucionos were far better! We took breakfast on the terrace which was very pleasant.
In Taormina there were plently of restaurants and bars to suit all budgets. The highlight for us was La Giara. The service and food was exempliary and couldnt be faulted in any way. The price of 120 euros for three courses wine and coffee was great value! A must for that special dinner. There was also plenty to see and do in and around the town. Many coach companies run day trips to the sites. We went up to ETNA with a SAT tour which was enjoyable.
A brilliant holiday very relaxing and chilled out a perfect summer break! We would certainly love to go back.
Fantastic hotel, town and island
We have just returned from a wonderful two week stay at the Grand Hotel Miramare. We travelled as a group of 20 - with 7 of us staying in the hotel - and celebrated our wedding in Taormina town hall with our reception at the hotel.
The whole fortnight could not be faulted. The hotel staff were amazing - friendly and approachable, and could not do enough for all of the guests. Fresh sicilian orange juice is available every morning at breakfast, and the food selection is wide enough - there are meat, fish and pasta choices every evening and the option to eat a la carte if not on a half-board basis. Food at the pool bar out of season is limited (toasted sandwiches only) but from mid-May onwards delicious fresh salads, fruit platters and bruschetta are available for lunch.
The hotel itself is clean and comfortable, with a faded charm, and the most magnificent views across the bay. It's location is excellent - a five minute stroll from Corso Umberto. We are hoping to return soon!
For a 4-star Hotel the Miramare is pretty lacklustre. First the good points though: good location - peaceful but convenient for the town centre; great views; nice, large pool area; decent tennis court. Less impressive: the decor is distinctly tired and lacks style and flair; the staff, with one or two exceptions were rather charmless; the rooms, while of a good size, lacked storage drawers and the bathrooms were devoid of either heating (it was cold while we were there) or ventilation - no fan. Breakfasts never varied: we also regretted the lack of fresh orange juice on an island full of citrus trees, tho' some delicious juice was produced when we finally requested it. There was scarcely any fruit. There was no room service and no provision for anything at lunchtime when we didn't want to go out. After one dinner, we changed our arrangements to B & B in order to eat out in the town.
Can't wait to go back
My husband and I went to Taormina in August 2003 - to get married!
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Grand Hotel Miramare.
The service and food were wonderful, our room had the most amazing view over the coastline and it was a comfortable walk to Corso Umberto in the heatwave!
We got married on the 11th August 2003 and after the ceremony, the photos and a wedding lunch we escaped back to the pool! Not he most usual way to spend the afternoon of your wedding but a very welcome one in the heat.
We wanted to go back for our 1st anniversary but as we are expecting our first baby, perhaps the three of us can go next year.
Stayed for two weeks - had a great holiday
We've just come back from a great two week holiday staying at the Grand Hotel Miramare. The hotel was very good, the room (on the top floor) was all you would expect of a four star hotel with decent air conditioning and a good sized bathroom. The balcony was big enough for a table, two chairs and a couple of recliners, although there are no dividers between balconies so they are not very private. The views are fantastic even if they are not looking towards Etna. The pool is superb with a very helpful pool attendant handing out nice fluffy towels and helping with sunbeds, brollies etc. The poolside bar is adequate although fairly expensive (2GBP for a bottle of water!) and the menu is very limited - especially if you spend a few lazy days there; you tend to be a bit of a 'captive audience' as well, having walked the 186 steps down there you tend to be reluctant to go elsewhere for lunch! The food is of a good standard; breakfast is standard continental fare although, as noted in a previous review, there is no fresh juice avaliable and for an Italian hotel the coffee is very poor. Dinners are also good quality if a little repetitive after a fortnight. Our only disappointment was the bar area which is more like that in somebody's home, there is no draft beer and only one person serving - slowly! The hotel's location is excellent being only a few minutes walk from the town centre, the cable car to the beach and the bus station yet also being very quiet and peaceful. I would definitely stay here again.
Could be better
The location of this hotel is wonderful and easy walking distance from town and the bus station is very close enabling travel around the island.The decor and comfort is adequate. We felt that the meals were disappointing. Breakfast was the same everyday with limited fruit. No fresh orange juice on an island full of orange trees! Dinner was plain, fish available every day but always presented the same way and no choice of vegetables despite what you choose.If we were to return we would bed and breakfast and sample some of the many excellent restaurants in town. Lovely swimming pool, lunch again limited but service from anywhere in the hotel cannot be faulted.
Very nice hotel. Spent the first week of our honeymoon here. Found the staff very helpful and friendly, the views were beautiful, the pool was lovely and the location is great (5 minute walk from town centre but the hotel is very quiet and peaceful). If you stay, ask for a room on the top floor, preferably 904 or 905 as these have the best views and largest balconies. If I was being nitpicky I would say that breakfast was average, the rooms were quite basic for a 4 star hotel and it is down 185 steps to get to the pool! Also, while the view is beautiful, it is looking over the "wrong" side of the bay ( you can't see Taormina or Etna). While this hotel was lovely, for the second week of our honeymoon we stayed in a hotel on the "right" side of the bay that was definitely superior.
Good food, good pool
This hotel makes for a highly enjoyable stay.We stayed for a week, half board at the beginning of June 2003. The hotel itself is a bit past its prime and has a slight feeling of faded grandeur. The guest rooms are adequate without being especially comfortable or attractive.However, the views from the balcony are wonderful and eating on the outside terrace is a wonderful experience: great, fresh simple food. The pool is large and the terrace area comfortable (depsite the fairly steep steps down to it). A very helpful attendant sees to your needs for towels, mattresses and drinks.In the evening I suggest you try the many excellent eateries in the town itself, teh centre of which is a short stroll away
We had or honeymoon here. Overlooking the sweeping bay, looking out towards the Calabrian coast, the location of this grand hotel could not be bettered. Staff were attentive and friendly, the rooms were cool and comfortable, the pool idtyllic, and the food exquisite. 100%
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