Grand Hotel Miramare
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December 8, 2011
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Perugia to Rome
On a train bound to Rome. The Umbrian countryside (eye popping greens and fall hues--goldenrods, chocolates, oxbloods) rush by like in a colorized Fellini film. Paul's ended his meditation week and he’s in an altered state—centered, content …
... 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 ...
... lunch and Lia found me a pumice stone, which I intend bringing home....
Later that evening, after the requisite siesta, we set off to Linguaglossa to a few places that Seņora recommended: Bar Le Palme for granite and l'Alhambra pasticceria for a local pastry delicacy made of pistachio, almonds or hazelnut. While we were walking around, I was struck again by the groups of ...
... the end of siesta, or so we thought.....
Again, we parked at the foot of the town and set off on foot to look for pistachio delicacies and a toilet for Lia. Fifteen minutes later, it became apparent that this town didn't wake up until 4.30, and Lia's increasingly high-pitched enquiries as to the closest toilet made me start looking down narrow alleyways for a covered spot. Eventually, we found the only open bar, frequented only by old men, and dashed ...
... we came back to the hotel and Phillip had a rest and I went shopping for some shorts. I enjoyed looking at the shops for a little while but most things were very expensive but I did find a pair of 3/4 pants for only $25 so was pleased. Then I too came back for a rest before we meet the tour director and the people we will be touring Sicily with. At 7.00pm we met in the hotel lounge to meet the tour director and the people on our tour. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Miramare Taormina
We have recently returned from two weeks honeymoon in the Miramare Hotel in Taormina, Sicily.
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.
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.
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.
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%