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... there last night (performances are booked out months prior), and a popular Italian singer was playing tonight to a full house. Even at the back of the amphitheatre, you felt you we're right at the stage, very personal. All Greek amphitheatre's have a great backdrop, this one is no exception...Mount Etna! To complete the wow factor, at the top the back of the amphitheatre gives stunning views of the coast in front and behind from so high up. You can ...
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... cakes (some of which went back to the ship with us). At around 4pm some of the clothing shops opened and restaurants were getting ready for dinner - what a shame, we had to get back to the ship.
There was a hop-on-hop-off bus that operated all day. For souvenir collectors there were plenty of vendors at the port. We bought a magnet.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel San Pietro Taormina
Un vero 5 stelle lusso!
Un GRAND HOTEL !!Impeccabile il servizio,eccellente il ristorante,incantevole la piscina...
Manca solo la navetta per il centro.
Wunderbares San Pietro
Was für ein wunderbares Hotel. Der Blick vom Pooldeck ist toll. Vielleicht etwas zu ruhig, aber der Service war ausgezeichnet und unscheinbar.
Die Speisekarte des Restaurants kann als etwas limitiert empfunden werden, aber es ist unwahrscheinlich, dass man jeden Abend im Hotel isst, denn die örtliche Trattoria ist hervorragend.
Superhotel in guter Lage
Wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich (für personliche oder geschäftliche Reisen) jemals war. Gute Lage, etwa 10-15 Minuten zu Fuß bis in das Stadtzentrum (nah an der Bushaltestelle). Habe mein Zimmer in eins mit Balkon und Meerblick geupgradet, das war fantastisch. Das Frühstück vom Büfett war köstlich, aber ich habe alle anderen Mahlzeiten außerhalb eingenommen, denn es gab so viele geöffnete Restaurants in der Nähe, obwohl es außerhalb der Saison war.
Kann das Hotel nicht genug loben - das gesamte Personal war freundlich und hilfsbereit.
Beautiful San Pietro
What a wonderful hotel. The view from the pool-side is amazing. A little quiet perhaps, but excellent unobtrusive service. Dining room menu could be considered somewhat limited, but unlikely to dine in hotel every night due to excellence of local trattoria
Beautiful Hotel in Picturesque Taormina
The hotel grounds are beautiful & serene. They have a nice pool & deck area and a large terrace where they serve breakfast with great views of the ocean. I thought they had the best breakfast selection of all the places we stayed during our 2 wk trip to Sicily. The waiters were attentive. The hotel offers a private shuttle to the center of town and also to their sister hotel, the Hotel Caparena. You can also request a free day pass to the Hotel Caparena's beach club. The center of town is within easy walking distance - about a 10 minute walk. On the way to the town center, you can walk thru a local public garden that is very scenic and impressive.
Our room was very nicely appointed and was spacious. We didn't hear any traffic noise at night.
The service from the front desk to the bell staff was great.
This is a good hotel to stay if you have a car. They had plenty of on-site parking and there was no extra charge to park your vehicle.
We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, so can't comment on the quality of those meals. For dinner, their restaurant looked to be more formal. There are so many restaurants to chose from in Taormina. We can recommend the Gambero Rosso - a more informal family run restaurant for pizza etc. For a great fish dinner try Ristorante Grotta Azzurra - but be sure to have a reservation as they get very busy for dinner.
The Best hotel in Sicily
We have just returned from a holiday at this fabulous hotel and can truly state that it is the best hotel we have ever stayed in. My husband travels all round the world on business and we have stayed in many famous five star hotels, but none have been as efficient and professional, but so friendly and helpful at the same time. Nothing was too much trouble and all the staff were exceptionally good at their job. The food was wonderful, spotlessly clean room service, excellent bar and pool facilities. We cannot wait to go back there, it was a wonderful place.
Good hotel in perfect location; inadequate management
The Grand Hotel San Pietro has been in existence for about one year and seems to be still suffering from teething trouble! Its location is perfect and the hotel offers all the facilities a guest would expect from a 5-star facility, which the San Pietro purports to be, despite the Tripadvisor rating of 4*. Superior Rooms enjoy wonderful balcony views of the Med and, if the neck is craned to the right, Mount Etna. Rooms are of adequate size, as are well-equipped bathrooms; balconies are small, but again adequate; beds are extremely hard; housekeeping is excellent and timely. What lets the hotel down is lamentable service (other than housekeeping), due either to inadequate training, poor management, or both. Throughout a four day stay, we had to go looking for service - someone to help us with bags when we arrived; someone to bring us a drink in the bar or on the Terrace; someone to take our breakfast orders, bring us food etc etc. Individually, once we got to know them, the Staff were pleasant and friendly people, but they seemed to have no idea about pro-active service. Neither did we observe, for the duration of our stay, the General Manager or any of his/her immediate staff. Putting two and two together, the sum of negative comments would tend towards poor or indifferent management, and at 5* prices that is unacceptable.
Great hotel in a great town
I stayed at the San Pietro as part of my honeymoon in April 2006. We booked a superior double with views of both the sea and Mount Etna. The hotel was 1st class. I had arranged for a taxi to collect us at the airport through the hotel and it was there on time. I had arranged flowers, fruit and champagne for us upon our arrival at the hotel and again, the service was excellent. The room was a little small, but all you could wish for. It had a great balcony with great views and all the extras you would expect. The staff were exceptionally helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is a 10 minute walk to the town centre, up a number of steps, but it is quite a pleasant walk.
Taormina is also a great town and I would recommend a couple of hours at the nearby town of Castlemola as long as your not afraid of heights.
Superb hotel in good location
Probably the best hotel I've stayed in (for business or pleasure) in a good lcoation 10-15 minutes walk from the main town (and near the bus station). Upgraded to a room with balcony and sea view, which was fantastic. Buffet breakfast was lovely but didn't eat other meals there as lots of restaurants near by were open, even though we were out of season.
Could not praise the hotel highly enough - staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Lovely hotel, good location
Have just returned from the Grand Hotel San Pietro and it was fantastic! The rooms are a decent size, spotlessly clean, tastefully furnished, with large balconies with amazing views of the sea (Etna from some rooms) and the beautiful pool. Make sure you book a superior room rather than the basic room otherwise you will not have a sea view/balcony (but the garden view is still pleasant).
The walk into town is only about 10 mins maximum (we were a bit worried as it wasn't clear how far the walk was on various websites or if in fact whether it was walkable) and very pleasant. There are some fairly steep steps at the very beginning of the walk which might be problematic for older guests however. Also a 5-10 min walk to bus terminal.
The staff went out of their way to help us and the hotel has a very friendly feel. Only slight criticism is that the staff are a little slow and disorganised at breakfast but this should not put you off - breakfast is served on a stunning terrace overlooking the sea.
We were worried about booking it (especially regarding its location) but so glad we took the risk!