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... claim the tax back when you leave, similar to non Australians claiming the GST back before they leave Australia. Sue was interested in a ring, but decided the matte finish was not for her, so it stayed there, our bank balance better off! Other then the shops, the star attraction here is the Outdoor Greek theatre which dates back to around 500 AD. Hopefully the photos do it justice as it is stunning. It is still a working theatre, in fact Simple ...
... Opera is the number one form of live entertainment in Sicily and third overall in Italy. What was meant to be an hour trip turned into 2 very enjoyable hours of hurling around the streets of Palermo. After a quick lunch, back in the car for the 4 hour drive back to Taormina. Last full day tomorrow before we all part company on Saturday. Will stay local tomorrow and apart from seeing the town and taking the cable car there, might go for a boat trip around the area. Until ...
... attacking Palermo tomorrow. Girls found a good hotel, and off we went for a walk around the old town which was beautiful. You can see why the Italians flock to this place in the summer. It has it all, sun, sand....yes sand, great food etc. have a drink or 3 at a foreshore bar, and after a swim at the hotel, went back there for tea. Seafood based dishes were the choice and we all enjoyed our meals. Back to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow. Until the, ciao! ...
... a working passenger train for all the towns around the mountain. Eventually we got to Catania, the end of the line. We caught a normal train back to our where we thought our car was, but it was one station away from where we needed to be. A local couple rescued us and took Neil and I to our car and showed us the way back, which we would never have found, probably stranding the girls back at ...
... the hills, looking for the botanic gardens, but couldn't find them. We returned to the ship for lunch - as there wasn't anything open in town - then in the afternoon we wandered the flat areas of town. We eventually found a couple of cafes that had opened up and had some great coffee and pastries - as well as a large range of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsATAHOTEL Capotaormina
The hotel is absolutely beautiful. However, wi-fi is not free; it cost 3 euros per hour. I ended up paying for an hour because I had no other means of contacting anyone, and then I was disappointed to find out that the wi-fi doesn't even work very well.
I also was not a fan of the salt-water pool. The beach is right there; so I figured the pool would be the option for those of us who don't like swimming in salt water.
The set up of the hotel is very cool; the pool and the beach are accessed by a cave that is connected to the hotel elevator, and the views are incredible. But due to the salt water pool and the lack of wi-fi, I wouldn't stay there again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews ATAHOTEL Capotaormina
Enchanteur et haut de gamme !
La situation de cet hotel est exceptionnelle. Il faut savoir que c'est un des seuls hotels de la région à disposer d'une plage et d'une piscine intégrées privées. En effet, il est facile de se rendre sur les plages, mais c'est une petite expédition à chaque fois (bus ou funiculaire).
Nous n'avons rien de négatif à dire : TOUT est bien ! Personnel, chambres, propreté, nourriture, vue imprenable, navette gratuite pour Taormine.
Un souvenir inoubliable et des images plein la tête !!!
Allez-y ! Faites nous confiance !
stayed at this hotel for 7 nights in july , the hotel itself is impressive with the views ,lift to the pool/beach and cave, i found the staff indifferent and unhelpful, the views from the rooms were super but the rooms were dated basic and a big letdown, will be goign back to taormina but wont be staying there.
I spent two nights at the hotel in September and stayed there as a result of the reviews on this site. I was not disappointed at all. The hotel has a beautiful location, with outstanding views of the sea and Mt. Etna.
The room was rather large, very clean and the staff was helpful with any requests. They offer free parking for my car and I found it quite easy to access the location. The daily breakfast was wonderful and I did eat in the hotel "fish" restaurant as it is called by some, and found the food there very good as well.
The grounds are very well maintained, and the pool and deck area and very cozy and comfortable. All in all, this is a very nice hotel and I believe you get the value for the price you will pay.
My boyfriend and I spent 5 days at the Grande Albergo with two close friends. We all agreed that our stay was a nearly perfect vacation experience. Yes, the hotel shows a strong 60's influence but, for us, that only added to the experience -- we definitely felt very "James Bondish" as we sipped drinks on the lovely terrace or in the expansive bar. The rooms were very spacious with lovely balconies, large bathrooms, and a separate dressing area with minibar. The decor in one room was slightly shabby but the other rooms were fine. We only ate dinner in the hotel restaurant one evening but enjoyed the full breakfast included with the room every morning. Food was outstanding and service impeccable. The other nights we took the free bus up the hillside to the ancient city. We ate dinner in a different streetside restaurant every night, where the food and wine were excellent and inexpensive. My favorite memories from our stay: the golden light of Sicily, the glorious views in every direction from our balconies; the manicured gardens surrounding the hotel with lovely flowers, fruit trees and enchanting footpaths; the slightly spooky elevator and subterranean corridor leading to the beach; the bus trips up the mountainside. We will definitely return to this hotel and look forward to our next visit. (By the way, regarding the expensive drinks noted by one reviewer, there are excellent wine shops in the village and we drank some of the best wines of our lives -- Sicilian reds and whites -- for about $10 to $14US per bottle. They easily compared to domestic bottles we've had at 4 to 5 times the price.)
A fabulous hotel; unique views
A fabulous hotel built on a cliff with the most magnificent views of Mt. Etna and Naxos Bay as well as Isola Isabella. Very friendly staff.
We had a large room with a balcony overlooking Mt. Etna. It's worth paying extra for the view. Breakfasts were great. Dinner at their beach restaurant was wonderful and reasonably priced. Entertainment is limited. Just a piano player at the beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean. Drinks are very expensive though. Access is not easy. There is a limited shuttle bus up to Taormina which takes 10 minutes. However also a local bus across the street or taxis. There is a nice beach and pool.
However the pool is on the south side and it is difficult to get shade.
On some days, especially after a storm or rain, the small jelly fish and even garbage comes to the beach, which happened to us one day. So we had to swim in the pool. The big jelly fish are not harmful. It's the small ones that you have to avoid. You can ask the lifeguard. I still recommend the hotel highly. Can be expensive at certain times.
Look for dates rates come down.Taormina was still very hot first week of September. Better to go a little earlier or in early June.
Our Wonderful Stay
We arrived in mid June - the hotel was beautiful, our room was very spacious with a beautiful view. Breakfast was on the terrace facing Mt.
Etna - very relaxing. An elevator takes you through the rock down to the beach and the pool. In the afternoon the beach gets shady - but the pool always is sunny. The staff was excellent and made us feel very welcome. There is a shuttle bus that takes you up to Taormina which was very convenient at times. It is best to visit Taormina off season - July and August are much too crowded. We had a wonderful stay.
On first impressions the hotel resembles a car park from the outside!
The architecture is dated and the hotel could do with a serious make over. As we went in "low" season (June) the hotel was catering for different conferences. This reflected badly on the service and attitude of staff to the remaining guests and as a result we felt badly let down.
Another word of caution - each evening your bed is turned down and you are left a sweet. We liked them so much we bought a packet and left them open in our room. The packet and contents disappeared!! It was hardly worth complaining for some sweets but thereafter everything went into the safe.
The beach is okay but bear in mind the sun goes round the peninsula and the beach is without sun from approx midday. The pool area is very cramped with lots of slippery broken tiles.
A disappointing four star hotel.
Your Little Piece of Heaven
Since this was my first visit to Sicily, and my first stop on our trip thru Sicily and southern Italy, I was thrilled to arrive at Capotaormina. The hotel, the views, the rooms, the lemons, the staff are were excellent. We started every morning on the terrace looking over at Mt. Etna, and ended each evening enjoying drinks and the music on the terrace before we retired. Taormina has become one of my most favorite vacation spots.
Capo Taormina Hotel
Fabulous place. We arrived in Taormina too late to find a room - everything was gone. Exhausted, we happened upon Capo Taormina - what a find! The hotel's design is straight out of a James Bond movie, very sixties, impeccable and very cool. Restaurant was excellent, service excellent, facilities excellent. We went with our 8 year old and had adjoining rooms - though higher than our budget, it was still a great deal. The staff got to know our son and were so friendly and kind to him. The piano player on the terrace was also wonderful. Great view of Mt. Aetna erupting as well!
We stayed at Capo Taormina..It was the greatest hotel we've ever styed at...There is an elevator which leads to a cave. One entrance goes to the pvt beach the other to the "sea water" pool.awesome views..great restaurants....