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So we finally capitulated and made the 2-hour trip to Etnaland, which is in the middle of nowhere, to the left of Catania.
We arrived at the advertised opening time of 9.30, but were pipped at the post by a hundred or so eager teens and Tweens and their parents...... It's gonna be a loooonnnnnnggggg day, I thought.
Italians have a sophisticated attitude to swimming and water-related activities: access to change rooms, at no cost, which ...
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 ...
At 8.00am we were driven by a chauffeur to the airport. We checked in with no wait at all and went to explore the airport which took about 10 minutes! Our plane left at 10.55am and was a smooth flight arriving in Catania at 11.50am. We then boarded a bus which took us to the terminal. We waited 30 minutes for the luggage to arrive on the conveyor. At last we proceded to the exit where we were met by another chauffeur who took us to the Una ...
... 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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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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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 built on a cliff with the most magnificent views of Mt. Etna and Naxos Bay as well as Isola Isabella. Very friendly staff.
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!
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....