Travel Blogs from Taormina
This afternoon, right after Matilde got out of school, we left for Sicily. Originally I was in the Belvedere's car, but as we were travelling with 3 other families, I later switched cars so Matilde could sit with one of her friends and I could sit with the "big girls," a.k.a. Claudia, who is 15, and her cousin Roberta, who is 13. I had a lot of fun …
What a beautiful morning to wake up to. The sun is out, and nothing but fair weather clouds seem to be doting the vibrant blue of the sky. It is 10:00a.m., and we are pulling up anchor, and leaving the charming Taormina for points beyond. In this particular case, we are going to Milazzo, Sicily. With the views of Mt. Etna, on the side of the island, and not far from Taormina, are sensation, when it is not shrouded in the blackness of the rain. By lunch time, we are ...
... us up here this morning...... "Claudio". Before getting out of his car at the bottom of the hill, I tipped him 20€, to return at 7:45p.m., and take us back to the Timeo for dinner. He agreed -- so hopefully may 20€ is not lost, but an insurance that we will have a chauffeured way up to the top of the mountain for dinner. At 7:45p.m., Claudio was waiting for us as we climbed out of the dinghy. This time I was adorned in foul weather gear over my evening attire. ...
... on previous nights. Matt started with salmon tartare, and I had Caesar salad. We both had beef tournedos. Dessert was apple crumble for Matt, and lemon curd in phyllo for me. We then returned to the room, organized our laundry to hand in for service tomorrow, and packed our backpack for tomorrow's shore excursion in Athens. It will be an early day, as we need to meet up with our tour group at 8:00 am. Better get to bed after such a busy ...
... going to venture up to Taormina, after the rain stopped.... but evidently we are going to be deluged for the next 24 hours +. Looks like Marina and I are going to have to shop with umbrellas, and galoshes..... How funny. Right now I am nestled in the saloon, below deck.... because even with the tarp covering the mid-section of Milena -- it is too wet to be outside, even under cover.... the tarp is leaking rain ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
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.
TravelPod Member ReviewsATAHOTEL Capotaormina
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....