Monte Tauro Hotel
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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 ...
... paste, which is white Nutella, mixed with ground pistachios..... Say no more......
On the way home, we stopped and bought the most magnificent strawberries, so, if a place is famous for something, for goodness sake, don't expect to buy it there..... Go somewhere else!
A side note: Sicilians are fascinated with french fries, they order them as a side with their pizza, on their pizza and inside pastry with a sausage.....patatine everywhere
... about 22 people altogether and 13 of them were Australians. We then went to the hotel restaurant and had a beautiful 3 course dinner with everyone. The first course was pasta meatballs extremely delicious. The second course was a veal roll with a spinach roll coated in almonds and this to was delicious followed by fruit salad. We had an enjoyable evening getting to know some of the people. Off to bed now as we have to be up at 6.15am tomorrow. ...
... 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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Fantastic stay at the Monte Tauro
Had a wonderful 5 day stay at the Monte Tauro...The location of the hotel,the pool and the lovely,quiet terraces overlooking the bay are as good as it gets in Taormina for the price. The room was very comfortable and the staff were helpful and friendly....The only things to be aware of, there is a steep driveway that one must climb each time you go to town, perhaps 40 steps. For the elderly this may be an issue but otherwise it is fine. The restaurant is completely adequate for breakfast but for lunch and dinner it is preferable to go to the restaurants 5 minutes away which are delightful and very reasonably priced.
We stayed in the Monte Tauro in September 2001, while it was still undergoing its renovation. We booked a package holiday for 2 weeks and all the Irish guests were assigned unrenovated rooms, sporting truly vile 70s decor. We advised our travel rep that we were unhappy with the standard, based on the fact that we regularly holiday in Italy. With some persuasion, she agreed to see the manager, and we were shown a renovated room, the decor of which was very good. Others on the same package, including a honeymoon couple, who did not complain were accomodated in unrenovated rooms.
Staff could be more attentive - and there could be a lot less "pushing the ashtray". Housekeeping staff semed very unwilling to provide additional toiletry supplies and towels and throughout my stay the room was made up late in the day. The bar is lacking in atmosphere and while we were there the bar staff was more concerned with watching television - in fact the 'mood music' was drowned out by a TV programme and we felt as though we were an inconvenience by asking for drinks!
Truly glorious Monte Tauro
Just returned from a stay at the Monte Tauro and can only sum it up as excellent! The rooms have been superbly renovated - down to the environmentally aware cutting out of the air con when the terrace doors are opened! The pool was super and all staff were extremely attentive. Brakfast was good.. who can argue with orange juice so fresh you get to squeeze it yourself. Mini quibbles - lack of robes in the bathroom and only two very small tumblers to accompany the very reasonably priced minibar! But with fabulous sea views from the terrace (and in the Junior Suites the large terrace has two loungers to go with the table and chairs - none of which are plastic!) these quibbles are the 0.1% that stops it getting 100%
A great hotel
We had a great holiday at the Monte Tauro. The views from the hotel were fantastic, the location ( in the middle of town ) was superb and the staff were very friendly and obliging. The decor was modern and stylish. The swimming pool suited everyone - even in the height of August it was fairly quiet. Breakfat was particularly good - especially for Sicily.
The minibus to the local beaches was a bargain - only E4 for the bus and sunbed and umbrella.
I would definitely stay here again!
Stylish and a bit extraordinary with great views
A nicely renovated 1960/70 hotel complex with modern styled rooms and lounge music. Each room has a nice large to very large terrace with excellent views of the bay. The rooms are all decorated quite stylish and range from a bit small to quite large depending on the category.
The breakfast has everthing one needs nothing fancy but still nice. The only bottleneck is the ONE elevator which serves the 8 floors.
The hotel is new and its architecture is very unique. It is very well located; however to get onto the main street you have to walk up a very steep hill which we hated to do in the heat.
Great hotel,bad swimming-pool!
The hotel is beautiful,so is the view,the staff is alright,the rooms are very clean and spaceous BUT the swimming pool...they have absolutely no restrictions over jumping into the pool and splashing all the guests!The hotel-staff just don`t care...And by that I don`t mean children jumping, but "grown" teenagers jumping into the pool all day long!!!If you want a quiet vacation with your loved-ones I wouldn`t reccomend this hotel,but if you have a family with children you will be satisfied! Another remark, the swimming pool is too small for a hotel so big--to many people,to much crowd and noise.
Suberb, recently renovated (in a modern style)hotel situated only a couple of hundred meters from the centre of Taormina. Has to be one of the best located hotels in Taormina. The views from the rooms (balcony) are great.If you're looking for good places to eat and want to splash out try Ristorante al Duomo (30 for 2 incl wine) or Al Giardino (50). If your looking for something a little cheaper, then try Da Rita - a great place for lunch or dinner (excellent pasta/salads and pizzas all well under 10). Its also a good place to just have a drink.
The Monte Tauro hotel is well situated - close to the centre of Taormina and all the restaurants shops etc. Food is good, although breakfast could do with being a little later - and a little more inventive! The pool area is quiet and relaxing and the staff cannot do enough to help. One quibble though - they finish early at the bar. We were kicked out at 12.00 one night - strange to us Irish!Otherwise, a great base for a holiday in Taormina.