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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.
Not up to scratch!
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.
The buffet breakfast was not good; the coffee undrinkable. On our arrival at 5am from the airport, we were advised by the night staff (who did not assist with bags), that breakfast would be available until 9.45am!
The one good feature of the hotel is the fact that each room had a balcony, with impressive views.
On the subject of restaurants, we found those around the main street in Taormina to be very snobbish, and interested only in those ordering high-priced seafood. Closer to the hotel was the Bougainville restaurant - family run with great food and very inexpensive.
All in all, I would not consider either returning to the Monte Tauro, or recommending it to others.
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!
The hotel entrance is situated down a steep slope and is not at all suitable for those with even minor mobility problems. Potential customers should be aware that there is about a 10 to 15 minute uphill climb to reach the main street of Corso Umberto.
Rooms are adequate but if you request a double room you will get twins pushed together as there are no double beds in the hotel.
Overall this was a disappointing experience.
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.
Small dull rooms, nice views, like a barracks.
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.
The room was small and dull. Reminded us of an army barracks. However the balcony was very nice and there was a wonderful view of the Naxos Bay. However the beds were very, very hard.
The continental breakfast was bad and so was the coffee. The hotel staff were not particularly all that friendly but they were polite.
What I hated was that the pool closed at 6pm. However all pools in Taormina close at 6pm due to insurance reasons.
Because we were to stay less than 4 nights we were told we would have to pay 277 Euros which is very expensive for a hotel like this. We left 1 day earlier than expected, staying only 2 nights. The staff very kindly gave us no problems and charged us the 4 night rate of 200 Euros, which I certainly appreciated.
We enjoyed the shuttle bus to the Hotel Caparena which is located on a great beach.
In our opinion the Villa Diodoro is the nicest hotel in Taormina with a large pool and nicer views of Mt. Etna. We moved to the Grand Hotel Capotaormina which was on the beach and much nicer, but not as conveniently located, for the rest of the following 5 nights.
The best thing about the hotel is the location.
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.