Bristol Park Hotel
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There is a long windy road that takes you up to Mount Etna passing by several lava fields on the way. We visited Etna South station which is the most visited. Having parked in the first car park we came to, we heard at the tourist office, that the only way to get near the top was first to go by cable car price 30 euros followed by a truck drive ( …
A Sat Nav is no use when you try to get into Taormina, which is at the top of a long windy road and is full of one way narrow streets most of which are pedestrianized. A man on a scooter had to come from the hotel to rescue us and show us the way.
The Hotel Bristol Park is old fashioned and full of antiques and paintings. We didnt like it at …
... before 648 BC, perhaps as early as 716 BC. It was taken by the Athenians in 426 BC. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, under the Byzantines, the town became one of the first episcopal seats of Sicily. In the 9th century Milazzo was conquered by the Arabs, who built here the first nucleus of the castle. Frederick II of Hohenstaufen further fortified the town and created here a personal hunting park. The castle was later mostly rebuilt in the age of Charles V of ...
... the Arabs totally destroyed the town. Taormina was renamed "Al-Muizzia" in honour of Imam al-Muizz, who was a Fatimid Caliph (reigned 953-975). Muslim rule of the town lasted until 1078, when it was captured by the Norman count Roger I of Sicily. After the fall of the Normans and of their heirs, the Hohenstaufen, Taormina followed the history of Sicily under the Angevins and then the Crown of Aragon. In 1410 King Martin II of Sicily was elected here by the Sicilian ...
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bristol Park Hotel Taormina
The Bristol Park Hotel was fabulous - the room was beautiful with magnificent seaviews and french windows opening onto views of Taormina against the backdrop of Mount Tauro. The staff at the hotel were friendly, courteous and very efficient. The food was of a very good standard (except the fruit juice - but who travels to Italy to drink the juice) the coffee is what matters. The pool area was immaculate and the views from the terrace bar unsurpassable. We had a wonderful week at the Bristol Park Hotel in Taormina and highly recommend it to other travellers.
Food dreadful, but stunning views
I had to laugh at the comment about the breakfast fruit juice. It brought back memories It was a powder mixed with water & disgusting.
The service was very slow. One night they did not take our wine order until we were half way through our main course. The service is painfully slow.We were half board but after 3 nights we went out to eat for the rest of our stay. We also had to wait for our room to be ready on arrival. I refused to miss any of my holiday, changed in the ladies & went for lunch. It did make me laugh though when we came back our suitcases were the only ones in the middle of reception ready for everyone to trip over.
We stayed in the hotel for 2 weeks during the very busy August holiday.
Avoid at all costs
Avoid at all costs. Staff are very unfriendly and unprofessional. Hotel is falling down - they clean the pool with VIM. The pool is dirty, the pool area is unkept. The rooms do have good views, and that is the only good thing I can say about this place. The 'Bar' is nothing like I have been in before, it closes at about 11.30 and you can hear yourself think. Really poor standard throughout, from the time we arraived to the time we left. This is not even a 1 star Hotel. Really, really very dissapointing!.
Problem #1 - Try to find the place using the map provided on the hotels website. It took us over an hour. Problem #2 - There was only one member of the staff who really seemed interested in customer service.
We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Bristol Park Hotel.
Oh what a view!
The Bristol Park is from when only the rich visited Sicily. Multiple grand paintings and a spiral staircase surprise as one walks around the hallways. Equally surprising are the number of defunct spaces where old computer equipment and clutter seem to dominate. The room, was rather nice with a splendid view, make that incredible view, of the bay and Mt Etna. The pool is terrific though underused. Breakfast is standard with apalling fruit juices. Staff are courteous. Overall, Bristol Park needs to be brought about forty years into the future to be **** but is nonetheless a nice play to stay.
30 years ago New Years week!
It was quite a while ago, but we have pleasant memories. The Hotel then was beautiful, the grounds immaculate. I expected Burt Lancaster to turn the corner at any moment. The service great. Dinners exceptional. I never had better oranges in my life. Unfortunately we had a terrible rain storm for the entire week. Our power was gone. Fortunately they supplied us with candles and playing cards We tried to get up to Etna but the Carribinieri stopped us because our rental did not have chains. But we got pretty close. The ruins were fabulous, the views magnificent. Many of Churchills paintings were done here. Our last day was wonderful the sky open bluer than blue the water a blue green unmatched anywhere. I would love to return.
We had an extremely enjoyable stay in the Bristol Park Hotel end October 2002. The personell was friendly, the service efficient, the rooms and the pool were clean. The former grand villa is equipped with antiques and pictures collected over long years. The atmosphere was private. The only point to mention is the fact that due to energy costs the hotel seemed to save lamps in the corridors.
We were extremely disappointed with our 2 week stay here. To start with we had to wait in reception for over an hour with many others until 2.00pm when we were allowed into our rooms. They did not actually turn on the lights in reception until 2.00 pm so we were sitting in darkness. Most of the staff were very unfriendly and did not even look up from reception. The bar was never open & when it was they kept running out of drink - you can not even buy a glass of wine!!The first thing to greet you on the hotel door is a large sign advising that no food or drink must be brought into the hotel (you have to take your own as you cannot get served!) We did not eat in the hotel but other guests told us that some nights they waited for 2 hours in between courses. The pool was dirty - we did not swim in it after we saw them cleaning around the edges with Vim. Breakfast was not bad apart from the strange practice of having to cook your own eggs on a griddle! This hotel could be lovely - it has stunning views and is in a good location opposite the gardens. Alas we shall not be visiting again and I would not recommend it at all - definitely not a 4*