Park Hotel Silemi
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Well, last full day in Sicily, so off to visit the town we have based ourselves at. We are down near the coast, but the old town itself is 200 metres high up a very winding, steep road. It is an old Sicilian town with narrow streets and plenty of shopping, both low and high end. Reason for the high end is that other than airports, it is on of the few places you can buy expensive items without having to pay the VAT if you are a non EC person. Usually you ...
After a good nights sleep and a full breakfast, we were well fuelled for our trip to Palermo, which we was 80kms from where we were staying. Uneventful drive until we hit the town itself. Wow, it is hard to get around with numerous one ways streets. We finished down near the sea and stopped to get out a stretch our legs. It would have been hard to drive around Palermo, so kudos to Neil! Whilst we were stretching the legs a bloke called Christian who had a tuk tuk got talking ...
Well bloggers, we started a two day adventure to the other side of Sicily (which the girls were so looking forward to...not), with a drive on the autostrade to Messina and on the northern coast of the island. We stopped at a couple of towns that we cannot tell you what they were as they are not on the map and I lost my Sicily book the day before at Mount Etna! The trouble with Sicily is that you need to cover a fair distance to see all it has to offer. There ...
Early start to make the Ferrovia Circumennea train that goes around Mt Etna. We managed to find the train station thanks to Sue. After seeing us 4 passengers on the platform, we noticed that they pumped extra diesel into the train! At 9 we set off on a 114km journey which took just over 3 hours. The landscape contrasted from market gardens, vines, orchards to waste land of volcanic black basalt. It ...
... for a drive in the old island part of Siracusa, which had further ruins and old run down buildings. Then back to Taormina where I drove to give Neil a break. Decided not to take the cable car up the mountain, but stay at the Villa and swim, given we were all tired. Big day tomorrow when we attack Etna. At 3.3kms tall, you can see it from space! Looking forward to this. Hopefully will have photo's of tomorrow and the last couple of days up tomorrow. Until then, Ciao, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Park Hotel Silemi Letojanni
Such a beautiful view!
My fiance and I stayed at the Hotel Park Silemi this June. On arriving outside the hotel my heart sank as it looks really shabby from the road but don't worry, things definately get better.
We booked a sea view and I think this is a must for this hotel. It is just amazing to throw open the shutters and be welcomed by the blue sea and the view of the pool. I loved falling asleep and waking to the sound of the waves gently breaking on the shore.
The hotel itself is fairly basic and looks a little run down in decor but I get the impression that this is quite standard in Sicilian hotels. It is clean and comfortable. The staff have limited English but then definately better than my sicilian!
The pool is very nice and I was put off by it being seawater but I couldn't tell any difference. It is kept very clean but it shuts at 5pm which seems a little early as the lifeguard asks you to move away and go to the beach instead. The beach is nice and quiet and hardly any traders selling their wares in comparison to the rest of the area. The beach is made of a fine gravel which is not at all kind of the feet so it makes getting out of the sea interesting! The sea was lovely although for three days it was full of jellyfish but the lifeguards tend to put up the red flag when the jellyfish were about.
To get a bus into Taormina is easy and cheap as chips but the 25 minute ride can get a bit tiresome. Although Taormina only 3 miles away the route to get there by bus winds through Letojanni and the stops are frequent so it takes some time.
Taormina is the most beautiful town and even better than I expected. It is a maze of alleyways with shops and restaurants and with stunning views from the main square. Be warned if you have a drink in one of the bars around the main square it is incredibly expensive. I'd recommend the cable car down to taormina mare as it is so pretty down there and I envied the people staying in those hotels although I wouldn't fancy constantly getting the cable car as it is like a greenhouse!
Letojanni itself is ok, not a beautiul resort but it feels 'real' which gives it a charm of its own. It is about a 10 minute walk away from the hotel and stretches along the coastline. There are quite a few restaurants if you don't fancy the ride into Taormina.
All in all I really enjoyed my stay at the silemi. It is a perfect hotel if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle. When I first saw Taormina I wished we'd stayed more central to town but the town is expensive and doesn't have a great beach on it's doorstep!
We stayed at the Silemi for 2 weeks between June and July 2006. Our group was two adult children and parents and we had 2 twin rooms. We did not pay a supplement so did not get a sea view or balcony but this was not a problem. The set up was ideal as the rooms had an interconnecting door meaning one of the party could be sleeping and not need to be disturbed.
We stayed b and b and the breakfast was good. There was no hot food but continental style with cereals and tinned fruit. The only issue was that the hotel seemed quite stingy and only provided the minimal amount of dishes and glasses. The food was continually stocked up however.
We ate dinner at the hotel once, it was pleasent enough but for the area quite pricey. The house wine was the least nice we had all holiday but was fairly cheap.
The only negative aspect was some of the staffs attitude, the man in charge of the pool (which was lovely) got unecessarily angry about people moving parasols around. The beach part of the hotel was lovely as just a few steps down from the pool-not ideal if you are not very able bodied though. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful and all spoke good english.
The resort is lovely and relaxing-if you want a livelier evening it would be worth going to Giardini Naxos further along the coast which is more touristy. The buses were fantastic and go from very near the hotel but the train service is not ideal as very irregular.
In some guidebooks a circumetnea rail line is mentioned which goes around the base of etna but when we looked into using this it was run very infrequently and has been described as more of a commuter route and less tourist orientated now.
The whole area is beautiful-it is definately worth going to see local attractions like the Isola Bella. We went to the finale of the Taormina film fest and got good views of the local parazzi. There are events on at the Greek theatre all summer and these would be fantastic.
Hotel clean and tidy - Food uninspiring
We have just returned from our holiday in letojani and stayed at the Park Hotel Silemi. Overall the Hotel is good, the rooms are very cean and tidy. we had a room with a sea view and a very large balcony. The bathroom was nice and clean however be aware that the shower cubicle is small and not much room to move about in. We stayed Half board and with regards to the food the breakfast is buffet (usual bread rolls, cheese, ham, cereals, etc, we found the dinners to be boring and bland, the same things appearing each day ie, meat escalope changed by way of a different sauce. also there is no atmospheare at meal times as it is quiet - dinner time could do with having some background music for ambience. Nicole on reception was very helpful always with a smile, when settling our hotel bill at the end of the week, we had been charged for a bottle of wine and additional items, charged to our table incorrectly at dinner time, so please ensure you check your bill before paying. Out and abount from the hotel - the fermata - bus service is very good this can be picked up from outside the hotel and costs 2.60 Euros return to Taormina. If you get the chance is is worth getting a minibus from the bus terminal in Taormina up to the little village of Castelmola the fare is only 2.20 euros return. Our Hotel was within walking distance to letojani this is a nice seaside resort where most italian families are holidaying. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, however if you have already eaten and just want to go to a bar with a good atmosphere i would suggest the Twin pub., just off the main square.
All in all our holiday was most enjoyable - good excursions - Etna, Village Vinyards and the 2 little villages where The Godfather films were filmed. The Hotel is clean and the staff friendly - i would recommend this hotel to couples who are looking fro a peaceful hotel by the sea.
A good basic hotel
We stayed for a week at the Salemi park at the end of May over UK half term.
For the first 4 days the place was incredibly quiet and the weather brilliant and it was wonderful. It claims to be 4 star but is pretty basic. The hotel is at the very end of town - which for us was fine because the walk was only 10 mins into town where there were plenty of resturants and this location meant the hotel was quiet.We were looking to chill out and be lazy in the sun by the sea and a pool and that is what we got- with no mad competition to bag sun loungers and a good spot in the sun.There were a good mixture of nationalities using the hotel.
The hotel is nothi ng to look at but is very clean and comfortable; you do need to book a seaview room so as to have a view over the sea(Ionian) and bay and be lulled to sleep by the white noise of the sea. While the bathrom was very clean the shower cubicle (rm 207) ws incredibly small. As the hotel filled up at the end of the week we found the sound proofing between rooms was non-existant. There was absolutely no info in the room about the hotel - eg. where to get a TV remote and pool towels, how to get a safe key and times of breakfast etc , apart from laundry prices. In a starnge sort of way this retiicence to give info on paper made you interact with hotel staff and get to know them. Staff were always very helpful ( especiially the previously mentioned Nicola who was very embarassed to be told she featured on this web site !) but sometimes had to be found, as not around.
The breakfast buffet was fine/adequate but other meals were bland beyond belief.
The pool is very nice and the sea ( at the end of the terrace) is crystal clear - though very "fresh" at the end of May- and the shingle beach means no-on makes a graceful entry or exit into the water.
There is not much English spoken in some resturants and shops so a phrase book is useful
Taomina is beautiful /interesting and easy to vist from the hotel by local bus- cheap and the stop is rght outside the hotel.
Yes- the Dolce Agro resturant is good and a class above the other beachside places but it is much more expensive and he does try steer you to the expensive dishes and wines.
While the beginning of the week it was very quiet as it got busier we were astounded by how busy the resturants got come 9pm and could not get into Ninos , even though we got there at 7.30 before it opened so booking is a god idea.
We also used the local buses to get back to the airport. We arrived late at night and took a taxi to get to the hotel which cost us 150 euros but did the return by bus and taxi for considerably less euros. We took a taxi to Taormina as the time between the bus arriving at Taormina from letojanni ( with a great Danny de Vito lookalike driver) and the one leaving for the airport was only 10 mins. It was a good job we did, as we saw the Letojanni bus only just arriving as the airport bus was leaving.
So all in all - when the hotel was quiet it was great - but as it got busier it was less attractive. It's not the luxury end of the market but in a good location and with "it's heart in the right place" ; plan to eat out. I'm told the excursions available were good and it made a good base for exploring- but we were too lazy for any of that !
We stayed at the hotel Park Silemi for two weeks. Don't be put off by the shabby exterior. It is a very peaceful, comfortable, relaxed and friendly place to stay.
Letojanni is just a short walk away where we found plenty of beach side restaurants and bars.On the walk through the back lane you will pass a restaurant called the Acro Dolce....make sure you eat here at least once....the food was superb.
The bus to Taormina stops right outside the hotel and takes about 20 minutes and only costs a couple of euros.We hired a car to explore the area (not for the faint hearted, the driving standards were appalling) but the bus service seemed pretty comprehensive if you don't want to go on an organised tour.
I would highly reccommend this part of sicily as a place to visit and would definitely stay at the silemi if you like peace and quiet and are not looking to be in the centre of things.
If you're going to Sicily - you must stay here !!
We've just got back from spending a wonderful week at the Park Hotel Silemi. It's very romantic - we had a sun balcony facing the Ionian sea and could listen to the waves lapping the shore each night.
The staff were great and looked after us very well. Look out for Pepe, the barman. He is one great guy with a lot of charm and style and is a real asset for the hotel.
The food was lovely - Sicilians eat big meals, but we didn't have any problems fitting it all in. The desserts were to die for and the breakfast sweet rolls are a real must try !! We still returned back to the UK thin.
Well worth a visit. The rooms were clean and very comfortable and I would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to anyone.
ph silemi is a nice place to stay.Very peaceful.our room didnt have a balcony but it was fine.we had a jaccuzzi bath.it was very clean.the staff were lovely,especially nicola on reception.she is german and really was very helpful.we ate in the restuarant & the pizzeria below and both were lovely.The staff at the pizzeria especially were very chilled and pleasant.There is a bus stop just outside the hotel to get to letojanni and taormina town. Although you can stroll to letojanni in about 15 minutes.Bring a phrasebook! not a lot of english spoken you will find it helps tremendously (we used lonely planets) especially for menus in nearby restuarants.We found trips to etna etc. organised by reps more expensive than anywhere else we'd been so check around first. we paid for the trip to etna and then when we got there we had to pay to actually go up to etna and the cable car and then the guide too!(you have to go with a guide) so be prepared and bring extra cash just in case! ( we thought it was all in the original payment which was quite expensive to begin with) (nb:not a reflection on the hotel tho!!!) Check your prices in Taormina too they like to take your money.What is one euro one day will be three the next.depends what mood takes them. The beach lifeguards at silemi do a fantastic job so if you have kids you have no worries they have eyes in the back of their heads and are so pleasant.and dont be afraid to use the hotel laundry,they do a fantastic job. well cleaned white trousers for just 5 euros! Have a great time x
otel in good position but get seaview room food ok if you like pasta or spaghetti very little english spoken nicole in reception about the only one beach shingly bus stop to letojani and taormina about 100 yds walk nothing at letojani taormina not to bad if you are looking for touristy shops you ll be disapointed
Fantastic Beachfront Hotel
We had the most beautifull and relaxing 5 nights. Big terrace overlooking the waters edge very spacious clean room. The bathroom was a bit on the small size but so clean it was the cleanest grout in Italy. The service was fantastic and a beautifull breakfast was served overlooking the beach. The beach in front of hotel is amazing calm clear water with hotel provided lounges, towels ect. You are only 15mins by foot to the Fantastic village of Letojanni where you can eat drink and shop for supplies to put in your own fridge in the room. Taromina can be reached by car or bus we would drive and park at the base of the cable car 6 Euro for 24 hours and explore the beaches and Taromina. For 120 Euros a double it was fab location, very clean and spacious and we are all going back to stay again. The front desk staff all spoke excellent english to help you plan your excursions.
Park Hotel Silemi is about 5km from Taormina, it is in another town called Letojanni. I went here with my boyfriend in May 2005, I was a little apprehensive that the hotel was quite far from Taormina and there was no way you could walk there. However this all changed when we entered our room and saw the view... Yes thats right we had an amazing sea view with a balcony, the sea was only a few hundred meters away from our balcony, on the right of the balcony we could see Taormina and the left we can see Messina, and on a clear day you can see Calabria. My boyfriend and I were speechless at the amazing view and were glad that we opted for the sea front view.
The service at the hotel was amazing people were more than willing to help, there was a nice lady there called Nicola, who went out of her way to help us. A few meters away from the hotel there is a bus service that takes you into Taormina this had been incredibly useful while we stayed there.
Breakfast in the hotel had been your standard breakfast nothing special, it was nice but do not expect a fry up...
The hotel on the whole had been clean, with a nice swimming pool and a restaurant for those who are too lazy to go into town to enjoy the amazing food out there, I didn't eat at the restaurant in the evening so cannot really say much about it. Hotel staff were very friendly and the location of the hotel is great as you avoid many tourists and it's nice and quiet where you can enjoy the sound of the sea....