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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Riis Taormina
Not value for money
the location was spot on the room tiny and unfinished when you read there own infomation you will see the bathrooms are all refurbished in marble not i could have done better my self the breakfast was typical hotel apart from powdered juice the bar was never open the staff were friendly a1 view from balcony though fantastic location and resort we had to move rooms after one night as the shower gave up the ghost on the hole cleanliness was ok i will go back to the resort but not to this hotel i dont know how it got a 4 star rating more like 2 stars
The Hotel is perfectly located and central for bars, restaurants and shops.
After having read the other reviews of this hotel on tripadvisor we very nearly changed our booking to another hotel in Taormina. Being unable to find anything last minute we decided to stick with what we had and I have to say I am so glad that we did.
its our last day here and frustration takes me to an internet cafe to write about this place. Beautiful view and what could be a great hotel but they are so penny pinching - breakfast is poor with powdered juice essence mixed with water (I kid you not) and apart from that there really is no service. No diet coke or fresh juices in the bar, our phone still does not work one week after arriving and I think they wont spend the money to get it fixed. - Our air con leaked for five days and I mean leaked - towels everywhere - but the hotel owner offered only a smaller room and the rooms arent that big to begin with. Apparently the workmen are on holiday so cannot come to fix anything. The only star was the barman who has a warm personality and is approachable. The family who own the hotel spend the day giving loud orders to the staff and one feels that we are intruding in their private home! However, Taormina is a beautiful place and I would definitely come back here again ' just to a different hotel.
Hotel Ville Riis is a disappointment! A huge one! The hotel has been renovated, but not completely and the result is simply terrible. The garden and surroundigns of the hotel, especially at the pool area, could be so lovely if the owner had spent some money on flowers and plants. In stead most of it is concrete...
Lovely convenient situation
Visited in June 2004 for 1 week. Loved Taormina and, on the whole, were happy with the hotel. The good bits were the aspect from our room, the quite reasonable comfort and cleanliness, and excellent, quiet position for reaching the town. The downsides were the breakfast and the front desk staff attitude - these were definitely worthy only of say 2 stars ! Pity - because with a bit of effort (and some investment) it could be made into a much better hotel in keeping with its great location. Above average score overall simply on the basis of position (and the pool with the birds singing all morning!) - the rest is neutral.
My wife and I stayed here in September 2004 after a very pleasant week in Lipari.The hotel is under relatively new ownership and changes have been made but we cannot understand how it has reopened ( after a 12 month closure for the refurbishment) to a 4 star rating from its previous 3.
After reading the wonderful reviews on Tripadvisor, my partner and I were so exited at the prospect of spending a week at Villa Riis, but we were very disappointed.
Breath taking views !!
The most wonderful location I have ever stayed at. If you are planning to stay here you must get a sea view room. Its more expensive but worth every single cent. The views from the room (which was wonderful too) were just spectacular. Our room faced out over the bay of Naxos with mt Etna in the distance to the right.. The staff in the hotel are relly nice, especially Guissippe. Taormina is a beautiful town. Stay in Villa Riis and you will have wonderful memories to cherish. I only wish I was going back tomorrow. Enjoy !!
I had the fortune of staying here for a week with my partner in July 2004. The hotel was excellent. Perfect location just outside the medieval walls of Taormina, but away from the surrounding road noise. The rooms are exquisite and the gym is fantastic. The pool was also lovely. Above all the staff bent over backwards to help and made our stay very special. I intend to return to The Villa Riis, and would have no problem recommending it to anyone thinking of a stay in Taormina.