Travel Blogs from Taormina
... 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 ...
... Taormina was under Spanish suzerainty, receiving the status of "city" in the 17th century. In 1675 it was besieged by the French, who had occupied Messina. Under the Bourbons dynasty of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, Taormina did not have a relevant role; however, it obtained an easier access when part of the Catrabico promontory was partially cut and a seaside road connecting it to Messina and Catania was created. It received also a station on the second-oldest railroad in the ...
... 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 ...
... going to venture up to Taormina, after the rain stopped.... but evidently we are going to be deluged for the next 24 hours +. Looks like Marina and I are going to have to shop with umbrellas, and galoshes..... How funny. Right now I am nestled in the saloon, below deck.... because even with the tarp covering the mid-section of Milena -- it is too wet to be outside, even under cover.... the tarp is leaking rain ...
... Michel Syrah. I had French onion soup, green salad, and an Indian-spiced vegetarian potato dish, followed by cherries jubilee. Matt had tuna tartare, Waldorf salad, and a veal chop, finishing with panna cotta. We then wandered around the ship for a bit, checking out all the boutiques (there are 2 watch stores and a Michael Kors store - heaven for both of us!) while we digested a bit. Off to bed now. We're at sea tomorrow (Sunday) and have grand plans to do a whole lot of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ipanema Hotel Taormina
Arrived in June 2006 for our first visit to Sicily, and stayed at the Hotel Ipanema in Taormina Mare (a cable car ride from the town of Taormina, down by the beach). It was not our first choice accommodation, as ideally we had wished to stay in the town of Taormina - but on reflection we ended up with the best location. A 55 bedroom hotel, and all bedrooms have a balcony with an amazing sea view over a coved bay, with the Mediterranean waves lapping the pebbled shore.
Arrived at the hotel to be informed, without even stepping into the reception, that the hotel had made an error and there was no room available for us. Note: our vacation was booked and confirmed through the travel company in JANUARY! Shoved into the sister hotel Villa Bianca for a night with a sea view but informed that if we wished to stay in the Villa B, we would have to move the following day to a room at the back of the hotel. Confused.... we had booked the Ipanema 4* NOT the Bianca 3*, so why would we want to stay there??? The food at the Villa Bianca was dreadful! Next morning no one came to apologise or see if we were ok. We hunted out someone at reception and spent our day chasing down our room at the Ipanema. We were finally taken to our new room around 3pm to unpack - what a waste of a day! Asked to speak quietly to the Director of the hotel, who was clasping his hands in prayer and looking very apologetic. We talked very calmly and as much as it was not about getting compensation - we had already lost two days of our 10 day vacation and did not wish to sit and discuss our room issues any further, we did ask if he would be kind enough to find out what compensation we would be given. The hotel had ADMITTED it was their error and then done their best to avoid us, we felt they should make amends in some respect. The Director didn't even bother to find us again, he asked one of the reception staff to inform us that his offer was €180. Our holiday was ruined from the minute we arrived, we had exerienced a horrendous past year, this probably didn't go any way to making us extra tolerant of this situation. The bottom line is that we had paid alot of money for this holiday, we needed to rest and calm and we had ended up in a circus where no one wanted to offer a simple apology or try and rectify the situation. Mistakes happen, absolutely but what is more frustrating than a mistake is a company who do not take responsiblity and try to rectify a situation with competence and consideration. What a thoroughly disappointing experience!!
Stayed here for a week and the views form the hotel balcony overlooking the bay are wonderful. The rooms and terrace are a little on the small side but clean but the staff at the hotel are friendly and very helpful.
we (couple) stayed at the ipanema one week from april,6. in 2006.
My husband, our 3,5 year old daughter and I stayed at the Ipanema Hotel in Mazzaro/Taormina for 5 days at the end of September 2005. The rooms were very clean and so was the hotel itself, staff was very friendly and helpful par from a few male members (must be a Sicilian thing I believe). Not really a family hotel, but perfect for one with 1 young child (may have been the time of the year too).
We have just returned from an enjoyable holiday (May 05). The rooms are on the small side, but adequate, the hotel was spotless. The staff are very friendly. Breakfast was the usual cold buffet, but the evening meals were excellent, The roof top sun terrace has lovely views, the pool is not heated and in May was icy! Some guests have passes to a lido in the adjoining bay, this entails catching a shuttle bus from near the bottom of the cable car (100 yards away). There is a lido on the beach very close to the hotel, guests get a reduction on the normal price. We thought that this lido was much nicer than one further away. The local beach has stunning views, the lido has a very nice restaurant for lunch, good even if you are not using the lido. There is a shop about 50yards from the hotel which sells water, wine, food for lunches etc., very useful.The cable car is very close to the hotel, this takes you up into Taoramina, a return trip is 3 euros,you can buy a 20 euro ticket, which is cheaper if you want to go up there a lot. There were some children in the hotel, but really it is far more suitable for couples. We would definitely return to this hotel.
Fantastic for all the family
This hotel was fabulous, and I feel the only thing stopping it obtaining 5 stars was the lack of parking. The rooms were fabulous and comfortable, the cot we had was a proper cot not a travel cot like we had in all the other hotels we stayed in. The hotel is in prime position minutes walk from the shops, beach and cable car. The staff were very friendly and spoke a multitude of languages fluently. The food was superb and they catered for our little boy wonderfully, with a baby seat at the table for every meal without having to ask. I can not recommend this hotel enough, the rooms with the sea view balcony were prime positioning. The pool was great. Excellent service
We stayed mid-September at Ipanema. While in the bathroom I heard a sneeze...well, I'll SAY it was a sneeze...and both my boyfriend and I said "was that you?" and then realized that it was from another room! We heard so much noise from so many sources for 3 nights, as did my mom in another room, that we thought the hotel was made of paper! We didn't sleep at all. The view and balcony and even the room and bathrooms were nice enough, but the staff was neither friendly nor helpful, especially in the dining room. Unless it is warm enough to be on the beach all day, there is really no reason to stay below in Mazzaro, there are only one or two restaurants there and you will spend all of your time going up and down the lift to get to town. I would not stay at the Ipanema or in Mazzaro again.
Like staying with friends.
We stayed at the Ipanema in July 2004. It was a delightful experience. The hotel is small and traditional. All the members of staff are welcoming and so happy and friendly. The rooms are clean and comfortable with a good sized balcony offering a wonderful view of Mazzaro Bay. The pool is quite small but the sundeck is spacious with lots of beds with comfortable cushions and umbrellas. The restaurant is excellent, serving traditional Sicilian food. The beach is reached by crossing the road and walking down steps. The cable car station is two minutes' walk. The service to Taormina is every fifteen minutes and runs till 1.30 am in high season. We had a wonderful holiday and will definitely return to Sicily and the Ipanema.
Nice, gentle, family concern
Our holiday in this family hotel was very nice. It was our third hotel we stayed in Sicilie. The hotel is near the beach, situated at Taormina Mazzaro. The centre is about 500m walking and you must use a cable- lift to reach the centre. It is a safe road even when you like to walk at teh evening. When you have children this is not a 'kids love' hotel.
When you are here as partners or with older children you will love it.
The food is great, the people are very helpful. The reason why we went to this hotel was the fact that we had a great holiday in Villa Bianca a few years ago. This is a 3* hotel owned by the same family. Next time when I will go back to this part of siclie, I will stay in this hotel again.