Travel Blogs from Taormina
... attached to toilets; and access to loungers and umbrellas, near said activities, but at a cost...... a price you are more than willing to pay, I might add, after surveying the alternative.
We identified the most central lounging area and Paolo went off to pay for them; when I say them, I mean lounger 1, 2 and 3, which is what it said on our ticket, and where we were expected to lounge. This was made very clear to me when, 5 minutes after ...
... that gather in the evenings, here and in other towns we have visited. They sit and chat amongst themselves, raucously greeting newcomers with kisses and back-beating hugs and ogling women that pass by. They are wonderful to watch, but I'm curious...... Where are all the old women? At home, cooking? Looking after grandchildren? Run off with the pool boy? Swimming with the ...
... a wee, paid for by 4 gelati...... Phew!
A Google search while we waited for the town to rise from her slumber, did not reveal any pistachio shops / wholesalers, but the bartender told us about a place near the church. We searched again without success in the most suffocating heat, and were saved by a lovely lady who directed us to a pasticceria that specialised in pistachio products. We bought a few pastries, but the highlight of the trip was ...
At 8.00am we were driven by a chauffeur to the airport. We checked in with no wait at all and went to explore the airport which took about 10 minutes! Our plane left at 10.55am and was a smooth flight arriving in Catania at 11.50am. We then boarded a bus which took us to the terminal. We waited 30 minutes for the luggage to arrive on the conveyor. At last we proceded to the exit where we were met by another chauffeur who took us to the Una ...
When I was making my summer plans over the spring months, I of course wanted to include some relaxing beach time. I made plans to go with a friend to Mykonos in early July and figured that would suffice (in addition to weekly trips to Santa Severa beach outside Rome). Something that I was also planned for the summer was to visit in old teaching buddy who now lives in Zurich. Was going to do that a few days after Madrid.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Sirius Hotel Taormina
Fabulous small hotel with great service and views
Stayed for 4 nights at Sirius Hotel and loved every minute of it. We had a large side room with a huge terracotta balcony with a view to die for. The desk staff warmed up to us as Americans and were extremely helpful with great restaurant recommendations, to making calls for us to book a tour to Etna, because our Italian was not that good. The pool is exquisite, clean, and a relaxing beautifule place to relax. The location of the Sirius was also ideal. Less than a 10 minute walk into the town, 2 minutes from the Cable car down to the beach, yet on a quiet street. The food was also excellent. The hotel, itself, is carved into the mountain side, with an elevator that goes to the different levels. Highly recommended. Just great.
Other reviews about the Sirius were helpful in making our choice & we weren't disappointed.We were lucky to get a large corner room with balcony & fabulous full sea views without paying extra thanks to our travel agent! Fridge in room is a real bonus-you can buy water & soft drinks cheaply nearby.Breakfast is above average for Europe but for a country which makes the best coffee in the world-how come hotels there produce coffee which is almost undrinkable?You have to choose your evening meal at breakfast & have 2 choices of starter & main course plus dessert.Pasta & fish are best choices.The quality & variety of Sicilian wine was one of our nicest surprises!Sirius has a nice wine list-all local and very good quality. If you like wine,this really is a country to try.Hotel has an elegant and peaceful atmosphere with antiques,old prints & a lovely bar.There's a small but perfect pool where you can get snacks & even better,no fighting over sunbeds! But be aware -pool is only open from 11am-6.00pm & is manned by a slightly grumpy member of staff who makes up for this by rustling up lovely fresh sandwiches on the spot.Ideal hotel for couples-not much for kids.Very close to town,sights & cable car to beach.Highly recommended.
We wanted to stay on via Pirandello as it's near the Corso and the cable car to the beaches. Easy to find when you drive into Taormina. Hotel just down street 2 blocks. Very steep driveway, but parking onsite. Views are instantly gratifying and amazing. Hotel built on many levels rising up the hillside, but there are lifts. Dining room on upper reception level, down one to a gorgeous terrace with 180 degrees views of sea great for late evening drinks. Rooms on next two lower levels and pool on lowest also with amazing views all round. Beatifully landscaped and charming. Poolside snackbar serving drinks and light lunches. Our room had a very large sized patio with seaviews but there are rooms with full seaviews also. Breakfast buffet is quite large and good. There are many hotels in this price range, but this is the best value for the money.
Nice hotel, shame about the room
A really lovely hotel with nice terraces, public areas and fantastic views. However the room we were given for our four night stay must have been the worst room in the hotel. Room itself was fine but while the hotel was surrounded by amazing views, the view from our room was of a mildewed brick wall about 6' away. Had to have the light on any time we were in the room and because no sun ever got to the room, it was very cold. This was a real shame because the hotel itself was very nice as were most of the staff, although the receptionist was particularly unhelpful when we requested a change of rooms. I would try it again but only with assurances that I could have a decent balcony and full sea view, which plenty of the rooms did have.
Visited this hotel last August and had a terrific time. The staff are really friendly and helpful and our room was just beautiful. It was large, very nicely furnished and decorated. One of the nicest we have ever stayed in. The pool and surrounds were absolutely spotless with terrific views. Our meals were always appetising and we were never hungry and there was always more than enough. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Taormina. Only thing I would say is the winding driveway down to the hotel entrance is very steep, might be a problem for anyone with walking difficulties.
A nice hotel located in a perfect location. The hotel itself is well kept and has 'character' with the wooden furnishings and cosy nature. It is located right on the hillside and, if you get sea views, has amazing views from the generously sized balcanoies for sunrise/set. The staff were adequately helpful once you had got past their slightly frosty demeanours. There is a car park and extra car park spaces, which you have to pay extra for, which is very helpful in Taormina. Finding the hotel was the most fun....!
Amazing hotel and situated within a minute of the main bus station and close to the town centre, shops and restaurants.
Stay here! 3 star hotel with 5 star views. We stayed here in July 04 and choice of hotel was a bit of a stab in the dark. We got lucky as this hotel is excellent. We look for a clean hotel with a good pool and close to bars/restaurants. Sirius has this and more. Perched high on the cliff face overlooking the stunning coastline, it is only a few minutes walk from the main shopping/eating street and a minute from the cable car down to the beach. However, you probably wont want to leave the pool - Deep, clean, diving boards, excellent sun loungers and an amazing view of sea from the high position on the hill side. Great personal service, efficient & reliable. An excellent restaurant with different food menu every night. We paid for a balcony with partial seaview. Wasn't really worth it as it was too small to sit out on and looked straight onto someone elses. Ask for full frontal seaview on floors 1 or 2! As we checked out some of the other hotels in the brochure it was clear we got the best value for money. From the moment you proceed through the entrance and are greated by a spectacular panaramic view of the coastline, you'll know you've made the right choice.