TAORMINA PARK HOTEL
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We spent the morning ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews TAORMINA PARK HOTEL
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.
Bristol Park Hotel August 2003
We stayed in the hotel for 2 weeks during the very busy August holiday.
Taormina was absolutely crowded but the hotel was relatively quiet. I have read all the comments from other contributors and I do agree with most of the adverse comments. However the quality of the food (apart from the dreadful breakfast fruit juice) and the service provided in the dining room was EXCELLENT. The Head Waiter was very helpful (my wife has an alergy to certain food) and we were very pleased that our tour company had arranged our holiday on a half-board basis. Yes the hotel reception people do have to become more customer friendly but we found all the other staff very helpful indeed. If only they would stop using Vim to clean the pool and switch on the lights more often! The views from our room were truly magnificent and this more than compensated for the bad points. By the way, Taormina was beautiful and the Sicilians were wonderful.
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!.
Does anybody care?
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.
He was polite, courteous and helpful. Everybody else treated us like we we're keeping them from doing something important. Problem #3 - The restaurant/bar. As is customary when I arrive at an establishment I take a quick tour around the property. I approached the entrance to the bar where a sign indicates that the bar is open. I step into the foyer to check it out, the room was warm and charming. It really seemed like a nice place to have a drink and relax. At this point I am approached by one of the staff who in no uncertain terms informs me that dinner is served later in the evening and that I shouldn't be where I am until that time. I didn't see the point in debating the defintion of "Open" so I left. (never to return).
This hotel exists soley on location. Our room was nice and the view immaculate. Luckily you're easy walking distance from downtown Taormina so you can overcome many of the hotels shortcomings. If you're expecting resort accomodations though you will be disappointed.
Give it a miss
We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Bristol Park Hotel.
Taormina. We were also very dissapointed, mostly with the attitude of the staff especially those on reception who would ignore you and leave you waiting at the desk for long periods of time and when they eventually deemed to acknowledge you were unpleasant and rude. The pool was filthy and we were unable to use it, you could not see the bottom of it as it was so murky and a big cleaning pipe was left floating in it all the time. They also used to clean it with vim. It was impossible to get a drink either at the pool or the restaurant bar as they were always closed.
However our room was clean and there is a fantastic view of Mount Etna and the harbour and the resort of Taormina is very pretty.
It is a lovely place to visit but there are a lot nicer hotels to stay in than the Bristol Park.
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.
Go and have a try!
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.
The meals were sicilian and tasted well. The breakfast buffet could be more international and have a bigger selection. (But: When in Rome do as the Romans do.)
We rented a car. The location suits well for excursions to historian sites, to the beaches and hikes to the nearby mountains and the Etna vulcano. The view is breathtaking: The hotel looks with its balconies on to the Etna, the Bay and the adjoining park.
So we recommend a stay.
Fawlty Towers but worse!!
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*