Hotel Villa Mora
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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 ...
... Opera is the number one form of live entertainment in Sicily and third overall in Italy. What was meant to be an hour trip turned into 2 very enjoyable hours of hurling around the streets of Palermo. After a quick lunch, back in the car for the 4 hour drive back to Taormina. Last full day tomorrow before we all part company on Saturday. Will stay local tomorrow and apart from seeing the town and taking the cable car there, might go for a boat trip around the area. Until ...
... attacking Palermo tomorrow. Girls found a good hotel, and off we went for a walk around the old town which was beautiful. You can see why the Italians flock to this place in the summer. It has it all, sun, sand....yes sand, great food etc. have a drink or 3 at a foreshore bar, and after a swim at the hotel, went back there for tea. Seafood based dishes were the choice and we all enjoyed our meals. Back to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow. Until the, ciao! ...
... in making visibility hard. It was also very very very cold, close to zero...unbelievably given it was 32 down at sea level only some 15 minutes away! I am glad we went up, as this volcano is such an important feature and part of Sicily. Back to Taormina for some tea, before onto the Villa. Off to the north part of the island tomorrow, so probably no blog tomorrow,as we may stay overnight up there. ...
... during the summer months, holding some 3,000 people (7,000 before part of it was destroyed ), for opera's now. The backdrop over the bay is terrific, which was a common theme will all Greek theatre's. This one here is apparently one if the best preserved examples in the world. There was also on ruins of buildings, a roman theatre and a huge man made cave where the stone excavated was used for the amphitheatre. This was impressive and was fun acoustically. After this ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Mora Giardini Naxos
All-in-all, pretty good
I am prompted to add my review by the disparity in some of the recent reviews. Having just spent a week at the hotel in August (national holiday time, totally crazy) I have to say that the hotel is as good as you can hope for at the price. What's everyone moaning about the distance of the beach and the rocks? We swam every day, usually before breakfast, and it was about 1 minute's walk to the sand. The lido is further,granted, but walking to the beach is PART of the look-at-me thing that the Italians love.
Hotel was friendly, helpful, clean, quiet, good fresh food. Its quirkiness is the attraction and being up a side street means it's far from the noisy nightlife on the front. If you like your hotels to have personality, you'll like it. If you want an anonymous stanfdard hotel and can't walk the length of yourself to the beach, go somewhere else with a name you've heard of.
Hotel Villa Mora is not just a hotel, but an immersion into Sicilian life. The hotel is owned by a charming couple, Anna & Nando, who make you feel as though you are guests in their home. Nando has decorated the hotel with a fascinating collection of antiques accumulated from Sicily as well as from the couple's travels. Anna, who is fluent in a number of languages, is well acquainted with all of the local trips and tours to enhance your stay. The hotel is located just across the street from the magnificent Ionean Sea, with Mt Etna in the background and Taormina just a quick drive or bus ride away. The rooms are well-appointed and clean and some have a balcony. Breakfast is served in a charming dining room. This is the perfect place for first time travelers to Sicily as well as for the experienced traveler. Excellent value for the money!
We were very dissapointed in this hotel. The location is very noisy and parking is a problem if you have a car. While close to the water (but not really the beach), it is a city hotel with a lot of traffic in front of it. The bathroom was very small and not very clean, and the shower was just a curtain enclosing a small area- not really what I consider a shower. The rooms do not have views of the sea and are very small. The breakfast is quite simple. If you want something quiet and relaxing, I wouldn't recommend this hotel.
Villamora- lovely hotel
Well a lovely hotel very much in the centre of town just across the road from the beach. The hotel owners are lovely and more than helpful (especially for english travellers) I would recomend the hotel for all travellers wanting to stay in Naxos as it was clean and very well run at a good price.
We hired a car and travelled to the beach at Isola Bella a beautiful beach also within five minutes drive. Dont forget to ask about the waterfalls!!!
thanks again a lovely stay
from New Zealand satisfied travellers
Hotel Villa Mora
We recently took a trip to GiardiniNaxos and stayed at Hotel Villa Mora. This is a lovely hotel, centrally located,beautifully decorated and immaculately clean. If you are planning a trip to Taoromina, this is the place to stay. Before our trip, I read several reviews and someone gave this place a bad rap. Don't believe it, this place is great. The staff is friendly and accomodating and the price is right. Book it, you won't be sorry!
Stayed two nights at Villa Mora recently. The room was spotless and well appointed. It had a porch with a view of the sea a half block away. The breakfast was excellent, and although their restaurant has closed, they have a very reasonable half pension arrangement with an excellent waterfront restaurant very close to Villa Mora. The owners speak excellent English and German. Strongly recommend.
Having read the rave reviews about this B&B, we had an Italian associate in Milan call and book three days for us for the following week. The lovely lady who spoke excellent English asked us to call her early the afternoon of arrival so she could give us precise driving instructions from wherever we would be. We called from Aggrigento, reached a very rude man who in broken English said the place was closed. We told him we had made reservations with the lady there but he replied that she had emailed everyone. We told him we didn't email but had called directly and he hung up on us, leaving us totally stranded.
Do not recommend this place to anyone who expects their reservation to be honored!
Nice hotel and family
Hi my name is Yoko Yamada and I frequently travel to Italy. I usually use Chukyu no arukikata to travel but on this last trip I got some information from trip advisor.Please go to Hotel Villa Mora if you ever go to Giardini Naxos.The Hotel is cute and the family is really nice.Ms ANNA speaks English really well and explained everything to me.Yoko Yamada.
Loved my stay here!
I recently returned from a trip to Italy. I saw several cities and finished my trip in Sicily. In most of the cities I visited, I stayed in large, franchise hotels, but when I got to Sicily, at the suggestion of a friend, I stayed at a small, family-run hotel. I chose Hotel Villa Mora in Giardini Naxos to stay in. I loved it! The hotel was small enough that I didn't have to wait for service, like in franchise hotels. The location is close to the beach, the food was good, the room was wonderful and equiped with a TV carrying CNN so I could keep track of things when I wasn't out touring the island. I'm glad I stayed here and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Hotel Villa Mora - sweet little hotel
My wife and I recently spent some time in Giardini Naxos, Sicily. We found this sweet hotel called Villa Mora, owned and run by a German lady married to a local Sicilian guy. The hotel is decorated with beautiful antiques, and the owner really puts his passion in it. The location is great, only 15 minutes away from Taormina and right in front of the sea. Loved it!