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“magnificent view but isolated”
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Baia Taormina
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Forza d'Agro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Very large and grand hotel, most rooms (but not all) have unobstructed sea views and large balconies with chairs. Sadly one of our friends ended up with a room that had a view of a large rock - the staff did manage to move them to a better room the next night. Staff very friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was very plentiful and quite tasty. We ate outside every morning over looking the sea. The hotel has two pools; one fresh water and one salt water. The room itself was not especially large, and the bathroom was very clean but dated - the shower was simply a curtained off area of the bathroom with a drain and sloping floor. It worked well but water does splash a bit around the rest of the bathroom floor. The only real drawback to this hotel is that there is simply no way to reach any of the cities in the area - Taormina etc without using a car. The hotel has a small shuttle bus but you have to sign up in advance to guarantee a seat. A taxi to Taormina is 25 Euros - a party of four makes this not much more than using the shuttle which costs you 4 euros per person.
I think if you are there to visit Taormina and the smaller villages in the area you would do better to stay in Taormina so you could walk around this wonderful city without having to resort to a taxi or shuttle to get there.

Room Tip: make sure you insist on a room with a complete sea view - entirely unobstructed
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Fair size room was clean and tidy. Odd piece of string attaching the bed to the wall (?) . Balcony with view of the sea. Our room 101 was next to a car park,with an open firedoor next to our door. Breakfast was great. Mainly cold choices but also scrambled, boiled eggs, smoked sausages and bacon. Also basket of oranges next to an orange presser. Coffee pots brought to the table, which was excellent. Evening meal was a selection of antipasta, then the excellent pasta counter with a variety of sauces etc. The barbeque outside where you chose your meat/fish was not so good. Fish was cooked OK, but two days running our table had almost raw chicken in the kebab and very undercooked sausage. We kept away from the barbecued meat after that. They need a better system if barbequing, to avoid guests waiting around for food to be cooked properly.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Excellent hotel with excellent facilities. Our room on level 6 had great views over the sea and coast in the right hand quadrant, though the views in the left hand quadrant were obstructed by the outside lift shaft and connecting passage. The room, being a corner room, also had a large balcony with two sun loungers as well as a table and chairs.

Both breakfast and dinner were buffet meals but there was an excellent range of food. Breakfast also included a fresh orange juice machine and made to order omelettes. For dinner, one chef made pasta dishes to order and another, on a outdoor terrace, grilled to order the evening's choice of fish and meat.

Drink prices were slightly on the high side but one tip is to buy a glass of wine from the bar rather than at the dinner table. They were the same price but the bar wine generally seemed a better quality and came in a bigger glass (but not necessarily a larger amount of wine!).

The staff were also excellent and helpful, always with a pleasant smile and disposition. Their plate clearing during dinner was incredibly efficient without being intrusive.

The hotel had a number of terraces for snacking and drinking and two swimming pools. The lowest one was warmer (when we went) but fairly shallow (3 - 4 ft) but the upper one was very deep (10 ft?) and quite cold. There was also free use of a laptop in the reception area.

My only adverse comment is the isolated location. The hotel is built into a rock face adjacent to the busy coast road, below which is a beach. The road has no side walks and there are no local places which would be safe and easy to walk to. The local town of Taormina is a lovely town (said to be the best resort in Sicily) but is practically inaccessible by foot from the hotel. The hotel does run mini buses to both the town (about 15 - 20 mins journey) and their beach further along the coast road but booking is required which mitigates against flexibility and spontaneity.

Room Tip: Room 601 for a large balcony and great views.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

We just spent 6 nights here and, thanks to TripAdvisor, booked a de luxe room in grand palace block. Room was clean and comfortable with fabulous view. Arrived late in evening, thanks to BA loosing our luggage, so just went into the dining room. Perhaps because we were late there was little choice and staff weren't very interested. Disappointed that roof terrace not open for dinner and breakfast was ok. Barman was very good and nightly live music was a bit like eurovision from well known Italian numbers to Pink Floyd! So, comfortable, not special but had some great meals in Taormina.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

I've just returned from a 4 night stay here and have really enjoyed it. The room was on the 2nd floor with a superb view. The hotel staff were great, friendly and helpful. I particularly enjoyed the buffet each night with a great choice of food available. The pasta chef was very good.

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

What a lovely hotel! We planned our own trip through Italy for our honeymoon and we are so glad we booked this hotel! Gorgeous views, two swimming pools, friendly and helpful staff, great breakfasts and wonderful rooms. Our room is high up and has the most spectacular views and a really big private terrace.

The hotel staff could not be more helpful - nothing is too much trouble.

Such a relaxing place to stay and enjoy the Sicilian scenery and culture. We just love it and highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the Grand Palace building.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

The location is very good with a wonderful sea view from all the rooms. The terrace was really nice too with lots of space, a little table, two chairs and two beach chairs, not to mention the astonishing view. The food was excellent and the service friendly and professional. Car parking was free which is pretty unusual for that very touristic area. The room was very clean but maybe needed a little refurbishment.
Rooms are pretty noisy with poor isolation and the flat screen tv was very small. Breakfast was very good with great coffee and even the possibility to order a cappuccino or a cafe latte but with the same choice of food every day. Maybe it should be modified a little bit from time to time, especially with such wonderful Sicilian products. For example freshly squeezed orange juice instead of the watery version that was served (that does not remind anything specific). We got a delicious orange juice brought to our room for free after we made a comment about it, but it should be generalized for breakfast in a place that produces the best citrus fruits in the world.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Baia Taormina

Address: Via Nazionale Km 39.00, 98030 Forza d'Agro, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Forza d'Agro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Forza d'Agro
Price Range: £102 - £878 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Baia Taormina 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms of Baia Taormina have a balcony or a terrace with superb views on the sea and overlooking the incomparable bay from Taormina to Giardini Naxos. Internet Wi-Fi connection is free of charge and guests can reach Taormina in 10 minutes with a private and free shuttle granted by the hotel. Two swimming pools are available for all guests and one of them is filled with natural sea water. The hotel has two restaurants with breathtaking views and offering either traditional Sicilian and international food. It is also possible to book beauty treatments or massages through the Exclusive Spa Centre of the hotel. Other amenities include a bar and pool bar, 24-hour Reception and one meeting room with audiovisual equipment. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Baia Taormina-Grand Palace Hotel And Spa
Baia Taormina-Grand Palace Hotel Santa Teresa Di Riva
Baia Taormina Sicily, Italy

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