I stayed at the Continental Hotel in Taormina in June 2009 with my wife. We chose this hotel because there were so many good reviews on it. The hotel itself was originally built in the 1960’s, and this is apparent in the style of the building. It has a very dated look, despite a supposed renovation in recent years. The lounge has a very large picture window which looks directly toward Mt Etna. You can sit and watch the volcano from a choice of Austin Powers style chairs or high winged armchairs. The décor seems as though it is stuck in a 60’s time warp, and the floor received a coat of hardwearing paint over its vinyl tiles during the revamp!
Having said this, the staff were the most polite and accommodating people you could hope to meet. Whatever you needed to know, it was never too much trouble, and their knowledge of the local area, and the island in general was very helpful. The sun terrace was absolutely enormous, and had a unrivalled view of the bay, Mt Etna, and down into the town. The sun terrace was furnished with 3 large parasols, a plethora of cast chairs and a selection of tables tiled in local designs. The tiled floor was showing signs of age, but with a view like this, you didn’t need to look down!
The room was very comfortable, and more than adequate, with free air conditioning and plenty of storage space. There was a strange fridge in the room which had a safe deposit box in the top! Again, there was no charge for the safe deposit box. The balcony was adequate, but the old fashioned deckchairs could have been more comfortable. In saying this, we noticed that most balconies had more comfortable ‘ordinary’ chairs. Maybe we were unlucky in this, but we spent very little time on the balcony so it wasn’t a major problem.
The local bars and restaurants charge 5 euros for a small beer! This is apparently a normal price. We took to buying a few beers from the local supermarket, which were twice the size of the beers in the bars, and only cost 1 euro! A tenth of the price! The bar in the hotel quite willingly supplied glasses without question, and we took to having a couple of beers before hitting the main street for an evening meal.
Because Taormina is perched half way up a mountainside, beaches are in short supply. This is resolved by having a choice of cable car which you have to pay for, down to the beach area, where you then have to pay to get into a ‘lido’ (private beach areas usually owned by the hotels near the shore), or alternatively there is a regular minibus from the front of the Hotel Continental, including access to a lido. This has to be bought from the reception, but it is worthwhile. If you are arriving at the hotel in car, be warned, there is no car park, and parking in general all over the town is almost impossible. The reception staff has a unique way to arrange free use of the 4 parking spaces. However, if you intend to stay within Taormina, you will not need a car. This is quite an advantage, as the local one way system is totally confusing!
All in all, I would certainly stay at the Hotel Continental again, and would definitely recommend this hotel for travellers who want pleasant accommodation at a reasonable budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hospitality, courtesy and willingness to satisfy our clients’ requests are the strong point of the hotel. Whoever chooses Hotel Continental chooses tradition, tranquillity and the certainty of receiving first-class individual treatment.This warm and welcoming hotel is situated in the heart of the town, just a few steps from the hotel you will find the main street Corso Umberto and the Duomo square. Those who love Taormina can easily reach their favourite shop, restaurant or pub by using the hotel’s practical garden gate exit.There is a splendid view to be enjoyed of the bay of Naxos and Etna from the solarium terrace which will leave you bewitched.Bedrooms have bath or shower, telephone, mini-fridge, electronic safe, centralised air-conditioning, TV with satellite channels, hairdryer. Most have private balconies or small terraces.Internet point in the lobby and WIFI connection free of charges in the lounge-bar and terrace.From May to September, there is a shuttle-bus (to pay on spot) service to the beach, which connects the hotel to the main bathing lidos on the seashore."Porta Catania Park" is a multi storey car park close to the hotel only 300 meters from the property.Extra charge fee requested to be paid on spot.We accept major credit cards, including the Japanese circuit JCB cards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Continental Taormina, Sicily