Before beginning my review, I wanted to reiterate two points made by other reviewers that I had not processed:
(1) You can't drive to this hotel (nor most other hotels in Taormina). You will save yourself time and aggravation if you park your car at the Porta Catania parking lot on entering the town and walking to the hotel to check in. Someone will help you collect your bags.
(2) The hotel is somewhat difficult to locate. Walk down the major shopping street Corso Umberto. enter the Piazza del Duomo. Continue down Corso Umberto with the church on your right. When you reach a stylist antiquities shop called Saro, turn left up the stairs. It's at the top.
We had a simply fabulous stay at this hotel. Although fresh omelets are available on request, my one suggestion for an improvement would be the breakfast buffet which was the weakest of four excellent hotels we stayed at in Sicily and frequently seemed to consist mostly of bar food and desserts that hadn't moved the night before in the restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Taormina, "the Pearl of the Jonian sea" and welcome to El Jebel, an exclusive five stars deluxe hotel in the heart of the historical center, next to Palazzo Ciampoli (XV century medieval building) and close to the Cathedral Square and the main street Corso Umberto, famous for shopping, where our guests can enjoy the fragrances, the colours and the atmosphere of this magic land, one of the most fascinating in the Mediterranean Sea. From the arrival to the hotel with private transfer, everything has been arranged to welcome our guests in our exclusive and intimate Suites and Junior Suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Jebel Hotel Taormina, Sicily