We just came back from Taormina where we stayed at the Grand Hotel Timeo for 6 nights. We had a wonderful experience. Our room (536 - but actually 3rd floor) was located at the Villa Flora which is right across from the main hotel. The view from the room was amazing; sea view and mount etna at the same time (not sure whether lower floors have the same view as there is a another building facing the villa). Also, the view is actually from the balcony that is a few steps above the room, and not the room itself. The room itself was impeccable and beautiful. The location of the hotel is perfect as it is right on the pedestrian area, at the base of the Teatro Greco and a minute away from Corso Umberto (the main pedestrian street). Whenever we wanted to spend the day at the beach we took the shuttle down to the sister hotel Sant'Andrea (amazing food btw!).
Grand Hotel Timeo itself is a beautiful hotel with gorgeous landscaping and gardens. It has a lovely terrace with a breathtaking view, perfect for drinks!
The staff are all very helpful and friendly, and the concierge recommended many good restaurants for us along the corso umberto(our favorites being Maffei's and Viccolo Stretto)
While i do agree that it is an expensive hotel, i do reccommend it as it is a very beautiful hotel with great service and helpful staff, and our experience was honestly great. I would love to return one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set high in the rocky hills on the East coast of the island, with Mount Etna as a backdrop, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has always been one of the favourite destinations of both Hollywood’s and Europe’s most prominent stars; from Sofia Loren to Audrey Hepburn, from Marcello Mastroianni to Liz Taylor. Adjacent to the Greek Theatre, the hotel was first built in 1873 and is surrounded by a six-acre park and magnificent gardens where the panoramic pool is located. Widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in Taormina, it boasts 70 splendid rooms and suites, each decorated in a fresh Sicilian style that blends modern innovation with local artisan traditions. This historical hotel is well known for its “Literary Terrace” which has always been a preferred meeting spot for illustrious guests thanks to its breathtaking panorama. Dining facilities include the Restaurant with an enchanting view of Mount Etna combined with typical Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Pool Restaurant offers brick-oven pizza, a salad buffet and freshly caught fish, it is the perfect place for a light lunch or a snack. The wellness centre offers signature treatments made from local flowers and fruit essences. A fitness centre and a panoramic swimming-pool are also available Guests can benefit of the complimentary shuttle to the private beach at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, in Taormina Mare, boasting new exclusive cabanas, as well as the daily mini-cruise by private boat to explore the beauties of the coast (available during summer). The Smile Club with an English-speaking supervisor is available at sister property Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea to entertain the younger guests with lots of fun and exciting activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Hotels Taormina
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel Timeo
- Timeo Hotel Sicily
- Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Taormina, Sicily