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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Ranked #3 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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Purcellville, VA
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14 reviews
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“Business and Pleasure!”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

I booked the Timeo for a small group of organizational leaders. Certainly we selected the Timeo not just for the business meeting space, but for our client's comfort and extraordinary Sicilian experience. Our group has worn themselves out between our business sessions and their free time. I don't need to repeat comments on the views from the hotel. What is written already, and the photos tell the story.

The service level is friendly and exceptional. From our arrival reception by David, to our most personable and friendly receptionists at the Villa Flora (Carmen and Manuela) we have felt very well taken care of. After a week we felt more like a family member!

Mr. Domenico Pellegrino was in charge of our on-site program needs and he is excellent. From our arrival night group dinner to our often changing meeting requirements he never failed to meet our needs.

Have lunch and take in the beach at the sister hotel Villa Sant'Andrea - quite a treat. There are of course many choices outside of the hotel for meals. Two of our favorite places were the Trattoria Tiramisu and the Malvasia - both are on Salva Apollo Arcageta, through the arch at the far end of the Corso Umberto. Friendly, good food, good prices. Cooking classes are offered at a number of local restaurants - you don't have to go far to have this experience.

Beware of high prices if you tell a cab in Catania that you are coming to the Hotel Timeo. The hotel is happy to book you a car from the airport at a reasonable rate. It is not a short ride, and after arriving from a long flight, seeing our driver (Alex) was a welcome site and an informative conversation as we drove in.

Inexpensive, no. Quality all around, and a place to always remember, yes!! Grazie mille Hotel Timeo

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

This summer was our third visit to the Grand Hotel Timeo and in our opinion it just gets better and better - although it's quite hard to improve upon perfection! The setting in the hills around Taormina is simply spectacular with jaw-dropping views of Mount Etna and the sea below. The Reception, Concierge, Hall Porter, Restaurant, Poolside and Housekeeping staff were as professional, yet as friendly as ever. We were recognised immediately upon our arrival and our preferred room had been made ready for us. A true home-from-home experience.

The terrace restaurant had undergone some impressive refurbishments, along with a number of enhancements to their sister hotel, the Villa Sant'Andrea, down by the sea. As a guest of the Grand Hotel Timeo, you are invited to use the very regular shuttle service to the Villa Sant'Andrea throughout the day, should you wish to use the private beach, the restaurant or sit at the greatly improved sea-side bar - the views are superb! The beach facilities are also excellent, making the trip very worthwhile. Sea swimming in the bay is an absolute delight.

The food quality and service at the Timeo are first-class, with the most impressive of buffet breakfasts that we have ever experienced. All-in-all this continues to be the very best hotel that we have stayed in anywhere in the world. I sincerely hope it stays that way. We'll be back next year!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Key West, Florida
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

This is an old fashioned, rather formal hotel. The front desk staff and particularly the concierge could not be more helpful but for me, I'm afraid, I found the rooms to be style (antiques) over substance and comfort and surprisingly spartan in some respects.

Housekeeping was abysmal (both late and lackadaisical)

The restaurant was hideously expensive and terrifically uninspiring given expectations of great Italian cooking - and my feeling was that the hotel relies too heavily on its outstanding location, views and lack of top end competition.

The swimming pool and staff were excellent - a highlight of the hotel

The primary problem to me (as someone who has owned hotels) is a distinct lack of visible management and imagination. Sorry, but this one was not for us.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We wish to thank you for taking the time to write your review on Trip Advisor after your experience at the Grand Hotel Timeo.

We are very sorry that you did not fully enjoy your stay and that you did not mention your disappointment to anyone on our executive teams during your sojourn; we are sure that we would have been able to resolve most issues directly here.

To be honest, I would say that our feedback in general are more than positive and we are therefore even more sorry that you had a different impression.
Nevertheless we have taken note of your observations regarding the housekeeping service and the quality of our cooking and we will make good use of them in order to make improvements.

I would also like to highlight that, as I already answered to your comment on LHW LCM Survey as General Manager of the hotel, I’m more than pleased to be at your complete disposal to fully understand the reasons of your dissatisfaction and I would be very glad to be in contact with you.

We appreciate your comments and assure you that we will do our best to avoid any similar situation in the future.

We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again at the Grand Hotel Timeo and in the meantime we send you,

Best regards

Luca Finardi
General Manager
Grand Hotel Timeo
Area Manager Sicily
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

A fairly standard Orient Express experience: impressive old building, superb service but small rooms. The top floor rooms in the annexe do have a superb view over the bay from the balcony but when you are in the room yo see nothing but sky. The only mean we took there, in the bar on the first night was surprisingly poor so we ventured outside for future meals apart from breakfast, which was excellent. Steven, the head concierge, is excellent.

Room Tip: Top floor annexe rooms have great view from balcony but only sky when you are in the room. Floor bel...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear Guests,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback regarding your stay at the Grand Hotel Timeo and we were honoured to have you as our guests.

We appreciate very much your comments regarding the hotel building and your room. We wish to inform you that all the rooms located in our annex Villa Flora, a historic building in Art Nouveau style, have been recently renovated but due to the law restrictions we were not able to make important structural changes on the building, as larger rooms. All the rooms located on the top floor have a lovely terrace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna, which is much appreciated by our clients as well as by yourself.

Nevertheless, we are sorry to learn that, right away, the evening of your arrival you did not have a good impression regarding our bar and the meal. Let me say that we are very sorry regarding your consideration on our cooking because we never had the opportunity to host you in our main restaurant in order to give us the right opinion accordingly.

We would like to assure you that if you had let us know about the problem at the time, we would have resolved it immediately.

A part of that we are pleased to learn that overall you enjoyed your stay with us and we will be very happy to share your positive comments with our Head Concierge Steven.

I truly hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon at the Grand Hotel Timeo and in the meantime I am delighted to remain at your disposal for any further assistance you may require.

Best wishes,

Luca Finardi
General Manager
Grand Hotel Timeo
Area Manager Sicily
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

This hotel is a dream. I can honestly say that there is not one single thing wrong at this establishment. From the moment you register and until you depart it is an absolute joy. You must take advantage of Steven the concierge, he will make your stay even more perfect, if that is possible.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Flew into Catania , hired a car and drove to Taormina. About an hours drive. Used Tom Tom to find hotel and even with that it is difficult.
From here on only superlatives. View, service, ambience, food , everything really 5 star.
Any niggles, ok after US rooms even the suites are bit small but really top notch. I stayed recently in a hotel in Beverley hills that is probably trying to imitate the Grand , well the real deal is the one in Sicily. Stay here once in your life.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

This hotel is everything you would expect from Orient Express hotels. Our room had a fantastic balcony with stunning views. Beautiful pool and great food served in the restaurants. Absolutely great holiday here.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Address: Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Taormina
#3 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo 5*
Number of rooms: 70
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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Grand Hotel Timeo
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