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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Ranked #4 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2014

It is hard not to go overboard when describing this hotel. From the first moment when you drive up, you are greeted courteously and efficiently. The hotel is in central Taormina next to the Greek Theatre and the front entrance is at the end of a shopping street so as you drive up you may be a little concerned. Don't be. As you walk through the front gate and into the little front walkway you leave the bustle of Taormina behind. This was the first hotel in Taormina and the building is a venerable old one in the ITalian style. At the front desk the Reception Manager Davide and his staff together with all the concierges will greet you and deal with your queries perfectly.
We would recommend a room in the main building and if you can, get one with a terrace or balcony overlooking the gardens the sea and Mount Etna. We had a deluxe sea view room with a good sized balcony. It was furnished vary comfortably-wonderful bed linen and pillows- and had everything you would need. The housekeeping is top notch with an evening turndown as standard. Water is provided at night and the toiletries are good.
Breakfast and dinner are taken on an outdoor terrace which overlooks the wonderful views. The breakfast is particularly good , The dinner menu is varied and has Sicilian specialities as well as "normal" Italian food. At every meal the maitre D and his staff are impeccable- friendly and efficient .
Everything-the room, food, service, setting and views - adds up to make this an outstanding hotel.
We stayed for one week and could easily have stayed for longer.
We had only one complaint-after one night we realised that our room was under the breakfast terrace and being very light sleepers we had heard the early breakfast scraping of chairs and tables etc. We mentioned this to the REception Manager Davide and before we had even finished our sentence he was on the computer checking how he could change our room and sort out the issue. This was accomplished and we did not have to re-pack-we took our valuables and the housekeeping staff moving everything perfectly to our new room. That evening a bottle of champagne was delivered with a hand-written note from the manager.
So our room recommendation would be-stay in the main hotel and get a view. If you are a light sleeper have a room with a high number (e.g 230 not 204) on any floor so that you are away from the terrace.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Dear Guest,

We are delighted you left our hotel with the excellent impressions you describe.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity of hosting you in this little paradise getaway and we hope to have the pleasure to welcoming you back in the near future.

Stefano Gegnacorsi
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We decided to get married at this hotel this September, so thought it would be a good idea to spend our Summer holiday here to get to know the place…and WOW are we more than happy with our choice! The grounds of the hotel our STUNNING! Flowers, olive trees, lemon trees, palm trees everywhere- it is breathtaking! We had a beautiful room with stunning views of Mount Etna and the hotels swimming pool- very spacious and immaculately cleaned everyday.. The Hotel's swimming pool was perfect.. crystal clear warm water, always enough sun loungers- with some on other levels for adults that want a bit of piece and quiet, and a Gelato cart with fresh ice cream all day long. Both the Hotel's restaurants are yummy! The more casual one, near the pool has a special themed Sicilian night a couple of nights a month, with Sicilian food, wine and musical entertainment-the kids and adults loved it, I wish they could do this every week! The smarter restaurant, up near reception, has stunning views and again delicious food and wine. Near reception there is a great bar with an inside area and beautiful terrace that we went to most nights before dinner to sample their alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails-both of which were amazing, and to watch the beautiful sunsets! There is a small gym that is well equipped but with views like this, I decided on my own yoga practise on my balcony every morning..heaven! The hotel Timeo is a very short walk to the town centre, which was perfect for dinner in the evening to walk off all the incredible pasta and gelato we consumed!
and last but definitely not least, the staff… They were all FANTASTICO!!! Every single one of them greeted you with a smile and a hello everyday, and nothing was ever too much for them. They were all polite, professional but warm and friendly.. I must make a special mention to our incredible Angel, Mariangela, who has been helping us plan our wedding at the Timeo,words can not describe how grateful we are to you… My kids ended the holiday asking if we could stay until the wedding in September- thats quite something from my babies who are normally complete beach bums! I could go on and on, but I will end this by saying, Thank you,THANK YOU all for making our holiday so special and we Cannot WAIT to come and celebrate our special day with you In September!!! Ciao for now… The McKenna family :-)

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank stephmck1312
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Dear Family McKenna,

Thank you so much for this wonderful review and for your lovely words.

All of us are very proud and delighted to learn that you had such a memorable stay and are especially happy that you are coming back to celebrate your wedding party!
There is nothing more rewarding for us to see than a satisfied guest and comments such as yours uplift our spirit.

Warm regards,

Stefano Gegnacorsi
General Manager

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Just got back from 7 Great days in Taormina, staying at The Grand Hotel Timeo.
One of the best in Italy if not the World
Staff could not have been better, room was great, food was outstanding
and the setting is Stunning.
Bravo Timeo!

Room Tip: Jr. Suite 126 or Suite 226 & 326 are the best
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Brian S
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Dear Brian S,

I truly appreciate the time you took to share your feedback about your recent experience at the Timeo.
It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you appreciated our hospitality and warmth of Sicily.
There is nothing more rewarding for us to see than a satisfied guest and it will be my pleasure to share your kind comments with the whole team!

We look forward to welcoming you back to Sicily and in the meantime we send you our best regards,

Stefano Gegnacorsi
General Manager

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

A must go and see:
1-for la Dolce Vita, the Sicilian way
2-for his Head Concierge, the best ever.
3-for the pleasure to dine on a terrace overlooking the bay of Taormina and the Mount Etna in eruption.
4-for the atmosphere and the food...

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Dear cyrille75,

Thank you very much for choosing Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo for your stay and for sharing your feedback with the Tripadvisor’s community.

It is a true pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our team and the hotel atmosphere have created memorable experiences that you have taken back home.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Sicily for your next visit, until then...

Best regards,

Stefano Gegnacorsi
General Manager

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Many hotels in Europe claim unique and stunning locations. They claim tradition and history and quite often a strong dose of faded fame. And service that is underwhelming at best!
Not so, the Grand Hotel Timeo. An utterly stunning hillside location with the ancient Greek theatre behind, and overlooking the sapphire blue Bay of Naxos, the views are timeless and magical. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the hotel delivers highly personalized service, exceptional cuisine with a style and flair that is rarely encountered today.
But can everything be so perfect in one hotel….. well yes! If there is one small negative, it would be some of the smaller rooms. They are well appointed, as you would expect from a luxury hotel, but may will not blow the socks off everyone. Spent a little extra and go for the junior suite category- well worth the extra cost.
And yes, such style and luxury comes at a cost but if you are going to spend your hard earned cash anywhere in Italy for a luxury hotel experience, this is the place to do it! Enjoy!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Grant H
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2014

Dear Grant H,

Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review on TripAdvisor.

I am delighted to hear that you could not have been more pleased with your stay. I am truly glad you enjoyed our hospitality and service and your words were much appreciated. We certainly hope to welcome you back in the not so distant future.

Warm regards,

Stefano Gegnacorsi
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

The Timeo is a wonderfully elegant hotel with a great history. The staff are all absolutely fantastic and we were warmly greeted by everyone. The location is perfect, just below the Teatro Greco, and very near all the shops and restaurants. The views from the main hotel are spectacular and overlook the bay and Mt Etna. We had lovely rooms, furnished with antiques, and the housekeeping was second to none. They have two restaurants - the main one serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food is excellent. The other restaurant is by the pool and is mainly open for lunch although they did have a special Sicilian evening with local dishes and entertainment one evening. They have a wonderful concierge, Steven, who can book or arrange anything and organised a great trip to Etna for myself and my grandson. We couldn't fault any of the staff they are extremely attentive and friendly. We are going back again for my daughter's wedding in September and are having the reception at the Timeo, which is being brilliantly organised by their lovely wedding-coordinator Marie Angela.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main hotel building have lovely view of the bay and Mount Etna
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank JackieMcK2014
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Dear JackieMcK,

I truly appreciate the time you took to share your feedback about your recent experience at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, definitely comments such as yours uplift our spirit. There is nothing more rewarding for us to see than a satisfied guest.

I gladly share your kind words with the whole hotel team and in the meantime we all look forward to welcoming you back in September to Taormina.

Best wishes,

Stefano Gegnacorsi
General Manager

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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Only two nights there. I wish i could afford more. This hotel, apart from a fantastic location both in the centre of the tourist resort and the picturesque beach, has this special ambience which gives you the opportunity to relax completely while being pampered to the highest possible extent.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Tomek K
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gm-timeo, Direttore at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Dear Tomek K,

I appreciate your comments regarding your stay at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. It is always a great pleasure to receive such positive feedback.

I’m happy to read that you enjoyed the time with us and that the location, the atmosphere at the hotel and our team have created wonderful experience you will never forget.

On behalf of the entire team, I hope that we may welcome you back very soon.

Sincerely

Stefano Gegnacorsi
General Manager

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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:
#2 Spa Hotel in Taormina
#4 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: £295 - £1,243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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