Hotel Ariston is just behind the bus station, a short walk from the town and very close to the cable car to the beach. Walking out of the back of the hotel brings you to Taormina's pretty gardens and quickly into town and the greek theatre. Hotel entrance is unusual. You can either climb lots of steps or climb a few steps then walk along a passageway with views into the side of the hotel's pool and then go up in the lift to the pool area and climb a few more steps to reception. Reception is spacious and clean and the staff are efficient but aren't very friendly. Maybe they are just trying to be laid back and unobtrusive. There is very little hotel or resort information in the hotel. Our room was very nice. It was spottlessly clean and looked newly decorated. We had a small balcony with a beautiful view. There is lots of storage space and a very nice large bathroom with lots of hot water and frequent towel changes. We received a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and some really nice fruit and every evening 2 chocolates were left on our pillows which was a nice touch. Robes, slippers and toiletries were provided too. Plumbing was a bit noisy and we could hear voices in next room but it wasn't a problem. Breakfast was fine but as usual became a little samey by the end of the week. It is served from 7am to 11am. Hotel gave us a resort map and so did our Thomson rep who was very efficient and good fun. However the most useful map we found was in the SAIS tours office in the town. We didn't try the restaurant as there didn't look like a good choice of vegetarian meals on the menu but we did notice that it was always busy even though I don't think the hotel was full. The pool area is lovely and I swam several times in reasonably warm water. Towels can be collected from reception. There were very few hotel guests from the UK which didn't matter at all except there were no books to swop in the little library. Overall we had a very pleasant stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Parc Hotel Ariston And Palazzo Santa Caterina
- Parc Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Ariston Taormina, Sicily
- Ariston Hotel Taormina