Victoria is more of a hotel than a b&b with 4 floors of rooms, some with balconies, situated right on the pedestrian street corso umberto ii closer to the Messina arch. The couple of hotel parking spots were full so we had to park in the Lumbi car park (14 eur per day) and take the free shuttle to the Messina arch. But you have to ask the desk for a voucher which gives you 20 pct off. It was not mentioned on arrival.
The location was great for exploring Messina. You could pop back in and put at will and cool off for lunch, change for dinner, drop off shopping etc. But there is no pool, no lobby, and no fridge so it's not a great place to hang out.
The breakfast was a basic continental, croissant, ham, salami, cheese, prepackaged yogurt, cereal, juice and espresso. Had better at b&bs in Amalfi and Sorrento. Some fruit would have been nice. The apples were dried out balls of nasty flesh.
The rooms were very clean and air conditioned. But the bed had the hardest mattress I've ever felt. Even though our room 123 was on the main walk street, noise was minimal. There was a tiny view to the Greek theater but no balcony. The tv was a joke, so small and high it was worthless, but I guess you aren't supposed to be hanging out in the room. Free Wifi was just installed which was very nice but slow. The bathroom was spotless but had the smallest shower shower that made for some contortions in cleaning. But at least there was no moldy grout or nasty shower curtain.
The staff was friendly, helpful and super sweet speaking Ng English, German, and of course Italian. This place is probably best for a young couple, with few bags to carry, that will be drinking late and eating out all day. If you can't walk or have a child there are probably better choices. We paid 95 eur per night.
Taormina is a beautiful city with wonderful architecture, a vibrant passageata scene, but expensive for food. Bam bar does have a wonderful granita for 3.50 eur and the xxx near there has decent lower priced fare on a nice quiet piazza. The tiramisu closer at the Messina arch has a great veal scallopene in lemon cream sauce (see my review there). There's a supermarket outside the south arch. The villa zuccaro on piazza del carmine looked like a fantastic quiet spot but only open for dinner. Bar turrisi in castlemola has a great view (and fantastic large insalata mista!) with crazy sexual decorations. Worth the drive, bus, (long) hike. Mount etna is worth the drive and a day hike on the mountain. Check with the ti in linguaglossa. The Greek theater wasn't worth the 8 eur after having seen Pompeii. I heard Syracuse was way better.
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