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“Clean, quiet, but hard beds, and ask for parking voucher”
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Victoria Hotel
Ranked #17 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2011

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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Reviewed 31 May 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Victoria for 2 nights and give it the highest recommendation. Every detail is cared for and beautiful. Imagine the quality of a 4 star hotel at 2 star prices! Salvatore and his family and staff are very friendly and terrifically helpful. They had a kind staff member actually get in our car ( which was marooned in a nearby piazza) to guide us to their small private parking lot. We were thrilled to be in an affordable hotel, right on the main street of this beautiful city.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kdbanta
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

Right on the main street, a very pleasant well-run family hotel. Great value for money, everything was fine and 24 hour reception is a bonus. Friendly staff who are very keen to please.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

We were unfortunate with the weather for our stay and could not enjoy our balcony. Central hotel, small bathroom and very small shower and the furniture was not painted in our room as described by others although the bed was lovely and comfortable. Cleaning excellent, nice restaurant room which is only opened for breakfast with excellent staff, breakfast basic. With such bad weather it would have been nice to be staying in a hotel with a lounge and\or bar. The hotel is exactly as described on their website - it has a lift, 24 hour reception and parking. There are a few steps up to the lift from the reception. area. If I was visiting Taormina in the summer months would choose a hotel with a swimming pool such as the Ariston.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2011

I don't normally write reviews of places I stay; but I HAD to write and tell about this absolute GEM I had the pleasure of staying at in beautiful Taormina, Sicily last week. Victoria Hotel is truly remarkable, an absolutely wonderful family run hotel. I could not have asked for a better place to stay. First of all, the staff is wonderful, so professional and nice and friendly and helpful. Everyone goes out of their way for you. The hotel is in a perfect location, right on the main street of Taormina, in the most beautiful city I visited in Sicily. It could not have been more convenient..you are right on the main street and I never heard a single noise when I went to sleep at night. I have traveled in Europe and Asia and the States and honestly do not recall any place where I have stayed that was as CLEAN as Victoria Hotel...everything...the lovely room, bathroom, dining facility...everything is so wel maintained and clean, clean, clean. When I walked in the entrance and then to my room, I knew I had found the perfect hotel. The room furniture was so beautiful too...painted lovely on all the pieces...just charming. I especially loved that. The bathroom was spotless! Also there was perfect water pressure and hot water which you don't always find. And to mention again...perfectly clean!! Also the dining area is so beautifully and tastefully decorated with the most beautiful artwork. I spent some time just looking at the artwork on the walls..just lovely. Everything is so tasteful down to the beautiful inscribed napkins on the tables. The breakfast (which was included) was delcious and even had my favorite breakfast food which I could not believe, no fat yoghurt! It was all just perfect, a very nice selection. What I especially enjoyed was how nice and friendly the staff is at Victoria Hotel. You can really tell the difference in how they run their lovely hotel, I believe because they are family. They all truly care to make their hotel a home away from home for the traveller. I would never think about staying any other place if I am lucky enough to return to lovely Taormina. I forgot to mention, the price was amazingly reasonable too. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Sicily, look no further, you MUSTstay at Victoria Hotel..you will be so glad you did and not find a better place. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this hotel is!!!!!!! A real GEM!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank SissyD01
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

From the moment you walk in you will feel welcome. Salvatore and his family have owned this hotel for generations and you can tell they love what they do. The hotels location is the best in Taormina. You are centrally located so if you need to grab a sweater or take a nap, or just drop off you shopping it's great. The hotel itself is so beautiful and very clean. You get a great breakfast to start your day and if you need anything you just have to ask. I highly recommend this hotel for location, service and beauty. You will love your stay with Salvatore and his family. Thanks for making our stay so comfortable. I felt like I was in your home.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2010

Hotel Victoria is located on the main street of Taormina and is very convenient. It's a small hotel, and very well run. They remember which room we were in, and gave us the right key eveytime we came back before we said our room number. There was always someone at the front desk, so we felt safe.
The room is very clean and the one we were given was very large with a little balcony facing the back garden. I made a note when I booked requesting a quite room, so they met my wish. The bathroom was with a shower, but lots of towels of different sizes and they were changed generously every day.
The breakfast was simple, but you have everything you need. The italien croissants and coffee were very tasty. I could feel that they care about the quality and how they serve. The breakfast room was very pretty and looked as if it'sbeen renovated lately.
We really enjoyed talking with the older brother of the owner family (?) at the front desk every morning before we went out. A lot of jokes and laughing.
I would defenitely go back to Hotel Victoria.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Address: Corso Umberto 81, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: £67 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Victoria Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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