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“Smart but flawed” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Villa Diodoro
Ranked #30 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Smart but flawed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights when we visited Taormina for a short break. The room was nicely appointed and the setting of the hotel is good, a short walk from the centre of the town and with nice views. However, the free wifi didn't work and it seemed to be a struggle to get a coffee at breakfast - one morning we were just given hot chocolate instead and had to like it or lump it. Overall, it didn't meet my expectations for a 200 Euro a night room.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

My mother and three sisters and I stayed at this hotel for the third time in September and I cannot say enough wonderful things about this fabulous hotel. Our rooms had stunning views of the Ionian Sea and of Mt. Etna. The pool is perched on a cliff with the same views as our rooms and had ample seating, as well as a poolside restaurant overseen by Pietro, who works very hard to serve everyone promptly. Mateo, a university student and part timer, worked poolside helping with chairs and umbrellas and was a delightful and pleasant conversationalist. The full time pool attendant is not quite so amiable, but that just makes us appreciate all that is good here. The staff at the front desk, especially Manuel, were very accommodating. They actually remembered us from our previous trips and did everything possible to make our stay as perfect as possible. This
hotel is in a perfect location as you can walk out the front entrance and walk a few steps into the center of Taormina for shopping and dining. Just know that there are lots of steps in the hotel and in this ancient town located on the side of a mountain. In the evening after dinner, Natale Sinatra entertained us at the piano on the beautiful outdoor terrace. We always looked forward to beginning and ending our evenings on the terrace enjoying Natale serenading us with his singing. Roberto, who usually manned the terrace bar, was attentive, friendly and humorous. And, Guiseppe in the dining room always had hot coffee waiting at our table each morning. We have so many fond memories of all the friendly people and great service we encountered at the Villa Diodoro that we are already planning our fourth trip!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Dirty staining on a lot of the carpets.
No tea/coffee making facilities, no iron. No bathrobe and no slippers
The room and bathroom were below standard we. This includes the bed, which was undoubtedly the worst we had ever slept in, hard to the point of waking up with an aching neck every morning, very thin pillows almost useless.
The noise from other rooms and the corridor was a real issue, we heard all sorts of sounds from the guests, lobby and corridors and the rooms, as we are all sharing the terraces feeling very insecure, I definitely do not recommend this hotel for anybody.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

This hotel is beautiful. We upgraded our room well worth it. Beautiful views and spacious. The only complaint I had was that they do not supply irons. Even when asked their excuse was that it was a fire hazard...really??? It's obvious that it was just another way for the hotel to make money. If you don't want to walk around with wrinkled clothes and do not have an iron, be prepared to spend an arm and a leg to get your clothes pressed.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

What a wonderful place Taormina is. Our hotel, the Villa Diodoro has one of the finest, most impressive and beautiful coastal views that I have seen in my life; topped with an exquisite view of Mount Etna. This is quintessential Sicily and the perfect place to relax in glorious sunshine; beside the pool with a glass of something special to mark the occasion. Taormina buzzes with fun, beauty and good humour. A must-see.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Marlton, New Jersey
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

We stayed at this hotel while on a tour of Sicily. After the tour, we relocated to San Domenico Palace. We wished we would have stayed at Villa Diodoro. I am all for splurging once in a while, but the value and views and spaciousness of room at Diodoro was a pure pleasure. We found the room to be clean, service very friendly, beautiful pool, great breakfast, central location in Taormina, but most of all, we enjoyed the beautiful views from our terrace. We watched the sunsets and Mt Etna erupt every night. Pure Bliss !!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 6 nights in October and left with very mixed feelings, but on balance if we were to visit Taormina again we wouldn't stay here again, although the hotel is OK, it would need vast improvement.

Pros
Immaculately clean in the room
Room relatively good size
Views are spectacular
Some of the internal spaces are attractive
Staff helpful

Cons
Terrible staining on a lot of the carpets in the communal areas
No tea/coffee making facilities, when we asked if we could get one we were pointed to the bar downstairs which was a trestle table with alcoholic drinks and no one was ever there.
The room and bathroom was incredibly basic, we would expect that standard of a youth hostel. This includes the bed, which was undoubtedly the worst we had ever slept in, hard to the point of waking up with an aching neck every morning, not helped by the thinnest pillows possible and just a sheet as a cover.
The noise from other rooms and the corridor was a real issue, we could hear everything from the people around us and whenever people either left their rooms in the morning or returned late at night. This combined with the horrible bed made sleeping near impossible.

It's hard to see how this hotel ever scored 4*s, we've visited 32 countries and even in rural developing countries the standard had been higher. We would rate it a generous 2* (and if you are staying bring your ear plugs!)

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Diodoro
Address: Bagnoli Croci 75, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Diodoro 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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Diodoro Hotel Taormina
Hotel Villa Diodoro Taormina, Sicily

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