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Hotel Villa Diodoro
Ranked #28 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Dublin
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Do not stay here if you want a nice hotel”
Reviewed 6 October 2009

Stayed here in September for 9 nights and could not recommend it all.
This hotel is not 4 star. The hotel is dated and in serious need of a revamp. When we arrived we were given a room which had damp carpets in the hallway and mould going up the wall. The room was of a very bad standard.
We had to complain it was so bad. We were on our honeymoon and this was not acknowledged at all.
The reception staff were rude and not at all helpful. We were eventually moved after threatening to check out. The new room was only average as well but had a big balcony with a nice view.
The room was tiny and the bathroom flooded every time you used the shower.
Re the food the breakfast was average. There was no variation and after 9 days of it we were sick of the food. We did not eat any other food in the hotel.
All in all I would say if you have booked here cancel. I have really nothing good to say about the experience. I would recommend looking for a hotel elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Forest Hills, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2009

We stayed in this hotel for 4 days in the very begining of September. Perhaps,many years ago,it was absolutely gorgeous hotel,but today,this hotel needs some serious renovations,as other travelers mentioned earlier.
However,we enjoyed the hotel.
Positives:
1.Hotel situated in the beautiful location-next door to botanical garden which was wonderful and 10-15 minutes walk to main streets and shops.
2.Room was big with huge balcony.
3.Hotel has parking available and that is very important in Taormina.
4. We booked this hotel via Expedia for rate $214 a day including all taxes and breakfast.
5.Pool is beautiful with amazing views of Etna.There is also restaurant available at the pool where we were drinking cold white wine and munchking on fruits.
6.Hotel has beautiful garden,just as nice as botanical garden with tall,big palms.
Negatives:
1.Hotel is old and it shows.When we walked in,immediately,we felt this dinstinctive smell of old hotel(smells like laundromat I don't know why but always smells like this in old type of hotels).
2.Breakfast was poor,simply not good,even coffee was bad(long table of food but nothing good to eat).
3.The bathtub was really bad.They had plastic curtain to cover bathtub instead of shower door and it was really thin.From the shower pressure,the curtain would get wet and attach to the body of person who takes shower.I kept fighting off the curtan with one hand and used the other hand to shampoo.It was very annoying!
4.The TV in the room from seventies,just like the room itself actually,so don't expect plasma.
We did not eat there,so can't comment on restaurants.When I read reviews,I realized that majority of unhappy customets so to speak were travelers from England.Most of them took full board,so they were pushed to eat there and as I understant,the food there is not the best.But if you don't take full board,I think you will find this hotel to be quite decent. We never take full board when we go away to Europe.We only take all-inclusive type of vacation when we go somewere like Dominican republic or Jamaica.
The other point to remember is that we booked this hotel for the rate of $214 a day.At that price,its worth the moneyt,but I would never pay $300/a day for this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2009

The hotel enjoys a great location in the beautiful town of Taormina. The reception staff are pleasant, but after that things go down hill. The restaurant desparately needs a re-vamp. There is no atmosphere at all in this very old fashioned dining room, and the food is poor. The pool bar shuts up shop at 4 pm, come rain or shine! There are too many good restaurants in the town, about 10 mins walk away, so do not book half board, and you may be ok. Rooms at the side are dark and dingy and have no balcony, so avoid garden view rooms.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Malta
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2009

On arrival you are greeted by friendly staff who are very helpful to show you to your room. However you should note that not all rooms have a view, especially if the room happens to be on the side of the hotel!

The interior of the room is kept very clean however it is evident that it is time for the Hotle to undergo refurbishment. A small TV (not flat screen) is available in the room even though the choice of TV channels was very restrictive and some of the channels were not clear due to interference. A definite minus of the hotel is that rooms didnt have any internet or wifi for free and there was no location within the hotel where free access was available.

The location is not very far from the old city centre and is quite convenient.

As regards breakfast, more choice and selection was expected from a 4 star hotel. Egg and bacon was available, but the former was too soggy and the latter was undercooked. Lunch was served at the hotel but more was expected from the well known Sicilian cuisine.

Being on a business trip unfortunately I did not have the time to use the pool which seems to be one of the pluses of this hotel. The conference room, on the other hand, was very well organised and it was wonderful to have a coffee break in the small inner garden of the hotel.

Overall this is a good hotel but in my opinion it is overpriced. There are better and cheaper alternatives.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Stockholm, Sweden
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214 reviews
170 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2009

Villa Diodoro is beautifully situated with an amazing view over the bay and Etna. Its not right in the center of Taormina but its an easy walk 10-15 minutes to the main shopping street.
We originally got a room in the middle of the building between the two wings. The view however wasnt that nice and it was close to other balconies. We then changed to a room that had a very simple bathroom with a tiny shower and no bathtub (room 116) but it was compensated with an amazing large balcony with an excellent view of the bay and pool area.
The pool area had plenty of room for everyone and was beautifully situated with a wonderful view. It was well maintained and clean. There was a smaller lunch restaurant/cafe there as well.
The hotel has a small garden, a restaurant, a bar, a small shop with souvenirs and a lounge area.
We had half board and so we had all our breakfast meals and dinners at the restaurant.
Breakfast was a buffet with all you could ask for bread, pastries, juice, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruits and much more. Coffe or tea was brought to your table.
Dinner was from a menu and you had 32 Euros to spend every dinner included in the half board. The starters specially the pasta dishes were the best. The main courses were okay but the dessert buffet wasnt that fun. It mainly contained different types of cakes that didnt taste that much. Service overall was a bit reserved.
Rooms didnt have any internet or wifi for free. Not even the lounge area that actually had a computer had free access to the internet. This overall is one minus.
A good thing to know is that breakfast doesnt start until 7.30 am and many of the daytours start earlier than that. It is however possible to ask for an early breakfast at the reception. It will then be served in the restaurant as a personal smaller package of items from the buffet that opens later. They put out the room number on the table that is yours so that you know what table is for you. This system worked a little so so ..once perfectly and once not at all.
The best things with this hotel are the pool area and the view from the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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london
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2009

This was the 3rd year in a row that we' ve stayed at Diodoro mainly because it's hard to think of anywhere else in which we have felt so relaxed, in a wonderful location ,close enough to the main drag of Taormina's many shops and restaurants but far away enough to feel at peace at the poolside with views over the sea and Etna. The only reason that I've not given better ratings for service is because we didn't call upon the hotel staff to do anything for us and value wise, it is pretty expensive but comparable to other 4* hotels in the area. We've decided not to go again next year to force ourselves to see something new - but I know we'll be back in years to come!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Montreal
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

My partner and I spent 4 days at the Diodoro and we absolutely loved our time there. We vacationned at the height of the peak season in mid-August and we still felt we were in an oasis of tranquility. This is probably due to the immaculate grounds surrounding
the hotel which give the impression that the hotel is miles away from anywhere and yet we were literally 5 minutes walk from town.

The hotel's greatest attraction is, as many have mentionned, its pool. As seen from the pictures taken from fellow vacationners, the pool offers a 180 degree view of the meditarranean2. Another little known fact is that the hotel offers a shuttle to its sister hotel located on a private beach. Once there you have access to sunchairs and parasols - all for the price of 4 euros. Well worth it, even though the beach is a pebble beach (as are most beaches near Taormina).

The restaurant also provided stunning views which we enjoyed each morning at breakfast. On this note, many have criticized the food selection, and while
I can only speak for the breakfast, my partner and I both thought the selection was plentiful, fresh and varied including a good selection of pastries and breads, fresh fruit, as well as eggs and bacon for those who cannot live without. We were also served delicious (strong) Italian coffee and warm steamed milk every day with our breakfast. I can't speak for the dinner since we chose not to take the half-board option and strongly recommend you do not, because of all the wonderful restaurants in Taormina and because half the pleasure of Sicily is discovering local eateries and delicacies (you cannot leave this place without trying the arancini, the gelato or a cannoli).

With respect to the room, we opted for the classic (standard) room and were slightly wary considering many on this site had advised to upgrade to a sea-view
room. We were pleasantly surprised by our view of the lower garden and
found our room to be clean, with a well-functionning AC (a luxury we later came to realize as we continued our journey to hot and muggy Palermo) and modestly yet tastefully
appointed.

The entire hotel itself has an old world charm with rich dark woodwork which was perfect for the the location. That being said for those looking for modern
amenities (flat-screen tv, large glassed-in showers, wireless internet), you may be dissapointed. But if you're okay with a little bathroom flooding after
your shower, lots of stone stairways to navigate through, beautiful vistas and lots of charm, then you will absolutely love the Diodoro AND Sicily!

  • Stayed August 2009, 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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