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“Wonderful helpful staff, room comfortable and spacious with balcony overlooking Etna, fantastic swimming pool.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Villa Diodoro
Ranked #30 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful helpful staff, room comfortable and spacious with balcony overlooking Etna, fantastic swimming pool.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2009

Have visited this resort and stayed in this hotel for the last 12 years and each time the holiday has never disappointed - a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Restaurant food is rather traditional, however there is total flexibility for alternative options - as a vegetarian this is much appreciated. Generous portions of food at dinner and breakfast is self service, so as much as you wish!
The rooms have been upgraded over the last two years and are now well decorated and have modern facilities - new bathroom suites with complimentary toiletries and fresh towels every day. Comfortable beds and efficient air conditioning.
Definitely recommend a stay here - central to all facilities and within walking distance of local bus service, funivia to the beach, main pedestrian shopping street and fantastic botanic gardens next door to hotel which give wonderful shade in the heat of the day (donated by Florence Trevelyan, english aristocrat).
All in all can't wait for my next trip there in 2010!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank spangle90
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Lincolnshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2009

Hotel is in an excellent location, facilities are very good, rooms are lovely with beautiful views of the coastline.
There was a good selection of food both at breakfast time and evening meal very good value for money.
Would certainly go back again.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sinclaire65
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Salem, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2009

Room was comfortable, clean and roomy. My wife broker hher foot while in Sicily and the staff was extreemly accomodating and thoughtful. The head waiter in the restaurant was particulary thoughtful and always asked about my wife's condition.
J C
Salem, Ohio

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Continojr
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Dublin
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2009

My wife and I stayed in the hotel for a week, half board at the end of Sep. We had stayed in this hotel last year, June 2008 for 2 weeks and had a lovely time. We booked a balcony and Etna View. We arranged with the Hotel to have an Airport pick up for €85.

When we arrived, I mentioned that we were there before and the chap on the receptionist changed our room to one along the same row we had before.

Room was very nice, just as we remembered, with new large TV and remodelled bathroom. We had Sky TV, Sky News and Sky Sports. However after a thunderstorm a few days later Sky News and Fox News disappeared. When we asked about the news programmes we were told the repair man would check it out but it took several days to finally find out that they had cancelled the news subscription.

A lady receptionist was very unhelpful about the issue and made you feel that you were a nuisance and an annoyance.

Considering that it rained every day, we got a years rain in the week we were there, and we could not go out on some occassions for several hours, TV was more important
than normal. However after 3 or 4 attemps to solve the problem, a different maintenance man showed us how to change the languge on the Sky Box and we could watch TV in English.

The breakfast and dinners were very good and the staff at breakfast and dinner were always helpful and pleasant.

The location is perfect for the centre of town and the views are stunning. We would have no problem staying in this hotel provided we get a room similar to the one we got.

Some other guests said there rooms were dark, small and the bathroom was dirty. Can't believe it is the same hotel.

Hotel might consider improving their bar area, currenly only a couple of tables put together. Has potential to offer a great bar with a lovely out door area.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank starmcs
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2009

Stayed for one week in the Diodoro from 27th Sept to 4th Oct. 2009. Had booked and paid for a Superior Room but only got a standard Room on check in. (I know it was a standard Room in spite of the Receptionist insisting it was a Superior Room as I had stayed in a Standard room at the Hotel previously) .This was small and shoddy looking. Had then to pay €210 for an upgrade to a Junior Suite.
Front Office staff most unhelpful and dismissive. Breakfast was unappetising and a very poor choice. Not fully cooked bacon and scrambled egg. Cold boiled eggs and room temperature juice. Dinner not much better.
However Bar staff and restaurant manager very nice.
To sum up this Hotel needs a total revamp as the general decor is dated. A change of attitude in the staff would also not go amisss. Stained carpet on our (3rd Floor) landing - looked as it had been flooded at some stage recently.

Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank costellopatk
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Dublin
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank 22O
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Forest Hills, New York
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lisa34
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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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