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“Disappointed upon arrival but we made the most of our stay!!”
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Caparena Hotel
Ranked #58 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Reviewed 24 July 2007

Having just returned from Hotel Caparena I would like to advise other travellers of our stay! When we arrived at the hotel we were slightly disppointed with the location of the hotel. it was positioned on the beach (lovely) but was a taxi ride from Taormina, we were lucky as we had a car. We were advised that there was a shuttle bus running frequently to Taormina but you had to book the day before! The gardens of the hotel were beautiful but such a shame that you were unable to eat outside overlooking the bay as for many nights of our stay there was a private function. There was a beach restaurant but with a very limited menu, if you want a snack there really isn't anything on the menu, you could have a buffet salad though for 20 EURO - a little expensive don't you think! Our room was supposed to be superior with a sea view, we just about had seaview but I wouldn't say the room was superior! Also there was a train running between the hotel and the beach (no mention of this in the Citalia brochure), I am a deep sleeper so wasn't affected by this!

On the positive side the staff were polite, the rooms were clean, breakfast and evening meal were good and the pool was nice and clean with free towels.

I think as long as you go aware of the above a stay at the Caprena is very pleasant. Surely a proper beach bar where snacks are served would be a great investment and eating on the terrace in the summer with the fantastic views another must!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2007

Just got back from 8 nights at this lovely old but refurbished hotel.
The pool was heaven. The roof rolls back and except for the day of the mistrals, was wide open till 6 pm. after that one can still swim and use the luxury wellness showers.
As for the brioche.... I took the citrus treatment (covered in fruits) while my sister indulged in the turkish bath and massage. Wonderful robes, herbal teas, soft music....
Our first room had a nasty smell wafting in from the generous balcony so we were moved to one overlooking the pool and on to the sea...it had a well stocked reasonable room fridge, lots of towels, bath foam, shampoo and body lotion daily.
The first night we got in very late BOOK THE TAXI THROUGH THE HOTEL!!! (we paid 160 euro for a 75 euro ride)
Breakfast was included, everything from cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits, cheese. parma ham, fresh breads, rolls, croissant, juices and my favourite, cherry tomatoes, baby bocconchini, oil and vineagar.
Carmelo in the bar went out of his way to make us feel welcome and Ms Lo Re at reception was gracious and helpful.
I expected the train to be a problem but once we shut the balcony door we heard nothing.
I would love to return, but will bring beach shoes as the shore is very rough on the feet.
The shuttle left and returned almost every hour till late at night.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank NanoVolpe
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Reviewed 24 April 2007

First off, I was a little unlucky in my timing. I arrived at the end of March and stayed the first week of April. The hotel had just opened its doors a few days earlier and that meant the beach was not ready for guests and was dirty the pool had not been heated ( we were able to use it on our last day tho) and the staff was just getting into it again. There were very few guests around and that made it all a bit strange. That said, the hotel is nice, rooms are basic and very clean and the staff was just great to us and really saved our holiday. They tried to do everything possible for us. There is not much of a veiw from the rooms, it is traintracks and some trees and a little bit of the sea. The furniture on the balcony was plastic and not very nice. We stayed two floors down from the resturant but constantly heard the chairs being dragged around the tile floor, odd since there were few guests but it really bothered me in the morning, waking up to the noise. The rooms are tiled as well and no slippers supplied so bring your own. The bedding was not to my liking either, the pillows were very lumpy and there was just a normal sheet for a cover. The hotel has a shuttle to the town, does not go often but if the times dont suit you, the hotel will try and arrange it anyway. The wellness centre is wonderful, got some treatments there and can fully recommend it. The pool is lovely too, it is an indoor pool but since we could not use it much it did not matter to us. But this hotel, all in all is not a 4 star so dont except it.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank lisa026
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Reviewed 23 October 2006

This is a great hotel just across the tracks from the beach. There is a cool corridor you walk under the tracks to get to the beach. You have to take a taxi up to Taormina, but if you don't mind being close to the Ocean and away from town, this is a great location. They have a good restaurant, have internet service in the common area and very nice Spa.

I stayed in this hotel on a tour and it was wonderful. My room had a great seabreeze and had a partial ocean view. It was fantastic.

  • Stayed: March 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 October 2006

We stayed with our one year old daughter in one of the suites with seaview. For only € 15 you can book a suite instead of a normal room. Service was great! The staff treated our daughter like a princess and she loved every second of it.
Food was very good and if you book HP you can choose wathever you like from the menu.
A shuttle brings you tot Taormina for free.
The surrounding by the hotel is not so nice. A busy road lies on the back and in front at the seaside is a railroad. A few trains pass by in one hour but the noice is not so bad. Soon you'll get used to it. Pool and wellness are great. Staff is very friendly.
This hotel is also nice for conferences. There are no shops or restaurants on walking distance so make sure you have a rental car or take the shuttle tot Taormina. Taxi's are expensive. To the centre of Taormina it cost you €25.
Taormina is a very nice town with beautifull sites to sea!

Stayed: October 2006
1  Thank katinka69
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Reviewed 13 September 2006

We stayed in a superior room with sea view overlooking the beautiful gardens. The hotel staff were extremely professional and courteous. The beach was great with free pass, sunbeds, parasol and towels. Despite thinking we were trapped with no way out, as it is impossible to walk anywhere due to the very busy and dangerous road, once we discovered the free shuttle bus into Taormina we were happy. You must take full advantage of this service. Alternatively, a taxi ride is approx. 15 euros. The food was good but the bar was non atmospheric, although the head barman was very nice. Overall a very relaxing and enjoyable stay with no bother from anyone!

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shelley2
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Reviewed 1 August 2006

Despite having provided copy confirmation of our reservation for 2 superior double rooms, we were told the hotel did not have our booking. Instead, we were offered one room with 2 extra beds at a 'discounted' rate due to a cancellation. We viewed this room but were dissatisfied, thus returned to reception to request help in finding another hotel within their group. At this point, the receptionist revealed they were over-booked and knew that all their other hotels were full since they had to transfer some guests to them already. Also, the 'discounted' rate turned out to be more than rate quoted for our 2 rooms!

After more negotiations, the receptionist miraculously found our booking, explaining they had changed their system recently. However, their read-out stated only 2 single rooms were reserved and rooms priced accordingly. When queried why our confirmation should state superior rooms WITH DOUBLE BEDS, she explained that their single rooms do have double beds. Since now they have evidence of our booking in their own hotel's computer system, we requested our 2 single rooms with double beds...... this could not be honoured. After much dispute, we were forced to accept the 1 room cramped with beds for 4 people, at an unacceptable 'discounted' rate.

Questions:
1. Why did they not have record of our reservation or direct contact since we emailed them to request for inter-connected rooms, which was replied with negative and thus altered our request to 2 rooms close to each other, WITH our confirmation reference?
2. They were over-booked - were we conveniently over-looked, especially since the room viewed miraculously already had beds set up for 4?
3. Why did the receptionist not allow us to examine their computer print out when we tried to compare their 'evidence' with ours?

Dissatisfactions:
1. At no point did receptionist/duty manager admit to possibility of hotel's fault.
2. Very rarely did receptionist/duty manager listen to what we had to say and try to understand our position.
3. At no point did receptionist/duty manager apologise - only very begrudgingly at the end.
4. We were made to feel at fault throughout.

I have read other reviews, and language has nothing to do with the rude service received - a smile or empathic nod of understanding are universally understood.

I have not rated the overall experience 'terrible' as facilities were good and service from some other departments commendable, but I will CERTAINLY NOT RETURN to the Caparena Hotel in any hurry.....

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Caparena Hotel

Address: Via Nazionale 189, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Taormina
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
#32 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: £115 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Caparena Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 88
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