Me and my wife had a lovely vacation on Sicily, we had a roundtrip of total 12 nights with 3 hotels. (every hotel 4 nights) Our 3rd Hotel was not very comfortable so we decided to book 1 day earlier to Hotel Villa Sirina, so i phoned them and spoke (english) to the very friendly Salvatore. "No problem you come today!" And a few hours later we arrived at beautifull renovated and maintained Hotel at the beginning in Taormina. Piece and quiet around you, stunning view at the beautifull garden/pool from hour balcony and of course the seaview (Naxos/Taormina bay) Everything was better than described by themself and the tour-operating companies! (first time we actually experienced this..)
Parking was free and very close to the hotel. (nice for the elder people)
Anyway, when w e arrived the always very hospital Giovanna took our suitcases and walked in the hotel, as I wanted to assist her she said “No, you have vacation right now” so seeing her lifting both suitcases (Strong woman!) I decided not to argue ;-)
Salvatore was also very hospital and showed us around the hotel and printed out a free internet-coupon for an hour because he’d understood that I was a ICT consultant (seen of my e-mail from the my work) I was charmed from his gesture. (Good wireless internet + and a PC with printer for those who don’t bring their notebook)
On the 1st floor we found a nice and clean room with a balcony which gave us all we needed. Bathroom is at sight a little narrow for a big guy like me, but everything you needed, including a mosquito filter applied at the window, was there. Further on we had a lot of space, minibar, and satellite tv (not that you feel like watching in this beautifull surrounding, but handy with bad weather) Also after asking Salvatore about mosquito’s, he instantly gave us a complete anti-mosquito adapter and tablets to ban these bloodsuckers. (so we did not need to buy one..)
After the refreshing rituals we went out to see Taormina. Obviously not after Salvatore came with discount-coupons for the parking-garage 1,5 km up the mountain. This garage is not expensive (we are used to Amsterdam rates of € 4.50 per hour) for an night out you pay with the discount +/- 5 euro.
Salvatore and staff were at service with advise for nice restaurants, sightseeing’s and all other you could possibly want. (service as never seen before) The pool was very nice and clean, nice adjustable beds with free towel service made this all a relaxing experience.
Breakfast was again very good, all types of pie and cake (lovely applecake from the mrs. !) a dozen serials, fruitjuices and a lot sandwich filling (even peanutbutter!) only thing minor was the Leerdammer cheese (dutch people are spoiled with cheese ;-) Salvatore, next time we bring you real dutch cheese!
Location is very fine walking distance of both Giardini-Naxos as Taormina. Though by car you really can see a lot more. We don’t like hotels in the busy centre so just outside of it this place is perfect.
In 15 years of vacation we had never seen a service like this, so a BIG recommendation to all!
As we are both hard working people, we lookout for luxury and comfort in our vacationtime. Also knowing myself as a perfectionist I’m always (silently) hoping for more of these people.
We’ll you will find Salvatore and his crew meeting up to these (maybe a little high) standards!
For those with a finer eye for the detail, I salute you and invite you to come at Villa Sirina and share your experiences with me (other great suggestions are welcome as well)
Salvatore and his wife, Giovanna, Guiseppe, Slava, Luigi and anybody who I might forget, thank you all for giving us these 5 days our best vacation experience ever!!
Warm greetings from Johan and Marleen (Holland)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Sirina is a historic villa located at the foot of Taormina with a wonderful view of the blue sea of Giardini-Naxos Bay, immersed in a valley filled with citrus tree groves and oleanders and surrounded by the scents and colours typical of this land. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirina Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Sirina Taormina, Sicily