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Hotel La Pensione Svizzera
Ranked #12 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
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Karlskrona, Sweden
2 reviews
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“Fantastic view and most friendly staff”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Nice, well cleaned, room with a fantastic sea view and a great garden. Tea in the afternoon was an extra bonus, The hotel is very good located. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was excellent.
Parking close to the hotel.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful weeks holiday in taormina.08.05.2014to15.05.2014 La Pensione Svizzera is a great little hotel, in a fantastic location convienent to the bus terminus, the cable car , the beaches and the main street of taormina. We stayed in room 22 on the fourth floor, although there is no lift its not really a problem for people of average fitness, the hotel make all clients fully aware of the situtation. The great advantage of being on the fourth floor was the sea view, I awoke early on one of the mornings to photograph the sunrise. The breakfast is the standard european fare with plenty of cheeses ,cold meats, breads, scrambled eggs etc. all good quality. They also do a very good choice of coffee some prepared on request. A really nice touch was afternoon tea available every day free of charge. The check in staff were efficient and very friendly with information available on local restaurants and various tour options. I would happily stay in this hotel again, if it is your first trip and you are reasonably fit book a fourth floor room. Thanks to the whole team at the hotel for making our trip one to remember.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Shropshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Wouldn't think twice to recommend this to anyone to stay in Taormina. It's a little oasis of quiet in busy Taormina in a good location with spectacular views over the coast. You have to boom a sea view here! We had room 210 with a little balcony which was perfect.

The wonderfully charming Alessia helped from before we arrived by email and then by recommending us the best restaurants in the town. Breakfast was plentiful and with a great view from the terrace and the wicker sofas in the lovely shaded garden were the perfect place to rest after a day walking in the town.

All that an such excellent value in a very expensive town.

Room Tip: Room 210 with a view of the beautiful coast and a tiny balcony
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Lovely hotel only 5 minutes walk from the old city center. Comfortable, affordable, clean, good breakfast with very friendly service and seaview. I really enjoyed the lounge chairs in the garden after a hectic day in Taormina. And between 5 - 7 pm there is free tea and cookies. Nice gesture!

Room Tip: The family rooms nr. 3 and 4 are have 3 good beds and a child bed. The positive remarks: comfortable...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

Walking distance from beautiful Taomina. Great value for money, friendly staff, good breakfast and fantastic cappuccino served by a very friendly breakfast waiter. The hotel is located in between two one way streets, so yes you hear some traffic .. But not annoying. Nice court yard to relax, free tea for all guest between 17-19. The family rooms are nice and spacious, but don't have sea view.

Just another tip, leave the restaurants inside the city walls and try the Trattoria's outside .. Like eg Trattoria da Ugo

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

The hotel is in a good location just 5 minutes outside of the city walls and it's nice to get away from the crowds. The staff were efficient but I didn't feel they were really that friendly.. The night staff were better and very helpful. Whilst the rooms are fresh and clean I was very disappointed with mine (room 1). I knew it would be on a side street but I didn't expect it to be at street level. It was also very dark and you couldn't open the shutters without being seen. Although there's not a lot of traffic you can hear the Vespas and cars as they go past so you couldn't have the windows open. Although I didn't really need air con at this time of year there were no controls for it anyway. Breakfast was good and the best cappuccino I've had so far but overall I felt it was very poor value for money.
My friends were on the 4th floor with part sea view. Nobody mentioned the 70 stairs to climb and no lift/elevator. I suppose it was a good workout!
The wifi you have to log in every time you use it which gets a bit frustrating. And although they advertise Sky TV there wasn't an English speaking channel amongst the whole lot A great town to visit but a very disappointing room in the hotel.

Room Tip: Don't go for room 1 - poor light and right on the road
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Pietro R, General Manager at Hotel La Pensione Svizzera, responded to this review, 4 May 2014
Dear Madam,
I'm sorry to contradict you on some aspects of his review.
At check -out, complaining that you do not like his "economy" standard room .
If there he had said before, we would have found a solution with an update, but it was not so .
The climate controls are located at the front desk during the winter months since we have heaters , but you could have asked for.
About the rooms on the fourth floor , is specified on our website which are located on the fourth floor and is written on the booking confirmation to your friend The rooms on the fourth floor are sold separately from the remaining sea -view rooms with a lowest price.
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Where did you read that advertise Sky? On confirmation of your booking makes no reference to Sky , however we have foreign channels as specified in the booking confirmation , type the BBC, ZDF , etc.etc.
Gawin the night porter and Matthew, the man of the breakfasts I thank you for the compliments given to them.
See you soon , hoping to have her back among our most loyal customers in Taormina, possibly in one of the 13 spacious rooms overlooking the sea.
Best regards.
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

While looking for a hotel in Taormina I was a bit unpleasantly surprised by the hotel prices. La Pensione Svizzera offers a good deal. It is close to the town center and right next to the cable car that goes down to the sea. It is clean and has a very pleasant outdoor space to relax on a sunny day. We paid extra to have a sea view. Make sure to ask for a room on the higher levels of the hotel as at the first floor we mostly had a view on the terrace of the opposite house.
Staff is friendly and helpful. The woman that welcomed us spoke three different languages which is a good surprise in Sicily. Would definitely recommend to people looking for value rather than top notch.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better sea views
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Pensione Svizzera
Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
#4 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Pensione Svizzera 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Pensione Svizzera is a small charming hotel ideally located in Via Pirandello, the most central panoramic road of Taormina, where you'll find yourself. Only 4 minutes walk from the city centre and Corso Umberto, Taormina's main drag next to the cable-car that brings down to Mazzaro, Taormina's most popular beach, as well as to the busterminal leading to the white-sandy beaches in the surroundings. ... more   less 
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