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“Not large, but big on charm!”

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Hotel La Pensione Svizzera
Ranked #15 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 May 2010

I really loved this little hotel. I can be picky about hotels and especially about service, but this place lived up to the great reviews.

To sum up the negatives:
The rooms are small. There is no elevator in a four-floor hotel. You need to ask the front desk for an internet password and it will work for a limited time.

But none of these things spoiled the positives, in my opinion. The courtyard area with comfy outdoor furniture is lovely. On a few occasions we visited the bar in the hotel, where the night desk person would make us drinks and serve them to us on a little tray. In general, the front desk staff were extremely polite and helpful. The breakfast offers decent variety and is palatable. The location is great for taking in the spectacular views of Taormina and for visiting the main Corso. And, though we didn't stay there to work, the internet is very speedy. We also got a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, I think because I mentioned we were there for our honeymoon.

So, if you don't mind walking up the stairs and you're not spending your whole trip in the room (why would you anyway?) you won't regret staying here.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Vinciguerra, Owner at Hotel La Pensione Svizzera, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2010

Dear guest, thank you very much for your open comment.
I agree with you that we do need a lift, but want to explain. Since La Pensione Svizzera was constructed in 1920, it comes under the binding force of the Cultural Protection and we have not yet been given the permission to construct an outside lift. Once resolved the problem, we shall immediately remedy this defect. We hope that we can realize a lift in the years to come.
As to the nuisance to go to the reception and ask for a log in, we must tell you that in Italy in 2006 this procedure has become a law, enacted after the terrorist attacks in London. For now the law is valid until 2012. It obligates all hotels to register every guest who wants to be connected to the Internet. We know that it is troublesome to go and get a log in, but we can’t change this.

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Reviewed 18 April 2010

While the hotel does not look terribly impressive from the outside the interior has been completely rebuilt and its quaint beauty is only exceeded by its cleanliness. The in-room bathrooms are brand new and equipped with bidets and the rooms have new air conditioning systems, critical if you are planning to visit in the summer months when temps can reach 40C. While small the outside rooms having stunning views of the sea with (new) doors that open to a small balcony. The complimentary breakfasts located in a spacious dining room were superb serviced by a friendly and competent staff. The administrative staff was also friendly and ready to assist with any travel details from restaurant reservations to airport pickups. Well located with the bus station a block in one direction and the cable car station (for trips to the sea shore) a block the other way. As I had a work project to complete their included internet service was critical although I found it most annoying having to renew the password every few hours over the course our 6 day stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Delphicorc
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

The location of this hotel is ideal. For transport purposes it is just a few metres from the Bus Station and the view from the hotel is beautiful; an inspiration to linger over breakfast in the morning. The staff were friendly and helpful and efficient.
It is also beside the cable car station which brings you down to the sea.
Its proximity to the town makes it easy to come and go without too much planning.
The exterior of the hotel is deceptive as it far more elegant then is suggested by the first impression

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

wunderful place to stay ... super service, perhaps there could be a little bit mor vegetabels like tomatoes in the morning ... fresh oranges, uuuuhhhhhh cafe .... view to the sea the morning sun making the waves glittering ... only 5 minutes to the center of taormina with so many hidden places and tiny alleyways, great place ... parking is possible

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank vulcanofreak
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Reviewed 4 April 2010

Efficient booking procedure followed by a warm welcome on arrival. Rooms are nice, clean and spacious with good bathrooms. Breakfast in garden is good and plentyful. Internet is free. Helpful service and good hotel location.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank scarbull
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Reviewed 4 April 2010

An excellent hotel for vacation. We got a nice family room with a balcony (but hardly any view). The location of the hotel is very close to the center - but parking is imposible, you must add the 12 Euro for parking if you have a car (and ask for detailed explanation - even this parking is t to find). The atmosphare is very warm and inviting and breakfast is reach. The only disappointment is that the "free wifi" in the homepage costs 3 Euro per 20 min.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Thank sl0ew00
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Vinciguerra, Owner at Hotel La Pensione Svizzera, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2010

Gent.ma Ms Loew, we have just received your wonderful review of our hotel and we thank you heartily. Sorry for the misunderstanding on internet service, which, I repeat, is complimentary for the whole hotel from 2010 on. Could you please let me know whether you have taken that tariff maybe from a brochure of 2009, in order to avoid further unpleasant misunderstandings in the future.
Thanks for your collaboration.
Sincerely yours
Pancrazio Vinciguerra

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Reviewed 26 March 2010

I have been in March. Good price for excellent location, room quality.Newly refurbished . Breakfast good compared with other hotels.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Thank hempadan
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Additional Information about Hotel La Pensione Svizzera

Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
#8 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: £93 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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