Our first trip to Sicily and we were seeking advice from everywhere. Villa Schuler came onto the radar via Tripadvisor and friends that stayed a year ago.....thank you, what a find!
It is classically perched on the side of a cliff with the quintessential coastal view both from your room and the breakfast area. The reception staff are excellent, the rooms are clean and a good size, and breakfast was fabulous, not buffet but served to order. The gardens are a work of art in themselves and beautifully maintained, including the large team of tortoises that live in the pond, it all just works and we would highly recommend the hotel.
On a more general note of travelling with a car in Sicily.........wherever you stay ensure that you have off street parking within the hotel. For example Villa Schuler has limited lock up garages with valet parking at a small fee of 15 Euro a day and with a hire car you need to reduce the chance of damage as much as possible. Never leave your car parked on the street with anything visible in the car and this applies across the world of course, but Sicily is another story. Even the locals will warn you about Palermo and it especially applies to tourist hire cars.
So back to the main review.....summing up Villa Schuler is really the best hotel to stay in Taormina, it is the sort of hotel that makes you remember why you got married.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Converted from a Sicilian mansion into a hotel in 1905, historic Villa Schuler is most probably the oldest owner run hotel in Sicily. Extensively refurbished in recent years emphasizing its original elegance, charm and atmosphere, the 4 Star Hotel is superbly situated high above the Ionian Sea, its unique position offers stupendous views of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos. Centrally located just 2 minutes walk to traffic free "Corso Umberto" and 10 min. To the Greek-Roman theatre. Surrounded by its own extensive, subtropical, shady terraced botanic gardens. Other amenities include the elegant Orangery, the scenic Palm Terrace, a panoramic lift, the Rooftop Lounge&Terrace, free Wi-Fi, 24h bar and room service, valet parking and garages. Breakfast embracing Slow Food criteria is served "a la carte" in the breakfast room, in the Orangery, on the Palm Terrace overlooking the whole coastline or in your room. Courtesy mountain bikes. Shuttle-service to partner beaches. Tennis courts nearby. Eco-certified ISO 14001. Official cathegory: 4 STAR HOTEL ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Schuler Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Schuler Taormina, Sicily