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“The Villa Schuler, A place on Enchantment”

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Hotel Villa Schuler
Ranked #8 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 November 2008

Staying at the Villa Schuler in Taormina, Sicily is a great experience for any and all travelers. This small and beautiful hotel perched high above the Ionian Sea, is one of the great bargains in European travel. The Innkeeper, Gerhard Schuler, who has assembled a wonderful, user friendly, bilingual staff, masterfully runs the hotel with extraordinary efficiency and friendliness. With it panoramic view of the Ionian Sea, Mt. Etna and Giardini Naxos, it is a dream venue for travelers looking for high quality in a beautiful venue at reasonable prices. Having just completed my 10th visit to this wonderful establishment I eagerly await my next visit. On five of my many visits to the Villa Schuler I have hosted tour groups from the USA. On many of those occasions I have received the highest praise a tour operator could hope for, “thank you so much for bringing me here, it was wonderful.” I believe you will feel the same way if you are fortunate enough to be a guess at the Villa Schuler.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 November 2008

The hotel stay was very nice- staff very friendly and helpful. Graet breakfast on the wonderful terrace. Villa Schuler is like an island of privacy and elegance in Taormina. And there is another point: The city of Taormina is badly damaged in my eyes through extensive mass tourism. The place itself is so beautiful- and today somehow the elegant charme of the past is gone-: Far too many cheap souvenirs, unfriendly staff in shops and bars and tons of mass tourists. I was very disappointed and also sad about this development. The city should really think if that is the future. If so I will not come again- even if the hotel is really an oasis of style. Thank you once more for the good service!

Best regards

Walther E. Girisch

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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villaschuler, manager / owner at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2008

Dear Mr. Girisch,

thank you for your positive review about our hotel. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel defining the Hotel Villa Schuler as an oasis of style, privacy and elegance. We appreciated also your opinions as a very discerning guest, having very precise and exigent expectations about what an appealing holiday destination should offer. All the more we are on the other side reallz sorry to hear that Taormina as a whole has somehow disappointed you.

We find that your observations covering a partial aspect of Taormina are appropriate, but we feel that they do not seem to do justice to the town as a whole.
You surely can understand that we do love our town, although as “professional realists” we also must admit that there is (and always will be) lots of space for further improvements.

Taormina is the oldest and most popular tourist resort in Sicily having a glorius past based on a nearly 200 years old tradition in high-class tourism and hospitality. Five out of todays fourteen luxury 5 star hotels of Sicily are located in Taormina. Its other hotels are also reputed to be among the best quality accomodations in their category on our beautiful island: all outstanding, lovingly managed, stylish hotels in an appealing and enchanting medieval town. This obviously means that the expectations of the majority of Taormina’s clients are accordingly also on the high-end.

We certainly agree on one aspect that you mentioned: in some high season periods Taormina suffers indeed under the huge and not always predictable inrush of day visitors, especially when cruise ships anchor in the Bay of Naxos below us or when the italian school excursion season hits. Or on weekends, when fun-loving locals come here to spend a Saturday evening in town or come for the classic Sunday stroll on the famous pedestrian main street “Corso Umberto”. Those day visitors unavoidably originated the spreading of many shops offering cheap souvenirs and all kinds of tasteless kitsch, which you undestandably did not like. Those kind of shops are also not to our liking.

Those shops fortunately concentrate mainly on one particular limited area, the main pedestrian access street to the world famous greek theatre. Nothing more and nothing less then the ones you will unevitably find anywhere in the vicinity of all major tourist attractions – wordwide. Nothing to do with beauty or taste, just predictable marked-orientaded cheap kitsch.

Along most of all other pedestrian streets of Taormina you will incidentally find a good variety of shops and boutiques for the discerning visitor: small shops selling tasty gastronomic local specialities, sicilian artcrafts, embroideries, beautiful ceramics, antique jewels, paintings, antique furnitures, wine shops and then further up to luxury jewelers and top-design shoe shops as well as all the most renowned names in high-end fashion.
The good choice of coffee shops, ice cream parlors, pubs and restaurants also reflects the taste of Taormina’s visitors: there are obviously some few cheap places, but the majority offers in our opinion a good choice of solid and reliable quality products and also an accordingly high-end service. Some of our many prestigeous, top awarded restaurants have a reputation that reaches far bejond Taormina.

Without pretending to be unaware of some faults that Taormina has indeed, we think that in spite of its world-wide popularity our town is still maintaining intact its special charm and atmosphere in an astonishingly healthy way.

You suggest that it’s time for Taormina to rethink about its future and we fully agree.
We can confirm that the recent towns social and political development goes in the right direction: since June 2008 the newly elected town government has taken a new course based on sane impulses that have all their fundaments in innovating and sustainable tourism in order to seriously preserve and cultivate our undisputed beautyful and charming surroundings.
The new town government is indeed publicly committed to sustainable tourism, in conserving our beautiful cultural and natural resources and in promoting environmental integrity. The many initiatives already taken stretch from the requalification of our famous botanic gardens to the preservation and restauration of our unique net of ancient nature trails in the area, from creating a new quality imprint to all sections of our touristic product to organising a kaleidoscopic program of top quality events for the next season 2009.

We would be very happy to have the opportunity to welcome you again here in Taormina and to enjoy its - in our opinion - unbroken charme. We would appreciate to have the chance to make suggestions on how to discover those many highlights, beautiful corners and hidden jewels of the area. And we obviously would recommend to avoid high season periods and to try to fully enjoy the beauty and charm of our unique island with its intensively rich culture, tradition and history by visiting Sicily and Taormina in off-season periods such as March or April (before and after easter), end of June, in July or also in the second half of October or in November.

Gerhard Schuler
manager

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Reviewed 2 November 2008

The hotel staff were warm and friendly and arranged transport from Catania. We had a sea-view room. The bathroom was not overly large, but we felt that the quality fittings more than made up for this. Excellent breakfast on patio, with a view to remember. No pool but lush and pleasant garden.
No evening meals when we were there (October) but we had wanted to eat out anyway. Taormina has numerous restauarants within a 5 minute walk. Mobility problems? There are many steps both in hotel and in Taormina,. (It is a mountain top resort, remember.) We would stay there again, which must be a good recommendation.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 November 2008

We only stayed one night - unfortunately. What a great place. Located in a lovely garden, overlooking Mount Etna and the spectacular coast, this hotel has an Art Nouveau feeling in some areas and a contemporary feel on the added top floor.
I stayed in one of the large rooms on the roof top: large sliding door to the roof terrace, retractable awnings, chaise lounges, fantastic view of the cliffs leading to the sea below.
My friend was in an older room with beautiful tile flooring, 1920's head board and night tables, balcony with view of the garden, Mount Etna and the sea. A very special atmosphere.
The staff was very pleasant and breakfast on the terrace was excellent.
Hope to have a chance to stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2008

This was our 3rd visit to Villa Schuler. This very special 100 ++ year old hotel is the longest family run hotel in Taormina. Owners Gerhard and his lovely wife Christine do everything in their power to make your stay a memorable one. It has been the Schuler family tradition for over 100 years to make hospitality their main objective. The entire staff at Villa Schuler including the front desk staff, the maids, groundskeepers as well as the cooks do everything to accommodate your every wish, including the front desk night person who, upon our request, was so kind as to have our breakfast ready at 4:00 AM in order to catch a very early morning flight out of Catania. When you stay at Villa Schuler, you are made to feel like family. They even recognized and celebrated our 25th Anniversary with us during our most recent visit. Villa Schuler has a very long and interesting history. In 2005 they created a small book celebrating the Hotels 100 year history which you can read upon request. We always take a Junior Suite on the top floor. It is a large exceptionally clean, air conditioned room with a small refrigerator, flat screen TV, Shower/Bath Combo, large Verandah with an amazing view. It is centrally located, close to restaurants, markets, and the bus station. We look forward to our next visit to this amazing hotel and it's wonderful staff. Thank you once again to everyone at Villa Schuler.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

We have just returned from a week in Sicily and a week in Rome along with 4 friends. We all loved the Hotel Villa Schuler! It is a beautifully maintained, small hotel with lovely gardens and restful reading areas. It has a magnificent view overlooking the Mediterranean. Mt. Etna can be seen in the background as well as the ancient Greek amphitheater. The breakfast s were excellent! Everything we could ask for. The staff are very efficent and very accommodating. The rooms are lovely with either ocean or garden views. The whole hotel is now wireless.

It is an easy walk from the hotel to the main shopping street in Taormina where it is always lively. We saw several weddings during the week (one had the traditional Sicilian cart). The restaurants we ate at were all very good; especially Licchio's which was recommended by the hotel. We took side trips to nearby towns and a tour of Siracusa with its ancient ruins. We all enjoyed our stay very much. I know my husband and I plan on returning to the same spot next year, hopefully for 2 weeks!

Sincerely,

Diana Belardo

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2008

My husband I spent nine wonderful nights at the Villa Schuler and cannot wait to return for our third visit to the hotel next year. Our room with a view of the bay was large, comfortable, clean, light and airy. There was ample storage and shelving in both the bathroom and room. The king size bed had sufficient reading lamps on both sides of the bed.

The staff was professional, knowledgeable, and ready to please. We had no complaints but were asked often if there were any problems needing attention.

A car from the hotel met and returned us to the airport in Catania with drivers who spoke English perfectly. Mr. Schuler escorted us to our taxi on the day we left and personally invited us to return.

The full breakfast on the terrace each morning was a perfect way to start each day. When the staff discovered that I needed coffee in my room first, they were anxious to accommodate me.

The gardens on the property were well tended and a delight to walk through on our way to the courso - just a short walk. Each evening, we sat in the glassed gazebo and enjoyed coffee or a cocktail from the lobby bar before starting out for dinner.

As a matter of fact, the location of the Villa Schuler is what draws us back. We have stayed in four different hotels in Taormina and both agree that we will stay no place else.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazzetta Bastione / Via Roma, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
#7 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: £89 - £264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Schuler 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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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