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Hotel Villa Schuler
Ranked #7 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect last stop on a fabulous trip”
Reviewed 19 December 2008

I loved our time at Villa Schuler, the last stop on a 9-day trip around Sicily on a small tour with Davisville Travel, led by June Hager. June had checked out the hotel on an earlier visit; if anything the reality exceeded her raves. The best things in my opinion are the hospitality of the owners and staff, the homey feeling, the efficient and warm service, and breakfast on the patio. Also high on the list are the fantastic view (sipping wine from the balcony), the location near the center of town, and the comfortable rooms /beds. I enjoyed reading the history of the Schuler family and the hotel, speaking a little German with Gunther and Christine, and taking advantage of their recommendations on restaurants and shopping. I think this is exceptional value and I hope to return.

Stayed November 2008
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2008

I just spent four glorious days at the Hotel Villa Schuler in November. The view from Room #4 (where the owner was born!) was absolutely spectacular. Below my terrace lay the ocean and the charming town of Taormina. The service by our friendly hosts was impeccable. They even prepared a full breakfast for my group at 4:00 a.m. so that we could catch early flights back to the U.S. All in all, an unforgettable experience.

  • Liked — Warm, friendly service, gorgeous views, and convenience to main street
  • Disliked — My stay was too short!
  • Stayed November 2008
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2008

My time at the Villa Schuler was idyllic. Staff members were charming. My spacious, lovely room had a balcony with a matchless view. Breakfasts were delightful.

I particularly liked the large, nicely maintained garden behind the hotel. A perfect place for a coffee or a drink. The garden had direct access to the alley leading to the main street, so the location was ideal, but still felt secluded.

Very romantic!

  • Liked — Views, location and service
  • Disliked — Everything was wonderful
  • Stayed November 2008
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Washington, ,DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2008

In November 2008 I led a tour of 13 aesthetically-minded American ladies to Sicily. Everything about the trip was wonderful but Villa Schuler was the best of all!
Where to start?
-- Mr. Schuler and his entire staff treated us like family and made us feel at home and welcome every moment.
-- Our rooms were absolutely lovely, many with views of the sea and little private balconies.
--The hotel was centrally-located, just a few steps up to the main Corso, and had a lovely garden for walking, reading or just savoring.
-- The breakfasts were ample, delicious and presented almost as works of art.
Mr. Schuler was a tremendous help with suggestions for Sicily and Taormina from the moment I booked our rooms (including arrangements for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant).
-- Last but certainly not least, Mr. Schuler put us in touch with the bus company (mini van), which we used our entire Sicily Trip - "Sicily Life", with friendly and competent drivers (most spoke English) and specialty excursions to Mount Etna and villages where the "Godfathe"r was filmed.

We hated to leave and hope to return to Villa Schuler as soon as possible!

  • Liked — Views and friendly service
  • Stayed November 2008
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3 Thank hagerjunie
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Heidelberg,Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2008

I have just completed 6 luxurious days of our hiking vacation while staying at the Villa Schuler Taormina Sicily Italy.

As has been repeatedly stated by other reviewers in Tripadvisor the rooms were elegantly appointed, the atmosphere was casual but tasteful, and the service was incomparable. In addition to the elegant surroundings, my colleagues and I were required to remain in contact with other research institutions in Europe and the US. Having the capability to use “in house” laptop computers anywhere in the Hotel area provided individualized convenient international contact. The availability of laptops also freed us from the necessity of weighty communication equipment.

Virtually all of the Tripadvisor reviews emphasized the excellent and elegant aspects of relaxing and shopping the in the town of Taormina. In addition, several reviews have mentioned the excellent connections to Mount Etna. In this review I want to cover a somewhat overlooked walking route to the prominence of Monte Veneretta. This route is recommended for experienced sure-footed hikers who enjoy hiking in relative solitude. In addition, the tour provides an absolutely breathtaking view of the Ionian Sea, a spectacular view of the coastline, as well as an unbelievable view of Mount Etna. From the pinnacle it is possible to enjoy an overview of Taomina’s Greek Amphitheatre as well as the middle age Fortress. The hotel staff can provide directions and sightseeing tips of the Monte Venerreta Trail as well as other hiking venues.

Following a day hike it was wonderful to experience the cordial welcome always provided by the Villa Schuler staff. I looked forward to those greetings as much as freshening up in the luxurious rooms. I highly recommend Villa Schuler as the starting point for a wide variety of hiking trails with adventure and breathtaking views.

I can only highly recommend Villa Schuler as an oasis of relaxation and hiking.

Prof. i.R. John F. Kane, Ph.D.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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villaschuler, assistant to manager at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this review, 7 December 2008
Dear Prof. Kane,

I would like to thank you for emphasizing the fact that Taormina has also a huge variety of fabolous walking and hiking trails.
For those, like you, who love hiking it might be of interest to be informed that the local Hotel Association at the moment is producing a new vectorial high precision map of Taormina and its surroundings which is aimed primarily at hikers and mountainbikers. This map will be available soon in all its member hotels.
By the way: our eco-friendly, ISO 14001 certified hotel supports sustainable tourism in all its forms and offers, amongst other related things, mountain bikes for free to all our hotel guests.

Christine Voss - assistant to manager
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Reviewed 27 November 2008

My wife and i stayed three nights at the villa schuler. from the moment we arrived we were treated so well by all. parking was available a must in taormina and due to the low season no charge was required. the breakfast pn the terrace was a lovely start to the day.
the breakfast was delicious way above average and set us up well for the day.
the rooms wer airy and clean with lovely original features and of course the jacuzzi bath. location could not have been more central with a two minute stroll through the oranges and grapefruit garden to the centre of the corso. while taormina is certainly designed to rip the tourist off the same cannot be said of the villa schuler. everthing was priced fairly and our stay was fantastic. thanks to all the staff for their professionalism and friendliness. we wiil be back again

  • Liked — the spacious room and incredible balcony views
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2008

Stayed in Villa Schuler for 6 nights at the beginning of September and we were really chuffed that we chose to stay here.

We had a ground floor room with a little patio and I have to say that it was very roomy. The bed was a bit hard but we both slept really well every night. The only downside of the room was that the air conditioning didn't really work too well.

Breakfast was fantastic and equalled by the magnificent view from the terrace. I'd advise you to sit in the shade because it was roasting hot in the open. The two waiters were sweating buckets!!

Food and drink from the hotel bar are excellent value in comparison to a lot of places in Taormina. Go for some of the local wine that comes in a jug! Bottles of beer also cheaper than many places too. They also give you a few free snacks too!!

Hotel is located well to explore town and get to the beaches. Isola de Bella was our favourite beach and we spent many a lazy day on the sunbeds!

  • Liked — Big room, great views, tasty breakfast, jugs of local wine, relaxed but helpful staff.
  • Disliked — air conditioning
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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villaschuler, assistant to manager at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this review, 30 November 2008
Thank you very much for your review and for your positive comments about our hotel, the room, the views, about our breakfast and the helpful staff. Thank you also for praising the good value rates of our bar service.We decided not to share that widespread policy of trying to compensate cheap room rates with disproportioned prices for all kinds of additional hotel services as restaurant and bar prices, laundry service, phone rates, secretarial services, internet connection and the like.
We are obviously a bit dissapponted that you report, more than 2 months after your departure, to have experienced problems with your room’s airconditioning. If you would have told us about it during your stay, your problem would have been solved immediately!
As you know each of our rooms has an individually controlled A/C unit. On the contrary of the common centralised systems, this means all guests can always individually set lots of functions choosing between cooling or heating, ventilation or dehumification, and they can also individually choose the temperature and the speed.
We carefully checked our complaint files and also our maintainace reports of the period you stated and we did not find any reports about A/C misfunctions for that week, so we guess that you simply did not pass that information to our staff. Misfunction reports of our guests are of the highest priority to us and our mainainance staff usually solves this kind of misfunctions very quickly, mostly within minutes. Functional failures of the indoor A/C units are indeed very rare and the problem solving is usually limited to a quick reset of wrong settings of the single remote control. All solved very quickly, but of course they must be reported first.
This may therefore be also an invitation to all our future clients to immediately report all misfunctions, even the smallest deficiencies, in order to give us the possibility to remedy defects and of solving problems.
Christine Voss
assistant to manager
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Property: Hotel Villa Schuler
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:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Taormina
#6 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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