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Hotel Villa Schuler
Ranked #8 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 September 2009

We found ourselves here when our original choice, the Hotel Bel Soggiorno, somehow managed to double-book our room. They quickly arranged the Schuler as an alternative, and we were pleased they did! Wonderfully friendly staff, lovely room (34) overlooking the beautiful gardens, spotlessly clean, and great breakfast on a terrace overlooking the sea. Best of all, it is very close to the centre of the old town -- and yet is remarkably quiet. Minutes from all the shops and restaurants, we partic ularly enjoyed dining in the orange garden at 'a Zammara', just 3 minutes from the hotel. Be warned though - Taormina is eye-wateringly expensive compared to the rest of Sicily!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

My husband and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon in Sicily. VS is not the cheapest hotel in Taormina for sure, but considering what you get, it's a bargain! It's more centrally located, and has as good a view, as the 5 star hotels that cost twice as much. After you check in, you meander down to the beautiful, lemon tree and flower filled backyard, go out the back gate then up a set of stairs: boom you are in the middle of Taormina's main street. The room is clean and well-appointed, it's not much to look at but really, are you in Taormina for the nice hotel rooms? The breakfast is tasty and served on a sunny patio, the service was excellent and always available.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2009

We were recommended this hotel by Sicily Life tour group for our 5 night stay and we thank them for the wonderful recommendation. We admit we had concerns prior to arriving because it appeared to be a very upscale and formal hotel on the internet. We were traveling with 4 of our children (ages 9 to 17), so we though something more casual would be better. However we were assured by Sebastiano of Sicily Life that it was the best choice, and now we agree. When we arrived, we were greeted in an impeccable and well appointed lobby. Although it is an upscale hotel, the greeting was warm and friendly and we were made to feel comfortable immediately despite walking in with 4 children. We received wonderful recommendations for dinner at Al Giardino and Il Licchio - both family run establishments. The rooms were spacious, beds comfortable and bathrooms quite large. We initially had a problem with an odor coming from a bathroom pipe in our room. The owners quickly worked on resolving this problem and asked us several times if it remained resolved. The patio where breakfast was served was beautiful - with a lovely view of Mount Etna. Breakfast was excellent with quite a variety to choose from - brioche, bread, yogurt, cappuccino and many types of fresh fruit. There were also eggs, cheese, meats, pate and other choices available that we did not sample. Two of the mornings we needed breakfast before the appointed time. With notification the night before, the staff had our full breakfast prepared and served in their breakfast room promptly. The owner shared with us a book about the history of the hotel which has been in his family for 100 years. The hotel is centrally located in the town and it is an easy cable car ride to the public beach. The hotel also provided us with beach towels and computer usage free of charge. We truly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Villa Shuler. It was much more than we expected and we look forward to returning to Taormina and staying at Hotel Shuler again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

I spent in this very nice small old family hotel with special atmosphere 1 week with my mum. Location of the hotel is perfect - in the hart of the town and with beautiful view to the sea. We had superior double room (same what I really saw and chose on the web page of the hotel). The room was big, clean and elegant with comfortable furniture and equipment plus big nice loggia. The same about the bathroom - big, nice and with big window.
There is the nice and helpful staff with perfect English, German, French...
We enjoyed amazing breakfast on terrace under big old palms, with beautiful view to the sea and nice old garden of the hotel too.
This hotel is for people who value the special atmosphere and history of places like this. There is possible to feel almost like at home.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

we stayed here for just one night but found it to be excellent. The staff were very friendly and I accidentally left a pair of shoes behind and they kept them for me and I picked them up when we returned to Taormina. The room was perfectly clean and a good big bathroom.The location is very good, off the main street of Taormina. I have to say that I liked Taomina but wasn't terribly impressed by the beach we went to. It was only ok.

Overall the hotel is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Dublin15chick
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Reviewed 22 August 2009

The Hotel Villa Schuler was the most expensive hotel we stayed in on our 10 day trip around Sicily. This comes down to the spectacular views and the location which is a mere minute walk to the main pedestrian street in Taormina. We booked the Sunrise Junior Suite which was advertised as being a smaller room which was very true. The room was quite small however the balcony by comparison was quite large. The balcony was lovely to sit on in the evening or early morning before it got too hot (it had direct sun in the morning only). We could see Mt Etna if we looked to the right at the edge of the balcony. The only problem with the balcony was that the front of the balcony was concrete and quite high so that you had to be sitting in a chair (and not the lounger) to be able to see the view of the sea. A small complaint really.

The room was nice but nothing flash which was a surprise for the price. The bathroom was also small but functional. Breakfast was very nice on the large terrace overlooking the sea. We paid €15 per day for the guaranteed parking which was ok and we noticed there were no other spots to chance getting your own car spot. We got 10% off for paying in cash and 10% off for staying 2 nights, but we still felt we paid a lot. I wouldn't stay in the same room as we felt it was a bit small. The overall experience however at Villa Schuler was good, so I'd probably stay there again in a cheaper room.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Brad H
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GerhardSchuler, owner and manager at Hotel Villa Schuler, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2009

Dear guest, we appreciated your positive comments about our hotels and its spectacular views. We decided to reply in order to focus tripadvisor reader’s attention on some unfortunately slightly incorrect or at least inaccurate and therefore possibly misleading statements and descriptions of this review.

All our Sunrise Junior Suites are located in our Top Floor and are described as beeing smaller than their neighbouring, larger Top Floor Junior Suites. The smaller Sunrise Junior Suites are obviously also offered at a cheaper rate. Our Sunrise Junior Suites are indeed advertised as beeing smaller, as admitted by the author of this review. They are also advertised and described as having also a smaller bathroom, which is unfortunately something this review forgets to admit.

Additionally, the review repeatedly and erroneously mentions a “balcony”, while all our Sunrise Junior Suites have a large “terrace” sized 9,1 square meters (11 square yards), large enough for the two large sunbeds and for a small stool/side-table. There is even space enough there for our guests to exit and place on those terraces also the arm-chairs and the table of their adjoining veranda-sitting area, which is positioned between the sleeping room and the sea front terrace.

It is correct that the sea front of the sun terrace is concrete, but to define the concrete railing as “quite high” is slightly misleading because readers might immagine a kind of wall obstructing the seaview. The hight of exactly one meter (39,4 inches) corresponds to the minimum height requested by the european security laws for hotel railings and balconies. All our hotel railings and balconies fully satisfy all the norms and are therefore absolutely safe, even for guests with childrens. All our hotel railings are antique hand forged wrought iron masterpieces. Only our top floor Junior Suites have larger concrete railings, due to architectonic regulations applying to our historic building. The iron railings of all our other rooms obviously provide a more scenic look-through effect. But just lean your elbows comfortably on the large top floor concrete railings and you will also be able to enjoy what has been described to be probably the most scenic view of Sicily. “Spectacular Views”, as the title of the review.

Stating to have “paid a lot” is an individual personal and discussable opinion that we obviously respect, supporting and circumstantiating this kind of opinion using slightly incorrect descriptions is something we somehow needed to rectify.

For the sake of transparency, here the copied and pasted description of our Sunrise Junior Suites which everybody can double-check on our official web site and which we verbatimly also use both in our hotel correspondence when offering and confirming this room type, as well as in our direct online-booking system:

"Sunrise Junior Suite: smaller top floor room in south-east position, veranda with sitting area, sun terrace overlooking the sea with sunbeds. Small bathroom with Jacuzzi shower and hair dryer, individually controlled A/C, telephone, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV with radio and alarm clock, refrigerator and safe".

Personally I dearly deeply hope that our client from the beautiful World City of Dublin will not feel anywise offended by this somehow necessary, small rectifications and we all here at the Villa Schuler trust to be able to welcome him again here at our hotel as our valued guest.

Gerhard Schuler – Owner and Manager

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Reviewed 17 August 2009

We had an amazing time in Taormina and choose Hotel Villa Schuler to our stayed was the best thing we do!
The hotel has the wonderful view and the rooms are spacious and clean. The staff was very kidness to us all the time. We love the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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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: £125 - £314 (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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