I booked this hotel at the last minute and literally received confirmation the morning of my arrival. I knew from the multiple correspondence with management that it was going to be an enjoyable stay. I was driving from the Port and the hotel provided directions, however if you are driving in Taormina, forget directions once you get into town, you just need to follow the signs, which are extensive and detailed out by hotel. In the email correspondence, the hotel confirmed that they had parking (very reasonable priced), which is very important in this area, as its over developed, but attractively so. Check-in was interesting and turned out to be expensive! I originally booked a room at euro 120, however I was arriving a day earlier and a top room balcony room was available. They showed me both rooms, which turned out to be the kiss of death. The original room I booked was lovely, spacious and well lit with a landscape view, but in the back of the hotel. The top floor, full balcony room had a similar layout, however the balcony provided a full view of the Mediterranean and down the coast. After seeing that room, how could I take the other room? It was an additional 40 euro a night, and after some back and forth and no caving in from the hotel, I took it. It was well worth it especially to sit in the late afternoons while reading or even on the computer. It should be known that this hotel is quite simple, however its the location that is stunning, set into the mountain above the sea, as many of the hotels are. The pool is also simple, but very comfortable with lounges and umbrellas as well as great sea views. Other reviewers had said they had troubled finding lounges, but I didn't encounter this, although at times I looked around and they were nearly full. The hotel has a poolside restaurant only opened for lunch (open all day though for drinks, etc by the pool - more self-service than true pool service) and I ended up eating there twice as it was very reasonable and just a skip away from my lounge. Their is free (rarity) wi-fi and they mentioned you have to be in the lounge, however I picked it up on the top floor on the AMAZING balcony! Nearly all of the staff were friendly and spoke good/decent english. The only problem I encountered was from the younger woman who worked at the front desk. One afternoon I decided to go into town and asked for a lunch recommendation and the restaurant turned out to only be open for dinner (would be more forgiving if they were just simply closed that day, etc), but it looked like a cool spot. Later that day, I asked the same woman to book me a reservation at the same restaurant (you would have thought she would have asked if I had gone there for lunch!, but this was a testament to her grave aloofness) , when I arrived at the restaurant, they had NO reservation. It was a small restaurant off the main square behind one of the cathedrals and didn't cater to foot traffic (...Dell'Nouvo..or something along the lines). They threw an extra table outside, albeit right next to a column, however it was a good meal with excellent wine and a quirky owner (wearing flip flops and a tank top). This girl as the front desk however should be chatted with before a real problem occurs. Breakfast was typical in the morning, however the cappuccino was delicious. Mostly cold options served. It was really the simplicity of the accommodations and the setting that was enjoyable. There appears to be many 5-star accommodations in this resort town, so if you're looking for a spa, fitness ctr, etc, this is not for you. If you're looking for clean, comfortable rooms (and willing to spring for the top-floor with a great balcony), friendly service, and a nice relaxing pool, then I would highly recommend Villa Belvedere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Belvedere is a delightful and romantic boutique hotel situated at 5 minutes walking from the center of Taormina. It is an ideal hotel for couples who are looking for a charm and relaxing oasis surrounded by a lovely garden always in bloom. With an amazing view of "Baia di Naxos" and the mount Etna Villa Belvedere its a perfect location for your Sicilian holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Belvedere Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Belvedere Taormina
- Hotel Villa Belvedere Taormina, Sicily