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Taormina Park Hotel
Ranked #61 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

Judging by some of the other reviews the Bristol Park is a bit of a lottery - when everything is working it's fine, but when it's not you might wish you were staying somewhere else. On the first night of our stay the air conditioning wasn't working - but they promised to have it fixed by the next day and it was. One of the bathrooms had a constant drip from the ceiling and another appeared rather alarmingly in one of the corridors one night. As for some of the electrics - well it might be best not to look too closely. It seems the Bristol Park is rather like a dowager fallen on hard times - trying hard to keep up appearances but sometimes falling short. And yet...

Cleanliness throughout couldn't be faulted. The staff were without exception friendly and helpful. Rooms are spacious. And the views of Etna and the bay at Giardini Naxos must be among the best anywhere (see my picture attached). The pool and surrounds are clean and well-appointed. The breakfast room is large and airy with fantastic views - the buffet breakfasts are OK but not spectacular but still you might enjoy cooking your own eggs and sausages on the griddle provided.

Bar and dining facilities are limited but with Taormina only five minutes walk away that's not really an issue. Just don't expect a party at the hotel every night as it's not that kind of place. If you like your hotels in the modern minimalist style then the Bristol Park is definitely not for you - but if you're up for something quirky and possibly even a bit mad then look no further.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

What’s sad about this hotel is that it could all be so different. The location is superb; the hotel’s main public areas are intriguing and the balcony views encompassing Etna, the historic town and the sea are eye-popping. Unfortunately, a lack of management, hospitality and chronic under-investment quickly conspired to ruin our stay. Here’s what happened last week - everyone at the hotel was effected similarly.

On day one the air conditioning stopped working; it blew warm air for two more days then completely stopped for the remainder of our stay. Not a puff. On day four there was a power cut - for 24 hours. This meant showering, in cold water, in the dark. The balcony shutters are electric so we couldn’t let any natural light or air into our stuffy room. No electricity means no lifts. The powercut was due to a problem at the hotel and was fixed by installing very noisy equipment that kept us awake at night - this was exacerbated by the need to now open the previously immobile shutters (no aircon remember?) - the rash of mosquito bites the next morning compounded the misery. Then, on day five, to top it all the water supply stopped completely for the whole day - not a drop of water in the whole hotel - no water for washing, showering or flushing toilets. When it did return it was light brown and had black lumps in it. How a riot didn’t ensue I don’t know - perhaps the combination of those hypnotic balcony views and the very sedate English clientele content with their Catherine Cookson’s? What made this even more unbearable was the complete lack of urgency, understanding or compassion by any of the staff. Time after time again complaints were greeted with a nonchalant shrug or a despondent ‘the technical man is coming in one hour’. No one was in charge. I half expected a plague of locusts to descend on our last day.

OK, so we were unlucky, we picked the wrong week, it was a one-off right? Maybe so. With hindsight however, the place has an over-riding sense that guests aren’t really welcome; there’s no bar for pre-dinner drinks, no music, no entertainment or well.. anything like that at all! Just wishy washy coffee, undrinkable breakfast juice and a fleeting ‘buongiorno’ from the cleaners. Unlike vibrant Taormina with its warm and welcoming residents, the Bristol Park is dead and soulless like the old Italian guy who tinkers around barking orders at the staff pretending to run the place.

In the end, I couldn’t wait to leave and pitied the new arrivals as they expectantly marched off the plane. Taormina is stunning; the only thing stunning about the Bristol Park is its incompetence.

PS: If you do stay, the little mini-mart 200 meters up the road is the cheapest place to pick-up essentials like bottled water.. The elderly couple who run it were charming and create fantastic paninis whilst you wait.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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The service was really friendly and helpful from all of the staff,our room was always well cleaned with towels and linen changed every other day,the hotel is located about 5 minutes walk from the main shopping/eating street,everything about the hotel was great the only down side would be the actual prices in the town of Taormina

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2010

Real character of old Italy. Fantastic views, we had room on top floor with large balcony with far reaching views to Gardini Naxos and Etna. Excellent location only a few minutes from cable car, bus station, Corso Umberto and Greek Theatre. Staff very helpful and friendly. Breakfast very good with lots of choice and you can eat as much as you like. Pool and terrace areas excellent. Very clean and big new towels every day.
Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

We had a lovely room with a balcony at the front of the hotel with views of Etna. The hotel is slightly dated but that adds to the character of the place. We were made to feel very welcome and staff were there if you needed them. Large breakfast room with a big choice of breakfasts and very nice coffee. Very nice pool and sun lounger area. Very quiet in the evenings and plenty to do in the town. There is a wine shop/ bar up the road that is really worth a visit for a drink before (and even after) dinner - very complicated name though!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 3 November 2009

This hotel was wonderful both the pitoresk inside and the beautiful outdoor pool and the view of Etna. Just minutes of walk into the town center of Taormina. Beautiful old town on the hillside.

Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Taunton Somerset
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

Having read some of the reviews I had a few reservations about booking to stay at this hotel, however I need not have worried. This is a lovely hotel and the staff were very friendly & helpful. There was a good choice at breakfast, you could cook your own eggs & sausage on the griddle, there was cold meats, cheese, fresh fruit, fresh bread, cereals and the warm custardy croissants are to die for! The rooms were traditionally decorated and furnished and very spacious. We paid extra for a sea view and were not dissapointed. We opened our balcony doors on the first morning to be greeted with the most spectacular view of Etna bathed in sunshine. If you like modern minimalist stye this hotel is not for you but if you like traditional stye then I can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Taormina Park Hotel
Address: Via Bagnoli Croce 92, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy (Formerly Bristol Park Hotel)
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Taormina Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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