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Bel Soggiorno Hotel
Ranked #18 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 August 2008

As we were going up to Taormina on the bus and we drove past the hotel it got a little worrying when the bus continued quite a bit further to the bus stop which is just outside the centre of town.

The hotel is in a beautiful location however it is not the most convenient. It is about a 15minute walk (uphill) into town and means that you probably wouldn't just pop in and out of town.

While it is possible to walk down to the beach from the hotel it's not advisable. Walking down is ok but in the heat it can make your legs quite weak. Climbing up is not advised! We tried it and, although young and fit, it was exhausting!

The beaches are ok but rocky which I wasn't expecting.

The hotel is ok, it could be absolutely amazing but it needs a lot of updating. The rooms are very sparsely furnished and our iron bed head squeaked with every small movement that in the end we had to remove it from the rest of the bed.

The shower was weak but hot and there was an enormous toilet which I wasn't too keen on.

We had a little balcony which was lovely but there are some rooms on the ground floor who are served breakfast on their terraces whereas we had to go down to the main dining room.

The breakfast was very nice with big slices of watermelon and the rest of the continental breakfast spread.

The large communal salon is wonderful and there is the possibilty to have an evening drink but it isn't clear how the bar is meant to work. It looks like a 'help yourself' but actually we ended up going to the reception and asking for them to serve us (which is what I think we were meant to do!).

I think the hotel is expensive for what you get but you're obviously paying for the fact that you are staying in Taormina. (It was the cheapest hotel that we could find that had last minute availability).

There was free internet in the salon but no fridge in the room.

It was a pleasant hotel with lots of potential but not the most central.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2008

The Bel Soggiorno has a wonderful setting overlooking the sea and Mt. Etna, with gorgeous cascading gardens lovingly tended. The staff are welcoming, attentive and helpful. You get a real feel for Sicily in the furnishings, the pictures and the banter between the staff. Most of the rooms are individually designed and accommodate from one to five persons. The new balconies added this year add even more charm to an already perfect bulding -- and they look like they've been there forever, rather than newly built. Further proof that the owner is not only proud of his beautiful hotel but also careful that all enhancements fit into the surroundings. The Bel Soggiorno attracts visitors from all over the world and it's wonderful to watch the faces of the guests when they first step out onto the terraces and behold the spectacular view. This is a warm friendly family hotel, a quiet romantic getaway or a relaxing haven -- whatever you want. One word of warning though: If you don't want a hug with your breakfast, go elsewhere.

Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

This hotel is absolustely stunning. Taormina is a wonderful little Sicilian town, set at the top of a hill with a whole town full of charm, winding streets and atmosphere. Although the hotel is not set in the centre of the town this is what gives it its beauty. It sits a short (10min) walk from the centre on the side of the hill which means that it has stunning views over the sea, bay and of Mount Etna. Its location means it is also a quiet and tranquil escape. The rooms though basic were clean and comfortable. We had a lovely little seating area with sun loungers outside of our room where we could enjoy the views. Breakfast was also well catered and the staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2008

May 16,2008
Just returned from a two week trip to Florence, Sicily, and Rome.I booked Bel because my original pick turned out to be a 4 night minimum and had only planned two nights there. We were able to book 2 nights in a four person room.We were so impressed with this lovely gem of a hotel! What a gorgeous view from a stone terrace that overlooked the Mediteranian and orange, lemon and lime trees! The terrace was edged with rosemary bushes. The rooms were simple and clean with a nice size bathroom. There was a tub and seperate little shower.Our 2 young adult children were with us and it was nice to save some money and not have to book two rooms as on the rest of the trip. The property was so nice and the breakfast on the terrace was great. The patio was our living room because the weather was wonderful. What value for such beautiful grounds! We loved it!

  • Stayed: May 2008
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3  Thank imaginethatHouston
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Reviewed 26 December 2007

What a charming place! This was one of the best holidays I've ever had, Bel Soggiorno is a gem! Taormina is the most beautiful place and this little hotel just feels so right! Is simple and clean, with wrought iron beds and white linen, white clean bathroom suites and French doors with beautiful views of the sea.
We had a car to get around which you do need to get down to the beach as obviously the hotel doesnt have a pool but if you dont mind driving here, you simply dont need a pool. If you want that sort of hoilday why come here? Go to Tenerife!
If you havent the guts to drive(I dont blame you!) there are buses to the beach or you can walk up the road into town and get the sky lift down to the beach which is just brilliant. No one in there right mind would even attempt to walk it!!!
Its a short but a little steep walk up into the absoutely gorgeous town, we welcomed this to work off the AMAZING food we consumed in Taormina!!

The hotel offered only breakfast but it was delicious and the staff were just lovely, the rest of the day you hardly see anyone which is just how we like it. The owners did seem a little miserable(I read the review earlier) but this could not possiby ruin your stay here unless you constantly bombarded them with requests! The most we encountered them was when we passed briefly through reception and if you politely said hello and used your please's and thank you's in Italian they were pleasant enough.
The only thing with this hotel is if you are lucky enough to get a room on the breakfast terrace level (this means you can eat your breakfast on the balcony outside your room and the staff come to you there with coffee, BLISS!), with the absolutely breathtaking views to wake up to, it means that you get an alarm call every morning with the tinkering of cutlery and crockery. We didnt mind this at all but if you like to sleep in till 11 in the morning on your hols I would suggest you ask for a room on a different floor to the breakfast terrace floor.

I absolutely loved this hotel as you can tell and would stay here again and again and hopefully we will!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank CatherineDunstable
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Reviewed 26 September 2007

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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9  Thank EwingScott
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Reviewed 11 September 2007

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Luigi Pirandello 60, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #18 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Price Range: £67 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bel Soggiorno Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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