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.
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- Also Known As:
- Bel Soggiorno Taormina
- Hotel Bel Soggiorno
- Bel Soggiorno Hotel Taormina, Sicily