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“Commanding view of the Mediterranean Sea”

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Excelsior Palace Hotel
Ranked #25 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Vienna, Virginia
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84 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Commanding view of the Mediterranean Sea”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Pleasant Italian hotel with an excellent attentive staff at the front desk. Location offers promising views of the Mediterranean and delivers the same from many spots on the property. The property is much larger than expected and the extent of its grounds discovered only after some exploring. While an room with the view of the sea may be possible, we didn't ask for one and settled for a seat on the patio near the bar that provided a perfect spot for an evening with friends. In town location guarantees a short walk to its shops and, more importantly, to the impressive Greek theater. Breakfast was well prepared and offered the standard continental selection for a good start to the day. Rooms were clean but threadbare and many didn't measure up to the promise of the building's facade. Most common rooms missed the attention to detail for minor repair and required touch up that would make this hotel much more than it is now.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

About 1000ft above the blue sea perched at the top of the town's high street this is an excellent hotel. Taormina doesnt do cars but there are buses and trains and a cable car down to the sea and station.
A long low beautifully furnished hotel from 1904 the front roooms overlook Etna but have no balconies, the back rooms have balconies and sea views, the shorter end facing the sea has larger balconies.
We saw the recent eruption clearly from our room. (We were also on Etna when it occurred)
Small adequate supermarket 50 yds. Excellent shopping. Lots of good restaurants although food in hotel is good.

Room Tip: If you want a view of Etna ask for a front room, all rooms appear to have sea views.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Great hotel except the food. Staff superb and the views from our room at Etna brilliant. We would recommend to book on a B&B basis and walk out for food. The evening fare was very poor.
Rooms to a good standard and the cleanliness could not be faulted in our experience

Room Tip: we paid a supplement for a balcony with a view of Etna
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Suffolk
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is a lovely typical Italian 4-star - the service was great (in the absence of any Citalia reps, who have all gone to ground) and the rooms were comfortable. We had breakfast-only accommodation and the food was good and a plentiful choice of both cooked and continental. WE tried dinner one night and this was good too. Its a shame the swimming pool (which was in a lovely position) and the pool bar wasn't serviced in early October when we were there - the weather was warm (abeit sometimes cloudy, sometimes occassional showers - but always warm) so this is only criticism. We paid a lot of money to stay there in October, so why finish pool service in september?

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Meltham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed there at the beginning of October for four nights. The Etna view room was large enough but the decoration was dull and the furniture sparse. Rooms need modernising. It took me two days to prise a bedside cabinet from them. Breakfast was good and the staff friendly.

Room Tip: The Etna room wasn't a big deal. The mountain was in the clouds all the time.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

The outside, and the views promised so much. Our triple room was quite small, you had to shuffle sideways between beds. The most ridiculous is the minute shower cubicle. Bathrooms are in dire need of redoing. After travelling for two weeks and living out of a suitcase, there was absolutely no possible way of getting an iron or ironing board from this place, I will never understand how this was such an obtuse request. Therefore I did not find the staff particularly helpful. Two things excelsior does have going for it is the lovely bar area and it's location.

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2013

The hotel has the feel of an old fashioned hotel but the room had all the amenities you expect of a modern establishment. Rooms spacious and we had a view of both Etna and the sea. Food and service were very good. Gardens were lovely, as was the situation of the pool (although it was a bit of a walk to get to it!).location was perfect.

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Property: Excelsior Palace Hotel
Address: Via Toselli 8, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Excelsior Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Excelsior Palace Hotel even to day after more then one hundred years its building is considered one of the most appreciated hotel structure in Taormina.Its architecture draw its origin from a context cultural and natural,Greek,Roman and Medieval.The Excelsior Palace Hotel looks over one of the most beautiful wiew of the world:Etna and the Bay of Naxos, the Greek Theatre, and the immense space of the Jonian Sea. ... more   less 
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