Hotel is dated but that does not distract from the superb position overlooking the bay in Taormina Mare. We kept expecting Hercule P to waddle by it was that sort of place. The staff were excellent and nothing was too much trouble particular Christina in reception, Santos and Vincenzo in the restaurant. They were all friendly and helpful which made up for what at times was extremely poor food. Towards the end of the stay the food did improve but it was never particularly hot throughout the week. We got particularly tired of being offered fruit salad for dessert and tinned fruit at breakfast. Usual continental breakfast was adequate but possibly it needed to be covered especially the ham and cheese but not all of us in Europe are under the thumb of the EU.
The rooms were comfortable with large beds, bed linen changed regularly and plenty of wardrobe space. What made it special was of course the view from our own small balcony we were reluctant to move.
The sun deck and pool area when we arrived on Sunday looked as it hadn't been cleaned for months but the following morning it was glistening, whether they were running down as the hotel was due to close this week and were short of staff. The owner needs to stop resting on the reputation of his staff and get with it particularly by getting the food back up to scratch or change the chef.
The hotel was a 5 minute walk to the cable car and 10 mins to the steps which took you up to Taormina but be warned its strenuous but we did it both ways and it took us 15 mins.
The beach club closed end of September so we just used the facilities of the local beach. Plenty of activities await if you are inclined or you can just relax and watch others. Water is clear and good for snorkeling.
Despite the poor food we would return to the this hotel at the same time of year, when the resort is quieter.
I read reviews before we travelled out and some mentioned the noisy plumbing but it didn't bother us as we chose a room on the 5th floor. There were guests from all over Europe particular Germany and everyone was extremely friendly towards one another which made for a much more pleasant stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Ipanema Hotel Taormina, Sicily
- Hotel Ipanema Sicily