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Grand Hotel Miramare
Ranked #30 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Overall this is a great place to be. The hotel is in one of the best locations perched on the cliff top overlooking the bay and within easy walking distance of the main restaurant and shopping area in Taormina. Beware however because when they say there are steps to the pool there certainly are ... 182 to be precise! And they are quite steep and I suppose the fact that we are perched on a cliff gives the game away. They are however still achievable for a normal healthy person. The annoying thing is that between 10.30 and 6.30 the only drinks available are from the pool bar, you can not gat anything anywhere else. A steep climb for a cup of coffee, the town is the best place to head. Also despite the fact that we are staying in June there is no entertainment at the hotel and therefore little insentive to stay and eat at the restaurant. Good holiday though!

Room Tip: Ask for a large balcony and a shower with a sea view.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Great Hotel nice Staff . bed was a bit hard, breakfast was fantastic. heaps of steps down to the pool buit a lovely place to spend the day and enjoy a lunch. hotel is a short walk from the main shopping area and surrounded by great restaurants. Taormina a must see in Sicily great beach life . Views were stunning room had great balcony overlooking the sea.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WDMaria
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

We unexpectedly found ourselves in Sicily and though it would be nice to revisit Taormina. We stayed here in 2003 and were interested to see in it had changed. The welcome was lovely, we were only staying for 1 night but didn't feel that that was a problem. We asked for a room with a bath and sea view and both were available so very happy. The rooms have been redecorated, the carpets have been replaced with wooden?flooring. The furniture is the same, dated but perfectly adequate. The room was dusty and the balcony furniture was dirty otherwise no problems with cleanliness. We did not use the restaurant for an evening meal as we wanted to explore the local town. One of the big advantages of this hotel is its location. It is easy walking distance to town without being in the centre so nice and quiet. The bus station is virtually opposite(small) so easy for trips exploring the island. The town was pleasantly busy, we enjoyed a drink in the main piazza watching the world go by. You can see Etna from there but not the eruption this time, that was visible from another direction(different review). We found a quiet fish restaurant but meal was disappointing. Back to the hotel. Slept really well. Breakfast has improved, carton orange juice is better than powdered and the remainder of the spread was very good, fresh and tasty. Coffee was horrible, tip, if you like real coffee you can request from the waiters, who were helpful and attentive. The balcony is now covered which I am sure is better for the hotel but we were looking forward to eating our breakfast in the fresh air. minor grumble. Overall, it was as we expected, the view is very good

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

I love Italy. I love Sicily. I love Taormina.

This hotel is a good hotel in an amazing place. It has a lovely relaxing quiet atmosphere. Breakfast is standard European fare, we didn't eat there in the evening...why would you when in Taormina where there are so many beautiful restaurants and cafes. This is an Italian 4 star hotel, so reasonably basic as many are. Don't even think about getting a room without a balcony, a lesson learnt after tears (mine) the first time we stayed there. The pool area is very chilled out, with a lovely little restaurant for lunch. Yes there are lots of steps but this is well documented so shouldn't come as a surprise...and Taormina is built into the cliff face so not really for you if you can't easily manage some hills/ steps. The walk from the hotel to the town is the perfect distance to burn off some of the ice cream/pasta/bread/wine you'll consume when you get there. I've been to this hotel twice and would go again, more for the location than as a hotel centred holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

This hotel was very nice. We stayed one night in transit to Italy mainland. Found it quite by accident, and would like to make it a destination. We got quite a few deals. Room on back side looking over parking lot (we knew it) and free parking. Plus the check in agent was humorous. We asked "Do you speak English?" . He responded; "Only if I have to!" LOL

Room was spotless, quiet. Breakfast was out of this world with selection. Would have liked to try out the place as a destination overlooking the Ionian sea. It had a great pool and a pleasant walk into the village of Taormina which was enchanting at best.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Deke C
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayy here in October 2011.
Our room whilst small for a 4 star hotel was well appointed with a superb view up the Sicilian coast.
The hotel service was excellent.
The buffet breakfast had lots of choice and the food was very good.
The gardens are extensive.
A great pool with a bar and snack service but be aware it is 179 steps down to it AND 179 steps back up to reception!
The hotel is one of fading grandeur and does need some updating.

Room Tip: Try to book a room on the top 2 floors.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The positives - about a ten minute walk into the centre of Taormina so you can benefit from the quiet of the outskirts but have a nice stroll after dinner. The position overlooking the bay and sea is excellent. The room was clean.

Unfortunately is the end of the positives!

This hotel is very dated and is in real need of some expenditure - rooms are shabby and lack character. Bathrooms are dated and ours had mould around the bath tub. Showers are weak and ours kept running hot then cold. Towels are thread bare.

The gardens are fairly neglected as is the pool area - for example, the pool showers were never cleaned during our stay, mosaic tiles had fallen off the showers, mirrors never cleaned, plants not tended.

Service - with the exception of the guy who tended the pool and Vincenzo, the staff were surly and in some cases rude - we began to wonder why the reception staff ever went into the hospitality industry! We appreciate the reasons for not providing irons however many hotels are only too happy to supply one, however we were charged for laundering clean clothes even though we specifically asked for them to be pressed. Staff in the breakfast room were slow to serve, slow to refresh the buffet and never smiled. Prices in the bar and pool were expensive.

the sad thing is this could be such a beautiful hotel with some investment and staff who want to provide good customer service.

Not good value for money. We would not recommend.

Room Tip: worth getting a sea view
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Mitfords
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Address: Via Guardiola Vecchia 27, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: £78 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Miramare 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Hotel Miramare is located only 400 meters from the centre of Taormina, just a short walk away from the funicular and the Greek theatre. The hotel, an old villa, is set within a verdent park and offers a spectacular view of the Messina Straight and Calabria. ... more   less 
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