Stayed for a week at the end of May. Fantastic views from the top floor overlooking the bay northwards. We went half board on this one to have the flexibility to eat out if we wished to and lunch. We ended up eating in every night - both for the excellent food and friendly service - especially one young waiter and his boss. A choice every night of 4 starters and 4 mains - published in the morning at reception hence why we ate there every night. There are some great restaurants in Taormina though and one couple staying there had pre booked a different one every night. We went with Thompsons who gave us a fantastic guide- Rosa - who took us round Syracuse on one of their tours, but the weather at the top of Etna was dire with snowstorms so that tour wasn't as good. So windy the cable car stopped 5 times on the way down but we did get a partial refund and some camaraderie with fellow English travellers. The hotel staff were very friendly and informative - although some will find it a little "stiff" The walk down to the pool was nowhere as bad as we had thought as it consists of little flights of stairs with plenty of benches with views on the way. We had the whole pool to ourselves one afternoon. Opposite the bus station, so getting to local villages very easy, and whilst it was a 5 minute walk uphill to the main street the cable car was half way if you intended to go down to the coast. We couldn't fault the food, the service or the views hence the rating.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel Miramare Taormina, Sicily