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“Overpriced” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Hotel Miramare

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Grand Hotel Miramare
Ranked #29 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Lisbon, Portugal
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18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2008

We stayed 4 nights during April.
We found the hotel overpriced. Almost €400 for a triple. The room was just ok, nothing more than that besides from being small if you take the price into consideration.
The breakfast was just nice: bread, cereals, some cake assortment, cheese, ham and. However found it very reasonable for the common Italian level
Staff was a sort of unconcerned to guests, not rude but not pleasant.
The hotel must is the breathtaking views you can get from the balconies.
Location was 10 minutes walking to Taormina centre. Taormina is just lovely and well worth a visit. Don’t miss the Roman Theatre and the public gardens.

Stayed April 2008
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2007

Family with children aged 9 & 11 stayed here late October. Positives - good views..although marred by ugly public swimming pool below...an unmaintained steel shed!! Helpful staff & relatively clean rooms (floors dusty).

Negatives - if it rains, not much to do & swimming pool v cold. Nothing much or kids or teenagers. Restaurant lacks charm and imaginative food. main negative is sound insulation between rooms: v poor, easily hear snoring, talking, toiets esp the noisest flush ever heard in my life!

Town itself is simply full of tourists (like ourselves!) wondering aimlessly, looking at the usual pottery, designer clothes shops.

Food is generally ok, esp the fish. It is worth paying alittle more to eat in better restaurants in the towm if you want to avoid disappointment. Although Nero D'avola wine is generally v good

  • Liked — clean bathroom/good beds
  • Disliked — poor sound insulation
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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York, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2007

We stayed here for 10 nights. Our room was spacious and immaculately clean. Air-conditioning was effective and quiet; there was no guidance on using the controls, but it was reasonably easy to work out how to set them. There was always plenty of hot water in the bathroom, although the shower was very slow to respond to the temperature controller.
There were no tea/coffee-making facilities in the room. The TV had 4 English language (news) channels, 2 German channels, 1 French, 1 Spanish and a host of Italian – including a 24-hour weather channel that forecast worse weather than we actually encountered (except for Etna, which was dire), for our excursions.
We never had any problems with noise, despite our room (602) being close to the bar/restaurant entrance.
Breakfasts had a good range of cereals, bread/buns etc. The hot food was always scrambled egg, streaky bacon and either tomatoes or mushrooms. If you have an early excursion, you can get breakfast before the usual 7.30 start, but you have to ask specifically, the day before, each time – don’t assume that someone else will already have asked. We never ate dinner at the hotel.
We found the reception staff reasonably friendly and helpful.
The hotel is about 10 minutes walk from the town centre. It’s right by the bus station – very handy for excursions as the tour companies don’t seem to do hotel pick-ups in Taormina, instead starting from the bus station. Even with heavy luggage you could easily use the bus to get from Catania airport to this hotel – instead of spending a small fortune on a pre-booked taxi, as we did.

  • Liked — it's a couple of minutes walk from a shop woth great ice cream
  • Disliked — no tea-making facility
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bedford
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60 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2007

We stayed 11th August for a week.
Having read reports previously, we again had a open mind. To be fair the Hotel is not realy 4 star, most of the 4 stars hotels are not in Taormina you need to choose a 5 star for a realy good 4 star standard. I would not like to say this hotel was a bad 4 star hotel because it does not deserve that. Rather a very good 3 star Hotel. Most hotels are generaly noise this hotel was as quieter than most . Choose a high level room at the end of a corridor or room 603 we had no trouble with noise at all. The veiws are very special from the hotel, Staff very polite and helpful, although Mario tended to thump the plates around and crash the cutlery mumbaling to him self; clearly he did not want to be there. But he was not rude and did his job. The room was clean but dont look under the bed the dust was 5mm thick, The shower as other people have pointed out in previous reports was awful plastic shower curtain a shower tray that was not much bigger than the sink, why this hotel does not put a smaller sink into its bathrooms and a proper shower cubicle is beyound me. Food, breakfast very limited selection, plates allowed to stack up on your table, no orange juice the week we stayed only grafruit or mixed fruit. Fruit cocktail only consisted of differant mellon no orage or other fruit segments, dinner was just passable, a shame really cutting back on the little things has lost some of the hotel`s apeal. Pool attendant very good always helping with sun beds and towells, clean pool. from hotel 183 steps as every report has pointed out but from reception 248 dont forget your key like I did round trip of 496. Hotel is Generaly Good. The town loads shoping but mind the rip of merchants, coffe always check the menu price we payed £8 for 3 coffees. Im sure there is one price for italian people and one for every one else. Visit Etna and islands, area is fairly unspoilt so worth a trip and a stay at this hotel. We had a Italian celebraty familey eat in one night, the service improved 100% with waiters carrying there plates, its a shame the service couldnt be like that all the time.

Stayed August 2007
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Lisbon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2007

Be careful, I’ve tried a bad situation during two weeks
This hotel has a good situation in Taormina. We can visit this beautiful place or to ask easily a «private» bus to leave us to a beach club.
I stayed with my husband in this hotel for two weeks, in July, and I swear to you that our bedroom was a surprise for us. We stayed in the bedroom number 701, near the restaurant and the lift. You can’t imagine the noise during the day and the night! I asked to change the room two times but it was refused in spite of I’m being pregnant.
So, I just advice you that you can find people in the reception that can’t understand the importance of being in a nice bedroom without noise during the night. Be sure that you don’t stay in the bedroom n. º 701!

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Everything else (room, reception, etc.)
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Merseyside
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2007

My husband and I stayed for a week at the Miramare recently for our 30th wedding anniversary. The hotel is in a prime position to explore the beautiful town, with stunning views across the Ionian Sea to the boot of Italy, and the magnificent Etna. Room, food, and staff were all very good. The swimming pool situated in gardens 5 floors below the dining room - reachable by a lift, then 183 steps. To reach the public beaches below, access was again by more steps - about 15 minutes walking down (half an hour to walk back!) or by means of the nearby cable car (3 euros return). No facilities at the Miramare for children - even the pool area was kept peaceful and quiet - which we thought was wonderful! Hotel was fairly expensive overall, but worth it as the service was excellent; the rooms were spotless; staff helpful. The only drawback was no atmosphere in hotel in evenings - but not a problem to us as the vibrant town is only 5-10 mins walk away. Try the rooftop restaurants and many bars and 'people watch'. Weather abs stunning, with no prob with humidity - just glorious sunshine with occasional breeze - superb. Check out Etna of course, Alcantara Gorge, Teatre Greco and hilltop villages scattered everywhere. Dont forget - this is not Italy, it is Sicily! A mix of Greek, Arabic, Italian, German, Scandinavian cultures – everyone has invaded this island over the centuries. Would recommend Miramare for its perfect location - but dont go during week of 15th August (busiest day of year for festivals, etc) and you cant move on roads).

  • Liked — Location to all resort amenities
  • Disliked — No atmosphere in hotel
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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mintchoccychip
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2007

Taormina is beautiful and has pretty much everything a holiday maker could wish for - stunning scenery, enchanting town centre to explore with cobbly little streets leading to amazing restaurants, a sprinkling of stylish bars, a mix of upmarket clothing & jewellery shops and touristy pottery shops and spectacular roman ruins and botanical gardens to roam around. The only thing missing is a good beach. Also, if you wish to explore the Isola Bella, be prepared for disappointment as the tours of the tiny island seem only to be once per day, at 10am. At all other times you'll just find yourself on a pretty averge beach, waiting at the gates of the isola, being offered massages by a couple of thai ladies.

The other downside is the lower part of the town, reached by the cable car. DO NOT bother going there unless it's to go to the Isola Bella or for a quick boat trip around the pretty coastline and to the grottos - there's nothing much to do and the restaurants looked uninviting - you would be strongly advised to stay up at the top of the town for dining experiences.

The hotel was OK. The views were sensational and the pool area was very peaceful and pleasant. The bar by the pool served yummy snacks ( far superior to the fly ridden muck that was served for breakfast in the main restaurant) and the hotel is ideally located for exploring the town. Our room was rather basic, with a good view nonetheless, but the bathroom was tiny and the shower was the smallest I haev ever had the misfortune to step into, and it flooded the bathroom floor the entire time. The staff were pleasant and accomodating but all in all, the place needed a make over and the kitchen staff needed sacking.

Go to Taormina but stay somewhere else if you want a luxury/special holiday.

  • Liked — The scenery
  • Disliked — The abthroom
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
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Property: Grand Hotel Miramare
Address: Via Guardiola Vecchia 27, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Miramare 4*
Number of rooms: 68
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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