Our trip was our second honeymoon and we wanted to make it romantic. We arrived in Taormina by car, after almost a week of driving around southern Sicily, many of them cliff roads. The road leading up to Taormina itself is narrow and very stressful, albeit incredibly breathtaking. So, when we arrived in Taormina without a set destination, we decided to book the first hotel where we could park our car, regardless of cost.
Hotel Villa Riis had just opened for the season, so it had several rooms to offer and, surprisingly, at fairly reasonable rates considering the locale and views. The proprietor was most gracious and welcoming. At one time the Riis would have been considered posh, but although a bit tired, we thoroughly enjoyed our room and our stay. The balcony had THE BEST view in Sicily, overlooking the sea and the hotel's private swimming pool, tennis courts and terraces below. It truly is magnificent!
The hotel is well situated, a bit off the main roads, but an easy (uphill) walk to the center of town and the historical sites. Breakfast was included and offered a bit more than the usual continental fare. The proprietor made our cappuccinos himself; very delicious.
I'd love to go back when the swimming pool is open. However, that would mean the busiest tourist season... and Taormina does get busy with tourists, even in early May. Nonetheless, I do hope to get back someday... and I would definitely stay at the Hotel Villa Riis again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vill Riis is a 4 - star , Baroque style hotel in the real centre on Taormina, only 10 meters from the main avenue Corso Umberto. All rooms are facing the Golf of Taormina and the lovely, always green park and on the right one can enjoy the view of the Mount Etna. Clients can enjoy an amazing sunset on the hotel's terrace while taking a sip of the local wines and listening the relaxing music.During the hot days our clients can refresh themselves in the outdoor swimming pool or they can simply relax by the pool or in the pool-bar. For the lovers of active holidays there is a tennis court which is surrounded by the trees and so offers a refreshing shadow while one is playing. Hotel Villa Riis collaborates with the City of Taormina and the Taormina Art so we are always informed about what is going on in Taormina and we keep informed also our clients by apdating our web site each day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riis Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Riis Taormina, Sicily