We took the bus in from Catania (7.9 Euro one way - follow the exit and bus signs to a little booth). You will get off at the very last stop in Taormina. To walk out, take the exit by the little convenient store and turn left (you will be going Northwest). It is about a 1/2 mile walk uphill - you will pass a BNL bank and you keep going. Then you will pass the the main tourist street and take a right on Cappuccini (there is a restaurant called Carpe Diem on the left). The road will branch off a couple times, but stay to your left. The hotel is on your right and you walk down a few stairs to get to the reception.
We were on the bottom floor - room 65. There is only an ocean view if you get up on the little roof that is blocking your view. You have a little balcony, but be careful not to drop anything as the property below does not belong to the hotel.
The room and bathroom were good size and it had air conditioning and a safe.
The walls were really thin, however. We could hear the surrounding rooms do their daily routines, like putting on makeup (the clicking of containers on the counter), flushing, showering, walking, moving chairs, etc). So, that was kind of annoying. But, as it's away from town, in general, it was pretty quiet.
The staff is very friendly and breakfast had a bit more variety compared to many places I stayed.
The hotel talks about private and public beaches. But, know that they are the same beach. But if you pay for the private beach, it includes a chair and umbrella. It does not, however, include a locker. There is a walking path that takes you to the beach. They told us it took 20 minutes...but...an hour later...we were finally there. It is worth the 3 euros to take the tram (one way). When you arrive at the bottom, there is a staircase that takes you under the road to the beach - just fyi. We were confused for a while.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Condor Hotel, built on 1968, is owned by the Sparta-Longo family which made the ideal place to spend a pleasant holiday in Taormina in a warm familiar atmosphere. Its location is just 200 meters from the historical centre but away from the noise and the main traffic roads. The hotel is situated within 4 minutes walking distance to the cableway to the beach, the taxi station and within 8 minutes to the Greek-Roman Theatre, the Public Gardens, the panoramic Main Square ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Condor Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Condor Taormina, Sicily