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Hotel Condor
Ranked #23 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
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60 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Nice stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Condor in Taormina. The hotel and rooms are in excellent condition - more like a 4 star hotel than 2 star. The staff were so helpful and recommended many delicious restaurants in Taormina. The hotel balcony had a beautiful view of the ocean and was an ideal setting for breakfast and afternoon drinks. Highly recommend this hotel and the friendly staff.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

This is not a five star accommodation, but if you are looking for a comfortable place to sleep, a breakfast and terrace to make you swoon, proprietors that treat you like their dearest family member, and a cost benefit ratio that can't be beat in Taormina you can't do better than The Condor. They have very nice rooms with terraces, but if you are like me and only need a comfortable place to sleep, and a pleasant setting and fit repast to start the day, save your money for gourmet meals, good drinks, and shopping, and go for the least expensive rooms. Uncle Phillipo and Marcello will make sure you are comfortable and will go out of their way to suggest restaurants, help with side trips, and insure you get the best deal available. Marcello arranged a full day side trip to Etna with a private driver and Mercedes that was the best excursion we had in Sicily. You have read the other reviews extolling the parking assistance, short walk to many sites and shopping, excellent breakfast, beautiful views, but to me the best part was the money saved by avoiding the Faux Five Star hotels with their real Five Star prices and enjoying genuine Sicilian hospitality at a reasonable price and sincere concern for your well being and holiday enjoyment.

The Condor is rated as Taormina's best inexpensive hotel in Frommer's 2011 Sicily travel guide, and starts its review with the prescient line "When it comes to value for money in a town where you pay for the air you breath, nothing tops this place." To this I say amen and add "save your money for better air."

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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240 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013

It is a definite 2 star hotel.
Nice and clean, out of the tourist area.... those are the pluses.
Just note: Close your drains at night and plug the shower drain with a dirty towel, these old buildings do not have proper sewage, so we found it constantly "leaked" into our suite unless we plugged off the sources.

I am guessing there is a dog kennel near by: lots of barking and the walls are paper thin, so bring ear plugs.

The "sea" view is defiantly there, just at this time there is alot of construction going on in the area, so most of your view will be blocked by cranes and the sort. Again with the noise... construction was everyday but Sunday.

Very average hotel, would probably stay elsewhere next time. Taormina is gorgeous, take the cable car down to the beaches. Reminded us alot of Capri.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Reno, NV
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Marcello was an excellent host. He even parked our van! No small feat in this town. Excellent restaurant recommendations. Very friendly staff at breakfast (which was very tasty) and for drinks in the afternoon. The condor is nothing fancy - just clean, efficient rooms with comfortable beds, but the rooftop dining area is a real treat. The hotel is within easy waling distance of the shops and reestaurants of central Taormina. If you want a clean, convenient, friendly, no frills place to stay at a reasonable price - stay here.

Room Tip: Go for the sea view room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank Russ M
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Balzan, Malta
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

My wife and I stayed in this Hotel 1 week ago and had a fabulous Holiday.Room very clean . Staff very helpfull and kind.Hotel very close to City Centre,and restaurants and Shops.Will definitly recomend it

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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West Dennis, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2013

My husband and I and another couple recently returned from a 2 week trip to Italy and Sicily. Our last stop was Taormina and the Hotel Condor. What a gem of a place! The oceanview landscape from our room was magnificent, and the location was perfect for traversing the streets of Taormina. We loved the town: lovely, picturesque shops and terrific restaurants, with beautiful parks and a nice beach below. The highlight of our stay, however, was the friendliness of the owners, Marcello and his wife. They answered all our questions and offered suggestions to make our stay more comfortable. The breakfast room was on the roof with wonderful views of the water; and the food was magnifico! Our servers were great, and Linda definitely makes the best cappachino in all of Italy--the wonderful pastries and other homemade items made breakfast our favorite meal! We will return to Taormina and the Hotel Condor! Doris and Tony (Florida)

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TonyP6402
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Property: Hotel Condor
Address: Via Dietro Cappuccini 25, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Condor 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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