My wife and I stayed in the Taormina Garden for three nights on the last leg of a one week holiday on Sicily. We had just driven from Agrigento and had gotten a little stressed with the somewhat complicated entry into Taormina from the motorway (Tip 1: after paying at the toll exit, you need to take a right almost immediately; our sat-nav didn't impart this information until too late. Tip 2: The Taormina Garden is also actually in Mazarro, at sea level, with Taormina itself some 200m up the mountain). Anyhow, once pointed in the right direction, the hotel was clearly signed off the main road through Mazzaro (on the left, on a corner), Having negotiated the narrow gates we were fortunate that Dario, the proprietor, happened to be parking another car at the time. Dario duly took our car keys and parked the car for us (the car park is extremely tight, but it is included in the reservation price and that is a big thing in Taormina/Mazzaro where parking is at a premium).
From that moment, until we checked out three days later and once more faced the traffic, we were able to relax. The hotel is in a great location - not on the beach but no more than two minutes walk down a quiet pavement accessed from the garden. The cable car to Taormina (five minute journey, €3 one way, €10 unlimited daily ticket) is about three minutes walk, so the location is perfect for both worlds of Taormina. The garden itself is worth a mention, providing a shaded haven from the hustle and bustle outside.
The room was fine - compact but clean with air con, shower, TV - everything that you would expect. Breakfast was ample and the bar menu is extremely reasonable. Above all, Dario and the staff are really friendly and helpful - the place has a real family run feeling and, while it has all the facilities of a two star hotel, the communal feel of a hostel.
In short - highly recommended, particularly if you have a hire car.
One more thing - Taormina on a calm summer night with Etna quietly erupting in the background - surely one of the most beautiful sights on Earth :-)
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