We spent two nights at this hotel, which we'd booked because it was one of the very few in Taromina in our price range which had decent enough reviews! It wasn't an unpleasant place to stay, but the hotel could definitely use some revamping/modernising. The air-conditioning units are from the dawn of time - giant boxy things that sound like a semi-trailer and need to be left on continuously to have any effect. I wouldn't stay here if you're a larger person - the shower in our room and our friend's was ridiculously small. I'm 5 foot tall and small build and I found it difficult to wash my hair without banging my elbows on the walls. We'd booked a double room, but got two single mattresses pushed together and covered with a double sheet (same for our friend). The wifi is intermittent, but a decent speed when working. The breakfast is decent - the croissants and cakes are delicious. Location is good if you want to walk down to Isola Bella, and not a problem to get up to Taormina town either - it's less than a 5 minute walk to the bottom of the cable car which takes you up to town for €3 each way. All in all, the hotel is a good, clean place to rest your head at a much more reasonable price than others in the area.
The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to their sister resort Copacabana, which is on the beach, and to hire sunloungers and umbrellas there at cheap rates (€6 a sunlounger). We were led to believe that Copacabana was on the beach at Isola Bella, but it's actually more than a 5 minute drive away to a normal bit of beach. You have to book the shuttlebus and your lounger/umbrella at the hotel before you go. We were glad we hadn't booked umbrellas, as the hotel wanted us to pay extra for this, but when you get there, the umbrellas are actually attached to the loungers, so you can use them anyway! the beach is nice, in that it's much less crowded than Isola Bella, but about half-way through our stay there, the tide/winds must have changed, and a whole lot of gross rubbish started to wash up in the beautifully clear water, which was disappointing.
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- Also Known As:
- Isola Bella Hotel
- Isola Bella Taormina
- Hotel Isola Bella Taormina, Sicily