I have very mixed feelings about this small luxury place.
Location is absolutely excellent just off the Corso Umberto which is the main shopping pedestrian street in Taormina from one city gate to another which is very practical when you have a car so you can park at Porta Catania public parking (it will cost you around 15.00 euros for 24 hours) and then come to the hotel by foot (5 minutes).
We had booked a room with a spa bath but being used to travel in the US, I thought we would have both a spa bath AND a classic shower...My mistake. Everything is decorated in white and blue ceramic which is nice but have a kinf of cold feeling to it, a bit unpersonal. The bathroom is super design and looks beautiful at first but ends up being rather unpractical in my opinion.
Trying to shower normally in the spa bath resulted in putting water absolutely everywhere, bath was extremely slippery, you have nothing to put your things on and you don't really know where to hang your towels once wet. If you leave your belongings near the sink, it will get wet either when you shower or either when you turn the water off.
Room is on the small side but the bathroom being separated by glass walls, it gives the impression of a bigger place than what it actually is. You cannot open windows or even open the big white curtain as the big floor to ceiling window of your room is directly on the litttle street and people are passing by and exploring all sorts of little streets in Taormina...
Another thing quite useless and unpractical are the bedside cubes which are too far from the bed sides so if you put your book, phone, watch, whatever, you cannot reach them from the bed, what's the point? LOL
Lots of nice and luxury amenities such as Hermes little soap and beauty kit.
Room key was a magnetic card so we were a bit surprised when we were asked to leave the card at reception everytime we left the place, errr, usually these kind of keys are made so they are "anonymous" so we didn't really get why we had to leave it everytime.
I am surprised to read from another reviewer that this place has agreements with a beach club and another hotel so you can use their pool because it has not been mentioned to us though it sounds important ;-)
I absolutely loved the breakfast, in my opinion, the BEST BREAKFAST in 12 days in Sicily! The only place where fruit juices were really good, nice glasses, jams, cakes, delicious coffee, we loved breakfast especially because you can take it outside, on a quiet little terrace. That felt really luxurious ;-)
All in all a nice little place for a romantic weekend getaway but I insist on the fact that the bathroom is gorgeous for a catalogue, but unpractical in real life.
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