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Hotel Corallo
Ranked #61 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Davenport, Iowa
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not so great”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2006

The staff at the Hotel Corallo was one of the best of our Italy trip. However, the temperatures outside reached 100 F and higher, and their air conditioning barely functioned anywhere in the hotel. The dining room was so hot everyone was sweating into their food. Several brave souls opened windows only to have the manager come running in to close them while muttering, "Air conditioning very expensive." I don't know what AC he was talking about because we certainly weren't feeling it. The food that was part of the tour price was terrible. What they tried to pass off as veal was tough, sinewy, strangely flavored, inedible. Just about everyone left it on their plate. The hotel is very clean and beautiful, but the lousy food and lack of air conditioning render it a rating of 1 star. I would certainly avoid it if possible. Maybe cooler months when AC isn't an issue would allow one more star. Suggest eating elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2005

We were there in August. the hotel was hidden from the main street, but there was a sign. Closed enough for the rocky beach. Most of the rooms have seaview. The presence of a swimming pool reflects the 4* status of the establishment. Otherwise it would be a 2*, couldn't even compare to Ibis chain in France and elsewhere. The room size is fair. Room was clean. The remarkable thing was the shower stall, which was a hard wall enclosure of 60 cm square, with 2 sliding doors meeting at a corner. When fully opened, the gap measured 12.5". We were slim enough to slide in and out with care. I don't know how people with a prominent girth would tackle this. This hotel didn't have an iron to lend out.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2005

We stayed at the Corallo in 2002. The hotel is very nice, is clean, provides good food and has its own pool. However on the downside it is situated overlooking a very busy road (not unusal in Sicily), but also overlooking a train station used by siginificant amounts of commercial (noisy) traffic. The air-conditioning in our room did not work properly and despite repeated requests was not rectified for our enitre stay(fortnight). It was also not possible to get food in the hotel during the day.


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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2004

We 3 adults stayed at the Hotel Corallo for the last week of the season- October 23rd-30th 2004- and had a beautiful set of front rooms, looking out over the bay.
The food was delicious and offered a choice of meat or fish every evening. Needless to say the pasta and the deserts were gorgeous. Oh dear! back to Weight Watchers now!!
The staff are all attentive and friendly. The small garden and pool were clean and tidy, and regularlychecked. We would go back there any time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2004

The Hotel Corallo is a comparatively small hotel on the coast, under the hill town of Taormina on the north-eastern corner of Sicily. The hotel is 4 floors with elevator service and a small swimming pool. Rooms are brightly painted and comfortable and the Air Conditioning worked in May 2004. The first floor lobby has a good selection of local tourist literature and staff was helpful about bus routes and schedules. The dining room is on the second floor with windows overlooking the bay. Breakfast was good and included the usual yogurt, ham, croissants, juices, etc. Our Globus tour included one dinner at the hotel - a delicious pea soup or pasta with eggplant starter, fish and yummy canoli for dessert. Globus appears to use the hotel regularly on the Sicily tours.

The hotel is off the main bayside street up a short uphill residential street. If you walk out of the hotel downhill to the right and cross the main street, you will be at a public bus stop. Busses run frequently and cost very little. Take the bus up and back down from the hill side town of Taormina. The buses stop at a central bus and taxi plaza, leaving a short uphill climb lined with souvenier shops into Taormina proper. There is a steep hillside path from the back of the hotel up into Taormina, but according to our fellow tourists, it should be attempted only by the most fit travelers. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to walk from the hotel up to Taormina - the streets have few, if any, sidewalks, and traffic is chaotic. Taxis are an expensive option. The bus is a great option - clean, used by locals and tourists and run about every half hour.

Taormina is a terrific place - basically a long one street town with dramatic vistas, hotels, shops, restaurants, banks, churches, etc. - all under the nearby Mt Etna. Balconies filled with flower pots are everywhere and picture perfect. Look for the pots shaped like the heads of pirates, princesses and mythical figures. Lots of good pottery shops featuring Sicilian designs and colors. The absolute not to be missed thing in town is the Greek Theater with spectacular views of Etna and the bay area. There is a terrific pastry shop on the corner of the main street (Corso Umberto) and the side street up to the Theater - try another canoli there!

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Additional Information about Hotel Corallo

Property: Hotel Corallo
Address: Via Madonna delle Grazie 9, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#33 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Corallo 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at Taormina Mare, the Hotel Corallo offers an enchanting view over the Bay of Naxos and Cape Taormina; a magnificent panorama that can be admired from many rooms and from the restaurant. Just a few steps below the hotel is the beach of the enchanting Baia di Villagonia, ideal for relaxing moments. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Corallo Hotel Taormina
Hotel Corallo Taormina, Sicily

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