Arrived in Taormina and cancelled the hotel we had booked as it was just too far out of town and up the cliffs for us to find relaxing or convenient. Managed to get a refund and head back down to town.
After a beer in one of many of the charming squares we decided on Hotel Villa Chiara as its location was exceptional.Without a booking we turned up and the ever friendly and helpful "character" Joseph the proprietor gave us a room for five nights and it ended up saving us money.
The rooms were basic but very clean. Had air con and had a little balcony over looking the street. The in room mini bar was very reasonable too. Couldn't fault the breakfast. simple sweet and savory continental breakfast, varied a little each day and always fresh fruit and a good cappuccino.
Its best point as i mentioned earlier is its location, down one flight of stone steps and your'e in the heart of the town (this didnt get loud at night at all as its up the hill and all of the rooms are on the back of the Hotel facing away from the main street) and the steps are a good way to walk your dinner down at the end of the night. A shuttle service to two local beaches runs daily from the hotel. It was only 8 euro and that included sunbed on the beach, although we preferred the beach lido la Pigna which was accessed by the cable car.
Its location along with its charming and helpful staff make it a excellent value for money choice if you want to soak up the passion and style of Sicilian life, right in the heart of town. Highly recommend Joseph and his Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Villa Chiara is a little and comfortable hotel located in Taormina’s heart, on fashionable Corso Umberto.All its rooms with private bathroom, are provided with air conditioning, internet Wi-Fi for free, safe, central heating and direct telephone outside line.The Hotel offers also a small TV lounge, a sun terrace, a central bar at the lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chiara Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Chiara Taormina, Sicily