I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights after a week of travelling around Italy. We picked up a hire car at the airport and drove to the hotel and what a crazy drive that was! The winding narrow roads leading up to the hotel was very nervewracking and i was on the edge of my seat, as for my poor boyfriend driving he nearly had a heart attack. Driving in Sicily is not for the fainthearted. However it was well worth it to see the amazing view from so high up. Etna, the coastline, the yachts out on the sea, breathtaking. Being so high up does have a down side though, finding an easy way to get down to the town. Taxis were averaging around 15 euros which is very overpriced for a 5 minute journey however there is a bus that runs frequently which stops right outside the hotel for 3euros each way or if youre feeling very fit take the 500 odd steps (yes i counted). Me and my boyfriend used the steps everyday, to counteract all the delicious pasta we ate! The double room was very clean, spacious and comfortable with a huge balcony and we even had a jacuzzi bath tub! The owners and staff were very friendly and accommodating. We never ate at the hotel restaurant but they had a very reasonably priced 3 course meal which changed every night and the bar prices for drinks and snacks was great, 3euros for a bottle of beer. You can also get a shuttle bus from the hotel to a couple of beach bars if you fancy laying by the beach for a day. The pool was very clean and was great for having a dip after a long day exploring. Would have been great to lay on a lounger to dry off but unfortunately there were only chairs.
The only negative i found staying at this hotel was that the cleaner starts cleaning the rooms around 8am and you can hear doors banging (only made out of wood and not fire doors) throughout the morning so if you like a lay in or are a light sleeper you may be disappointed.
All in all a great holiday and we would definately stay here again!
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- Also Known As:
- Sole Castello Taormina, Sicily
- Sole Castello Hotel Taormina