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“Spectacular views... Average room”
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Sole Castello
Ranked #63 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Sole Castello is located up hill from Taormina near the Castello, so most rooms have breathtaking views of the town, Etna, and the coastline. Room was very basic and could use some up dating, but clean. Didn't plan on spending a lot of time in the room so it was perfect for what I needed. Staff were very helpful. There is parking which was super helpful since I arrived in a rental car and parking in Taormina is hard to come by.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Hotel S, Responsabile reception at Sole Castello, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2014

Thank you, first of all for taking your time to review our beautiful facility.We are glad to know that your stay in our hotel was very good. We remain at your disposal and send our Best regards. Roberto & Hotel Management

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Breath taking is the only word to describe the view from this Hotel, day or night ! Set hundreds of feet above Taormina which is itself hundreds of feet above the Med. Sea. From our balcony and indeed the swimming pool we has a clear view of Mount Etna, but not even an egg for breakfast. You can use either of two local bus services to get into town but the evening service finishes early at about 19.30. A taxi is about €15.00. The bus less than €2 ! Alternatively you can walk down several hundred steps (543 to be exact!) which is easy enough if you are reasonably fit. There is a great restaurant, Al Saraceno, just up the street with fantastic night time views, but it is closed on Mondays. The mountain top village of Castle Mola is also very adjacent and well worth a visit . Rooms are pretty standard but all in all , at the price, great value.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Riosammut
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

very frindly staff.
Nice view from the pool area,and the more expensive rooms.
Breakfirst not worth eating. Bread served a week old.
We had one of the cheaper rooms, there was definatly a reason it was cheap. Some would say it could need a makeover, some would say it could need some additional cleaning.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank gumledyr
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

if you have a sea view room it will compensate a little,otherwise i don't see why to stay there!the hotel looks like an exhospital,the rooms the same!the staff was acceptable,but they make sure that you obey the rules of the hotel such as:leave the room key at reception whenever out,do not dive in the pool....the breakfast was almost inexistent and i was very glad that i booked only for one night!no wifi,only at the reception if you pay for it,the parking had to be payed too!over all i would not return there even if i was payed...

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cristi I
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Breath taking is the only word to describe the view from this Hotel, day or night ! Set hundreds of feet above Taormina which is itself hundreds of feet above the Med. From our balcony and indeed the swimming pool we has a clear view of Mount Etna. You can use either of two local bus services to get into town but the evening service finishes early at about 19.30. A taxi is about €15.00. The bus less than €2 ! Alternatively you can walk down several hundred steps which is easy enough if you are reasonably fit. There is a great restaurant, Al Saraceno, just along the street with fantastic night time views. The mountain top village of Castle Mola is also very adjacent and well worth a visit . Rooms are pretty standard but all in all , at the price, great value.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CKennedySheridan
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Myself and my boyfriend went on holiday to Taormina last summer and it was our best holiday ever. Taormina is very expensive and when researching for hotels Hotel Sole Castello was one of the cheapest and that's why we went for it. We had low expectations but we were very pleasantly surprised. For what we paid it was worth it. They view is breathtaking!! From our room we could see a panoramic view of the town and mount etna very clearly. Most amazing view I have ever seen. The only downside to having that spectacular view was how high up we were and how far away the town was. But we grew to love the walk up and down as the views along the way are gorgeous. There are steps you can take that lead you right into the town, They are very tiring but got easier and enjoyable. I had a huge amount of food on€ this holiday and actually managed to loose a couple of pounds coming home from all of the walking. If you don't want to walk then there is a little bus that can take you up and down. If you time them right they're very handy and cheap. When the bus finishes in the evening and if your out late a taxi is about 15euro. We used to try and bargain with them to make it cheaper but they all say 15euro. The hotel itself is very basic, the outiside looks lovely, gorgeous pool, reception but the rooms are very old fashioned and basic. But we were hardly in the room it was just to shower and eat so it didnt bother us the views made up for that. Further up than hotel sole castello is a small village castlemola. This is worth visiting its stunning! There are lots of windy streets with lots of character. We walked up and I was all dressed up and sweating by the time we got there I recommend getting the bus! We have a beautiful meal there enjoying the views and popped into the little church which is lovely. If you don't mind a bit of walking I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Not a bad place. Nice staff but I hate getting nickel and dimed for everything. 10 E for terrible Internet access and you have to sit in the lobby. Passwords issued for 24 hours at a time. No in room safe; 2 E a day fee for safe storage at the front desk. Some silly rule about bringing in outside food including bottled water (Strictly enforced ) for "health and sanitary" reasons. 10 E a day for parking. (Rent a very small car like a Fiat 500). Beautiful view and great breakfast.

TV service is Sky TV. Hundreds of channels, almost none in English. Fox News is the only news station; 2 minutes of that and I want to kill myself. Excellent restaurant an easy walk up the hill (toward the church). The staff won't tell you about it because they promote the restaurant in the hotel.

Make sure you know the location before driving there; there are 2 Madonna Rocha streets.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Additional Information about Sole Castello

Address: Via Leonardo da Vinci 83, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
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Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #63 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Price Range: £59 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sole Castello 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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