I have just returned from a 5 night stay at this hotel and I have many positive things as well as a few negatives to say about my stay here.
I travelled with a family of 11.
Let's start with the good things first:
The view is AMAZING and all of us had sea view rooms so therefore was such a nice way to wake up every morning looking at the never ending ocean.
The staff were always polite and helpful.
The pool area was really beautiful and on 6 days, we managed to get 11 beds for all of us. The service by the pool was really great. We also ventured to the sister hotel to visit the beach one day and we only stayed for less than half a day before deciding to return back to the hotel and pool. The beach was very busy and I am not the biggest fan of stony beaches. The sea was fun to go into as it was quite wavy and they also had a floating dock going out into the sea which was good to have some fun on.
Saying all this, I think that the hotel could not be classified as a 5*. Rooms are small and dark. They were comfortable enough but lacking in flair. The lighting in the rooms is very limited. The hotel still uses keys as opposed to swipe cards, and i feel the latter is much easier to carry around rather than full on bulky keys (I know this is a small matter but these are the small touches that do matter).
The bathroom was a nice size with a step in bath/shower. The only problem i found with the bathroom was the lack of power in the shower. Trying to also get the right temperature was a struggle as if you turned it a tiny bit left, the water was scolding hot, and if you turned it the tiny bit right again - the water turned cold. So rather wanted to spend a decent amount of time in the shower as i usually do on holidays - i felt myself just wishing to wash and get out as soon as possible.
Breakfast at the hotel was good but lacking. There was not many options but it was ok for me as i'm not really a big breakfast person. Some coffee and croissants/fruit did me well.
We had lunch at the hotel twice (once on our arrival into the hotel as we arrived at about 1pm so decided to just eat straight away then go to our hotel rooms - and then again a few days later when we felt like we didn't want to venture into town and wanted to stay by the pool). The service for lunch was disastrous and i would not recommend you eating in the hotel. We ate our in the city for the rest of the days and had such great food, wine and service. Taormina as a whole is a quite an expensive resort and restaurants outside were no more reasonably prices at the hotel.
Moving onto the WIFI - which was patchy and most of the time didn't work. They really need to sort this problem out quickly as you would expect a "5*" hotel to be able to provide working free WIFI everywhere.
The town is a 10 minute walk uphill, but it is a satisfying walk with great views in every direction. The hotel also provides a timed shuttle bus which drops you off at either the sister hotel where the beach is - or at the city. We most often grabbed the shuttle bus into town in the evenings for dinner and then would walk it back to the hotel.
We were a family of 11 - 5 adults and 6 girls and us 6 girls ranging from 17-23 would venture out in the evenings. The hotel were great on recommending some great clubs/bar lounges and coming back to the hotel at 5am was ok although taxi's were quite expensive - $15 for a 5 minute journey back from the city to the hotel.
Overall, a pleasant hotel and the criticisms mentioned above were only minor and would not stop me from returning to stay at this hotel if I were to visit Taormina again. It would be nice if these negatives could be fixed and I feel that if these were adhered to, then the Grand Hotel San Pietro would definitely be a 5 star hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Taormina
- Grand Hotel San Pietro Taormina, Sicily