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“Relaxed stay at the San Pietro” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Hotel San Pietro
Ranked #43 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
London
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Relaxed stay at the San Pietro”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2009

I stayed for 1 week at the Hotel San Pietro with my husband. It was October, so towards the end of season and the hotek certainly wasn't full. However, we came to relax for a week and so this was perfect for us.

We booked a package trip with Thomson from LGW including flight, transfer and the hotel itself. This all worked out fine and no complaints.

The hotel itself is located slightly out of town. About a 10 minute walk (uphill) into the town centre, but downhill from town back to the hotel which is good after a hearty meal at one of Taormina's many fine restaurants or trattorias. Alternatively, you can take the hotel's free shuttle bus either way if you don't fancy the walk. The lobby area is well presented and staff are very friendly and helpful (and good at English).

The rooms are fairly spacious and very clean. I am a stickler for cleanliness and couldn't find anything to complain about on the cleanliness front. We also had a balcony looking out onto the Ionian Sea and pool area which was lovely.

Although the breakfast was lovely and a really good buffet spread, we only ate in the hotel restaurant one night and weren't that impressed. Compared to the prices in the centre of town, the hotel restaurant is the most expensive we came across. The food was ok, but certainly did not justify the price. Once was enough!

The centre of town is lovely. Old charming streets with old buildings. You can easily get lost just meandering around. Plenty of restaurants, cafes and trattorias to choose from too.

All in all, this was exactly what we were looking for. A really relaxing stay and would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WYW
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2009

Truly lovely hotel with a fabulous setting. We had a junior suite which was definitely worthwhile. The staff were very helpful and welcoming.

Being late October it was only half full which meant that there was not really any atmosphere, especially in the dining room in the evening. Although there was a pianist, with only four couples dining, it was very quiet in between the pieces. The evening meal was very disappointing, with every course just missing the mark. My husband declared the cheese board the worst he'd ever been served. At €80 per person, we felt that it was certainly not worth it. Luckily we were able to change our half-board booking to bed & breakfast only.

We were recommended several restaurants in town, the most fabulous of which was the Osteria Nero D'avola. Just brilliant, and redeemed our view of Sicilian cooking. Be warned, many restaurants are closed on a Monday evening in low season.

Yes, this hotel is expensive, but it was worth it. As a quiet getaway for our wedding anniversary, I couldn't fault it - just don't book half board. Next time I would return in September when we could probably have used the gorgeous pool, booked the table in the Rotunda and eaten all of our meals on the terrace (although we did manage breakfast on two mornings). A few more guests would have added to the atmosphere too.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank EMPBarnes
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New York
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66 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2009

It rained pretty much the entire three days (which were the first of our two rainy weeks in Sicily). The room (I think it was #107) was very lovely. Our travel agent got us an upgrade, so the room was very large and so was the covered balcony. A bottle of champagne was waiting for us on arrival, which was a good thing to see since our luggage didn't quite make the flight. The staff was very accomodating. The highlight was when one of the suitcases arrived and all the clothing was drenched, the staff dried everything without charge. The breakfast buffet was very complete, including scrambled eggs which is unusual. They have a shuttle to town, which was very convenient in the rain, although it is only a walk of 10 or 15 minutes. Only quibble is that the restaurant was very expensive - you can do better in town. Drinks in the lounge were reasonable, although I wish the piano player played Italian music rather than Elton John !

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jackarch
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2009

My spouse and I stayed in the hotel for a week this September. The location and hotel were amazing, the view from a see view room was breath taking...The staff was really helpful, just breakfast was a bit poor, but all the facilities were great, especially the pool area...The views are just amazing! Highly recommended place!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Eva93
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IOM
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18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2009

The hotel is in a quite position on the outskirts of the town, and we recommend its position as the town itself is noisy and crowed. The hotel does provide a regular bus service into the town or nearby beach, which is worth a visit. The walk into town is 15 minutes uphill, ensure you ask reception for directions. As mentioned by previous clients the hotel on first viewing is not much to behold, and could do with a coat of paint. But, once you enter the doors all that disappears, and the interior is that of any good 5 star hotel. Not the hotel for children as there are no facilities and no gardens for play. The people behind the reception are very welcoming and helpful. We recommend you must have a sea view room to appreciate the hotel views. If you can afford it have a suite, we had room 204 which was a good size room, the only negative was that the twin beds were narrow. The house keeping was second to none and every day there was new toiletries and bed linen and towels changed twice a day. The pool area was not crowed and there is no reserving of sun loungers. The pool attendant was a very helpful young man. Breakfast is typical european buffet style, but a cooked breakfast is available on request at an additional charge, which could be expensive. (2 euros for a boiled egg) Although it has been mentioned many times, the drinks in the hotel are expensive (16 euros for G&T) but all is expensive in Taormina.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IOMGEOFF
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Wales
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56 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

My husband & I have just returned from Taormina & the San Pietro.
It's not grand on The Imperial Hotel (Vienna) scale,however it is a beautiful well presented hotel,run by efficient friendly staff.Our room was a junior suite with balcony & sea view which in my view is imperative to appreciate the hotel at it's best.Yes the hotel is pricey,however if you choose to stay in a five star hotel in Taormina - what do you expect ?!
For the BEST views of Taormina,the Ionian sea and the majestic Etna though,pre dinner drinks on the terrace of the Grand Hotel Timeo are an absolute must.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WelshDelilah
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kent
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2009

We arrived in the rain and were welcomed with roses and champagne in our room overlooking the bay. Things just got better and better.
The sun appeared on the third day and stayed so a lot of time was spent by the uncrowded, indeed often empty, pool where we were looked after royally by the attendents and bar staff.
The breakfasts were magnificent and the evening meals outstanding. Our special wedding anniversary day was made perfect by our own choice of food served spectacularly well. The dining room staff were all wonderful led by Gino and Charles, and our every need was anticipated by Luca and his colleagues.
Gentle music was played on the grand piano in the bar most evenings with Nino presiding.
The whole stay was an outstanding experience and is to be highly recommended. Thank you all,

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kentishmaid_9
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Property: Grand Hotel San Pietro
Address: Via Pirandello 50, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Taormina
#26 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel San Pietro 5*
Number of rooms: 63
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Grand Hotel San Pietro Taormina, Sicily

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