A little gem - this is a 3-star hotel with 5-star staff and 5-star catering. We booked 3 nights in May on the recommendation of Tripadvisor reviews and we were thrilled. On arrival a member of staff brought us to our room, showed us around and then took us upstairs to the terrace on 4th floor where we were offered a welcome drink and a look at the dinner menu if we wished to eat there. All the staff were friendly and helpful and we should’nt single anyone out but Clara and Fiorella were the first we met and deserve a big thank you. Our room was large with a small balcony overlooking the sea – close enough to hear the waves rolling on the beach. There was a TV but we never turned it on so I can’t say what English channels there were; we had free wifi and there were tea making facilities in the room. The bathroom was clean; shower was small but we had lots of toiletries and large clean towels. There was no fridge or safety deposit box but a staff member offered to keep my insulin in a fridge when she noticed I am diabetic. The lift is tiny and holds a maximum of 2 but the stairs are wide and good exercise! All meals are served on the 4th floor terrace (or in 3rd floor dining room if it is too windy). Breakfast consisted of freshly squeezed orange juice in big glasses; the usual Sicilian savouries and cold meats; eggs freshly cooked to order; breads, croissants and cakes with a selection of homemade fruit marmalades and fresh coffee and tea to order. Menus for lunch and dinner were left on the tables and orders taken. We ate there for the 3 nights and the food was varied and terrific. There is also a roof terrace for sunbathing, reading etc. The bus stop for Taormina is across the road from the hotel and the bus from Catania Airport also stops there. The Taormina/Giardini train station is 1km away and on the bus route to Taormina. On departure we were offered a pot of homemade marmalade but unfortunately had to refuse because we were travelling with hand-luggage only and could’nt take it through security.
Highly recommended and we will be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Palladio Sicily/Giardini Naxos