Situated at the end of a switchback road on the top of a mountain, this hotel makes a great stay for anyone. The views are amazing and you are, literally, at cloud level, sometimes above it. Brilliant views of Etna and the surrounding countryside.
Our room had plenty of space, big bed, and a jacuzzi bath in the bedroom - I think we got an upgrade actually. We had access to a shared balcony with sit-out seats and table with the view to Etna. Room was very clean and tidy, nothing broken or tired or worn.
Breakfast was served until 10am, a perfectly reasonable time, with a good selection of food. Service was always good and the atmosphere relaxed. We also ate dinner one evening and the menu had a range of choice, and what we had was very nicely cooked and presented.
There is a swimming pool but it's outside and whilst it was warm, it wasn't that warm! There's a small gym but we didn't investigate that either
Castelmola is a picturesque, well kept village with a good selection of restaurants. There's a fairly regular bus service down to Taormina Euro1.8 per person one way; Hotel also runs a shuttle down and back up three times a day. We can recommend the bus: you're high up and get a good view down the sheer edges!!
All-in-all we had a very nice stay and can highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Sonia is a historic rural home situated in Castelmola in the district of Taormina where a real corner of “Paradise” awaits you. A charming residence surrounded by green vegetation and having as much tranquility as one would desire, ideal for romantic escapes or family holidays. Ensuring your relaxation are its position, structure and the professionalism of its qualified staff, which provide the facilities that enable you to spend all the time you want to, reliving ancient times and rediscovering unique flavours that only a land as rich and generous as “Sicily” can give you. Tradition, love and hospitality for every single characteristic and detail distinguish our rooms and accompany our guests in the best periods of the year. The hotel is set in a unique and silent natural environment, yet just a few kilometers from Taormina and the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Sonia Sicily/Castelmola