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nice staff, overall facilities available info (especially in English...), due to 3-hotels-in-one concept there was quite some unclarity regarding available services, noisy rooms (only 1 door separating us from our neighbours)
Hotel was on a steep hill with uneasy access. This should be made clear on the website. Heavily chlorinated water made swimmin gdifficult
butifull veiw on the sea highway very close to hotel
the beautiful view, the food, the place of the hotel the elevator in the hotel was slowly
Pool area.. Food... Service... Music at night... Kid/Family friendly... Outstanding views and well-kept grounds.. good stay for 3 nights I'd say.. 15 euro taxi rides into Taormina each way, even though it was less than 10 minutes away..yes, there is a bus right by hotel but at set times. Beach at bottom hotel was just okay, well, below okay.. Beaches in Taormina much cooler.... Near to the autopista, so can be a bit nosy by pool (Olimpo much quiter). Stay on the side facing Taormina... more afternoon sun and better view. Heavy on lodging for bus tours
Location is very nice and there is a lot of animation for everyone. Beautiful see views a bit noisy
The whole package, staff were friendly and accomodating.The facilites were great, the food was of very high standard. A great enviroment for children. Enjoyed my time at Hotel Antares would highly reccomend it and would visit again
Middle range, middle income hotel, good for the price, quite boring breakfast (we stayed 10 days). Good location, excellent views. We recommend for tourists, who like to travel by car (free parking, this is problem in Sicilia).
the hotel staff was very helpful and we loved the indoor pool, except for having to wear caps.
the reception staff were helpful and it was easy to park the car. a motorway right beside it, a shower that did not work, dirty sunbeds at the pool, disguisting rooms and 10am checkout.
Quiet relaxing clean tidy attentive staff pool + restaurant both very good right on the beach. Really need a car to go off exploring anything of much interest outside of hotel.
It was very quiet and that is for me the most important. The availibility of a parking place is very welcome. For a long stay there was not enough variation in the breakfast buffet.
Extremely helpful staff both at the reception and the restaurant, nice and spacious room, pleasantly furnished bathroom and huge balcony with great sea view. Good joice of breakfast. Very clean, free parking, direct access to the private beach (where you don't have to fight for umbrellas). Taormina is easy to reach by public transport with bus stop arround the corner. The (long) public beach begins just 200 meters away and there you will find plenty of nice restaurants and it is just a short walk there to watch or be part of a typical Italian "passeggiata" This hotel has the potential for one more star, just few things need to be beautified like the big terrace of the Bar .... or the grey concrete wall at the seafront.
Very quite hotel. Our room had a sea view. Private car parking. Helpful reception staff. Rooms have free safe boxes. Hotel is overpriced. A bit depressing neighborhood. Nothing interesting (including restaurants) in a walking distance. Extremely small shower unit. Internet not working. Hairdryer in our room was broken. Tv had only 15 channels working. Poor choice of food at breakfast.
Brilliant rooms with sea views, private access beach and good quality food and drinks at reasonable prices. Reception staff were a little unhelpful compared to the fantastic restaurant, bar and housekeeping staff.
Good staff, good position and good services. Nice swimming pool
Sea and beach
Hotel organized a big wedding that lasted until 3 am with very loud music while our stay. We were unable to sleep although had earplugs on. Staff was rude and not understanding at all. We ended up leaving the hotel the next day.
location was ok. breakfast good. The hotel is situated very close to the train tracks and also the hightway is just behind higher up so very very noisy......
wonderdul staff, services and the location of the hotel nothing
The hotel was lovely the staff was so friendly and the area was perfect There was a train track near the hotel which was sometimes very noisey.. But in saying that they only ran every half hour or so..
The hospitality, very friendly atmosphere. N/A
Staff very helpful and always had a smile.
Don't be fooled by the 4 stars tag. You really feel like a Movie Star when you'll have breakfast or visit the pool and the beach bar / restaurant. Best hotel I've ever seen to be honest. Beautiful location, excellent staff, a few minuses but it doesn't matter. I'd say visit the hotel if off-season (> 15 sept) and you'll have the w-end of your dreams :) Ask for sea view! Breakfast - it's a question of taste, that's for sure, but I didn't like it. Others might love it, I guess. If you're a normal person, who wants to save a few bucks when possible, don't touch the restaurant. Not prohibitive for sure, but it matches the "luxury" tag of the hotel. You can eat in Naxos or Taormina for example, while also visiting the place.
Its location and view. Breakfast was the best we had from the 8 hotels we stayed in.
The magnificent view. The pool and the beach are just breathtaking. The food does not correspond to the standard of the hotel. Everything appart from the breakfast was a disappointment.
We thought the hotel location was excellent with the view of the Straits of Messina and and Ionian Sea. The way the beach and pool areas are set into the cliff is really pretty amazing The AC did not always cool through the night. The staff at the beach only wasn't too friendly
Beautiful location. Rooms are a little dated, but clean. The restaurant is soso. Much better restaurants in town. Very nice gym. Overall a nice hotel.
The hotel itself is large but beautiful It's isolated and the few shuttles offered are overbooked. The taxi alternative is very expensive. Finally free parking is very tight and always packed.
Loved the view from the hotel, and the "cave opening" access to the beach. Shuttle service to the city was a plus, would definitely recommend using it as finding parking in the city center is a disaster. disappointed with the closure of bar by the beach due to weather conditions...
Housekeeping staff wonderful Too much walking up and down as I said above, Not enough hand rails, dangerous for children, and people having to navagate walking to the pool and beach, Not enough shops in the hotel only 2.
view at bay and Mount Etna, hotel-bus line to centre of Taormina
Location, value for money,facilities,outside bar /lunch restaurant Breakfast had little or no variation,very bad coffee
View the hotel
the structure of the hotel is good , the staff not particularly friendly as a 4 stars would be. The room was not cleaned properly for the 5 nights we stayed, The barmen was recycling the beer, the restaurant was very poor buffet style.
We spend lots of time, reading reviews on Taormina's and Naxos's hotels - wanted to choose the best value for money staying in a really comfort hotel. Ceaser was the right choice. Very nice rooms, very nice stuff! Everything is new and clean. We stayed bb, so, have no idea, what kind of lunchs and diners they serv (there are so many nice cafes in Naxos, that we just had no possibility to taste the hotel's restaurant), but breakfast was more or less ok. As far as we understood from the reviews on other sicilian hotels, poor breakfast is quite a common problem on the island (in some 4* hotels no hot dishes for b at all - only musly, cheese and ham), so in Ceasar we have such hot stuff like bacon, sausages, boild eggs and scramble eggs. Very nice choice of coffe for breakfas was also a nice surprise))) The very few minuses of the hotel: a) location (and it's the main reason why so nice hotel costs so unexpensive) - 1,5 km to beach/center of Naxos - they have a free shuttle bus, but we prefered to walk - quite nice way; b) - no vegetables for Breakfast.
Large and clean rooms, consistent breakfast, lots of trees around the hotel No wireless internet in the hotel, no possibility to connect my own laptop; there are only two computers in the lobby with paid internet access
very good hotel, well situated, good standard, nice rooms and good swimmingpool Breakfast was oke but variantion of breadproducts could be better
The staff were very friendly. The hotel is comfortable though a bit out of the way but we loved the spacious public areas and the food served in the restaurant was really good.
Staff very helpfull, facility veru nice. Food good.
It was within easy reach of taormina, mount etna and all the other places we wanted to visit..The hotel room overlooked Mount Etna which when dark we could see the volcano spitting lava from the side. Very exciting No nothing at all..for us it was perfect
very nice hotel,nice spacious lobby and surroundings, hotel bus service a great help,parking excellent.
i like the pool and the view from our appartment
nice clean room, big enough personnel hasn't invented the art of smiling, really no personnel member will ever smile to you.
The most beautiful view ever, poolside fabulous, great service, and helpful staff. Walking distance to sites and shopping. Hope to return. Request ocean view and terrace. Great food (breakfast and lunch til 4 pm poolside). Parking available and assisted by staff.
The views were breathtaking and the staff were lovely. Couldnt do enough. Bedrooms a little dated Could upgrade the rooms in keeping with the stunning location
Great staff, relaxing pool, area lovely breakfast & dining area easy walk to the centre None
Very comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Staff were friendly and helpful. Wonderful views and fabulous gardens. Good location 5 mins walk to town centre.
Great hotel with beautiful landscaping and pool setting. Staff were very friendly and effiicient and took care of the parking for us. Wonderful breakfast...one of the best on our 3 week trip thru out Sicily. Booked the standard room but would highly recommend upgrading to one with a terrace and balcony (worth the extra euros). I loved this hotel!!! Standard room a little dated compared to the rest of the hotel which was marvelous.
very helpful guest, very nice location!
Very genial staff, cozy and clean rooms, excellent location. Buses and trains are just 50 meters from the hotel as the sea. Water on the public beach is clean, pebbled beach. At any time you can ask questions to the owner of hotel at which he will always be able to answer. It is very nice.First time stayed at the hotel B&B class and were satisfied.
Excellent location, next to the beach and near restaurants small breakfast
Very clean, very friendly staff. No exit from the highway, quite difficult to find without a navigation system.
Everything excellent! With the ost kindly host of sicilie!
We had a very nice stay at Casa Famiani. The breakfast was freshly prepared by our host each morning and we enjoyed the best cappuccino and fruit salad for breakfast. The room was very clean and our host was very friendly. Would definitely stay at Casa Famiani again next time we visit Sicily. No
The service was wonderful, very helpful. The beach is really close. Breakfast was great. Very nice bed and breakfast. Newly rennovated and well done. Would definately go back.
The location is fantastic, just by the sea, what's more very close to the bus stop (to Taormina) and railway station (Catania, Messina). The room and bathroom (big one) were very clean, the breakfast was rich, the owner very nice and helpful. We did like everything during our stay at Casa Famiani B&B
We found this b & b facility 100% plus in every way. It is a spotlessly clean and beautiful home in which to stay. The owner tends personally to the guests needs providing exactly what is requested for breakfast including the most delicious freshly squeezed freshly picked Blood Oranges. Nothing is too much trouble and he speaks fluent English. There is a small provisions shop within 50 meters. There was nothing detrimental in any way with this accommodation it was just fantastically good. Would we stay there again - yes we will it was a pleasure. You should definitely include this accommodation on your itinerary, very close to Taomina and Castelmola.
Feel like home, very nice. Good prices!
the perfect hospitality; delightful staff; great pool ; very beautiful surroundings and understated elegance. no
The resort staff provided superior service from check in to departure and true to advertised detail there were stunning views of the sea and Mt. Etna from the restuarant.
The facilities for business use were quite poor with limited access to internet & business facilities. in the end I had to go into the town to use the internet facilities
excelent hotel with amazing sea veiws & gardens in Toarmino
Wonderful hotel in a very historic building that they have preserved extremely well. The location in Taormina is ideal, and the views are fantastic. Lovely garden. The staff are extremely attentive --especially for Sicily where staff training is often so-so. The restaurant, Principe Cerami, is well worth the price and deserves its Michelin rating. Breakfast, the lunch restaurant, and the bar are all very high quality. They will park your car for you and bring it when you need it. This is very useful in Taormina where parking is otherwise difficult.
Perfectly sited for getting into Taormina with stunning views of Etna from a gorgeously positioned garden. A very wonderful building. Everything was ridiculously expensive (even for Taormina!) so we didn't use any facilities other than the room itself and the gym. 9 Euros for a cup of tea; 20 euros for a half bottle of average wine. Rather than stimulate extra revenue from its guests, its policy seems to drive them into the arms of the surrounding businesses.
The location is perfect. The building has a nice atmosphere and the service is what can be expected from a hotel in this price range. The room was small for a room in this price range. The food and beverages were unpleasantly expensive.
Bedroom too small x price requested.For lunch only restaurant open Pool- site. Price for in hotel drinks-food exorbitant. Ambient excellent, gardens super.
Location, cortesia dello staff, ottimo servizio e rapporto qualità-prezzo (upgrade gratuito in una splendida suite)
The service was excellent and breakfast very good. The restaurants are excellent but on the expensive side. Sell the house before eating by the pool. The cost of extras is very high, the rooms and general decor very tired with cheap rather nasty furniture in the rooms, the pool is right on an exit route out of town so is noisy. Good hotel that's seen its best years.
Staff is excellent and could not be more helpfull and patient,location perfect just minutes away from via Umberto,food good but I had better. Pool area is not good for children pool too deep and too quite.
Superb hotel overall .Great location .Spotlessly clean. Very friendly and helpful staff, Great breakfast freshly cooked to your requirements.. Size of the balconies.
Beautiful, tastefully appointed hotel. Ultra modern accommodations in a Sicillian village that blossoms with antiquity. The restaurant is fine, but visitors are in the center of a town where one cannot find a bad meal; only, as Rick Steves phrases it, better.
Everything We called the hotel for directions from the road. Had they told us that they were the only modern looking hotel on the mountain , right after you pass through the main square and that it had a glass front on the right not the left we would have saved over an hour trying to find the place.
Chic hotel with very friendly staff ( something that Italian/Scilian hotel staff are not noted for ) Nothing was too much trouble, not only for us but for all guests some of which were very demanding.
The hotel is brand new. Rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff is really helpful. If one arrives by car, it is advisable to book a parking place in advance.
The staff were very helpful and friendly The food was very expensive. "Ceasar's Salad" comprising Lettuce ,sauce and a few croutons was €17.A very high standard of food was available in any of the restaurants locally for half the price. The Hotel lacked athmosphere as there were only a handful of people staying there the week we were there.
Very comfortable, delightful staff, close to shops and sights. I am returning for a night at the end of the month. I liked everything
Well-designed boutique hotel, friendly and helpful staff. Restaurant is an undiscovered jewel. Self-parking facility is non-existent at the hotel. Parking in the garage is expensive.
Very modern and stylish hotel, nice location, in walking distance to pedestrian zone Very small rooms
everything was spot on. The staff fell over backwards to assist. a bit pricey
Beautiful situated, great views!! Walking distance to cable car, good resrtaurants nearby, spacious rooms, big lovely beds ( great matrass ) and a view to die for....! Very helpfull and friendly staff.
Beautiful, clean, new hotel. Great staff. Wonderful breakfast.
The view to Isola Bella was amazing. Really nice continental buffet breakfast. Family with kids on the next room, earplugs necessary when having siesta
The views of Isola Bella were stunning. The weather was atrocious and there was nothing to do indoors. A pool or gym would have been good.
The beachside location was fantastic with beautiful panoramic views over Isolabella Beach. The hotel is far enough away from the town crowds, but close enough to the action when required - a short 80m walk to the fenicular. The staff are brilliant - anticipating our every need. The breakfast food was plentiful, and the pastries divine. There is a rail line below, however the hotel sliding doors are double glazed, so couldn't hear it.. and I am a very light sleeper. There are a couple of restaurants within 50m of hotel, or you can order in pizza for a relaxing night. It is definitely a value for money hotel. I would not hesitate to stay again. I highly recommend this hotel.
Staff were excellent. Breakfast selection very good. Pity there was no dining room for evening meals.
Location, views. Taormina city
Professional staff resolved problem with the A/C by changing rooms for us when hotel was fully booked.
Friendly, helpful staff -- nothing seems too much trouble. Hotel seems well-appointed, well-maintained, well-cleaned.
Its proximity to the town and the views were spectacular. Gardens were well done Not really, we were there off season and the pool was shut, I suppose this was understandable
The location was great; overlooking the coastline and only a few minutes walk from the heart of Taormina.
Very convenient to bus station, cable car and Taormina town. Pool area very nice as was bar balcony, with a nice view. Public areas very attractive. Free use of internet computer an advantage
Modern, comfortable, ideal, located with the attentive intelligent stuff, big rooms, easy to come to the center of Taormina and to the see. Nothing
The location was great and we had a room with wonderful views. The breakfast was excellent and the choices changed each day. It was only a short walk to the old town and the cable car. Car parking was great - very hard to get in Taormina. The only entrance and exit was down a very very steep circular driveway. Once you had climbed that the rest was easy.
Accessibility to town,beautiful pool,well appointed room,hotel fit out with good quality paintings and furniture.Room overlooking the pool and the view to the sea.In all an excellent place to stay They could probably increse the output of the air conditionining.Difficult to keep room cool in hot summer.
Beatiful views over the Bay, location within 5 mins walking of centre, lovely pool, friendly staff. Cost of Car Parking 8 euros per day.
very nice location, in the city up on the mountain, nice view. But shower room must be refurbiched.
Very well run hotel, great staff, fantastic views, walking distance to town centre. Partition walls between rooms are to light, and the hill out of the hotel was very steep.
It was very centrally located within Taormina enabling easy access to various bars and restaurants. It also offered superb panoramic views of the sea and mt Etna. Staff were very firndly and helpful. Out dated decor of rooms and reception/ lounge area of hotel
We stayed in junior suit with a perfect view of Etna and sea; the terrace was perfect..
very old bed. small bathroom
the staff attitude -
The hotel has a pleasant home-like feeling and an excellent location. At breakfast time one can enjoy the view of Mt.Etna from the rooftop terrace. Around the corner are the Public Gardens (Giardino Pubblico), very convenient for a walk in the well tended park, and again with view of Mt.Etna and the sea. At the same time only a few minutes walk away from the main corso. English speakers are well served at the front desk. We were very happy with our choice of accommodation!
The staff were polite and the breakfast was pretty decent. The views from the hotel of Etna and the sea were stunning. This should not be a four star hotel. We paid extra for a 'suite' but arrived to find a small room with a large balcony with a glass ceiling (sun bathing in a green house) - very basic (no mini bar, sky sport TV etc..) The website states beach & pool facilities are at the "Paradise Beach Club in Letojanni at about 10 minutes distance from the hotel". This is a lie. The beach is about 25 minutes by car alone!! If you dont drive then you can get the free hotel minibus. We did this three times and each time it arrived about 20/30 minutes late to collect us. From leaving our room to getting to the hotel pool took about 1 hour!! Avoid this hotel.
not a thing everything,the rooms were dirty dust everywhere, windows were filthy,dont think they had ever been used, excuse for an air conditioning unit that was full of bug and germ bearing dust, bathroom was awful the whole place had a seady air about it and I would not put my dog in it if it were a kennal
The room was good, a little old but quaint. It was clean and quite large. The hotel is also old but typical of Taormina. The staff were very polite and helpful. It was quiet and the view from my room beautiful. Breakfast was also very good and the view from the restaurant is of Naxos and Etna. I think it just needs some TLC
We had a great view from our room that was wonderful to see each morning.
Location! I'd say is not a 4 stars hotel as advertised!
Easy access to the beach, very friendly staff, very clean little hotel
Character and location Charges for using Hotel beach facilities
close to the beach balcony view
It is close to Taormina, however you should have a car to get to the Taormina center Coffee is very bad, - cappuccino was cold everytime. The cooler in the shower room is very noisy.
Cleanliness of rooms, and friendly staff None
The hotel has an old world charm, good size clean rooms. Towels and Chairs provided each day on the beach. Not far from cabelcar which takes you up to the center of Taormina. Evening is boring if you do not go into the city.
Hotel staf and all services were excellent No.
Friendly & Helpful staff, nice beach, great views from balcony. Internet access was expensive , €10 per hour.
Staff really made this a memorable holiday. Food and service excellent Could do with a few renovations, but this also adds to the charm
Nice view from the room, very close to Taormine and direct access to the beach. Prices are high for a low season period.
The room was spacious and clean and I had an excellent sea view. Breakfast was delicious.The staff was friendly and helpful. No.
Nice restaurant, nice beach Missing water kettle in the room, water stay in bathroom after shower
Superb view, helpful staff, clean and comfortable room
The hotel room facing the beach, size of the room, the food the shower, there wasn't a real bath tub to stand in whilst taking a shower
the hotel was clean and the staff were nice and friendly. the location and the buffet breakfast the bar was hopeless
Having a great view of the ocean and isola bella is priceless. b/c many of the rooms are stand alone bungalows, insects creep into the room which may be annoying for some guests.
The location is great. Beautiful views on Isola Bella. It took long to check-in and the staff, although very willing, was not very efficient/professional. Had to ask multiple times for things.
Location is great, excellent views. The bungalo was very small and had no "garden" as was advertised and shown on the photos. Instead, it had a little plastic desk with two chairs located by the side road, with an angled seaview. Bungalo surroundings vary from one another and you may not get the one as per your expectations. Had to pay extra money to move to a suite because "no other bungalos were available"
Very helpful staff; unusual, well designed room accomodation; lovely outlook from the beach to La Bella Isola An overpriced winelist; being pestered by itinerants on the beach offering massage every few minutes (although I'm not sure what the hotel can do about this)
Idyllic place. The location is fantastic, right on the edge of a small bay with a miniature island attached to the shore by a small sand bar. The hotel opened this year so everything is brand new a very beautifully done. In addition is relatively not that expensive compared to other top hotels in Sicily. I felt it was worth the money. As its perched on an incline the carpark is sometimes tricky to maneuvuor around especially if its nearly full. This is typical of such places not just this hotel.
Excellent position near park and overlooking bay of Gardia Naxos with view of Mt Etna. Excellent friendly attentative staff, lovely clean rooms with excellent breakfast. If arriving by car awkward turn into steep road down to hotel, which could be difficult for less mobile people and young families having to walk up it.
All the staff in the hotel were excellent and nothing was to much trouble, including parking our car as the car park is very difficult to access. Overall we would strongly recommend this hotel to all our friends and family.
The view Acess by foot or by car exteremly difficult
Hotel views, ease to walk to town & modern design/decor. The pool would have been a lot better had it been a 'salt water' pool, rather than clorinated. Commuting to the beach located at the bottom of the mountain got a little tiresome, but was worth it.
Location was undoubtedly the biggest asset of this hotel. Perched along a sea facing cliff the views are the best money can buy. Communication with some of the staff....Italian only no english.
Excellent location, excellent staff and excellent room layout
Taomina town centre No sport or games, I.E. table tennis etc.
Centrally located , very clean, courteous staff. An ideal place to relax The only drawback was the check out time. I had to check out by 11.30 am and my flight home was at 10.30 pm. It would be better if the check out time was optional and if necessary client would pay according to the check out time. (Maybe charging a half day rate for check out after 2 pm )
Location was lovely. Rather expensive.
location, view, friendliness of staff, food beds are bad, linen is so-so, pillow not good
The accommodations were first rate. The view from our balcony of the sea and of Mt. Etna was breathtaking. I loved the proximity of the hotel to the Taormina shopping area. I am already planning my return trip to the Grand Hotel Timeo. We ended up staying in a Junior Suite rather than the Double Deluxe Room. The signs in Taormina to the Grand Hotel Timeo could be better. It was hard for us to find the hotel entrance and the parking area.
The hotel was quite beautiful and well located. The breakfast on the terrace with the beautiful view was a delight. We were located in the annex which we would not have taken if we realized it. Although the room was nice, we felt isolated.
We were not satisfied with our original room in the annex,but were upgraded to a suite in the main building with a wonderful view as soon as the staff realized our unhappiness.
the views having a film being made in the hotel during our stay. no thought about health and safety
Quality of the public rooms No
The facilities, the view and the location
luxury and intimate
the view, the swiming pool and the excellent breakfast italian staff never very dynamic
It was a wonderful experience to stay this hotel. Sprendid view..... Very difficult to get the hotel by car.
The whole atmosphere in the hotel, with all the history and kind staff