Monte Tauro Hotel Taormina

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Monte Tauro Hotel Taormina

4 star

Rooms: 67

Via Madonna Delle Grazie 3 - Taormina - 98039 - Italy 94224402
196 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Monte Tauro Hotel Taormina

Great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in this hotel for a week and thought it was great. Both my wife and I travel extensively with work and so have stayed in many hotels. We thought that the staff at the Monte Tauro were very friendly and helpful, and importantly struck the right balance between fussing over guests and being there to provide a good service, which is often not the case in 4/5 star hotels. Design of hotel is great and views breathtaking. Our room, though on one of the lower floors with a more restricted view than some was very clean and comfortable for a week. The pool and service around the pool was spot on every day. We stayed B&B as the range of restaurants within walking distance is huge, but breakfasts were great and comments from fellow guests on the evening meals was positive. Would definitely recommend for a relaxing break in a lovely part of the world - we will certainly go back.

Perfect place to relax

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent five days in the Monte Tauro hotel as part of our honeymoon in June 2006 and we really could not fault the hotel. We had a junior suite for our time there and were given a great room, the last on the terrace and with no room above. The views were magnificent from our terrace over the sea and towards Mt Etna. Being so close to Taormina town was a bonus as we were never more than five minutes away from a lovely place to eat, either for lunch or dinner. The buffet breakfast was superb, a huge selection of foods that should suit most tastes. The staff were great, very friendly, particulary the dinning staff, Nino and co who were very obliging and gave us a few laughs.
All told, we really couldn't fault the hotel, it is pricey but worth it for a special occasion. We were very relaxed when we left. Other reviewers have complained about the cleanliness of the hotel, but it was spotless. The cleaners came in twice a day or more if you needed it and any request was met instantly. The pool was very well maintained and did not have too much chlorine which was nice. Having a gin and tonic by the pool before the sun went down was a very nice way to end the day.
We would definetely go back to the Monte Tauro and Taormina again.

Great views

from PJJersey
The best thing is the location with great views of the sea and Mount Etna from all rooms.
Although we didnt have a problem it has a very, very steep access road which some will find a challenge. Being situated on a clff side means that there is nowhere to walk apart from the town which is full of tour groups.
Rooms are well appointed but having hardwood floors means that there is noise from guests walking around in the rooms above which can be annoying when they go to bed much later particularly well after midnight.
We heard that there might be noise from building works at the sideof the hotel, but that wasnt a problem.
Whilst the food was acceptable, it was no more than average 4* hotel food. Also they seemed to be running on a tight budget, I have never stayed in an Italian hotel where Antipasta was an alternative to the first course, rather than the traditional Italian starter to the meal. Sweets were extreemly limited, and guests restricted to one small slice to be cut by the waiter.
Management Response from A TripAdvisor Member
Dear Guest,
we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our Hotel. we would like to clarify just one thing about the restaurant's variety of food. Our Hotel offers to all guests an "à la carte" Menu which includes a wide choice of typical dishes, comprehensive of "starters", "first courses", "main courses", "side dishes" and "fruits and desserts". Our half board set menu foresees 4/5 choices of "first courses" with salads buffet, "main courses" with 2 side dishes and "desserts". Guests can add to this set any extra course from the "à la carte" menu.
Our Chefs propose every day a different "Menu of the day" and our "Maitre d'hotel" is at guests disposal for any suggestion on food and wine.

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again and let you change your opinion on our "cuisine".

Best regards,

Monica Mennella

Beautiful View BUT expected more from a 4 star hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed inMontetauro for 2 days, I had the Junior Suite and sadly found out that the cleaning is not a priority for the Hotel, the bathroom was not very clean on arrival and especially the second day the Jacuzzi was still dirty as we used it the night before.

I expected also from a Junior Suite to have Bath robes and not only 2 towels.

The room has a beautiful view, the bed is very comfortable but I asked many times for a softer pillow that never arrived.

The pool is great and servise very friendly and kind.

We where disappointed from the breakfast, especially for the Cappuccino or espresso that you have to make it by your own with an automatic machine.

In overall the hotel is very nice but they could be much more with the service and cleaning.
Management Response from A TripAdvisor Member
Dear Sir,
I apologize for the trouble you had but let reassure the following:
- Cleaning is one of our priorities as you can read from other opinions. Occasionally , bathtubes can be used improperly and it might take time to fix them.

- Bathrobes are at guests disposal by asking at the concierge. It is our pleasure to pamper our guests with this and many other services.

- Our breakfast is much appreciated by our guests and we thank all of them for the very nice comments on it.

I hope you will visit us again and riconsider your opinions on it.

Best Regards,

Monica Mennella

great views from a great hotel

from carolq
Taormina is a very expensive town to stay in but we decided as it was for only two days we could spoil ourselves. the Hotel Monte Tauro is a 4star hotel with a great location. built into the cliff face, the view is an unspoilt ocean blue with Mt Etna visible to the right. Sitting out on the terrace at breakfast or with a drink at night was a beautiful experience. They do have parking for a 10euro per day fee and the valet kindly drove our hire car up the steep drive that accesses the hotel as we left as we couldn't manage it!!!

Pool is lovely as is the pool side cafe. service was flawless and the decor splendid in a classic seventies style.....

its proximity to the Greek Theatre and Via Umberto was also a bonus.

if your are driving just be brave and persevere with the sometimes scary roads of Taormina and the Hotel on Via Roma is well signposted.

The only negative is the cost but hey for Taormina we did grab a bargain.... there are more expensive hotels.

Beautiful Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful location. Beautiful views of the Sea and Mount Etna.
You can wake up and then look out to an endless ocean.
We stayed in late November and the hotel rates were low season. Still quite exspensive.
The rooms were ok. Do not get a room on the floor beneath the breakfast room. The noise in the morning wakes you up!.
The air condioning is also bad as smoke from other peoples cigarettes drifts into your room.

The staff were helpful and one called Fureo was fantastic.(he is the concierge)
The breakfast was lovley. Lots and lots of beautiful food.

All in all i would say the hotel is worthy of a 4 star but one or two things do let it down. I think customer service is new to Sicily so dont expect too much!

Make sure you hire a car before you go if you want go anywhere and get insurance.

lovely hotel

from holim
We stayed in the Monte Tauro for a week middle of september and it really is a lovely hotel..........its the most centrally located hotel in Taormina and one really should stay in Taormina as its the main town and has lovely restaurants and is the prettiest..

There is a lovely big pool and a pool man that hands out towels every morning. Breakfast is great - all the trimmings ... people did say it is better to eat in the restaurants in Taormina for dinner as you have so much choice.

Nice restaurants are: Al Giardino (€60-80 for 4 course dinner and wine), Le Giara (€120approx for dinner), Al Dumo, La Barenessoa (very expensive -€168 on average for a meal but worth a treat... average prices for restaurants in Taormina is between 60-80EUR

Hotel is clean and people very friendly....i would go back again to stay there

Beaches are all pebbly but one can go to Giardini Nixos for a sandy beach.
Go to Mt etna will tour as its great.. we also hired a car for a day and its fine also. Siracus is worth a trip and there is a white sandy beach called Fountaine Blanche beach 13K below Siracusa

super hotel

from d.currie
I have just returned from a week's stay at the monte tauro. I would agree with previous 2 reviews.The hotel is in an excellent location,and is one of the quietest hotels I have ever stayed in,probabyt because the lift shaft is on the outside of the building. and inside the hotel it is fairly open plan so no banging door problems.The steps down were not as bad as I had imagined from the descriptions,or maybe I am a fitter !!! The breakfast was excellent and the views from the dining room over Etna were stunning. The rooms are spacious and balcony overlooking the sea lovely for a pre (and post) dinner drink. We did not have dinner at the hotel as there was such a good choice of restaurants in Taormina ,in fact there must be at least 15 restaurants within 5 minute walk all reasonably priced.The staff were friendly,helpul and I also thought pool system very efficient and friendly. This was not a cheap holiday but I felt it was worth it for the high standard of the hotel and the beautiful setting of Taormina.

Lovely hotel but beware steep steps!

from caramck
I stayed here for a week in July 2005. It is different than most hotels in the area, as it is quite modern in style. Rooms are are a good size, well furnished with good size balconies.

Staff were also helpful, and breakfast served until 11am, the latest I have had in Italy, pool area was also lovely, they have a 'pool man' who gives out towels, and loungers so you can't put your towels down and disappear, a good idea if you don't want to get up at the crack of dawn!

Overall the hotel was lovely, however the hotel is below street level and is accessed by very steep steps, I could mange it but anyone with any type of walking difficulites would find it very hard indeed, coming home at night I would take off my dressy shoes, in case I would fall. I don't think travel agents emphasis this as we saw some older people struggling to get up and down.

However besides that I would recommend the hotel, Taormina itself is lovely but expensive. For everyday items, water, soft drinks, go to Mamma Mias deli, out of the hotel first turn on the right, right hand side, this was the most reasonable place for everyday items and had lovely deli food, beware the shops by the Greek theatre, can of sprite €1.80.

Overall it is a lovely place ideal for relaxing, honeymoon etc and I would return.


from GracieOffaly
We spent 2 weeks at the Monte Tauro in June 2005. The hotel had been recently renovated and the bedroom was smartly furnished and very comfortable. All rooms come with seaview overlooking the pool. The pool opens from 7am to 7pm and comes with a pool attendant who aligns your sunbed every few hours. A plus here is that you cannot leave your sunbed for more than one hour as it will be given to someone else.
There is a lovely restaurant / bar beside the pool and the whole area is kept very clean & tidy.

The restaurant and bar were never very busy, however we were disappointed when we only tried the restaurant on the night before we left as the menu is fantastic providing a number of choices for everyone.

The hotel is centrally located in comparison to a number of other ones of this rating. There is a climb of approx 40 steps to the main street but its bearable considering you'll probably be getting little else exercise for the duration of your stay.

Top Local Tips for Taormina

Busy, busy, busy... We stayed in Sicily from the middle of August for two weeks and happened to hit the exact period when the Sicilian's take their time off from work. This causes slight problems as it means restaurants get alot busier - meaning limited avalibility and also the roads are hurrendous with car overload and driving should be avoided if you are a tourist. However, when going at this time the weather is almost garaunteed to be great and the business does mean there is no lack of atmosphere.

Accessing hotel Make sure your taxi goes to hotel door - if not get them to alert hotel staff to carry bags.

Location Stay in Toarmina itself if possible not just close. Hire cars difficult to achieve in Taormina, we needed to hire one from the Airport


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  • Address: Via Madonna Delle Grazie 3 - Taormina - 98039 - Italy
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