Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina
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t understand the bad reviews...from A TripAdvisor Member
I would recommend this hotel - the location is amongst the best in the village.
Can not fault it if I triedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Our room had breath-taking views again of Giardnin Naxos and Mount Etna, fortunately for us Etna was erupting when we were there and we could sit on our balcony at night and watch the lava flow.
The staff were very friendly and on the day of our wedding champagne was organised to be sent to our room by the receptionist. The restaurant is waiter service and may be a little slow for some peoples liking, but the food is good, staff friendly and if you like your desserts then it's perfect!
Probably the best thing about the Hotel is its location, right next to the Gardens, which means you can walk through them every day to the nearby locations. The main Town is a 5 minute stroll, and a couple of minutes further for the Aprille 9 Square, Teatre Greco and Cable Car Staion down to Mazzuro.
It was gamble for us getting married in Taormina due to never visiting before, but partly due to being made very welcome and comfortable at the Villa Diodoro we could not fault the whole occasion.
So bad, we checked outfrom RobertaNJ
A Great Disappointmentfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Villa Di-Odor-O has some problemsfrom atari2u
This hotel has about 60 wonderful rooms (veiw of Naxos bay and Aetna, balcony) and 40 real stinkers. We were assigned a stinker, tiny, no view, traffic noise with windows open, loud A/C with windows closed, air intake for A/C provided an assortment of smells (Cigarette, faint sewage, deisel fumes). Source of the faint sewage odor (hence the moniker Villa Di-odor-o) was a leaking sewer conduit adjacent to the bar terrace, great for the park vegetation, bad for the appetite of pre-dinner drinkers during an evening on-shore breeze. View from the swimming pool and facilities are this hotels forte.
Caveat - Do not stay in this hotel without sea view, balcony clearly on your voucher and confirmed with the management!!!!!!!!
Fantastic Holiday! But improvements could be made!from A TripAdvisor Member
Having noted many of the other comments about the front of house staff, I think it is fair to say they are not over friendly. We did not personally have any problems for them to deal with but overall I would say their manner is not especially welcoming.
The main problem we felt was the standard of the restaurant. The staff were relatively efficient but the dining room really ran itself, because the managers did more wandering about than actually managing! They insist on allocating you a table at the beginning of your stay and you must use the same table every night after that. As many customers eat out in the evening, some of the best tables therefore go to waste.
Also the food is not of a particularly high standard considering its cost. It rarely tends to be hot, is obviously not freshly prepared and not a great deal of imagination goes into the side vegetables etc or the overall menu choice! (There is always a lot of veal on offer!!)
The best way to appreciate this hotel is perhaps to go bed & breakfast, as Taormina is just the most delightful little place and there is an endless amount of restaurants to choose from in the centre, only 10 minutes walk from the hotel.
You can also pay half board and swap dinner for lunch but this proves a more expensive option overall, with a very large meal at lunch time.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again purely because of its location, and if the management take on board these comments which seem to be recuuring so often, it could be the best place to stay in Sicily.
What a disappointmen!from cowenevett
Very highly recommended hotel!from A TripAdvisor Member
Our impression was that the average British tourist (and thankfully there were not many), was arrogant and ignorant. We found that if you were friendly and polite to the staff it was more than reciprocated.
Our experience was that this was an excellent hotel and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We had the foresight to pre-book a room with a seaview and balcony, anyone who doesn't do this should not complain about what they get! The bathroom was small but sufficient, everything else superb.
Make sure you try the Sicilian wines!
friendly stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
We also found the food very good although there could, perhaps, have been a bit more variety at breakfast.
The hotel was spotlessly clean & the pool area was kept beautifully at all times.
All in all we would recommend this hotel to anyone who wanted a restful holiday in a stunning location.
Beautiful location BUT arrogrant staff and lousy food.from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Taormina
acheology museum, folklore museum archeology museum not worth the walk. It seemed like a "work in progress" with only a few cases, pieces, and NO staff (i wonder if we went in when it was supposed to be closed). Folklore museum inside palazzo corvaja was just a couple of rooms with some fabrics, paintings and other stuff. Nice to go in just to see the building from inside, although it was VERY humid and full of mold.
Time to go? Great weather in February, but may have been unseasonal/unexpected as quite a few shops were closed and no excursions running. A good break from UK winter but not if you expect everything to be open/running. Investigate these if important to you.
Mount Etna Do the long trip - i.e. all the way up, as far as you can go without alpine guides - well worth it - take advice and have warm clothing and strong footwear, although you can these at a few Euros.The evening meal which you pay extra for was surprisingly acceptable - not cheap, but you pay for the location, and it was an exellent chance to talk to others on the trip of the experience.
Other names for Villa Diodoro Hotel
- diodoro hotel taormina
- Address: Via Bagnoli Croci 75 - Taormina - 98039 - Italy
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