10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Just a brilliant stay
"Hotel Villa Angela is a brilliant hotel. From the moment we arrived the staff were very friendly, helpful and courteous. The location is fantastic with views of Mt Etna and the bay of Taromina. The room we stayed in was spacious, nicely furnished with a large balcony and again great views. The hotel swimming pool was perfect and a good sun trap but had shade if you needed it. The continental breakfasts served on the terrace again were of a very high standard with a huge choice and a lot of healthy options. Taromina is a delightful town with great restaurants, bars and shops. It has a nice atmosphere for families and couples and Villa Angela runs a courtesy bus to and from the town which is about 5-7 minutes away. There is also a very nice restaurant about 5 minutes walk from the hotel with great fish, pasta and meat and excellent views from the upper terrace. The hotel is owned and run by Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds) and he and his team made our stay one of the best we've ever had. We will definitely return."
- Travel date: 17th July 2007
Superb, superb, superb!!!!
"Have spent a fantastic week at the wonderful Villa Angela. The hotel has been recently refurbished to the highest standrds. The room decor is bright and airy, the balcony is enormous with breathtaking views of Mount Etna and Giardini Naxos. Hotel extremely clean and well maintained. Courtesy bus takes you to and from the centre of Taormina, saving you from all those steps!! Staff were extremely helpful and courteous, with the added bonus of having Jim Kerr(simple minds), and his wonderful brother Paul, there to greet you and make you feel so at home. Would definately return to this friendly, well run , first class hotel."
- Travel date: 14th July 2007
"We stayed at Hotel Villa Angela for 5 nights in June - and weren't disappointed. If you're looking for a small boutique hotel, away from the crowds then would highly recommend this. Location The hotel is located about 5-10 minutes drive from the centre of Taormina - up a very steep hill. It overlooks Taormina, the bay and Mount Etna - the views are simply stunning. There are a set of steps from just above the hotel right down into the centre of town - we did this everyday - there are great views all the way down - so great fun. Then we got a taxi back later in the day for 12 Euros but the hotel also has a shuttle bus service which costs 10 Euro per person per stay. Rooms For most of our stay we were in a standard room. The room was a good size, with a lovely iron "four poster", and all furnishings were sourced locally. We did have a slight problem with our bath (lacking some sealant) so leaked a bit onto the floor - but wasn't a major hassle and assume it would have been fixed when we moved to another room for our last night. The room had a fantastic huge balcony - with sun loungers and chairs/table so we spent loads of time on here. There were large conifer trees in pots between each balcony, and most people spent the day by the pool, so felt quite private. There was also a big TV with DVD player and satellite receiver - although only turned it on once. Service The mark of a really great hotel is the staff - and these guys were phenomenal. Genuinely friendly and attentive without being overbearing - perfect for such a small hotel. They arranged everything we asked for very efficiently and with a smile. They were a real credit to the hotel. Food The hotel's restaurant was only used for breakfast and lunch when we were there. The buffet breakfast was very nice, not exceptional, but more than adequate. We went into Taormina most lunchtimes so only had lunch once, and found it to be of similar quality to the breakfast. For dinner the hotel recommended a restaurant 2 mins up the hill (Ristorante al Saraceno) - this is fantastic. The food is superb, well priced and the setting takes your breathe away. We ate there 3 times, but can also recommend the other 2 restaurants we ate at - Gran Duca (incredible view of the bay at lunchtime, great food, OK service) and Dracena (open air garden setting, tucked away down a side alley, very romantic, lovely food, great service) Overall As with other small & luxury hotels, you'll find a very intimate atmosphere. Yes, you'll pay a little bit extra, but you'll leave with fantastic memories that you simply don't get from faceless chain hotels."
- Travel date: 17th June 2007
Stunning hotel in a perfect location
"We read in the paper how Jim Kerr had created his dream "Villa Angela" overlooking Mount Etna and Taormina and we decided that it had to go on our "must do" list. We finally made it in May to celebrate a "special" birthday and were not disappointed. It lived up to all our expectations and beyond. The hotel is located a few km out of the town centre but a minibus is provided to get you down and back up. You can walk down into Taormina in about 20 minutes but the walk back up is hard work! The rooms are generous, spotlessly clean and all have a fabulous view of Etna and Giardini Naxos. The staff are lovely and very helpful. A really nice touch was a complimentary bottle of wine which was left in our room on my birthday. They must have worked it out from my passport?! Breakfast is excellent, buffet style with a variety of local produce. You must get the local bus to Castelmola which hangs on the edge of a cliff above Villa Angela. NOTE the smaller busses go up to the town square but the larger ones stop at the car park below the town. We missed our bus down because we waited in the wrong place and had to wait 2 hours for the next one. We have no hesitation in recommending Villa Angela and award it 11/10 !!"
- Travel date: 4th June 2007
"My wife and I had a wonderful 10 days in the Hotel Villa Angela at the beginning of May and we cannot recommend it highly enough. The views are stunning, the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable without being fussy and the standard of service throughout is exceptional. All of the staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. A good example was the breakfast laid on by the barman at 5:45 am, when we had to leave for early trips on two occasions. The receptions staff were also first rate, especially Christina. We did only eat at the hotel once, preferring to sample the evening atmosphere in Taormina and elsewhere, although we did have dinner on our terrace (somewhat decadently) after one particularly long day on a coach and it was also excellent. Forget what some have said about breakfast as it is varied, plentiful and of good quality. However, if you insist on a Full English or all you can eat America style, then move on. Others have mentioned it already, but do try the Al Saraceno restaurant above the hotel. We found it to be one of the best that we tried. Good food, very friendly service and always packed with locals (arriving from 9 pm onwards mostly). Get the reception staff to book and you will get one of the best tables. We found this to be the case just about everywhere. Any niggles were so minor as to not merit a mention. There were some elderly people in the hotel at the same time as us, but I would not recommend it if mobility is a problem. The climb back to the hotel only takes about 15 minutes, but it is quite a stiff walk and we consider ourselves to be very fit. Overall, this has to go down as probably the best holiday that we have ever had in almost 30 years together. We will be going back one day and to explore more of Sicily. It really is a beautiful island. I have tried adding photos to this review, but it is not working. This is a link to a Picassa we album instead! http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/ndplatt/VillaAngela"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2007
"I have just spent a week at the Villa Angela and could have stayed forever. The staff are wonderful. Relaxed,friendly and very helpful. The room very comfortable, with a balcony that has the view of Etna that you can see anywhere in the hotel. Breakfast on the terrace with that view is perfect. All the food we had there was enjoyable and well presented. The courtesy bus down to the town was much appreciated. Only disappointment was that Etna didn`t erupt - hardly the fault of the management!"
- Travel date: 21st May 2007
"My stay at Villa Angela was amazing, and when I return to Taormina, I will stay there again. The rooms were comfortable, spacious and clean, and the service was excellent. Most of all, I loved the views, and being slightly above the town, so that it was a peaceful and relaxing experience. (A walk into town only takes 10 minutes, although the hotel will drive you there and back for free.) I also enjoyed the onsite restaurant, which had great food. The complimentary breakfast buffet was delicious and extensive. There is also a bar/lounge area for guests that is open until 11pm. I would recommend this hotel without hesitation, and hope to return soon."
- Travel date: 1st May 2007
"Our visit in October lived up to our expectations. booking directly with the hotel over the internet was easy and all enquiries were handled promptly. The Villa Angela is located high above Taormina and faces out over the bay and Mount Etna in the distance (which was erupting during our stay - very cool!) The spectacular views obviously means that its a hike from the town which you can take via a short cut series of steps (don't take the winding road it takes forever) or via the steps near the church of the rock. I suggest you try walking it downhill a few times and arrange a pick up to return on the hotels shuttle bus which is excellent and very flexible in its schedule (Don't try walking if you have young children or your not reasonably fit!). The rooms, bathrooms are good. Nice to have some wine and fruit on arrival. Beware the coffee machine in the rooms, it's fun trying to find out how it works only to get a disgusting coffee at the end! Each room has a very large balcony to take advantage of the view. I doubt if there is a bad view in the Hotel. Breakfast is buffet style although you can order from the kitchen. I can't agree with some of the reviews criticising the breakfast as it was extensive, well presented and the service good but not intrusive. We has an evening meal at the hotel once and it was fine but it can't compete with the many bars and excellent restaurants just 5 minutes away in town. We failed to find a bad restaurant. I would avoid eating dinner around the main square but grab a coffee and pastry and watch the world go by. A beautiful town, visit the Grecco/Roman theatre, take a trip down the cable car and visit the beach, try as many different restauarants and bars as you can! A trip up to the top of Mt Etna shouldn't be missed and I can recommend a trip to the gorge where you should be brave and wade up the stream. A great centre to tour around with Villa Angela as a haven to relax and take in the views with a glass of good wine. I would stay there again! (Bumped into Jim Kerr a few times!"
- Travel date: 30th January 2007
breathtaking views, wonderful service
"After browsing the trip advisor site looking for a place to stay in vancouver i noticed the reviews for villa angela in taormina and felt compelled to add my thoughts. we stayed there in july of this year and can honestly say that it was the most relaxing break i have ever enjoyed! taormina in itself is stunning but combine this beautiful location with the luxury and tone of villa angela and you have a holiday that is hard to beat. our room was tastefully decorated with a breathtaking view of the bay and mount etna and the hotel being situated high above the hubub of taormina centre made it peaceful even idylic (especially by the pool). the staff had it just right ...welcoming but not intrusive...we plan to return early next year (if i can get the time off!)"
- Travel date: 31st October 2006
Good location but question the 4* label
"This hotel is in a very good location, away from the very busy town centre. Lovely views of Etna and the sea but also overlooking the surrounding built up area which is not quite so attractive. All rooms appear to have a good view from the very spacious balconies. We had a Superior De Luxe - these rooms are ok but not very de luxe - the bath had mould around the edge and leaked - the room maids forgot something every day - usually to replace the towels or similar which was a bit of a nuisance. Breakfast was adequate but we were disappointed at the lack of freshly prepared fruit - it was tinned fruit. The restaurant was relatively expensive which is a pity as we would have preferred to dine in more often after a busy day exploring. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel was clean. The shuttle service to the town was very useful. I would probably only award this hotel 3* when compared with other hotels we have been to in Italy."
- Travel date: 25th October 2006
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