Hotel Villa Sonia
Hotel Villa Sonia
Pool / Spa
Fantastic views of Etna
Great place to stop, walking distance to Castelmola (10 mins) and easy access to Taormina by local bus or hotel shuttle bus, also able to walk to Taormina in less than an hour. A very clean, quiet place with the most wonderful views of Etna from the terrace. All in all, good throughout. The rooms were a standard size, with the expected amenities. From the Expedia description we expected tea/coffee making facilities but there wasn't any. The wi-fi was free and worked well.
To echo some feedback from other travellers, the downside was some of the restaurant staff were not as helpful as you'd expect. Waiting seems to be the norm if you are not having dinner in the restaurant. I gathered when ordering pre and post dinner drinks that it wasn't the norm which is a pity as you'd want to sit out on the terrace to admire the great views. On one occasion after a long wait and trying to find someone in both the pool and restaurant areas I was told by one of the waitresses 'I'm on my break'. Another time one of the waitresses said 'I'm very busy' when I wanted to pay for drinks. The reception staff were very helpful.
Lovely quirky hotel with spectacularviews6
This hotel was a real find. An eclectic collection of items on show in the hotel and fantastic views outside. The pool area is peaceful, staff helpful and just a short walk up steps to bars and restaurants in Castelmola. Our room was very dark so suggest book a room with a balcony. We are hoping to return next year.
Good, but could have been so much better.
Villa Sonia is set 500m above sea level on Castelmola hillside with exceptional views from Giardini Naxos coastline to Mount Etna. It's breathtaking and enjoyed at breakfast, by the pool and from your balcony, if you are lucky enough to have a rear facing room. We didn't, but this didn't spoil our stay.
The hotel is well established and built in a traditional style. The owner is clearly a collector of antiques and curiosities and these are found throughout. It's pretty well run and the reception and cleaning staff are very attentive. There's car parking, charged at 5 euros per day, and the staff will park/collect. There was a feeling of spaciousness about the hotel when we visited in September, which also gave a sense of being very quiet so don't expect bustle or urgency. The pool is very good and has a cafe & bar where you can get drinks and light lunches.
Breakfast was buffet style and adequate, but not outstanding. A selection of the usual continental type foods useful to stock up on calories rather than savour. Fuel would be needed too, as the location has very little flat terrain. Mostly you will be walking on hills around 10% once you leave the hotel, except at sea level and town main streets! Prepare to raise your heart rate! Evening meals were unremarkable, so we ate out.
The downside was the disinterest shown by the restaurant staff and availability of full time pool cafe and main bar staff. Waiting was the norm and no one wanted to get to know you. Pity.
Heaven in the Sicilian Hills!
Hotel Villa Sonia is a magical place which I couldn't recommend highly enough!!
When I booked through Expedia, the photographs won us over: the pool, views & decor that oozed old-fashioned Italian charm.
After a 15 minute mountainous climb, in the taxi we were greeted by the warmth, professionalism & courtesy of the reception staff and went for lunch at the poolside restaurant (€3 bruschetta is a delicious).
The views are beyond beautiful & as soon as you arrive, a wave of relaxation washes over you.
The pool is wonderful, and once again, with spectacular views.
The hotel itself needs to be understood: it is NOT 'out-of-date' or tired, it's a celebration of traditional Italian fabrics, artwork and furniture, where there is a little slice of Italian history ready to surprise and charm you around every corner!!!
The staff were absolutely fantastic, who would help you with anything and everything-from printing off an online bus timetable to booking a restaurant table and much more.
Our room was well-equipped and cleaned every morning. My only complaint is that we found the beds very firm so took some getting used to.
The bus stop for the Interbus to Taormina (15-20 mins with wonderful views) left at 10 minutes past the hour and returned at 40 minutes past the hour every day until 11:40pm.
It's a 5 min walk to Castel Mola, with sensational views & has a collection of wonderful restaurants & bars. La Taverna Dell' Etna is a must!!
Wir sind Abends spät angekommen, schlechtes und kaltes Zimmer bekommen.
Bekamen dann am kommenden Morgen, auf Nachfrage ein anderes Zimmer.
Ansonsten okay, nichts besonderes.
Tutto perfetto ogni altra descrizione risulta superflua,personale cordialissimo struttura eccellente,noi avevamo la fortuna di avere la camera con terrazza vista Etna,posti meravigliosi da provare assolutamente