The Ashbee Hotel
What We Love
- An architectural amalgamation of English Arts and Crafts and Sicilian styles
- The Ashbee Hotel is one of the few in the area that offer extraordinary views of the Gulf of Taormina and the Straits of Messina
- Sumptuous roof garden, and beautiful pool and leisure facilities
- Private gardens planted with palm, lemon, mandarin and grapefruit trees
- Nearby archeological sites, like Taormina’s monumental Greek amphitheater
What To Know
- Most restaurants and activities in Taormina are closed January through March
- Tiny Taormina is extremely crowded with tourists in the summer
- Be aware of the siesta hours from 1 to 4 p.m., the part of the day when many shops, including pharmacies, are shut
- The nearest ports of departure for catching ferries back to mainland Italy are in Messina and Milazzo
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Ashbee Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Taormina, steps from San Pancrazio Church and Taormina Cable Car. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Porta Messina and Palazzo dei Congressi.
Make yourself at home in one of the 14 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring minibars and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and sofa beds.
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool or take in the view from a rooftop terrace and a garden. This Art Deco hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, express check-in, and express check-out. A roundtrip airport shuttle is available for a surcharge.
How to Get There
This is a town where you really need a room with a view which ours did not have. We were disappointed on several counts. Our particular room was very small, close to a noisy road, there was an extremely limited place to hang clothes, no power points and none of the usual amenities like bottled water let alone tea making facilities. Then there were, in our room, printed rules and regulations for proper conduct (a little insulting). While they have a Michelin starred restaurant it was impossible to get into. The view from the breakfast facility was stunning but breakfast itself (thought beautifully presented) was very limited in its choices. In addition, and as other writers to trip advisor have noted, some of the staff were condescending and unhelpful. I would not recommend this hotel.
We spent 3 weeks in southern Italy and the Ashbee was one of our very favorite places to stay! The view from the main lobby and restaurant is fabulous - the entire bay! The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was in a separate building on the top floor. We did not have a view but we had a somewhat private garden patio where you could read outside. Our room was very pretty and comfortable. The hotel is a just a short walk from the main tourist area of Taormina so walking to dinner or historic sites was very easy. While it was a bit cool when we visited, we didn't swim but the area by the pool is beautiful. Staying here was truly a joy!
Friendly and helpful staff as you would expect from an LWH hotel. Breakfast is on the rooftop with an amazing view of the sea and mainland on one side and town just moments away to the other. The gym is outdoors with a stunning view of the sea but not much good other than for a run or cycle to work off all the carbs whilst in Sicily!
I took a hotel car to the airport and enjoyed a good chat with Fabio, the driver.