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
- 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
We stayed one week in this gem from the very early 20 Century. And yes, the stuff ist extremly friendly and proactive helpful, the whole house is in real good condition, the pool area with the stunning coast view outstanding... But there is also a "but". The so called breakfast ist boring: ready-made sandwich with 10 pence ham and the thinest slides of cheese ever, no fresh juice, no fresh fruit, honey from the supermarket - and every morning the theme.. 2. small issue: The rooms (even the suites) are tiny small and little bit end 70th. Sorry for saying this: for 750 EUR per night a expected much more... May be a facelift could help. Short advice for the evening: the pub next door is pure fun: live music at its best and a great bunch of cool people...
I have never before been compelled to write a review ever before. I regularly travel worldwide for work+leisure and realise the Ashbee has achieved something extra special. The hotel is the epitome of understated luxury, a haven of peace and tranquility, outstanding views, yet only a short stroll from the Corso Umberto for a variety of shops.
The Ashbee manages the exceptionally difficult balance of highly personalised service, without being over-bearing. For me the measure of the world’s very best hotels is something even more, how they manage the imperfect. We had a very minor detail that was dealt with for us, no quibble, no fuss and resolved far beyond our expectations.
My wife’s dairy allergy was well-understood, they even took the initiative to create other food options just for her. Two final points; firstly make sure you dine at St George (Michelin star chef), the tasting menu is remarkable. Of course they adapted the menu for allergies and simplified some of the courses for our children too, they created a memorable dining experience. Lastly but not least, it’s not just the luxury rooms, historical and architectural interest of the former private villa, or the near-perfect infinity pool, it’s the people. From the moment we were greeted by the exceptional Simone and Roberta on the reception desk, we were offered a short tour ending at the pool bar where Francisco made our complementary drinks. Luigi’s team took care of our dining, especially Anete, Carmela and Giusy at breakfast and of course Luigi ensured absolute dining perfection at St. George. If you're still in doubt, try it, just don’t tell all of your friends about this extra special place!!! We'll be returning for sure...
The Ashbee oozes luxury. it could not be better positioned, only a few minutes walk from the town centre yet discreetly hidden. We were greeted by the wonderful Roberta at reception who could not have been more helpful. She gave us a guided tour of the hotel before showing us to our room which was in an annex, room 35 . The glorious infinity pool is wonderfully positioned with a stunning view over the bay. From our room terrace we had a lovely view of the San Pancratius church. Breakfast was brilliant, especially when Anete was on duty. All egg dishes were made fresh, there was also a lovely choice of fresh fruit in dinky little jars, freshly squeezed orange juice is available if one asks, the one in the jug is not freshly squeezed. If you like cheese and cold meats for breakfast you will be disappointed but the tiny pastries are exceptional as is the crema mandorla, the almond cream. The only thing that really, really narked me was that there was no facility in the room to make a tea or coffee and when I asked Roberta if I could have a kettle she said there were none available but for €10 room service would bring me a tea. No way, not for the price one pays for the night. This was however the only fly in the ointment but it was a BIG fly.
The Ashlee hotel is sanctuary in the middle of the high energy area of Taormina. Beautiful building and grounds. Quiet with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. A breath taking infinity pool on the edge of the cliff. Attentive, professional,helpful, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Travelers breakfast is offered. Not the most extensive I have enjoyed in Europe however very good.
I would definitely return.
This hotel was once a grand house and it has been turned into a beautiful boutique hotel. The building and grounds are immaculate and it has a beautiful view.
The room was of good size and well equipped. Good location near to the centre of town and the cable car to the beach (bit disappointing actually). Pool area is nice but not a fan of the plastic sun beds, bit slippy.
Service throughout the hotel was really friendly particularly good staff on reception and breakfast.
Breakfast is taken on the roof terrace which is beautiful. Decent choice of breakfast. Quality of the eggs are exceptional but the coffee is bitter.
The only real let down is that there isn’t really any bar scene which resulted in us having one drink on the beautiful terrace and then going into town. We were there September Sunday to Thursday so maybe it livens up at the weekend?
Really enjoyed it but can’t help thinking it was a bit pricey at £500+ per night. It’s an expensive island for hotels generally though.