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 had the most amazing holiday at this hotel, The hotel is situated just as your come in to Taormina, and its a short walk up the hill into the main part of town. The hotel is gorgeous, small but perfect, its a beautiful restored old mansion. Our room was really nice, overlooking the courtyard on the ground floor. The room itself, had a lovely comfortable bed, and a good sized bathroom, the only downside was the room was lacking in storage facilities ( no drawers) and also the shower was a rain shower with little protection for the floor which got soaked each morning and night, but the room was serviced and cleaned twice so its not a complaint.
We had breakfast served in the upstairs terrace, lots of choice to eat, with eggs to order. We were served most days be Anete, who always remembered our order, and she was always so lovely, a great asset to the hotel. The view from breakfast is simply stunning. The pool is an infinity pool and its overlooking the sea, such a beautiful view. We loved sitting there to read our books in the sun. The gym was a bit disappointing but seeing as its not advertised it was ok? Shame the treadmill wasn't working, so instead I used the bike, its probably one of the best views I've had from a stationery bike!!! Its a quiet hotel, but we it suited us, and we would highly recommend it.
We came as a large family group. The hotel was great with excellent facilities. The rooms were spacious and clean. The morning breakfast was fantastic in a wonderful setting on the roof. There was an infinity pool looking out onto the coast. The exercise facilities were sparse, but this was not a priority. The staff was helpful and the location excellent.
Having just returned from a trip to Sicily (June 2018), I must admit I'm somewhat baffled reading these reviews. The hotel described by some of these guests bears little to no resemblance to what we just experienced.
My biases: We tend to stay at very nice hotels. I'm not afraid to spend money on these but if I'm spending over $1,000 a night per room (we had six at the Ashbee, four of which were suites - most of these rooms were going for 900 euro/ night and I think we paid like 1,300 / night for another) I expect a beautiful building and excellent service.
The physical building at the Ashbee is "fine" but not really wow (infinity pool is pretty small. "Gym" is like three machines under a canopy. Rooms are small, including the "suites", which had only one sink in the bathroom, etc.) But the real issue is the service is laughably bad for a hotel charging these prices.
Examples? We checked in with a group of 11, staying in six rooms. We had to be over 50% of the people staying at the hotel at that moment (100% of the people checking in right then), we had had the reservation for over a month and they knew when we were arriving yet the check in took almost 45 minutes. Rather than just copying our passports and sending us to our rooms we were made to sit in the lobby at the end of a long day while they filled out their paperwork. Then because the hotel clerk had filled out the paperwork showing my son and I in one room (instead of my wife and I) I was told that we couldn't go to our room. I was then told I had to stay in the room with my son because that's what their paperwork said. Mind you both rooms were going on one credit card. After 10 minutes of this I finally lost my temper, which resulted in a lot of apologizing (from their restaurant manager for some reason), but the whole thing was entirely ridiculous and unnecessary.
Other examples? The maid kept throwing away our soap and not replacing it. She threw away my wife's shower cap (twice). The breakfast was just a mess, with the kitchen taking over 30 minutes to cook an egg, orders being processed out or order, etc. Others? They have a gate which doesn't have a sensor. The hotel staff watched us get in a bus or car every morning and drive to the gate and yet it never occurred to them to open it for us. We'd then have to get out of the car and go back to the hotel to get this clicked open. Wifi was insanely difficult to manage, with us having to get a new password and re-log in almost daily and most of our group being unable to get on at all, etc., etc.
I mean none of this is the end of the world, but at these prices? Absurd. Compare this to the Hassler in Rome or the Ritz in Tokyo or the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. I've stayed at them all and none of this would ever happen at one of these hotels. At these prices they need to be anticipating issues and addressing them. That is hardly the case at the Ashbee.
There is more to being a luxury hotel than charging high prices and being in a good location. These folks have a long way to go.
Beautiful old style hotel in a fantastic location (photos on website do not do justice!!!) and easy walk to all Taormina attractions. The most amazing breakfasts - really a wonderful experience with very efficient and friendly staff and gorgeous bedrooms. Nothing too much trouble - just a magic little place!!
Stayed at the Ashbee with my wife a few weeks ago. I highly recommend this property. The location is an easy walk to the town center in Taormina. The pool has a great view of the beaches below. Make sure you make breakfast as the view is worth it as well as the food. The walk to the ancient theatre is very easy from this hotel.