Excelsior Palace

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina Area

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One of the many great things about the Excelsior Palace hotel is its location - you’ll find yourself about fifty metres from Taormina's pedestrianised main street, Corso Umberto. So it’s really central and in this amazing position on the headland so you’ll have views over the Ionian Sea and back inland towards Mount Etna. If you can, upgrade to an Elegance Room, where you’re guaranteed to be waking up to sea views each morning. The rooms are in keeping with the historic hotel building and have a kind of old world charm. A stepped path leads down through terraced gardens to the pool. From here there are fantastic views of the Taormina coastline. When you’re not exploring Taormina, this is the perfect spot to relax with a good book.

Taormina’s a really vibrant place to explore, with loads of little treasure trove like shops, beautiful old churches and the ancient Greek Teatro Antico di Taormina. There are lots of nice restaurants and cafes close to the hotel, but if you’d like to dine listening to the sounds of the sea then the gondola that links Taormina to Taormina Mare is just a short stroll away. We enjoyed walking down on a balmy evening and just hopping on the gondola back up to town once we had indulged in our fair share of tasty Sicilian food. The hotel has a nice bar area with comfy sofas where you can have a nightcap before bed. It’s an impressively large hotel, inside a building with loads of history, but the team here make you feel really at home.  

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by private car from Catania airport.

  • No. of rooms: 88
  • Official rating: 4


Classic Rooms are comfortable and elegantly decorated. They sleep two people in a double or twin beds. All of the rooms have a shower or bath, TV, hairdryer, air conditioning, a mini bar and a safe. 

Superior Rooms have large windows and have lateral views of the sea, the Greek Theatre or Mount Etna. They sleep two people in a double or twin beds. 

Elegance Rooms have sea views and sleep two people in a double or twin beds. 

Single Classic Rooms are available on request, please call to book.

Double Classic Room for Single Use are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
Taormina Area

Stunning views of Europe's largest active volcano, often capped with snow, sweeping sea vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see and gardens full of the colours and aromas of bougainvillea, lemon trees and jasmine - all combine to create one of the most enchanting destinations in Italy.


Pools & Beaches

In the Mediterranean gardens there's an Olympic sized pool surrounded by parasols and sun loungers. It's the perfect place to cool off or relax in the sun - from up here you get amazing views out to sea too. The bar service operates out here so you can enjoy a cool drink, cocktails and snacks, poolside. 

General Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Private parking (payable locally)
  • 24 hour reception



Enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning from 7.30 - 10.00am, with options like home made pastries, fresh bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt. 

In the evening's if you'd like to eat at the hotel you can choose from the a la carte menu in the main restaurant (payable locally) - the choice here is excellent, offering Sicilian, Italian and international cuisine all made with seasonal local products. The wine list is great too so you can find the perfect grape to compliment your meal.

Bar Etna has a panoramic terrace with amazing views. It's a nice place to head at sunset to enjoy a drink in a magical setting. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.281081
  • Latitude: 37.850476
  • Location Description:
    • Resort Centre Location
    • Steps away from the main street, Corso Umberto
    • 3km to Taormina-Giardini train station 
    • 1.5km Taormina Bus Terminal 
    • 50km to Catania Airport 

Reviews of Excelsior Palace Hotel

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Total price from
per person from £552
Includes £34pp discount
Excelsior Palace Hotel
Taormina Area, Sicily,Bed & Breakfast
26/10/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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