Hotel Ariston

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina

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The views across the Bay of Taormina from Hotel Ariston are amazing – grab a drink from the pool bar and enjoy! The hotel's close to the centre of Taormina, built into the hillside of Sicily's Ionian coast. It’s located at the foot of Taormina's Ancient Greek Theatre, where there’s often music events during the summer. It’s easy to walk down to the coast and Taormina Mare, but it’s even easier to take the nearby cable car. We recommend wandering across to the beautiful Isola Bella.

The hotel's La Terraza Restaurant is open throughout the summer. We love having dinner up here on the ‘sky terrace’. The food is delicious, mainly traditional Sicilian dishes, often with a backdrop of live piano music. You could spend hours and hours relaxing on the terraces that surround the pool. There are plenty of loungers and parasols. Nice shady spots are cast by the trees in the surrounding gardens and the pool bar is nearby. The bartender makes a mean Mojito with freshly picked mint from the garden.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 5 mins by private car from Catania airport.

Added value

Free bottle of sparkling wine and fruit on arrival

  • No. of rooms: 146
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. €3.50 per person per night is payable locally.


Standard Balcony Rooms are about 16-24m² and are decorated in a fresh Mediterranean style. They sleep up to three people and have a balcony, air conditioning (high season), TV, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe and bath or shower. Cots are available free of charge. 

Standard Sea View Rooms are about 16-24m² with views across the Ionian Sea. They can sleep up to three people and have bathrobes and slippers.

Superior Rooms are about 22m² with a furnished balcony with views across the Ionian Sea. They sleep up to three people and come with free soft drinks in the minibar, deluxe toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a turn down service.

Bedroom facilities

  • Internet connection


The hotel has adapted rooms available on request, please call to book to ensure that these rooms meet your requirements.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Please note that this hotel may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair users due to the hillside location. 


It's easy to understand why Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular resorts. It's position on the edge of the island means you get incredible views over the sea towards Mount Etna. Spend your days strolling through the historic streets, grabbing a coffee on a sea-view terrace or heading down for a day at the beach in Taormina Mare.

What to see on a holiday to Taormina

There's a lot of history to unpack here. The Greek Theatre is the town's most-known attraction - it also has some of the best Mount Etna views so bring your camera along. If you time your visit with the Taormina Film Festival you can even take in a show here. Just walking through the town is a great way to take in the sights. Head down Corso Umberto for the shops and restaurants, or take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and spend some time on Isola Bella. 

Discover more things to see and do in Sicily.

Why book a holiday to Taormina with Inghams?

We've hand-picked some fantastic hotels in central Taormina so you won't have to go far to explore. We've also got a great selection of excursions so you can get all around the island's best sights. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

Things to Do

Things to see and do

Taormina has some of the most stunning architecture Europe has to offer with the Teatro Greco ruins, Corso Umberto and the Piazza Duomo, which dates back to the 13th century. The pedestrianised Corso Umberto (named for the King of Italy) is home to a fantastic variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and enoteca. Be sure to make a stop at the famed 'Gelatomania', one of the oldest ice cream shops in Taormina with over 50 flavours of gelato to choose from.

Head outside the town and take a trip to Mount Etna. Head to the summit for fantastic island views or stick to the foothills and discover quiant towns and a good vineyard scene.

Food & drink

It's all about Sicily's famous street food in Taormina. There's nothing better than grabbing a snack to eat as you walk around the town. Our favourite is arancini (fried rice balls) and canoli (a sweet ricotta-filled pastry). Olive oil is big business here so ask for a few varieties to dip your bread into while you wait for your main course. You might even find yourself bringing a bottle or two home! We love the local Sicilian wine and the best way to enjoy a glass is on a sea-view terrace. Our favourite is the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo - the views of Mount Etna are unbeatable.


Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges from £38 per person (full day)

This unmissable excursions gets you up close and personal with Europe's most active volcano. You'll drive up to 1,900 metres before taking the cable car to the summit where you can enjoy panoramic views (weather dependant). You'll have some time for lunch and there are some small souvenir shops too. On your way back to Taormina, you'll stop al Alcantara Gorges - black lava walls that have been formed above the Alcantara River.

Departs: Daily except Fridays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Syracuse & Noto from £50 per person (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore its thousand-year-old history on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade before getting some free time for lunch. With Syracuse’s daily market filled with fresh food and plenty of family-run trattorias and cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice. After lunch, you’ll stop at the archaeological park before heading to Noto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its maze of beautiful baroque buildings.

Departs: Thursdays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.


We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (on request in advance, payable locally)
  • Outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool (please be aware that the pool is 2.5 metres deep and does not have a shallow end)
  • Free pool towels
  • Discounted entry to nearby beach club in the Bay of Taormina (shuttle available and price includes use of loungers)
  • Spacious lounge
  • Large outdoor terrace
  • Entertainment (piano bar)

Each morning the staff prepare the breakfast buffet with a wide selection of fresh fruits, breads, pastries and cereals. There are also Sicilian specialties like granita and brioche. If you choose half board you'll get a four-course dinner with choices in the Pirandello Restaurant. In the summer there's a weekly buffet Sicilian evening accompanied by live music. 

Pirandello Restaurant is in the main hotel and serves an à la carte menu of traditional Sicilian and international dishes. In the summer dine outside on the panoramic terrace. 

La Terrazza Restaurant opens during the summer and you can enjoy candlelit dinners on the hotel's spectacular sky terrace. The terrace restaurant serves delicious grilled dishes including fresh local fish. 

The Grill Restaurant is located on the terrace. Enjoy al fresco lunches here in the summer months.

The Main Bar is a traditional bar serving  aselection of drinks including aperitivo and cocktails.

Poolside Bar serves drinks, snacks and ice cream that you can have while relaxing beside the pool.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.293403
  • Latitude: 37.851402
  • Location Description:
    • Resort centre location
    • 400 metres to Taormina's pedestrianised historic centre 
    • 150 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 600 metres to Taormina's main bus terminal

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per person from £612
Hotel Ariston
Taormina, Sicily,Bed & Breakfast
24/09/2022 - 4 nights
3 adults
From London Luton
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