- A historical hotel, which dates back to 1904
- Fantastic views of the Sicilian coastline and Mount Etna
- A minute’s walk from the shops, restaurants and bars in Taormina
- Beautiful grounds filled with orange, almond and carob trees
The Hotel Excelsior Palace boasts a spectacular setting. The property is perched on a promontory, which juts out over the western coastline of Sicily, allowing guests to enjoy unbeatable views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna in the distance.
The hotel gives you a real taste of historic Sicily. It was one of the first properties to spring up in Taormina when it was built back in 1904, and is even bordered by the remnants of a Greco-Roman wall. Landscaped gardens encircle the hotel building, giving the whole place a tranquil feel. Orange, almond and carob trees line the terraced walkways which lead down to the pool, while tall pines offer plenty of shady spots. The pool itself sits at the bottom of 92 steps, and comes with panoramic sea views.
The hotel has 88 rooms (official rating 4 star). Child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
Bars & Restaurants
Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers during the evening.
Sicilian specialties made from locally sourced ingredients dominate the menu at the Excelsior Palace’s restaurant. The wine list features plenty of Sicilian bottles, including ones from the vineyards surrounding Mount Etna. After dinner, you can treat yourself to a delicious homemade dessert.
There’s a cosy lounge area decked out with traditional Italian fittings. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet drink or relax with a good book.
Beach & Pools
The hotel’s Olympic sized swimming pool is surrounded by greenery and comes with outstanding sea views. Pool area featuring a solarium with deck chairs, parasols and beach towels, free Wi-Fi, bar and lunch restaurant bar. The pool is usually available from June to September.
Activities & Entertainment
Beach Shuttle Service
There’s a shuttle service to and from the main beaches in the area, (coast of Taormina, Spisone, Mazzaro’, Isolabella and Letojanni, Mazzeo) if you don’t fancy the walk. Hotel guests can also take advantage of special rates for the private bathing areas on these beaches.
Wifi & Parking
Wifi & Parking
Stay connected with the wifi free of charge.
The hotel offers special local parking rates, as well as a car valet service.
About the location
Holidays in Taormina marry history and culture to form an unforgettable experience in Italy
. It’s perched at the top of Monte Tauro in the foothills of Mount Etna on Sicily’s Eastern coastline, between the cities of Catania and Messina. This ancient town offers visitors a view into the past with a number of elegantly preserved historic treasures, from the grand Greek-Roman Theatre to the equally impressive Palazzo Corvaja, which are just waiting to be discovered.
You don’t have to be a history buff to make the most of everything Taormina has to offer. Alongside the historical sights there are plenty of other attractions to take in. The main street, Corso Umberto, is traffic free and home to an array of shops and restaurants to rival any in the bigger cities.
There are also plenty of seaside activities to dive into thanks to the town’s coastal setting. Adventurous travellers can try watersports like wind surfing and snorkelling, while relaxing scenic boat tours around the gorgeous capes and grottos of the Ionian Sea allow you to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, simply spend long tranquil days on sun soaked shingle beaches.
The hotel is 1 hour from Catania airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
Max 2 adults
These classic rooms feature comfortable twin beds or double and elegant dark wood furniture. There’s air conditioning between June and September, plus a safe, TV and minibar. En suite bathrooms come with a bath or a shower.
Superior Etna View Room
Max 3 adults
These double or twin rooms come with traditional wooden furniture and floor to ceiling windows which showcase views of Mount Etna. Air conditioning is available between June and September, and there is a safe, TV and minibar. En suite bathrooms feature a bath or shower.
Twin Deluxe Etna Side Sea View French Balcony
Max 3 adults
Double room with a French balcony and stunning view of the Etna volcano, and laterally onto the Bay of Taormina.
Twin Elegance Front Sea View French Balcony
Max 2 adults
Double room with balcony or window, wonderful sea view and extra amenities: Argan courtesy line, 40" TV and afternoon refresher
Max 1 adult
Perfect if you’re travelling on your own, these rooms come with a single bed, classic dark wood furniture, and air conditioning between June and September. There’s a safe, TV and minibar, plus an en suite with a bath or a shower.
Early Booking Discount
15% Early booking discount for stays of 2 nights or more completed between 01 July - 31 August 2022 booked by 31 March 2022.
10% Early booking discount for stays of 2 nights or more completed between 05 January - 31 March 2022 and 01 November - 27 December 2022 booked 45 days before travel.
Free Night Offer
1 Free night for stays of 4 nights or more completed between 05 January - 31 March 2022 and 01 November - 27 December 2022.
1 Free night for stays of 7 nights or more completed between 01 - 30 April and 01 - 31 October 2022.
Free Room Upgrade
Guaranteed room upgrade to the next room type for stays of 7 nights or more completed 01 May - 30 June 2022 and 01 - 30 September 2022.
Only applicable to Classic Twin, Twin Superior Etna View and Twin Deluxe Etna Side Sea View Balcony rooms.
Based on 884 traveller reviews
74% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ Gorgeous Elegance
Oct 16 2021
This is really a gorgeous hotel with exceptional views everywhere. The breakfast buffet was arranged to minimize contact between food and guest. I thought it quite clever using food carts to serve...
This is really a gorgeous hotel with exceptional views everywhere. The breakfast buffet was arranged to minimize contact between food and guest. I thought it quite clever using food carts to serve each table, the waiters were fabulous. I love my room with a view and didn't have any problems.
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Aug 23 2021
Entered the room we noticed that in the shower there were tubes of soap and shampoo visibly already used and some exhausted in the soap holder of the shower and the presence of hair in the sink. We...
Entered the room we noticed that in the shower there were tubes of soap and shampoo visibly already used and some exhausted in the soap holder of the shower and the presence of hair in the sink. We immediately reported the incident to reception and asked them to ensure that the bathroom in the room had actually been cleaned. When we returned to the room we no longer found the used tubes, but the sink had not been cleaned. My GF took a shower and after a few minutes noticed that the water was not flowing properly from the drain, causing a semi-flooding of the floor. She moved the plug and found a piece of used tampon. I rushed to the reception desk to complain about the incident despite having been warned in advance. The hotel manager, firstly, reprimanded me for complaining in the lobby and not in a whisper elsewhere in the hotel. Secondly - without ever hearing an apology - I was given the option of getting a refund and leaving the hotel. I replied that I did not want any refund, but that I demanded to be treated properly for the service I had paid for (200 Euro/night). The manager then sent the maid. After less than a minute she told us that she had already cleaned the bathroom.
Two days after, at the check out the hotel asked me to pay for the extras (69.50 Euros), which I paid regularly. The manager, whom I met a few hours later, asked me if we had "recovered" our stay from the bathroom incident. I replied that who had to recover was the hotel, and not us, from the discomfort that had created and that I would expect that at least the extras were given as a sign of respect and as a courtesy to remedy the incident. The director responded: "then it means that you are not the right customers for this hotel. It's a question of feeling, of approach to life in facing and overcoming things"! She also continued to say ???no one has ever complained about our hotel???. So not only did I pay 200 euros a night plus extras, but instead of an apology for the incident, I was insulted about my psychological approach to life, according to the very personal opinion of the hotel manager.
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