- 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
10% Early booking discount for stays of 2 nights or more completed between 01 July - 30 September 2021.
Free Night Offer
1 Free night for stays of 7 nights or more completed between 01 October - 28 December 2020, 05 January - 30 June 2021 and 01 October - 28 December 2021.
Free Room Upgrade
Guaranteed room upgrade to the next room type for stays of 3 nights or more completed between 05 January 2021 - 04 January 2022.
Only applicable to Classic Twin, Twin Superior Etna View and Twin Deluxe Etna Side Sea View Balcony rooms.
Complimentary Half Board upgrade ( 3 course dinner, excluding drinks) for stays completed between 01 November - 27 December 2020, 05 January - 01 April 2021 and 01 November - 27 December 2021.
Based on 842 traveller reviews
74% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ excellent location but !!!
rosemarym238, United Kingdom
Feb 29 2020
First the good points
Excellent location 3 mins from the main street,Corso Umberto.Also our room(223)had a fantastic view across to Mount Etna.Staff on the desk were polite,Guiseppe being more...
First the good points
Excellent location 3 mins from the main street,Corso Umberto.Also our room(223)had a fantastic view across to Mount Etna.Staff on the desk were polite,Guiseppe being more friendly.
The cleaning ladies were extremely friendly,our own and the ones we passed in the corridors.
Now the not so good.
The staff in the dining room were the most miserable we have ever encountered anywhere in Italy,not one eye contact,not one buongiorno or ciao all week.They all seemed to walk about like zombies refilling trays etc but no smiles with anybody.There were no condiments on the tables ,so the first day I found the one and only salt cellar for the whole dining room,day 2 there were 2 and there always seemed to be a shortage of cutlery and having to get up and go and search for them as quite often all staff seemed to disappear back into the kitchen.It just all added up to a feeling of frustration and made breakfast a chore.
Our room although it had a good view was very dated,mustard yellow walls and red curtains,although the bathroom had been renewed,but the shower screen had not been sealed properly causing a flood every time we showered.One morning we had use the towels to mop up it was that bad.
The public rooms and corridors are also in need of updating and we had to report a stair handrail that came loose and a water leak dripping from a corridor ceiling.
The pool does have a wonderful view you access it through the gardens but it is down many steps and a bit of a trek which was too much for us.
This hotel could be so much better than it is.It has a prime position in Taormina and many rooms have wonderful views of Etna but as it is we would never return to this hotel.
However we are planning a return to Taormina.
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“ Wonderful Location
53Shadrach, London, Canada
Feb 18 2020
This was probably a grand hotel at one time. However, it has not aged well. Our room was adequate, but only just. What we loved about it was the fabulous view out over the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna...
This was probably a grand hotel at one time. However, it has not aged well. Our room was adequate, but only just. What we loved about it was the fabulous view out over the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna, a view we never tired of. The hotel is also very conveniently located for comfortable walking into Taormina. One can walk the main thoroughfare without having to navigate any steep stairs, a real convenience for us older folk. The room itself lacked sufficient electrical outlets and needed better lighting. We had problems with the shower and the tub. The tub did not drain well unless we removed the stopper entirely, and it was impossible to shower without causing a mini flood over the bathroom floor. Getting in and out of the tub would be a real challenge for someone with limited mobility. We loved the beautiful gardens at the hotel, but sadly, the pool was closed for the season. We were travelling with a group and a number of group dinners had been arranged at the hotel. The food was somewhat abysmal, to say the least. Breakfasts were adequate but unvaried.
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