Excelsior Palace Hotel 

Authentic appeal

The large clifftop pool is the perfect spot in Taormina on a warm summer’s day.

With a prime setting in the hilltop town of Taormina, overlooking the Bay of Naxos and striking Mount Etna, this fine hotel is all about timeless vistas. Whichever way you turn, you’ll want to capture the image. The luxurious grounds are bordered by the remains of Greco-Roman walls, built by Andromacus in 374 BC, putting the hotel’s one hundred years of hospitality into perspective.

Why we love Excelsior Palace Hotel

  • Superior Rooms overlook the medieval convent or, for a supplement, Mount Etna

  • The traditional restaurant has a well-stocked wine cellar with a carefully curated list of Etnean, Sicilian, and Italian wines

  • Beautiful grounds are bordered by the remains of Greco-Roman walls, built in 374 BC

  • Enjoy the weekly gala buffet dinner during the summer months

4 stars
Apr - Oct
Sicily: 3¼ hours
A few minutes' walk from the centre of Taormina
Approx. 45 minutes' transfer from Catania airport



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The main restaurant is where your buffet breakfast will be served. With great views of the bay, the poolside terrace is also a lovely spot for lunch. Come evening, the elegant Charleston restaurant serves a local and international menu with a well-stocked wine cellar with a carefully curated list of Italian wines. . The food here is a mix of traditional Sicilian and international cuisine, and those with a sweet tooth should try one of the homemade desserts.

What's included

Breakfast at the Charleston restaurant.

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Half Board • Buffet breakfast and dinner in the Charleston restaurant.

The beautiful outdoor pool is perfect for laps or relaxing and the hotel offers a shuttle service to nearby beaches.

You will be based just outside the Porto Catania – the oldest of the original city gates of Taormina – so as you step out of the hotel you’re right at the start of a wonderful stroll down the Corso Umberto. ack at the hotel follow the path through the terraced gardens to the large clifftop pool, the perfect spot on a warm summer’s day.

Minimum stay: 2 nights 01 Apr-31 Oct & 28 Dec-04 Jan.

Air-conditioning available daytime only between May-Oct (weather dependent).

The pool is at the bottom of a long set of stairs and therefore unsuitable for those with walking difficulties.

A tourist tax is payable at the hotel.

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