Ratings based on 72 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.7 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Sussex UK
Hill top hotel with views of Mt EtnaPosted Oct 6, 2014
Pros: See above
Location: Shuttle bus to Taorimina was useful as we could park our car for the duration of our stay. Village of Castelmona is a steep climb.
We enjoyed the views of Mt Etna, being able to use he shuttle bus and the excellent staff. The Manager's wife kindly organised a grape cutting and lunch event for hotel guests which was a highlight of our stay.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Bucks, U.K.
Awesome location, friendly staffPosted Oct 4, 2014
As we drove up the windy road to the hotel, we were amazed by the views and somewhat concerned about the remote location. The hotel décor was somewhat dated with quaint antiques but everything worked very well, the room and bathroom were spacious with comfortable bed and nice balcony to sit outside. The restaurant balcony and swimming pool area have stunning views across the hillside with Etna beyond and breakfasts outside were a special treat. The few staff who spoke good English were very helpful and made it like staying with friendly relatives. The hotel shuttle bus worked perfectly for days out in the local area... by 4pm we were ready to come back and have a break before looking for somewhere to eat. On a couple of days we took tours and needed to get an early taxi to the bus station. The hotel restaurant was good and there are some nice local restaurants so we only eat out in Taormina on one evening. We finished the week discovering the local Chicchirichi restaurant which was a spectacular dining experience. A really pleasant and stress free holiday.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Guildford
Spectacular setting; an idyllic holidayPosted Sep 14, 2014
Pros: Sensational views characterise the understated elegance of the hotel. Along with generous breakfasts the staff are exceptionally helpful.
Location: Taormina is the transport hub, from which the trips around Sicily operate. The hotel is near Castelmola, where there are shops and restaurants.
Mount Etna dominates the vista of Hotel Villa Sonia- a powerful and spectacular volcano that impacts on everyday life in this area of Sicily. The view is majestic and sensational, and one which you enjoy at breakfast, at the pool and in their fabulous jacuzzi. Just up some steps is the exquisite Castelmola- a hill-top village where the views are breathtaking. It also boasts reasonably priced fantastic restaurants (more so than in Taormina), either in an exquisite open air courtyard, or with panoramic views of the volcano. The food as always in Sicily, is sumptuous. Down a perilously curving road is the picture postcard town of Taormina, which has a wonderful Roman theatre, and many elegant churches. The coast has many lovely beaches, but we chose to concentrate on the historical sights of Syracuse- which are quite remarkable, not least the substantial remains of 15,000 seat amphitheatre. Mount Etna dominates the culture, and we took the 'Around Etna' hop on and off bus tour (30 euros) to the top, where you pass by extensive lava fields, and really start to appreciate the power of this mighty volcano. On the slopes lies the historic town of Randazzo , where there is a large church constructed out of the lava. We considered hiring a car, but there is a good and regular bus stop on the hour outside the hotel, and the hotel also offers a free shuttle bus a certain times of the day. Once in Taormina, various tours are offered which effectively take you around the region. T
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from U.K.
Nice location, beautiful wiews from the balconyPosted Sep 11, 2014
Pros: Hotel with antique furniture, nice breakfast, which you can have outdoors and enjoy beautiful wiews.
Location: Castelmola village nearby, with some nice places to eat, good food and also can try almond vine. Take a walk down the hill to Taormina
Hotel at the top of the hill, beautiful wiews from the balcony to mount etna. 5 min walk to Castelmola and 20 min drive by buss to Taormina. From Taormina you can take a cable car down to the beach or you can arrange hotel minibuss to take you to the beach. From Castelmola there is nice footpath, that will take you down to Taormina, surrounded by prickly pear cactusses and almond trees. Good walking shoes essential.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Beautiful viewsPosted Aug 15, 2014
Location: Location is perfect with fantastic views of the countryside leading to the Etna, in my case just opposite my window.
A place to stay a lot longer than the few days I had available
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Worcestershire, UK
Nice friendly hotelPosted Jul 10, 2014
Pros: Friendly staff and good shuttle service to town.
Cons: Service to pool bar area and bar of an evening.
I was initially unhappy with the room allocated to me, however, the reception staff apologised and sorted a new room out for me in minutes. Excellent service. I stayed B&B so can't comment on the overall food of the hotel, however, the breakfast was good and kept me going all day. All of the staff were very friendly. Only negative comments I would have is that it was not always possible to find staff to serve you at the pool bar area and on a few occasions I had to go looking for somebody. This was also the case when staff were serving evening dinner, there was nobody to serve drinks for those of us who were not eating or had returned to the hotel after eating out. This was not due to staff being lazy, I would suggest that Management consider employing additional staff.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Liverpool
Lovely hotel in a beautiful locationPosted Jul 6, 2014
Very pleasant and relaxing stay overlooking the grandeur of Mt Etna.
for Couplesby Warren from Bath, England
Not for the faint hearted but excellent.Posted Jun 7, 2014
Pros: The views are magnificent.
Cons: Cannot think of a thing.
Location: The walk to Taormina is very steep but worth it. The village of Castellmola is pretty and well worth spending time in.
This is a magnificent hotel perched at the very top of this mountain. The approach may not suit those without a head for heights but if you can endure the narrow and very steep road it will all become worth it in the end.
for Couplesby John S from Oldsmar, FL
Quality with an Incredible ViewPosted May 27, 2014 on Hotels.com
Comfortable room with a breathtaking view of the valley and Mt. Etna. Shuttle service to Taormina with all its history. Short uphill hike, (200 mtrs), to the town of Castelmola with its quaint shops and great views. Loved everything about Villa Sonia.
for Everyoneby Sue from New Hampshire
Well maintained hotel in the hills above TaorminaPosted May 26, 2014
Pros: Quiet, spacious room with a comfortable bed;nicely furnished. Beautiful views of the hills. Lovely pool area . Hearty breakfast. Staff speaks English
Cons: Desk staff could be more on their game in the morning.
Location: The town of Castelmola is just a quick walk up the hill. Take a look at the castle, admire the view, and visit the restaurants and shops.
The staff member on duty, when we first checked in, certainly did not go out of his way to be helpful. His instructions regarding traveling by public bus to Taormina were vague. He handed me a timetable without providing any suggestions or information regarding our excursion, and neglected to tell me when and where to get off the bus. I arranged with him to be picked up that evening in Taormina at 9:20 pm by the hotel shuttle, but that turned into a comedy of errors. I called the hotel a little after 9 pm because the instructions for the pick up location seemed imprecise ,as we wandered around the area. Imagine my surprise when the staff member on duty told me she did not have us scheduled for an evening pick up. Fortunately, she arranged for the hotel manager to come to our rescue, after multiple apologies.. He graciously drove down to Taormina to pick us up in his car..