From luxurious beachfront properties to little family-run B&Bs in the heart of town, these 20 boutique hotels in Taormina offer the perfect stay for every type of budget. Browse through the key amenities and plan your perfect trip to Sicily’s most visited hotspot.
The little town of Taormina in Sicily – the little island at the southernmost point of Italy – has been attracting flocks of tourists since the 19th century. The main highlight for many is a trip to the third-century BC Greek amphitheater, which overlooks Mount Etna.
Most travelers choose to visit Taormina on a day trip from Catania, yet to truly get a feel of this little town I highly suggest spending at least one night. Taormina boutique hotels are a dime a dozen, yet not all of them are worth your pennies. Here are a few of my favorite, eco-conscious hotels.
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Boutique Hotels in Taormina Planning Guide
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Where to Stay in Taormina
Historic center of Taormina
The town of Taormina is mostly pedestrianized and super picturesque. The main avenue of Corso Umberto I is lined with lively cafés, cafés, and fine dining restaurants. Just outside of the historic center lies the ancient Greek amphitheater. Inside the historical center, you can find a good mix of traditional Sicilian B&Bs (A’Coffa Bed and Breakfast) and beautifully converted grand hotels (Grand Hotel Timeo).
On Taormina’s coastline
Taormina’s coastline is a treasure trove of little bays and coves stretching out along the Ionian Sea. A cable car connects the Mazzarò inlet with the historical center, 2 kilometers away. Some of the best places to stay in Taormina have a private beach (Villa Sant’Andrea) or prime views of Isola Bella (Taormina Panoramic Hotel).
Hills surrounding Taormina
Taormina’s popularity means that many of the places to stay in Taormina come with a steep price tag. Moving away from the historical center and beachfront properties brings down the price considerably. If you are driving around Sicily, hotels slightly further out of Taormina have the added benefit of on-site parking. Many of the converted villas and B&Bs & have shuttles connecting the historical center and the beach (Villa Greta Hotel) to properties.
20 Taormina Boutique Hotels
To help you navigate the various accomodations in Taormina I took the liberty of splitting them up into four distinct categories for you.
- Six Luxury Boutique Hotels in Taormina
- Six Hotels in Taormina with the best views
- Three Boutique accommodations in Taormina by the beach
- Five Budget Taormina Hotels
6 LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN TAORMINA
1. San Domenico Palace Taormina (Fours Seasons Hotel)
PRACTICAL: Closed from mid-November to the beginning of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.6
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €2.470/night
WHY BOOK: Rooms with Sea View; Historical Building; Gourmet Cuisine; Wellness Facilities
San Domenico Palace in Taormina is the ultimate luxury boutique hotel in Taormina. I first stumbled upon the hotel after watching the White Lotus Season II. Yep, it was filmed right here! And ever since the hotel has skyrocketed to international fame.
Nestled within a former Dominican monastery, this hotel offers a very unique experience in the heart of Taormina. Guests are drawn to its exquisite architecture and stellar service that comes with with Four Seasons Lable.
Amenities include opulent rooms with breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea to world-class dining options that showcase the best of Sicilian cuisine. The on-site spa and wellness facilities provide a perfect balance of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Reviews highlight the exceptional service and attention to detail, emphasizing the staff’s commitment to ensuring an unforgettable stay. Guests particularly appreciate the meticulous restoration of the monastery, preserving its cultural heritage while providing a sophisticated and comfortable retreat. The strategic location near Taormina’s attractions adds to the allure, allowing visitors to explore the town easily.
2. Mazzarò Sea Palace – VRetreats
PRACTICAL INFO: Closed mid-November to middle of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.1
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €407/night
WHY BOOK: Private Beachfront; Location; Wellness Facilities; Gourmet Cuisine; On-site Parking
Located right by the beachfront and in the vicinity of the cable cars whizzing you to the medieval center of Taormina. The 5-star Mazzarò Sea Palace is unbeatable is simply unbeatable in terms of location.
The hotel boasts an array of amenities that contribute to the ultimate luxury experience, from elegantly appointed rooms overlooking the azure waters of the Ionian Sea to private beach access, far removed from the crowded public beaches.
Guests particularly love the attentive and friendly staff ensuring a personalized and memorable stay in one of the finest Taormina, Sicily hotels. The on-site Armonia restaurant specializes in traditional Sicilian cuisine, with a strong focus on local ingredients. Enjoy your gourmet meal on the panoramic terrace overlooking the bay.
3. NH Collection Taormina
PRACTICAL INFO: Closed January until the middle of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.5
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €320/night
WHY BOOK: Sustainable; Location; Infinity Pool; Wellness & Gym Facilities; On-site Parking
I am a big fan of the NH Collection hotel group as they have an ethos strongly rooted in sustainability. The NH Collection Taormina serves organic food, supports local artists and works closely with local suppliers. Unlike many of the other luxury hotels in Taormina, the NH Collection is located in the heart of the historical center of Taormina.
With a mere 63 tastefully decorated rooms, the hotel strives to provide its guest with a fully customized experience tailored to their needs. Aside from impeccable service, guests are absolutely raving about the most spectacular views over Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea to be enjoyed from the panoramic terrace and infinity pool.
4. Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina Mare – A Belmond Hotel,
PRACTICAL INFO: Closed November to end of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.5
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €750/night
WHY BOOK: Secluded; Private Beach; Ocean-Facing Spa; Private Sicilian Boat Tours; Exclusive Dining
The picture-perfect secluded location beside the Bay of Mazzarò, old-world glamour decor, and ocean-facing spa make the 5-star Villa Sant’Andrea one of the top luxury hotels in Taormina. Ristorante Sant’Andrea offers a gourmet dining experience, where guests can enjoy the best from land and sea as they watch the sun dip behind the horizon.
This seaside haven is worth staying for its exclusive beachfront location, offering direct access to the private beach and mesmerizing views of the crystal-clear waters. The key amenities at Villa Sant’Andrea include elegantly appointed rooms and suites, and a seawater swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens.
5. Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina
PRACTICAL INFO: Closed December to the beginning of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.6
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €615/night
WHY BOOK: Opposite Greek Theater; Private Beach; Gourmet Dining; Wellness with Organic Products
If you are wondering where to stay in Taormina to be close to the action, the 5-star Grand Hotel Timeo might just be what you are looking for. Nestled beside the ancient Greek Theatre, this hotel provides guests with panoramic vistas of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
As is the case for all Belmond Hotels it effortlessly combines old-world grandeur with all the modern-day amenities thinkeable. Nip a signature cocktail before tucking into a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna.
6. Hotel Villa Schuler
PRACTICAL INFO: Closed December to middle of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.1
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €418/night
WHY BOOK: Oldest Family-Run Hotel Taormina; Valet Parking
The 4-star Hotel Villa Schuler is the oldest family-run boutique hotel in Taormina. Originally built as a family home for the Schuler family in the late 19th century, the magnificent mansion was turned into a guesthouse in the early 20th century.
The Prussian nobility, D.H. Lawrence, and many a Hollywood actress stayed in the Villa. These days it is the blend of Sicilian authenticity contemporary comforts and unbeatable views over Bay of Giardini-Naxos, Mount Etna and the romantic Giardino Pubblico that attract visitors from around the globe.
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7. Eurostars Monte Tauro
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed January through to mid-March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.1
PRICE RANGE: Starting €125/night
WHY BOOK: Value for Money; Infinity Pool; Convenient Location; Views
Looking for places to stay in Taormina that offer a beautiful view but will not break the bank? The 4-star Eurostars Monte Tauro might be just the spot! Perched on the hillside overlooking the enchanting town of Taormina with spectacular views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
Key amenities at Eurostars Monte Tauro include stylishly furnished rooms, an outdoor pool surrounded by lush greenery, and a rooftop terrace providing an idyllic setting for relaxation. Guests particularly love the infinity pool, offering a serene escape with unparalleled views of the Sicilian landscape.
The hotel’s proximity to Taormina’s historic sites, including the ancient Greek Theater, adds to its appeal. Guests appreciate the convenient location, allowing easy exploration of the town’s charming streets and cultural treasures.
8. Boutique Hotel Continental
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed October to middle of January
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.7
PRICE RANGE: Starts €180/night
WHY BOOK: Central Location in Historical Center; Shuttle to Beach; Panoramic Views
The 3-star Hotel Continental is the perfect accommodation in Taormina for travelers looking to stay in the town center. Located a 2-minute walk from the Cathedral and the main pedestrian street Corso Umberto, you cannot get more central than this.
Key amenities at the Boutique Hotel Continental include elegantly designed rooms, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Mount Etna, and a stylish bar serving refreshing cocktails. Guests particularly love the personalized service, the perfect blend of modern and classic Sicilian decor, and the shuttle to the beach.
9. Taodomus Small Boutique Hotel Taormina
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.3
PRICE RANGE: Starts €181/night
WHY BOOK: Location Centre of Taormina; Only 9 Rooms; Value for Money; Supports Local Artists
The three-star Taodomus Small Boutique Hotel is one of the most charming hotels in Taormina. Oh, and did I mention it has a view to die for! Located right on the Corso Umberto in the heart of the town, making it the ideal pied-a-terre to explore Taormina.
The 9 rooms are tastefully decorated with handmade furniture designed by local Sicilian artists. Their vegetarian breakfast is served daily on the rooftop terrace of the hotel overlooking Mount Etna. A large selection of seasonal fruits, homemade cakes, and pastries are served alongside piping hot coffee.
10. Il Piccolo Giardino GH ***Superior
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed November through to February
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.1
PRICE RANGE: Starts €230/night
WHY BOOK: Spacious Garden; Central Location; Infinity Pool
The 3-star Il Piccolo Giardino hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of Taormina, providing guests with easy access to the historic center, the Greek Theater, and picturesque beaches (shuttle service available). It is rare to find a centrally located hotel that comes with such a spacious garden.
Key amenities at Il Piccolo Giardino include tastefully decorated rooms, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, and a serene garden oasis, perfect for relaxation. Guests particularly rave about the hotel’s inviting atmosphere, friendly staff, and the delicious breakfast served amidst the lush greenery.
11. Villa Taormina: Boutique Hotel & Secret Garden
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed January to mid-March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.4
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €350/night
WHY BOOK: Baroque Design; Panoramic Rooftop Terrace; Inside Taormina; Sustainable; Activities
An aristocratic villa that has been carefully converted into one of the best hotels in Taormina. Villa Taormina has 14 rooms, all with access to their Mediterranean garden and furnished with antiques belonging to the owner’s family, handed down for generations.
I am a big fan of their commitment to sustainability. The property is powered by renewable energy, no single-use plastic can be found, meals are made with locally sourced, organic ingrediënts and plant-based options are available upon request.
The true selling point of this beautiful hotel is the lush secret garden complete with a solarium, jacuzzi, and wine bar. The sweet scent of citrus and bougainvillea positively permeates the property! Visitors looking to explore can go out on one of the organized boat tours, snorkeling sessions, guided tours to the Alcantara Gorge or walking tours of Taormina
12. Villa Fiorita Boutique Hotel
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed from November to the end of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.7
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €368/night
WHY BOOK: Tranquil, Central Location; Sea-View Rooms
The 4-star Boutique Hotel Villa Fiorita is an idyllic retreat located a mere 70 meters from the Taormina Cable Car. The hotel has a mere 28 rooms, most of them with private terraces and balconies overlooking the beautiful Ionian Sea.
Key amenities at Villa Fiorita include elegantly furnished rooms, a spacious terrace with panoramic and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens. Guests have commended the convenient location, allowing easy exploration of Taormina and its landmarks, coupled with the serene atmosphere that sets Villa Fiorita apart as a charming haven.
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13. Iancu Charme Apartments Taormina
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.6
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €216/night
WHY BOOK: Commitment to Sustainability; Private Parking; 200 Meters from Mazzaro Beach
Iancu Charme is a sustainable aparthotel in Sicily and not a boutique hotel. I have added the property here, however, because they offer great value for money, especially considering the unbeatable location just off Mazzaro Beach. If you are debating where to stay in Taormina Sicily with a car, this would be my top pick!
Each apartment is equipped with a fully functional kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, and private balconies, allowing guests to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding area. Aside from the location I am a big fan of their sustainable practices which include the use of renewable energy, banning single-use plastic, and the use of natural materials for decorations.
14. UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed mid-November to end of March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.9
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €250/night
WHY BOOK: Private Beach; Sea-Water Swimming Pool; On-Site Gym; Private Parking; Shuttle Service
The 4-star UNAHOTELS Capotaormina is the best place to stay in Taormina by the beach. Nestled on the cliffs overlooking the captivating Giardini Naxos Bay and Isola Bella Island, just under the town of Taormina. Guests can access the private beach via an elevator, carved into the cliffside.
The key amenities at UNAHOTELS Capo Taormina include multiple swimming pools, a wellness center, and gourmet dining with both Sicilian and international cuisine. The spacious and well-appointed rooms feature balconies with stunning sea views, ensuring a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
15. Taormina Panoramic Hotel
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed mid-November through to mid-March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.2
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €260/night
WHY BOOK: Sustainable; Views of Isola Bella; 20 Meters from Isola Bella Beach; Private Parking
Perched out a rocky outcrop overlooking beautiful Isola Bella lies the 4-star Taormina Panoramic Hotel. A small stairway off the hotel’s panoramic terrace leads straight to the white-pebbled beach on Isola Bella Bay. A 5-minute cable car ride whizzes guests directly to Taormina’s historic center.
The Taormina Panoramic Hotel boasts a range of key amenities including a stunning infinity pool, a panoramic terrace bar, and elegantly designed rooms with seafront views. The hotel is committed to sustainability and uses locally sourced organic ingrediënts on site and makes use of renewable energy throughout the property.
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16. A’Coffa – Rooms&Breakfast
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.4
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €135/night
WHY BOOK: Location; Locally Run; Value for Money
A’Coffa Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay if you want to experience the true hospitality of Sicily. Taormina hotels do not need to be excessively expensive, the trick is to book well in advance and to find smaller, locally run establishments.
Located in the heart of Taormina, this B&B is surprisingly good value for money. Especially considering the unbeatable location. The elegantly appointed rooms boast modern conveniences, and some feature private balconies with views of the picturesque surroundings. The inviting communal areas, such as the terrace and lounge, provide spaces to unwind after a day of exploring.
17. Villa Greta Hotel Rooms & Suites
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.5
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €115/night
WHY BOOK: Family Run; Rooftop Restaurant; Homemade Breakfast; Private Parking; Value for Money
This 2-star boutique hotel is family-run since 1969. The property has 12 rooms offering panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. Dine on the panoramic terrace, overlooking the Bay of Giardini Naxos, while savoring homemade Sicilian cuisine (vegetarian option available).
Villa Greta Hotel is in one of the best areas to stay in Taormina if you are coming by car. Located a 5-minute drive or a comfortable 15-minute walk from the city center. Park your car in the private on-site parking for your stay and avoid the hassle of navigating the labyrinthine streets. Get a tranquil night’s sleep, for a fraction of the price!
18. B&B Casa Cifali
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed January and February
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.4
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €109/night
WHY BOOK: Locally Run; Value for Money; Tranquil; Central Location.
Casa Cifali in Taormina, Sicily, offers an authentic and charming stay within a historic setting. The key amenities at Casa Cifali include spacious rooms and apartments. The property boasts a delightful garden and terrace, allowing guests to unwind and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
The central location of Casa Cifali in Taormina is often cited as a significant advantage, placing visitors within easy reach of the town’s attractions, shops, and restaurants. Although there is no on-site restaurant, home-cooked meals can happily be provided upon request.
19. Hotel Corallo
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Closed October to March
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.0
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €128/night
WHY BOOK: Beachfront; Value for Money; Public Parking; Next to Bus Stop; Swimming Pool
This 4-star hotel in Taormina is located just off the much lesser-known beach at Baia di Villagonia. This more local part of the bay offers some great value-for-money accommodations! With a parking nearby you could opt to drop the car and cover the 4km to Taormina by hopping on the bus, which stops right in front of Hotel Corallo.
Hotel Corallo has 36 beautiful rooms with panoramic sea views, a rooftop terrace with a pool, and a private beach. Guests particularly love the breathtaking views from the terrace, the quiet neighborhood and the easy access to the beach.
20. Splendid Hotel Taormina
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.5
PRICE RANGE: Starts at €117/night
WHY BOOK: Central Location; Panoramic Pool; Views; Public Parking Nearby; Value for Money
The 4-star Splendid Hotel is one of the most affordable boutique hotels in Taormina. Located a leisure 3-minute walk from the bustling Corso Umberto main street in a former monastery. The key amenities at the Splendid Hotel include comfortable rooms with seafront views, a panoramic terrace with stunning views of the Mediterranean, and a pool surrounded by lush greenery.
A continental breakfast with homemade desserts and pastries is served on the panoramic terrace. The on-site restaurant Kairos serves traditional Sicilian cuisine with views panoramic over the Ionian sea.
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Good to Know Before Booking a Hotel in Taormina
Best time to visit Taormina
From late December to March, many of the hotels in Taormina are closed. The season starts beginning of April and ends middle of November. April, May and October are my favorite months on the island. They are considered low season, which is reflected in both the prices (oftentimes half) and the footfall.
How many days is enough in Taormina
Taormina is a bolthole and can be visited in one day. That being said, it is the most visited place in Sicily and it gets very busy with day trippers. If you are looking for a more relaxed trip, consider spending one night so you have the early morning to explore without the crowds.
Is staying in Taormina expensive?
The island of Sicily is a great budget destination. That is if you veer away from June, July, and August when all of Italy (and the rest of Europe) flock to the island in droves pushing up prices by sometimes 200%. Due to the limited availability of hotels in Taormina, hotels in the historical center and around Mazzaro Beach will rarely be less than €250 to €350 / night, unless you book many months in advance.
What is the White Lotus Hotel in Taormina?
The luxury San Domenico Palace Taormina (Fours Seasons Hotel).
Where to stay Catania or Taormina?
Most international flights will fly into Catania International Airport. The city is a great base to use when exploring Eastern Sicily. Due to its size, Catania has a lot more accommodations versus Taormina, which in turn pushes down the price per night significantly. A visit to Taormina is one of the most popular day trips from Catania.
Map of Boutique Hotels in Taormina Sicily
On the below map, you will find the various boutique hotels that are covered in this guide. If you click this interactive Google Map you can take a closer peek.
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