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Updated: July 13, 2021

View of Taormina and the Ionian Sea, with Mount Etna in the background

Taormina and the Ionian Sea, with Mount Etna in the background.

The 9 Best Hotels in Palermo

1. Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel – Moderate

Sophisticated hotel with a restaurant and bar located a 5-minute walk (450m) to the Ballaro Market, a 7-minute walk (550m) to the Cattedrale di Palermo, and a 16-minute walk (1.2km) to Norman Palace. In addition to breakfast available for a fee, some rooms have desks, balconies, and 2 bathrooms, and the rooftop terrace offers panoramic city views.

2. Hotel Palazzo Brunaccini – Moderate

Steps to Ballaro Market (1-minute walk, 100m) and a 14-minute walk (1km) to Norman Palace, all rooms at this stylish boutique hotel feature refrigerators, en-suite bathrooms, desks, sofas, and balconies, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs. A full breakfast buffet is served daily for an extra fee, and an on-site restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

3. Massimo Plaza Hotel – Moderate

Across the street from Massimo Theater, this hotel provides a complimentary breakfast and offers a 24-hour front desk, en-suite bathrooms, minibars, and some guest rooms with balconies. Many restaurants and attractions are within walking distance including Museo Antonio Salinas (2-minute walk, 190m), Mercado del Capo (6-minute walk, 450m), and Quattro Canti (7-minute walk, 550m).

4. Il Giardino di Ballarò – Moderate

Historic bed and breakfast with a hot tub, garden, complimentary breakfast daily, private bathrooms, and balconies in some guest rooms. Located a 2-minute walk (180m) to Ballaro Market, a 7-minute walk (550m) to the Cattedrale di Palermo, and an 11-minute walk (800m) to Norman Palace.

5. Hotel Porta Felice & Spa – Moderate

One block from the waterfront and the Foro Italico, this upscale hotel offers free breakfast, a large spa, a fitness center, and a restaurant with a terrace in a completely renovated, historic building. Rooms feature desks and balconies, and the Orto Botanico is an 8-minute walk away (600m).

6. Palazzo Pantaleo – Budget

Charming, pet and disabled-friendly guesthouse with balconies in some rooms, refrigerators in all rooms, and free breakfast available daily. Located just steps to many shops and restaurants, Politeama Garibaldi Theater is a 2-minute walk (160m) and Massimo Theater is a 5-minute walk (450m) away, and the hotel offers airport shuttle service and free on-site parking.

7. Stanze al Genio B&B – Budget

16th-century palace converted into a home museum cum bed and breakfast just a 6-minute walk (450m) to Palermo Centrale Station, an 8-minute walk (600m) to the Orto Botanico garden, and a 11-minute walk (850m) to Ballaro Market. Rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and personal collection of antique decor, and a complimentary breakfast is served on the terrace.

8. Al Giardino Dell’Alloro – Budget

Quaint bed and breakfast located a 5-minute walk (400m) to Palazzo Abatellis and a 9-minute walk (750m) to the waterfront Foro Italico walking path. Amenities include free breakfast, on-site parking, and a garden patio, and every room has a balcony and en-suite bathroom.

9. A Casa di Amelie – Budget

Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops, this cozy bed and breakfast is a 5-minute walk (400m) to Politeama Garibaldi Theater and a 9-minute walk (700m) to Massimo Theater. All rooms have balconies and private bathrooms, and complimentary breakfast is served daily.

The 9 Best Hotels in Toarmina

1. Excelsior Palace Hotel – Luxury

Steps to the entrance of Taormina’s ancient city, this high-end hotel offers complimentary breakfast, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a spa, on-site parking (fee applies), and an expansive Beach Club with 2 infinity pools and several jacuzzis. All rooms feature marble bathrooms, some rooms have balconies and sea views, and the hotel sits a 16-minute walk (1.2km) from the Ancient Greek Theater.

2. Hotel Villa Ducale – Luxury

Award-winning luxury hotel featuring exquisite views of the sea and Mt. Etna, complimentary breakfast, restaurant, outdoor pool, room service, and complimentary tea and minibar selections in every room. Taormina’s Ancient Greek Theater is 2.7km away (8-minute drive) and the town center is accessible via the free shuttle provided by the hotel or a 23-minute walk (1.2km).

3. Casa Cuseni Maison De Charme – Luxury

Historic bed and breakfast featuring spacious rooms filled with vintage furnishings, artwork by famous painters, and sunny windows and balconies. The grounds include a museum, several terraces with views of the water and Mt. Etna, gardens, and fountains; a complimentary breakfast is served every morning, and the town center of Taormina is an 6-minute walk (450m) away.

4. Isoco Guest House – Moderate

Cozy bed and breakfast with a free breakfast buffet located a 5-minute walk (400m) from Porta Messina and a little more to the cable car stop (7 minutes, 550m) and the bus station (11 minutes, 850m). Guest rooms feature sea views, local artwork, coffee makers, and refrigerators, and the property has a hot tub, library, bar, solarium, and garden.

5. Hotel Bel Soggiorno – Moderate

Picturesque cliffside hotel offering a free breakfast buffet, free parking, and a free shuttle to the beach in addition to a 24-hour front desk. Rooms for up to 4 guests are available with en-suite bathrooms, a bar is on-site, and the hotel is located a 12-minute walk (800m) to the Villa Comunale Di Taormina park.

6. Hotel Ariston and Palazzo Santa Caterina – Moderate

Hillside hotel located a 7-minute walk (450m) from Villa Comunale Di Taormina and a 15-minute walk (1km) from Taormina’s ancient Greek Theater with an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, and 2 on-site restaurants. A continental breakfast is included, some rooms have balconies and/or sea views, and all rooms feature minibars, en-suite bathrooms, and coffee makers.

7. Hotel Villa Belvedere – Moderate

Adjacent to the gardens of Villa Comunale Di Taormina, this charming boutique hotel is located just a short walk from the beach, shops, restaurants, and landmarks of Taormina, including the Ancient Greek Theater (11-minute walk, 750m). The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, a poolside restaurant and bar, lush gardens, and balconies and sea views in some rooms, and parking is available for a fee.

8. Hotel Villa Nettuno – Budget

Historic villa converted into a hotel located just steps to the Taormina-Mazzaró cable car stop (1-minute walk, 75m), a 4-minute walk (350m) to the Taormina bus station, and an 8-minute walk (450m) to the Greek Theater. The hotel features spectacular sea views from a terrace and some guestrooms, en-suite bathrooms, and free breakfast.

9. Hostel Taormina – Budget

Centrally located hostel offering affordable private rooms with en-suite bathrooms (some with kitchenettes), mixed dorms, and female-only dorms just a 7-minute walk (550m) to the Greek Theater. Numerous restaurants and cafes are within a couple of blocks in addition to the Porta Messina (3-minute walk, 270m) and the Taormina-Mazzaró cable car stop (5-minute walk, 450m).

The 5 Best Hotels in Catania

1. Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze – Luxury

Modern hotel with views of Mt. Etna located a 2-minute walk (190m) to Villa Bellini Park, a 3-minute walk (220m) to the Roman Amphitheater of Catania, and steps to numerous restaurants and shops. Hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, a rooftop garden, Turkish bath, gym, and cafe, and rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators, and smart TVs.

2. Hotel Habitat – Moderate

Modern hotel situated just steps to the Bellini Opera House (100m, 1-minute walk), a 7-minute walk (600m) to the Fontana dell’Elefante, and a 14-minute walk (1.1km) to Castello Ursino. A free continental breakfast is available daily, rooms feature contemporary decor, and many restaurants and bars are on the surrounding blocks.

3. Crociferi B&B – Moderate

Cozy accommodations nestled between restaurants and historic churches located just a 6-minute walk (500m) from Villa Bellini Park and an 7-minute walk (600m) from Piazza Duomo and the Fontana dell’Elefante. Free breakfast with local ingredients is served daily, and all rooms feature a balcony, espresso machine, and kettle.

4. Palazzu Stidda – Moderate

Spacious apartments with full kitchens, living rooms, and balconies, and free parking available on-site. Located a 3-minute walk (230m) to Castello Ursino and a 4-minute walk (400m) to Piazza Duomo with many restaurants and cafes on the surrounding blocks.

5. Ostello degli Elefanti – Budget

Historic hostel just steps to the Piazza Universita (50m, 1-minute walk) with free breakfast, bar, shared kitchen, rooftop terrace, and sundry shop. The hostel is located a 5-minute walk (350m) to the Teatro Romano and a 5-minute walk (400m) to the Teatro Massimo Bellini, and private rooms and dorms (both with shared bathrooms) are available.

The 6 Best Hotels in Siracusa

1. Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel – Luxury

Historic hotel just steps to the waterfront, a 4-minute walk (350m) to the Temple of Apollo, and a 5-minute walk (300m) to the Fountain of Diana. In addition to a free breakfast buffet and an on-site restaurant, every room has antique decor and a private bathroom, some rooms have whirlpool tubs, while some can accommodate up to 6 guests.

2. Hotel Henry’s House – Luxury

Situated just a 3-minute walk (190m) to the Fountain of Arethusa and a 6-minute walk (450m) to the Cathedral of Syracuse, this historic hotel offers complimentary breakfast and a terrace with expansive sea and city views. Many rooms feature balconies, and all rooms have large windows, L’Occitane bathroom amenities, and traditional Sicilian artwork and decor.

3. Hotel Mercure Siracusa – Luxury

Upscale hotel located 5 minutes on foot (400m) to the Parco Archeologico Neapolis and 5 minutes (450m) to the Catacombs of San Giovanni. Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, restaurant, bar, gym, and on-site parking, all rooms have desks and minibars, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs.

4. Domus Mariae Albergo – Moderate

Historic hotel on the scenic waterfront and located a 5-minute walk (400m) from the Temple of Apollo and a 11-minute walk (850m) from the Fountain of Arethusa. Hotel amenities include a rooftop terrace with sea views, free breakfast, and a snack bar, and all rooms have balconies, minibars, and private bathrooms.

5. Hotel Gutkowski – Moderate

Waterfront boutique hotel offering free buffet breakfast, bicycles for guest use, free beach umbrellas, and some guest rooms with sea views. Located a 5-minute walk (350m) to the Temple of Apollo and a 6-minute walk (450m) to the Fountain of Diana, the pet-friendly hotel also has an on-site restaurant.

6. L’Approdo delle Sirene B&B – Moderate

Waterfront bed and breakfast located a 4-minute walk (260m) from the Temple of Apollo and a 9-minute walk (750m) from the Fountain of Arethusa. Every room has a private bathroom, kettle, and minibar, some rooms have balconies, and breakfast is served on a scenic rooftop terrace.

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