David H. :: April 2013
Fantastic location, Good comfortable (De Luxe) rooms) Helpful Staff. Very good breakfast, Restaurant not open, but plenty in Castelmola or Taormina. Etna did it's stuff for us!
J Von Niebel :: Aug
My wife and I returned from Sicily last weekend, where we stayed at Villa Sonia for our honeymoon. We both had an absolutely fantastic time and we both cannot praise the hotel or its staff enough. I travel a great deal with work and stay in hotels all the time, but the service levels at Villa Sonia exceeded my expectations. We went for a standard room with an Etna view and you could open the doors onto the balcony and lie in bed with views of Mount Etna which was magnificent. The trip up Etna is also something I would highly recommend. If you have any doubts about staying at this hotel, don't worry as the standards in the hotel are top notch and the food is excellent. Word of warning though would be take the next size of clothing with you when you pack as evening meals are 4 courses as standard, so expect to pile a few pounds on! All in all I would rate both the hotel and Holiday Options 10/10. The holiday reps Adelaide and Venera who are both local people with great knowledge of Sicily will go out of their way to give you the best possible holiday.
MrsHerbie :: Sep
We had a standard room Mount Etna View and it was beautiful to wake up to that view every morning was wonderful. The hotel was typical Italian with some fabulous antiques and the rooms were very clean. The staff were very helpful and spoke very good English. The food was good with a varied choice and the service was excellent and of course the wine was superb with a vast range. We booked through Holiday Options and what they said in their brochure was spot on. We chose the "Bon Apetite" option 4 nights in the hotel and the other 3 we ate out .Our favourite was the "Gallo Cedrone" bar pizzeria In Castelmola. The owners Riccardo & Roberto were lovely and their mama couldnt speak English but was so welcoming and the food was super. Hotel Villa Sonia was in a pieceful location with fantastic views, fab pool and the bar/pool tender Jay was absolutely brilliant, but so were all the staff. We will go again!
Anedonia74 :: Jan13
Excellent experience. The hotel is in a remote spot which permits enjoying fantasting views if the natural landscape. You'll need a car, and I suspect that a taxi ride is likely to be expensive. Hotel offers shuttle to Taormina, but check frequency. Good service, friendly staff, clean rooms.
Katrin :: April 2010
Wunderschöne Lage abseits des Trubels von Taormina , trotzdem gute Anbindung per Bus Shuttle Service oder zu Fuss. Toller Ätna Blick und absolute Ruhe . Sehr gutes Restaurant sowohl im hause als auch mitten im Zentrum von Taormina. www.holidaycheck.com
by Elke - "Holidaycheck.com" :: June 2009
Elke found Villa Sonia in Castelmola welcomes families and children. There are fantastic restaurants and bars in the hotel´s immediate vicinity. Transportation to and from the hotel is good. The staff was competent and had the ability to communicate in foreign languages. The reviewer thought the service was fairly good. Both the quality and taste of the food were pretty good. The reviewer was impressed by the pool. Leisure activities on offer were good. The bathroom in Villa Sonia was more than satisfactory.
Costance Ann - "Eurobooking.com" :: Aprile 09
fue una experiencia de lo mas agradable. el personal de recepción, comedor, etc, de lo mas atentos y agradables. la habitación preciosa con una vista esplendida, con muchos detalles de confort. la ubicación es perfecta para visitar taormina sin pagar los precios desorbitantes de los hoteles dentro de taormina. el villa sonia ha sido el mejor hotel dentro de su categoria que hemos tenido en sicilia. excelente hotel, excelente servicio, excelente desayuno. excelente todo!
TomTO93 - From Tripadvisor.com :: July 09
couldnt have asked for better. views from the hotel room and pool area and resaturant are fantastic. staff all extremely helpful and willing to give advice and organise car rentals etc. as sicily goes it is good value for money. positioning is perfect for a quiet relaxing break. if i had to be negative about anything (and i really have to push myself) it would be the small sized pool area for the number of guests. luckily it was quiet when we went and this wasnt a problem. Also, like other guests had mention, the early morning dog barking is tedious however with the doors shut and air con on its not noticable and certainly doesnt disapoint. well done villa sonia, a fantastic stay
Elke - (Holidaycheck.it) :: Juni 09
Ein gutes Hotel mit sehr schöner Aussicht auf den Aetna. Wir hatten nur Frühstück mitgebucht, welches für ital. Verhältnisse sehr ordentlich wahr. Schade war, dass in einer solch fruchtbaren Umgebung auch mit Dosenobst gearbeitet wird.Gewöhnungsbedürftig waren die rosafarbene Duschkabine im Badezimmer und ein schrecklicher Wandfön - Marke Hundesalon. Netter Empfang, freundlicher Service, gepflegte Atmosphäre.Gute Parkmöglichkeit für 4,- Euro täglich direkt am Hotel.Unverständlicherweise Extrakosten für eine Liegenauflage
L. and D. :: July 09
We stayed with you for four nights, from the 2nd - 6th July and would like to say how much we liked the hotel. In particular we were made to feel very welcome by your friendly staff. Especially we found Adriana on reception and Maria in the restaurant most helpful. Adriana’s enthusiasm for helping us enjoy our holiday to the full was outstanding.
Un voyageur de Booking.com :: Mai 09
Hotel calme, propre, avec du personnel agréable (ce qui n'est pas fréquent en sicile) dans un endroit très joli.
Anonymous :: Anonymous
We just got back from 8 lovely days in Villa Sonia. The hotel is beautifully located and very recommendable. We dined very well, booked halfboard which we didn't regret. We were disappointed not to have had a view of the Etna but a room with balcony along the through road to Castelmola. According to the manager our touroperator doesn't book any rooms with an Etna view. They tried their utmost to find a suitable solution but that would only help us out for a few nights because the hotel was fully booked. So we left it the way it was. If you really want to book this hotel, do ask for an Etna view, those rooms have a fantastic view.
expat18 "From TripAdvisor.com" :: June 2009
lovely hilltop location-tastefully appointed room with terrace and view of mt etna-fresh fruit on arrival a welcome touch
jonnyPoultonLeFylde "From TripAdvisor.com" :: June 2009
Stayed for 4 nights - get room 302 - 304 -they have a private Terrace with a fantastic view of Mt Etna - a great place to watch the sunset whilst downing the local Red Wine and the Pool is just a few yards away. The service was faultless and Adriano The reception manageress was very helpfull indeed . If going to Mt Etna go with SAT tours about 75Euros - it includeds coach - cable car - Jeep and guide and gets you to as near as the summit as possible .
Eileen & Kate :: April 09
Many thanks to all the Staff at Villa Sonia - it is a beautiful magical hotel and we will never forget your wonderful Service and Care.
anonymous :: July 08
The staff were fantastic, the waiters and on reception. Nothing was too much trouble and we were helped with car rental, taxis etc. Every now and then we'd get a surprise left in our room which was serviced daily. This ranged from a chocolate on the pillow to a bowl of cherries! The pool was fantastic, extremely clean and lovely big towels were provided.
Vivien :: April 2009
The location, overlooking Mt.Etna, perched high above the ocean was spectacular. The town of Castelmola was very attractive, with access to shopping and eating. Our family especially liked the pool after walking up the steep path from taormina. The staff were helpful and friendly.
Gabriella Londero :: April 2009
Hotel Villa Sonia is a wonderful Hotel. It deserves 5 star rating. The staff are always very helpful and professional. The cusine is reason alone for staying at this hotel and the wine list - excellent.
Un voyageur d'Expedia :: 7 janv. 2009
Complexe à trouver l'Hôtel Aurora, perché loin au dessus de Taormina, offre une vue panoramique sur la baie de la éditerranée en contrebas et plus précisément sur l'Etna, si vous avez la chance d'avoir du beau temps le jour ou vous irez, comme nous l'avons eu.
Southampton :: Gennaio
A wonderful hotel with food to die for!” We had our wedding here and stayed for two days after wards. Maria was wonderful with all our wedding arrangements and speaks perfect English! She arranged everything and spoke with my family who did not speak any Italian and helped the event run smoothly from start to finish. Our suite had a spa bath and a magical view of Mount Etna. The staff were all very helpful and pleasant and Castelmola is a beautiful hideaway from the tourist mecca of Taormina.
An Expedia Traveler :: 22 Augoust 08
Cet hôtel a vraiment un charme inoui, une vue extraordinaire sur l'Etna. La chambre est très propre et confortable avec un balcon aménagé ce qui est fort appréciable le soir après une journée très chaude. Le petit déjeuner est copieux sur la terrasse malgré quelques guèpes. Le personnel est empressé mais parle presque que l'anglais. Dommage la piscine ferme à 18h.
One Member :: 13 Agoust 2004
Visited this hotel in Sept 2002. Fab panoramic views. Outside the main resort of Taormina up on the hillside, you can see Taormina on one side and Mt Etna on the other. A frequent shuttle bus ferries you into Taormina during the day. The best things about this hotel is the peace (as it is outside the town) and the food and wine both are extremely good. Half Board at this hotel is a must, both for the food and because of the location. In my opinion Room 4* rustic italian look Food 5* yum yum Another must see is the pub up in Castlemola, about 4 stories high, very small, but with the most beautiful views and some interesting ornaments (of the rude kind!!), the wine is crap, but it is still worth it!!
moleb :: Aug 08
Hotel magnifique avec vue superbe sur l'Etna, accueil parfait, très copieux petit déjeuner. La chambre était très propre, beau balcon aménagé ce qui est très agréable le soir.
Henry07 :: Aprile
Stayed with my partner for a week over the Easter period and enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing break. The staff were friendly and very welcoming, receptionist on arrival was extremely efficient and helpful. We were shown to a beautiful room with the most stunning view of the valley below the hotel and Etna in the distance. There was a delicious fruit basket in the room which was a nice little touch. We found the breakfasts to be very pleasant with a substantial selection of bread, cake and pastries as well as scrambled eggs etc. We were B+B so we only ate in the hotel on one occasion and enjoyed the food and wine on offer. The hotel is not situated in Taormina, but high above the town in the village of Castlemola. It is a good 45 minute walk to the town which we found quite enjoyable although we always took a taxi back! The little square in Castlemola has a quaint bar where you can enjoy the beautiful views and there are 3 or 4 family run restaurants in the village serving authentic Sicilian food. This is not the place to go if you are looking for lively nightlife but if you want a relaxing break I would absolutely recommend it.
Chalmers :: July 08
We had a family holiday here for 1 week in July 08. We stayed in a 2 bedroomed family suite which was perfect for families with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with interconnecting lobby. The views from the room balconies was absolutely amazing. To wake up every morning and look out at Mount Etna was priceless. Breakfast and the evening meals were taken on a large terrace also with wonderful views out to Etna. The pool was great always plenty of sunbeds and wonderful service from a really friendly waiter. The staff and manager were delightful, they couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. I loved staying here rather than in the main town of Taormina as it was much quieter and much cheaper. From the hotel its just a 5 min stroll into Castelmola village with plenty of choice of restaurants - go to Gallo Cedrone or ' Mammas' we called it and you'll get a real Sicilian family welcome and home cooking from Mamma and her family. Getting into Taormina town was so easy - we got the free hotel minibus every morning and either got the hotel bus or the local bus coming back. The hotel has real Italian character with lovely articles on the landings and hallways and everywhere was spotless. There were 2 weddings when we were there but they were no problem at all - you get to see Italian locals in all their finery ! Overall this was a fantastic family holiday in a truly unbeatable location. I would highly recommend
jock67 :: September
Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Urlaub im Villa Sonia in Taormina. Ein tolles Haus, bei dem man viel Aufmerksamkeit in das Design und in die Gastfreundschaft gesteckt hat. Eine willkommene Abwechslung zu den üblichen, sterilen Hotelketten, die oft genug keinerlei Charakter haben. Wunderbares Essen, geschmackvolle Inneneinrichtung und dazu noch Angestellte, die ihren Job professionell gemacht haben und dabei so wunderbar freundlich waren. Die Küste von Taormina gehört zu den Weltbesten. Dies war unser erster Urlaub in Sizilien, aber bestimmt nicht der Letzte. Vielen Dank für diesen wunderschönen Urlaub im Villa Sonia.
Anonimo :: December 08
The staff were fantastic, the waiters and on reception. Nothing was too much trouble and we were helped with car rental, taxis etc. Every now and then we'd get a surprise left in our room which was serviced daily. This ranged from a chocolate on the pillow to a bowl of cherries!
Anonimo :: September 08
The staff... this hotel's most valuable asset by far (inclusive of the expensive wine collection). Reception and the pool area attendant were excellent. Great views of Mt. Etna from pool & restaurant. Castelmola, a very short walk away was charming with a few excellent restaurants & great views. Hotel tastefully decorated and comfortable. Good breakfasts, professional, helpful & friendly staff.
BlindMouseGB :: Mayo 2007
Nos alojamos en el Villa Sonia en mayo de 2007 y las vacaciones fueron todo lo que esperábamos que fueran. La habitación era muy agradable, con muebles interesantes y unas vistas fantásticas. El personal no podría haber sido más servicial y nada parecía ser demasiada molestia. Un punto que se ha mencionado es la comida. Solo nos alojamos en régimen de alojamiento y desayuno y nos satisfizo lo que había en oferta. Cenamos una vez en el hotel: el buffet siciliano del jueves por la noche. Fue increíble y regamos la comida genuina con una buena botella de Etna Rosso. La ubicación del hotel es excepcional y el minúsculo caserío de Castelmola es un buen ejemplo de típica aldea siciliana. Aquí no encontraréis McDonald’s ni café Kenco, pero, si queréis saborear esta maravillosa isla "africana", el Villa Sonia es un sitio perfecto para alojarse. También recomendamos la excursión al Etna; si solo hacéis una cosa, que sea esta.
xoxlove-itxox :: Agoust 2008
This hotel was stunning!! I love the views it was just so beautiful looking over from the balcony or terrace area where you eat your dinner and you can see the mount etna in the background and whilst we was staying there it was erupting(only slightly) and you could see the lava running down the sides!! I stayed there with my family and i had a standard etna view and my parents had a superior etna view and the only difference in the two rooms was that there balcony was slightly bigger. The food was lovely lots to choose from was boiling hot all week came back very burnt so beware and take lots of suncream!! The hotel satff were very friendly and we had no problems in regards to our rooms at all everythink was perfect the pool is lovely and was warm most days Bar open by the pool during the day had good food!! and prices were fairly reasonable I would defiently recommend!!
Chris :: June
We stayed for a week last year and had such a nice time we returned this June. The Hotel is a lovely place to stay, staff are friendly, particularly Jay at the pool and Adriana on Reception. The Restaurant is excellent if a little "querky" at times, not a problem but more entertaining when the service is not what you expect! The Pizza Restaurant in Castlemola is a must for either lunch or Dinner. You are greeted like a long lost friend and the food is superb and not expensive. We hope to return again.
Tracey :: April
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a wonderful stay in your hotel during April. My mother and sister bought me the holiday as a 40th birthday present and it is one of the most fantastic holidays I have ever had. Villa Sonia is beautiful with a great location, friendly staff and delicious food. In particular I want to thank the two receptionists who, at my sisters request, arranged for cakes and a bottle of almond wine to be bought to my room as a birthday surprise, they also sang Happy Birthday, it was wonderful. I always think it is important to let people know when they have provided an excellent service, I hope I have succeeded this on this occasion. I will definitely be coming back to Sicily and the Villa Sonia, hopefully next year!!.
Joe Ferraiolo :: July
Good Morning. I would just like to say thank you for everything during our stay. This was one of the best places we have ever stayed at and you all help make the incredible holiday that it was. Your staff truly made our stay a memorable one and we will surely be back in years to come. Thank you again!
FionaBrighton :: October
My partner and I enjoyed a wonderful week's stay here in July - very relaxing and romantic. Castelmola and the views from there (and the hotel) were stupendous. The hotel was excellent - friendly, professional and the rooms and communal areas were immaculate, tasteful and full of interesting artefacts. We loved the pool area and the service alongside this. This is definitely the place to unwind, eat and drink well, enjoy the Sicilian experience and read lots of books.
Meilen :: 30 ott 2006
Mio marito e io abbiamo festeggiato il decimo anniversario di matrimonio all'hotel Villa Sonia. Questa è stata una vacanza davvero magica. Devo RINGRAZIARE tutti i membri del personale: hanno reso la nostra permanenza rilassante e indimenticabile. La camera era spaziosa, arredata con dei pezzi di antiquariato elegantissimi, ma con tutti i comfort della vita moderna. La colazione sulla terrazza scoperta era bellissima e il menu estremamente abbondante. Una spremuta d’arance siciliane appena preparata ti fa cominciare la giornata pieno di energie. Il menu del buffet settimanale (il giovedì sera vicino alla piscina) è fantastico. Così tradizionale e di qualità. Ciò che ci è piaciuto di più era che il menu era davvero siciliano e preparato in puro stile siciliano. Meno male che non abbiamo visto la versione “turistica” della cucina siciliana. All’hotel Villa Sonia tutto era autentico. Grazie. Non vediamo l’ora di tornare in questo delizioso hotel e lo consiglieremmo a tutti. Grazie di nuovo.
DorothyGale :: 19 set 2008
Hotel Villa Sonia is very nice. Not the best hotel I have ever stayed in but nice. Food was lovely in the evening. We stayed on the Bon Appetit arrangement giving us 4 meals in the hotel and 3 of our own choice outside. Breakfast is continental - ok, my husband loved the coffee he was served every morning. Pool nice. Rooms are quite small though unless you pay for a superior Etna view. We had a standard Etna view. We were lucky enough to have a terrace which we shared with 3 other rooms, but if we hadn't had that I think I might have been a bit disappointed. The village of Castelmola is lovely. Lots of little passageways opening up to piazzas etc. Town of Taormina nice but VERY busy so we avoided it to be honest. The area surrounding Taormina very pretty. Weather was glorious and we had a lovely time. Would I stay again in Hotel Villa Sonia - maybe but its a big world out there. Overall very good