At Hotel Antares Olimpo Terrazze you get great value for money with a large complex and many facilities. You can connect to each part of the hotel by cable car leading from the very top down to Letojanni city and then after a few steps you are on the beach
Since three buildings make up this hotel, you can choose to stay in whichever suits you and your holiday needs the most. Antares is the building that is the lowest on the hillside, and closest to the beach and town and also has a pool. Mulino is building between the lower and upper part of the hotel - it reached by cable car and here, all rooms have sea views and a private terrace. Olimpo is the top building, and from here you have the most panoramic and best views, large pool, reception and restaurant. The funicular connects all three buildings, but you can also arrive at the three different buildings in the car by taking the road up the mountain.
Here you can choose between two pools, either at the top or bottom of the slope. At the top at Hotel Olimpo you will find the main pool with various activities during the day. At the bottom of Hotel Antares there is another pool with a quieter atmosphere but still with a good view. In the upper building Olimpo there is a fairly large and well-equipped wellness centre with an indoor heated pool (swimming cap is essential here - they can be purchased on site), which with the possibility of a Turkish bath, sauna, massage and beauty treatments makes your stay even more pleasant. In the building Olimpo you will also find restaurant, where a large buffet of hot and cold dishes and big salad buffet lures - here you can even create your own menu, as it suits you. Good to know: Wi-Fi internet connection is available for a surcharge.
Here you stay in the Taormina municipality right by the water. In practical terms however, you are steps from Letojanni, and you can take the bus (6 km) to the famous Taormina from here if you don't wish to drive. At Letojanni you will find a good long beach and an authentic environment with far fewer tourists than in Taormina and thus fewer souvenir shops. It may be that you will not find a menu in English at all cafés as it's not as touristy. At the hotel's beach and at both pools you will find sun loungers and parasols amply allocated on a first come, first served.
The hotel is owned and managed by a hotel chain that originates from Lake Garda. It was the entrepreneur Germano Chincherini and his Finnish wife, who a few decades ago designed and decorated hotel. The hotel bears the stamp of belonging to the Parchotels chain so the architecture and services at the hotel are carefully planned. This also applies to the restaurant, entertainment by the pool and reception. However the staff are mainly from Sicily and you are likely to receive a warm reception and hospitality that characterizes the South.
All rooms are comfortably furnished, and you can choose to stay in the very building that suits your needs. The lower building is closest to the beach, which is within walking distance, but the views are not as good. Choose to stay between the building (Le Terrazze), if you want both views and a large private terrace; at this building there is no pool, and therefore the surroundings are more peaceful, but be aware that you have to take the cable car to reach the beach or restaurant. From the upper building (Olimpo) the view is even more panoramic and beautiful. This is where you will find all the hotel services on hand: Pool, restaurant, wellness centre, fitness room, reception, etc.
All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, a mini-bar, a safety deposit box, air conditioning and a bathroom with a toilet and shower, hairdryer. You can also choose to book a room with a balcony or terrace and sea views in all three buildings, or you can choose one of the cheaper rooms without a balcony / terrace if you just need the room for sleeping and resting.
First and foremost:
Your service was nothing less than excellent.
It will definitely not be the last time we - or the many people we will recommend you to - will use your company!
We were generally very satisfied with the stay at Hotel Antares Olimpo Terrazze
A kind and service-minded staff, nice rooms, great view and a pretty impression variety of good food in a weeks time.
All things considered a great experience, but of course, a few critic points:
1) We didn't get rooms next to each other until after two days, even though you had noted "neighbour rooms" - and by the way had addressed the hotel on the matter a couple of times in the spring. I think we only succeeded due to my stubbornness combined with a very accommodating danish-speaking! receptionist, who came on duty the day after our arrival.
2) With the exception of usually only a single person in the reception and the bar, the staff's language skills are very limited let alone almost nonexistent.
They want to, but it only takes few words, for them to go blank. That gives some troubles with communication and it's a crying shame - for both parties.
We come to this place after having stayed at small, nice B&Bs in respectively Ragusa and Siracusa. That can be difficult to compete with. But we knew in advance, that it was a huge hotel. But we would like to live near Taormina and had difficulties finding usable alternatives from home. Hence this choice. The hotel is nice and clean, though a bit worn down from the outside. We stayed at the top in Olimpo and had a nice room with a balcony and a beautiful view. But then everything has almost been said. That kind of hotel is not our type. Too impersonal service both in the reception and at breakfast. And the breakfast experience in itself wasn't good. A lot of noisy people and children. And real feeding. Boring food.
The hotel is located beautifully, but there runs a free way close too which sometimes generates a lot of noise. The breakfast was the same all days - no change at all. Big balls with yogurt, which was served everyday and therefore was not that hygienic. We asked the waiter to clean up the balls and he did but afterwards it was the same again. The fruit was often with small black dots and flies. A non sharp knife and only one to cut the bread and the napkin which was used to cover the bread was dirty. When ordering drinks at night they just drop them off at the table with out a word. The hotel was worn down, it smelled in side our room and there was no air circulation.