In the heart of Taormina, halfway from Messina and Catania, the Hotel Imperiale is located at a short distance from the highway A18. It is situated in the historical centre of Taormina, only few steps away from Corso Umberto I and the Congress Palace, enjoying an ideal position from where it is possible to admire the panoramic views over the Naxos Bay and the Etna Volcano and the second-century Greek theatre. The international airport of Catania-Fontanarossa is at 45 km whereas the international airport Falcone-Borsellino in Palermo is 291 km far away. The nearest railway station is Giardini Naxos – Taormina, at 5 km.
Recently restored to its original splendour by the architect Rosario Picciotto, Hotel Imperiale blends elegant contemporary style with a rich tradition of Sicilian hospitality. It has been reopened after 40 years in August 2010. The materials used, like the local lava stone, have been adapted to the contemporary style that characterizes the hotel which is able to fulfil the needs of the most demanding guest. From the panoramic external pool and the roof terrace guests can enjoy stunning views of Naxos Bay and the Etna Volcano and in the restaurant Anfiteatro can experience the height of Mediterranean cuisine. An exclusive and large SPA of ca. 300 square m. , the Lounge Bar and some conference rooms up to 200 people complete the offer of this prestigious, city-center 5* hotel. This hotel, symbol of the golden age of Taormina of the early twentieth century when the town became a favorite summer spot of the of aristocrats, tycoons, writers and poets from all over the world, was reopened after nearly forty years but is able to satisfy even the most discerning modern traveler. For example, the hall is covered by a glass ceiling, which leads to the restaurant Anfiteatro, which overlooks with its rooms, the roofs of the town.
Hotel Imperiale offers 63 rooms, comprising 8 Junior Suites, 2 Pool Suites and 4 Terrace Suites, all elegantly decorated in a contemporary style with a backdrop to Sicilian tradition and rosewood furnishings. All bathrooms feature lava stone, Sicilian mosaic, double sinks, separate toilets, bathrobe and sleepers. They dispose of plasma TV and WI-FI connections and are perfect for those who want to relax after a day spent on the beach. All the rooms (except the 8 Classic) have sea room and balcony. The spacious Terrace and Pool Suites feature a private terrace or garden with an external Jacuzzi built of volcanic stone.
At the first floor of the hotel it is located the SPA offering an excellent service with sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers, ice waterfall and 5 treatment rooms. There is also a small but perfectly equipped fitness centre.
The “Ristorante Anfiteatro” blends the art of regional and Mediterranean cuisines revisited by saints of the modern cooking world, paired with top-class wines. The Ristorante Anfiteatro gives you an unmissable opportunity to taste typical Sicilian dishes as well as Mediterranean flavours inherited from the many cultures and the ancient peoples that inhabited the territories of Sicily. On the 7th floor is the exclusive Roof terrace, offering the best view over Taormina and the bay of Naxos. Here the guests can relax for an aperitif or for a romantic dinner under the stars.
From may, 2013 the roof terrace became starry thanks to the chef Fabio Baldassarre.
Services & Activities
Roof terrace, lobby lounge, panoramic pool with pool bar, private tourist guide for excursions, free shuttle service to the beach facilities, private yoga trainer, personal shopper. Water sports (such as sailing, snorkelling, diving and surfing) and private boat excursions available on request, trekking, golf, walks and excursions.
Tourist tax: The municipality of Taormina requires the payment of a tourist tax of € 2,50 per person/night (excluding children under 12 years) for a maximum of 10 nights to be paid on spot.
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