As others have stated the best part of this Hotel is the location! Set on a cliff with amazing views from the rooms and breakfast terrace. There was a charge for parking but so convenient. Walking into Taormina was a very short walk up a one block hill. The pool area is a bit of a hike down a fairly steep hill and the pool could use some updating but still a lovely treat after a hot day of exploring. The rooms are roomy with amazing balcony views. Our first room didn't have working a/c but did have a beautiful renovated bathroom. We were quickly moved to a room next door that thankfully did have working a/c but did not have a renovated bathroom, quite a difference. We really enjoyed the beautiful baroque furnishings everywhere, like staying in a beautiful museum. We found the breakfast to be fine, fairly typical.
This is a faulty towers property, dirty, old, and poor breakfast, with various things not working but with a perfect location, and the best possible staff, and great view of the sea. Daisy at the front couldn't do more to make us happy, and the other man of whom I have forgotten his name, was like Basil Faulty, but he was awfully helpful and tried very hard. It is on the doorstep of the old town. The car park is a wee bit on the high side at 15 euro, but handy to have the car just there. It just needs a real vamp up, and a decent clean. And a bit more for breakfast. We would definitely stay here again though.
Close your eyes and dream of going back to the Baroque style era of the late 1800's and then open them and you are at Hotel Villa Riis, an antique villa that has been handed down from generation to generation, now run by their handsome heir son. The view is wow factor built on a rock cliff overlooking the sea and beyond to Etna volcano. Fresh scents from the garden overlooking the large pool and tennis court drift upward. The location can't be beat being only steps away from the main shopping street filled with colorful boutiques and restaurants. The not to be missed Teatro is a nice stroll at the other end of the main Corso. Breakfast is served buffet style and is plentiful. The staff was super friendly and helpful. Daisy was a delight at the front desk. This hotel is ideal for the price and location. Splurge and get a room with a balcony overlooking the sea. It's worth it!
Loved the position. Super convenient to the city center, with a parking (not to take as given in Taormina, especially so close to the center), and a stunning view to the gulf in the back (suggestion: ask for a room looking the sea).
Staff is super friendly. Special mention to Desiree.
Price/quality ratio is very good considering how much expensive is the area.
Definitely my first recommendation (or choice) for an accommodation in Taormina.
By the way: beware of the real location. There are many hotels and B&B that claim they are in Taormina, but maybe they are 5kms far away (and the area is not so easy in terms of transportation). This hotel is IN Taormina... with the advantage that you can arrive in front of it with a car (and your luggage inside).