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Hotel Villa Sonia

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel was disappointing overall. The room is unwelcoming, the beds are extremely uncomfortable and the little camp bed my daughter was on was rock hard, I had to take out the spare blanket for the large bed and fold it to place under her sheet to make the bed soft enough to sleep in. The pool was closed as it is out of season but there was no information on the booking site to say this. The shower in the room was poor and the rooms are dated and in need of modernisation. There is no facility for tea and coffee in the room and the coffee at breakfast is poor. The service at breakfast was extremely slow, often the hot foods or croissants had run out and took some time to refill. The lady serving coffee and seating people was not happy in her work and didn't make you feel comfortable to ask for things. The toaster did not toast bread, merely warmed it up. The breakfast was only acceptable at best, although it is included in the cost I would have expected better from a country which prides itself on gastronomy. Our stay was ok overall but the three out of five rating is entirely for the location and view which is incredible!!!

Larger than some of the hotels we stayed at. The least impressive part being the breakfast, just not to the same standard as others. Great views of Etna from most rooms. Car park is an extra charge whether you use the Hotel car park or the public one opposite. Great walks down to the nearby town and onwards to the beach.

After a frustrating search for a B&B using a GPS, we stopped here after being instructed to make yet another u-turn down the hills. Opting to stay where we were, the front desk cancelled the original reservation and booked us a room with terrific views of Mount Etna. The room was large and spacious. Breakfast was excellent in the large, well-appointed dining room. The bus to Taormina stopped right outside the hotel and it was just a short hike up the hill to Castelmola. It was the perfect place to stay out of the hustle and bustle.

The hotel is good! The rooms are big, confortable and the staff is very gentle!!! The room and the bathroom are very clean. The breakfast was excellent, with everything, good and fresh!!! On top of all this the hotel has a wonderful view!!!

We enjoyed our 3 night stay at Hotel Villa Sonia, particularly the spectacular view of Mount Etna from our bedroom and the pool terrace. This hotel is really all about the views. The room was comfortable and had everything we needed. The hotel décor is old fashioned and that is part of it's charm. The staff members are lovely but there weren't of them enough to cover everything so it was difficult to get a drink during the day and the bar was closed when we returned one evening at 11pm. Lovely breakfast, would love to stay here again.

We spent two days at Villa Sonia at the end of our Sicily road trip and were thoroughly disappointed to experience rain for the two days, which meant we did not see Mount Etna. We were planning on spending a further two nights at Villa Sonia but ended up going home early as the forecast was for more rain. Take away the view of Mount Etna and there is not a whole lot to shout about at Villa Sonia. Castlemola, again, is no doubt lovely when it isn't raining, but it is a tiny little tourist village at a top of big hill with some average restaurants and a lot of grumpy staff. It is a real pain having to get down the mountain each time to Taormina, where there is a lot more going on. Villa Sonia itself is dated and very dark through their displays of dark wood furniture, which really makes it all a little depressing when its raining outside. The breakfast room was ok, although the scrambled eggs were quite frankly odd! We booked a spacious room with a terrace view of Mount Etna. The room was very dated (although this is generally the standard of Sicilian hotel rooms) but a decent size. The shower was barely big enough for me to fit in with my broad shoulders. The aircon was useless but we didn't ask them to look at it as we only ended up sending one night in Villa Sonia. We also had the sound of flushing water (probably a toilet) right next to the bed's head rest - very annoying to be woken up by this in the middle of the night. The front desk staff were however very helpful. I think if the weather had played ball, I would have rated it a 3 star. The weather is not the fault of the hotel, but the lack of facilities (such as a nice bar area) is something which they can improve. It's just not an enjoyable place to spend your time.

Nice hotel with good standard rooms and lovely swimming pool and terrace with views of Mount Etna. However, don't go for full board as the restaurant food is not good - far better to walk into Castelmola and take your pick of a wide choice of restaurants, bars and pizzerias in the town. Reception staff are really helpful with suggestions of what to do, how to get there etc. Book the bus to the beach - it's 10 euros but well worth it as you get your own sunbed and parasol (it's no cheaper if you drive there yourself, so you might as well be chauffered!). Wifi is erratic in the bedrooms, but good in reception. Watch out for parking charges if you have a hire car - 5 euros per day.

We stayed at this hotel for nine days at the end of September. I think we just missed the weather as we had a few sunny days and some chilly, rainy days. The views of Etna are fantastic. The breakfast leaves a bit to be desired so we didn't eat dinner there until two days before we were leaving. The dinner is one of the best meals we had during our stay. I enjoyed the character of the hotel as it isn't as plain as a lot of hotels try to be. During our stay we found a box of puppies that someone had abandoned at the end of the car park just above the hotel. They were shoved behind an electrical box on the edge of a drop off. It was very late at night and front desk man tried to help but he spoke little english and we spoke little Italian. The police would not help and there is no animal welfare in this tiny town. He asked us to leave the pups next to the front door but I said no and took them to our room. The hotel worked all day to find a rescue for the pups, the pounds are supposedly very bad from what information I could find online. Our maid brought some staff around and they took a few of the pups. They didn't give us a hard time about taking 8 puppies to our room and helped saved them. Our maid even mopped our balcony when we had them out in the sun after bathing them. I am so grateful the staff was understanding with my need to save the pups.

I recently had a very enjoyable stay at the Hotel Villa Sonia. I see that some reviews mention that it is perhaps a little dated but I feel that it is more traditional than dated and to be honest it is a real pleasure to get away from the current fashionable boutique-style interiors which the English are particularly crazy about (even in their own homes). There are lots of antiques dotted around all over the hotel, a visual feast of the past history of this enthralling country. Quirky perhaps but visually very interesting, these are objects symbolic of Sicily’s past. Always remember to actually appreciate the history and present situation of the country that you visit, it should be more than just a country of sunshine, bars, and restaurants and escapism. I found the staff at the HVS to always be courteous and helpful and with a smile on their faces. The hotel and my room were cleaned daily and always presented well and kept tidy. A buffet breakfast offers a fairly wide-choice of food and should be pretty adequate for most people. The poolside area is very nice, plenty of sun loungers and a wonderful opportunity to chill out and absorb the sun and luminosity of light that Sicily offers. There is a bar by the poolside and food can be ordered from here too. Some people complained that there was not always a bartender on site but ask yourself is this economically viable with a hotel and poolside the size of the HVS? All you need to do is just go to the main reception and a member of staff will arrive to serve at the bar, no big deal. The Hotel Villa Sonia is a good place to chill, no hassle, perfect for a holiday, I loved it and I have already booked for next year

My initial impression of this hotel was great. Characterful, full of antique furniture and interesting old objects both in public spaces and in my room. Simply fantastic views from public balconies and the breakfast room over the hills and villages, and of Mount Etna. Within walking distance of the charming village of Castelmola. So, as a characterful place to admire, very pleasing. However, as a hotel, a place to store your stuff, shower and sleep, it didn’t have quite the same charm. The hotel had great views on one side, but my room was on the other side of the hotel, with a view onto a busy road and a rock face. This is actually a common experience for me as a lone traveller, and I dare other solo travellers get the same: hotels always seem to give their least desirable rooms to solo guests. The view from your room in this hotel can be either fantastic or awful – be ready for that. Inside my room was mostly okay, but had a few shortcomings. The wardrobe in my room was a charming antique, but was too narrow to be much use as a wardrobe. My room was quite big, but had oddly little storage space. The air conditioning was either working feebly or not working at all; no matter how I adjusted the strangely complex air conditioning control panel, it was always cooler out in the street than inside. Thankfully, the weather was relatively mild for the time of year while I was there, so I resorted to opening a window. The shower could have been stronger. There were few sockets. So, overall, a combination of fantastic and okay-but-could-be-better.

Via Porta Mola 9 Castelmola ME

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Rooftop terrace

Hotel Villa Sonia places you next to Castelmola Castle and within a 15-minute walk of Church of San Nicolo di Bari. This 4-star hotel has 44 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Greek Theatre and Lido Mazzaro are also nearby.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


The 44 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including private yards, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and satellite TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Safes and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests staying at Hotel Villa Sonia enjoy a children's pool, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace. If you drive, self parking is EUR 7 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 80 per person one way. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and conference space.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 483 reviews