I will start with the few things in favor of this hotel.
The first room we were given was small and clearly unrenovated. Upon complaining reception willingly gave as the room next door which was bigger and far better. In a hotel half full at best: why not give us that room in the first place?
The view from our room was fantastic.
The hotel is located only a few minutes walking distance from the town center.
WIFI was fast and stable.
Pool area is nice, also the hotel garden.
Now all the thing that will make us never come back:
Parking is a nightmare as the hotel as only very few parking places along their front entrance. I don´t want to imagine what happens if they are fully booked.
Breakfast is a joke even by Italian standards. Old bread, artificial juice,fried eggs or omeletts to order only for extra money. Right now almost everything must be handed over by staff due to Covid, but strangely enough coffee is served and bread and butter in the open for self service.
The (supposingly) restaurant chief is RUDE!! We asked wether the terrace was open. He opened the door and pointed out "Here, the door is open!". We asked why we could not have breakfast out there with the beautiful view in the sun and got the answer: "It is impossible!" We asked. "Why?" "Because it is impossible!" and the guy left us standing there.
My wife dared to touch a boiled egg with the back of her hand to see if it was warm and got shouted at by the staff woman, the same woman who walkes the restaurant with the mask down her face.
The pool is generally nice but ice cold. We had a toasted sandwich at the pool bar which was expensive and horrible.
As stated above we were not allowed to have breakfast on the restaurant terrace. On our last night there was a large wedding taking place exactly on that terrace right underneath our balcony which lasted until luckily the rain started at 4 am in the morning. No way one could sleep with the balcony door open, the noise could easily be heard even with everything closed.
Needless to add: nobody of the wedding party cared to wear a mask at any time.
Upon checkout we found out that the water bottles in the fridge were 3 Euros each which nobody told us beforehand and which is more than incommon for a hotel in this price range. For fairness: after complaining the water was taken off the bill.
We booked this hotel at the last minute 5 days before our flights with very little research beforehand. So glad we picked the Diodoro. Great location 5 mins walk from the historic town full of bars and good restaurants and right next door to botanical gardens. Beautiful interiors, gardens and amazing vista from the deck of a huge swimming pool. The beds were comfortable and we had a beautiful balcony overlooking the sea and fir trees. Great evening meals infact the best meals of the holiday, especially the risottos. Fabulous service from Daniele in the bar and restaurant. The only let down was the breakfast. Too many processed packeted meats and cheeses, they could serve fresh products. Overall would stay again if we visited Taomina, shame about it only being 20% full due to corona virus.
The hotel is a beautiful building with amazing views over the Bay of Naxos, and a ten minute walk from the centre of Taormina. The swimming pool as amazing views! That said it is a bit neglected. It is looking a bit tired (some would say tatty in places), and that goes for the staff. No real engagement; slightly functionary; certainly not sense of welcome! Worst of all was the food. We only had breakfast, but (particularly given the grand nature of the hotel) it was very disappointing. Stale croissant/rolls; 'tin' fruit, all very basic and uninteresting. This place needs some strong management to revive it to its former glory!
We stayed at Hotel Diodora for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon. It's in a great location, close enough to the centre to walk to but far enough for some peace and quiet.
The hotel on general felt quite empty, faded and past its best. It reminded me of The Shining! There are huge empty events rooms and lounges, and only a small number of people at breakfast. We stayed in a superior room with balcony which was smaller than expected but still comfortable.
Breakfast was ok but you have to request eggs. The breakfast staff were very friendly and attentive.
We had a good time by the pool because it was so quiet with a lovely view over the ocean.
We had a lovely stay at Diodoro.
1. Location - Is perfect to relax and few min walk to the town centre. The communal park next door is beautiful.
2. Views - The view of bay and Mt Etna from the hotel are beautiful. My daughter enjoyed the views from swimming pool and our rooms.
3. Food - Excellent, we had lunch on the day we arrived. The breakfast is simple. They could leverage the outdoor seating to attract more visitors to the restaurant and bar.
4. Bar - lovely terrace to enjoy the views and drinks.