Converted from a Sicilian mansion into a hotel in 1905, historic Villa Schuler is the oldest owner run hotel of Sicily. It looks back on an eventful and remarkable history.
Eugen Schuler Senior, grandfather of the current owner Gerhard Schuler, settled in Sicily in 1886. He came from Germany to Sicily at the age of 20, travelling in the footsteps of the famous poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He first lived in Messina, where he married a German woman; they had a son and moved to Taormina, where they started running a shop selling antiques, jewellery and art photography. In 1902 they built their private villa on a beautiful property in best location of Taormina, overlooking the Ionian Sea. After the early death of her husband in 1905, Anna Schuler converted the family residence into a hotel. It was the period in which artists and bohemians, noble and wealthy foreigners discovered Taormina as their dream destination for the winter period. The property, which Anna Schuler managed together with her son Eugen Junior, was expropriated in both world wars and the Schulers repurchased it twice. Years of reconstruction followed, during which Eugen Jr and his wife Martha continued to improve the hotel. Their elder son Gerhard Schuler and his wife Christine now run the hotel in the third generation.
Today it is a refined 4-star hotel, extensively refurbished in recent years emphasizing its original elegance, charm and atmosphere. Superbly situated high above the Ionian Sea, its unique position offers stupendous views of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos. Centrally located just a two-minute walk to traffic free “Corso Umberto” and 10 minutes to the Greek-Roman theatre. Surrounded by its own extensive, subtropical, shady terraced botanic gardens. Other amenities include the elegant Orangery, the scenic Palm Terrace, the Rooftop Lounge&Terrace, a panoramic lift, free high-speed Wi-Fi all over the premises, 24h bar and room service, valet parking and garages with electric vehicle charging station. Breakfast embracing Slow Food criteria is served “à la carte” in the breakfast room, in the Orangery, on the large Palm Terrace overlooking the whole coastline or in the hotel room itself. The hotel has 27 spacious rooms, including 7 Junior Suites and 1 Garden Villa Suite and offers free mountain bikes, shuttle-service to partner beaches, tennis courts nearby. Eco-certified ISO 14001.
Open: from the first Saturday of March to the last Sunday of November, Rooms: 27 - Rates: from 99 to 350 Euros per day.
The hotel has 27 rooms, including 7 Junior Suites and one “Garden Villa Suite”, all bookable both on a Room Only or on a Bed and Breakfast basis. All rooms are comfortably equipped and re-modernised with a particular attention to detail: full bathrooms with Jacuzzi shower or Jacuzzi tub, hairdryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, small unstocked refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, electronic safe with internal 220 V socket, USB charger, satellite TV with radio, orthopaedic beds, double glazing, soundproof doors, with seaview or to the gardenside, most of them with balcony, terrace or loggia. Two rooms with bathrooms designed both for guests with disabilities as well as for able-bodied guests, and one Day Room, which can be booked in case of a late departure in the evening. Workstation rooms available.
Sleeping comfort: all rooms have orthopedic beds and mattresses by Simmons, which can be prepared with separated beds, as twins, or as a large double bed. Each bed is prepared with 4-season hypoallergenic duvets and two hypoallergenic pillows per person.
The hotel offers a rich breakfast served à la carte with freshly cooked dishes, but has no restaurant for lunch or dinner. All restaurants of the town center are in short walking distance.
No Spa facilities. Partner wellness center and beaches can be booked at the hotel reception
Small intimate weddings
Taormina has some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the Mediterranean. For those planning a small private wedding in Taormina with family and close friends Hotel Villa Schuler is most probably one of the best locations, a romantic getaway for an impeccably planned intimate wedding. Wedding capacity: 2 to 24 persons
• a more personal celebration
• more time for the bride and groom to spend with their guests
• a cozy, romantic wedding
• our careful attention to details
• a photogenic backdrop with exquisite views and gardens
MICE & Meetings
Small Stylish Meetings in Taormina
Hotel Villa Schuler is the ideal location for small stylish meetings, small conventions, trainings and for effective small business and corporate meetings in Taormina organized in a historic villa offering tailor- made personalised services.
The hotel inside its own botanic park of 1500 m2 has three small elegant and functional meeting rooms with state-of-the-art meeting technologies, allowing meeting participants to share computer-based information, all for enhanced group collaboration.
Further there is a terrace with unique sea view over the bay of Naxos and Mt. Etna and also a Roofttop Lounge&Terrace with an incredibile 360 view. Coffee breaks, light lunches, cocktails & finger foods are organized tailor-made in elegant surroundings.
The boutique Hotel Villa Schuler has comfortable rooms and Junior Suites with sea view or with garden view. Some of these rooms and Junior Suites can be arranged into breakout rooms prepared specifically for your event and will be therefore available 24/7.
All this, combined with accurate and efficient services and a truly unique location which is Taormina and its surrounding, makes the Hotel Villa Schuler the perfect and functional place for a small stylish meetings guaranteeing the full satisfaction of meeting organizers and participants.
• Rooftop - 34 m2, max 16 seats (theatre)
• Etna - 38 m2, max 26 seats (theatre) or 20 (U-shaped)
• Orangerie - 39 m2, max 26 seats (theatre) or 20 (classroom)
• Atrium Room - 26 m2, max 22 seats (theatre) or 16 (U-shaped)
• Breakout rooms - max 8 seats
• Workstation rooms available
Beamer, LED LCD TV 40′′ connectable to a pc, Screen, Flip chart, Slide projector, Platform for speaker’s desk, wireless microphones, Polycom phone: Polycom SoundStation2 Expanded, modular lighting in both meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi with dedicated net in all indoor and outdoor areas
Catania CTA, 60 km
|Local Attractions||Taormina´s historic city
The Ancient Greek-Roman Theatre
The Odeon - small Roman theatre
|Golf places||Picciolo Golf Club (25 km)|
|Parks/Gardens||The Trevelyan Park - public gardens
Radicepura – garden near Giarre (30 km)
The Garden of Villa Trinità (40 km)
|Museums||Taormina Film Museum
The Antiquarium - small archeological museum
Sicilian Museum of Art and Popular Traditions
Fondazione Casa Cuseni
|Festivals/Events||Taormina Arte Festival
Taormina Film Fest
Taormina Food & Flower Festival
Taormina Jazz Festival
|Others||Trekking and walking itineraries
Tours with the iconic three wheel APE Calessino
Babilonia - renowned Italian language school
Diving and snorkeling schools
Sailing and water sports facilities
Electric vehicle charging station