The Grand Hotel Timeo is the most famous hotel in Taormina. This former mansion is located on a hill overlooking the Bay of Naxos, in the middle of an enormous park. This 5 star hotel is part of the Belmond hotel chain.
Grand Hotel Timeo Taormina
What is now the Grand Hotel Timeo used to be a 19th century mansion house owned by the La Floresta family. When the German painter Otto Friedrich von Geleng came to Taormina, he fell in love with the city. He wanted to invite his friends, but could not find accommodation for them, so he convinced the La Floresta to open up some of their rooms to his guests. On a wooden board he wrote the words Hotel Timeo and the manor house developed into the current hotel of that name.
The Grand Hotel Timeo is located in the middle of a 25.000 m² park. From the hotel you have a splendid view over the Greek Theater and the Bay of Naxos. The official address is Via Teatro Greco, 59 – Taormina (phone: +39 0942 6270200).
Otto Geleng himself was buried in the cemetery of Taormina in 1939.