Concierge.com's insider take:
There's no better deal in touristy Taormina than this pretty-in-pink hillside mansion, which turned a century old in 2005. The former Schuler residence (it's still run by the family) sits on prime real estate, adjacent to the city's botanical gardens and only two minutes from the pedestrian shopping stretch of the Corso Umberto. Most of the 26 affordable rooms and suites have balconies with stunning views of the gardens and the sea. Families will appreciate the separate Garden Villa, with two bathrooms, Jacuzzi, kitchen, living room, and patio. The hotel's many freebies include a piano and TV room, a small library, mountain bikes, and shuttle service to local beaches.