We are managing our Hotel Villa Schuler, the oldest owner-managed hotel in Sicily, now in the 4th generation, with love and passion.
We could not do this without our wonderful staff. So may we introduce you our team members, most of them with us since many years and each keen on making you feel as comfortable as possible during your stay at Hotel Villa Schuler.
Christine, Gerhard and Andrea Schuler
CLAUDIA is our Sales and Marketing Manager and Assistant General Manager since the beginning of 2022. Born in Belgium, she brings with her a solid education in hotel management and more than 5 years of experience, most recently as Reservations Manager in a prestigious 5-star hotel in Bruges. Having previously worked as a tour guide in Sicily for 3 years, it was her great desire to come back to Sicily. She speaks 6 languages fluently and loves the international spirit that is lived in Villa Schuler, Taormina and large parts of Sicily.
JULIA is our Financial Controller and Head of Reception. She has been very dedicated to the hotel’s fortune since many years now. Being most amiable she has the accuracy and assertiveness needed for her tasks. Her mother is German, her father Sicilian. She speaks Italian, English, German and French.
MARIANGELA is reinforcing our reception team since July 2022. With many years of experience as a manager of the restaurant and as an assistant events manager in a well-known 5 star hotel in Taormina, she was looking for a new professional challenge and found it at Villa Schuler. We are very happy about the new employee, who enriches our team with her great friendliness, reliability and calmness and with her good knowledge of English and Spanish.
CLAUDIA joined our reception staff in 2018. Born in Taormina, German mother and Sicilian father, she speaks Italian, good English and German and some French. With a solid ten year experience in 5 star hotels, she carries out her work with passion, seriousness and kindness.
SIMONA is one of our new Receptionist Secretaries, starting with the season 2022. Before joining us, she gained excellent experience in prestigious 5 star hotels. We are sure that thanks to her reliable, open and cordial character, she will very quickly fit into our team. She speaks Italian, English and French and is highly passionate about her profession.
ELENA joined our reception team in April 2022. Elena brings with her the very best qualifications. Born in Taormina, she grew up in her parents’ hotel business and later managed it for more than 6 years. Now mother of two small children, she has decided to continue her professional career at Villa Schuler. In addition to Italian, Elena speaks fluent English and German. Her professionalism and her gentle, welcoming manner have inspired the entire team from the very beginning.
KAREN has been working with us as a receptionist for 13 years. Now she decided to devote more time to her family. However, she will remain connected to the Hotel Villa Schuler and will occasionally substitute for her former colleagues during their vacations. We are very happy about this. Born and raised in Belgium, she speaks Italian, German, English, French and Flemish. Before joining us, she worked as a tour guide all over the world and in Sicily.
The Breakfast Team
ROSARIA works at Hotel Villa Schuler since 2006. Cooking has always been her passion, so with the season 2017 she switched from the housekeeping crew to the breakfast kitchen crew. Born in Sicily she is blessed with a most cheerful character. While working hard she never loses her wonderful camaraderie nor her contagious smile.
ROSITA serves breakfast since 2014. Taorminesian to the core and with a great passion for theatre and literature, she has gained valuable experiences in the hospitality industry before joining us. She speaks good English and with her charme and kindness she will brighten up your day from the beginning.
LUCA has joined us since the 2022 season. He recently graduated from the hotel management school „Istituto Professionale Alberghiero Giovanni Falcone” and is now continuing his training here at Villa Schuler in the breakfast and service team. He is gentle, polite and attentive, and immediately won the hearts of his colleagues. Born in Taormina, his mother tongue is Italian. He owes his good English, among others, to his love for English-language music. In his basketball team he plays as “small forward”. Versatility and speed are among the special qualities of a “small forward”.
Bar, Valet & Night Service
MARCO is responsible for the bar service. He speaks Italian, English and German (which he learned from his German grandma) and is the most passionate cocktail mixer far and wide. Try one of his “Apple Passion” or ask for your personal “Surprise Cocktail”!
CHRISTIAN has been part of our team since the 2021 season. Born in Taormina to a Sicilian father and a Swedish mother, he looked beyond his native Sicily at an early age. He speaks fluent Italian and English and a little Swedish. Stockholm, Helsinki, London and Malta are among the stations of his professional life so far in renowned hotels and restaurants. Polite and attentive, quick and composed, he never loses the overview.
LUIGI is our Night Porter since 2001. With his calm and diplomatic approach and his good knowledge of Italian, English and German, he is the one who takes care of all night services. He also serves your breakfast before hours in case of early departure or excursions.
MARIA is our Head Housekeeper and is responsible for the cleanliness and tidiness of the rooms. She works at Hotel Villa Schuler since 1990. With her patient and gentle character she puts her team into good humor even during the most busy moments.
MARIA joined the chambermaid’s team in 2014. With over a decade’s experience at renowned hotels in Taormina and with her smart, diligent and friendly approach she quickly won her collegues‘ hearts and perfectly integrated herself into our team.
CRISTINA is our youngest team member. After some previous experiences in the tourist industry, with the season 2019 she started a training as a housekeeping staff member at Villa Schuler. Serene, friendly and determined to match the skill level of her collegues as soon as possible, she has been immediately warmly welcomed by the entire Villa Schuler team.
STEFANIA joined our staff with the beginning of the season 2016. She mainly takes care of our laundry service which is all done in the hotel. With her long-time experience in luxury hotels and her calm and friendly character she matches perfectly our housekeeping crew. She knows that linen dried in the Sicilian sun just smell better.
Housetec & Garden
SARO is our Maintenance & IT Technician since 2006. He knows every detail inside the Hi-Tec inner life of Hotel Villa Schuler and takes care of all necessary maintenance. His rule is “80/20” believing that 80% of hotel maintenance should be preventive. He also parks client’s cars and helps if computer problems should occur.
FRANCESCA is our new gardener since the 2022 season, succeeding our legendary gardener Pippo, who has decided to retire, but not without initiating Francesca into the secrets of this special garden that he cared for with passion for many years. He has passed on his valuable knowledge to Francesca with pride and joy. Francesca is a daughter of the territory and brings with her much experience, from working in her father’s orchards to taking care of her own garden. She has a special love for succulents and medicinal herbs. In addition, she brings a keen sense of the aesthetic design of a garden. We are happy to welcome her to our team.