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San Domenico Palace Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza San Domenico 5, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 88 hotels in Taormina
Sydney, Australia
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“An experience, not just another hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was our second stay. The hotel is breathtakingly beautiful. You could spend hours exploring the hotel and the grounds with both steeped in history. If you are looking for a standard, boring hotel this is not for you. It is perfectly located at the quiet end of Taormina. The rooms, the staff, the food are all fabulous. Can't wait for our next visit.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Relaxing atmosphere with breath taking views. Lovely rooms and a tranquil air. Wonderful location to walk into Taormina for great restaurants. Staff are charming and our every request was met promptly. The garden and cloisters are a delight full of lemon and orange trees, bougainvillaea and scented jasmine. Just lovely.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bremen, Bremen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Some people say, that General Patton wanted at fiirst to reconquer Sicaly and Taormina for sure, because he wanted to occupie the "San Domenico" for his european headquarter in the second world war.
I will believe in this story, because the San Domenico is the best place in Europe to stay.
The Hotel is a 500 year old monastery and it iis laying at the "Balcony of Sicaly". If you are standing at your window of your room, you will have a bright view over the ocean. It is beautifull.
when you take a walk through the garden and through the colonades of the monaster, you can feel and drink in the athmosphere of the times, when the monks walked in.
If you don't have a sence for this expressions, you better should take a Hilton or HolydayInn or whatever.
the furniture and the paintings are as same as old as the monastery. They are also beautifull.

At least, what can I say to you?

I paid 350 $ for a doubleroom and if they would have given me an airmattress in a stowage, I would have been lucky, to stay in this great place.
but they gave me a wonderfull room, an extraordinary breakfast at the terrace and a full satisfying service.

Come and see the "Pearl of Mediterrane"

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is one of the most elegant hotels I have stayed in with high ceilings, beautiful corridors filled with amazing art, wonderful courtyard, great service.

We stayed with our family in deluxe sea-facing rooms. We had large, beautiful rooms with amazing views and nice balconies

Location is just down the steps from the main street of Taormina so reasonably quiet. There is a train line at the bottom of the cliff but the trains are quite infrequent

The restaurant was a bit too formal for me and the food quite average, so you are better off in any of the dozens of nice restaurants off the main street. We had a good meal at a restaurant called Granduca

The breakfast was what you would expect from what is regularly described as one of the best hotels in Europe

Most people choose between this and Grand Hotel Timeo - Timeo seemed very nice as well and the location is just off of Teatro Greco, but that makes it a bit off the main street. San Domenico is also much better value.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I stayed here in November, lovely place - very unlike a standard hotel. The place itself is like a museum or gallery - and the staff were very professional and attentive. The location is excellent in Taormina, with lovely views over the bay. I wouldn't like to drive in Taormina, and the roads, lanes and parking seemed tricky to navigate.
This hotel isn't a standard hotel, and some of the things you might expect now of a hotel of this type were not there. For example, the bathroom was not the usual pristine white and could do with being updated. The water and water pressure were again not as you would expect. The windows were 'vintage'. However when you see where the hotel is built and that the building is hundreds of years old, the good points outweigh everything else, and it's probably a good thing that there are still some hotels in the world some aspects are a bit different.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I stayed one night at the San Domenico Palace in November 2012 and we thought it was magnificent. The room was large and utterly comfortable, breakfast was included, and they gave us a free upgrade to one with a balcony over the ocean, even though we were paying with United Airlines miles instead of cash. The hotel was once an Abbey and has been combined with other houses of the period to make a lovely, rambling place filled with beautiful art, centered around a courtyard. It was reminiscent of the Danieli in Venice--a real treasure--and I would go back in a heartbeat. Next time I'm staying more than one night!

Room Tip: Spring for an ocean view room with a balcony--the view is spectacular and well worth it since the ba...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pied a terre in Sussex
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This exquisite hotel has not changed in all the years I have known and loved it. Wander in its gardens and go back in time, a time when Taormina was the destination for winter visitors, poets, writers and the aristocracy. I remember another time, more recently, when the 'grande maestro' Chico Schimone touched the keys of the piano in the bar lounge and produced magical moments. But the beauty of the San Domenico endures and captivates the modern traveller as it has done for so many years. For me it is quintiessentially Taormina and I think about it with nostalgia and affection.

Room Tip: This is an ex monastery although comfortable and well appointed, the rooms remains the rooms of anot...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about San Domenico Palace Hotel

Address: Piazza San Domenico 5, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Taormina
#11 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#16 Family Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — San Domenico Palace Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A LUXURY 5-STAR HOTEL ON THE EAST COAST OF SICILY The San Domenico Palace Hotel sits in a truly magnificent setting that has attracted people from ancient times. A luxury 5-star hotel in an ancient Dominican monastery, it has views over Mount Etna and Taormina Bay on the east coast of Sicily not far from Messina. Countless famous writers, artists and composers, came here to savour this unique spot at the very tip of Italy. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Palazzo San Domenico Taormina
Palazzo San Domenico Hotel Taormina
San Domenico Palace Hotel Taormina, Sicily

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