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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 #14 of 89 Hotels in Taormina
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“heaven on earth!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Most wonderful place in all regards! The view of the sea, and of the hotel's surrounding patios and gardens is most tranquil and colorful. Dining in the magnificent dining room is a very delightful experience. But most of all, just roaming the beautiful gardens, and interior spaces, is a feast for the eyes! Would love to return......

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
Dear Frances80,

I would like to thank you for your review about your stay at the San Domenico Palace. I am glad to know that you enjoyed your stay in the hotel and we would like to thank you for the special mention and description of our garden. It's true that the colors and smell thta you can see and feel walking into it , gives the sensation to stay in heaven.
We hope to welcome you back in Taormina and in our Hotel.
Best Sicilian regards!
Luisa Cacopardo
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

If you do not have the budget for a room, take at least an afternoon tea to enjoy the place.
There is a very pleasant internal patio, where you can take good quality teas and small pastries for an affordable price.
Even if you do not lodge at the hotel, you will be warmly welcomed.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacrestia, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Thank you for your comments we really appreciate it. It is valuable for us to know that our staff warmely welcome you and that you enjoyed our afternoon tea.
Thank you for the suggestion about the possibility to take a cup of the in the ancient settings of our cloister

Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We spent 5 nights and enjoyed an amazing New Year's eve gala dinner. The hotel's location and setting are ideal. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Breakfast buffet was superb. TV needs more English-speaking channels.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Sacrestia, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for writing this extraordinary review of San Domenico Palace. Your remarks are wonderful and we really appreciate it.
Best regards
Luisa Cacopardo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is the most magnificent of hotels - its location, its opulence and its fantastic service. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Mount Etna and overlooking the ocean, with tropical gardens, it is peaceful and quiet. We were there on a four day break in November and it wasn't the summer season so it wasn't full which I'm sure made it all the nicer. The staff are simply first class, they could not have been more helpful and pleasant and five stars must go to the wonderful guys who parked and got our car every morning. Also top marks to the front desk who were consistently charming and excellent to deal with. I had a deluxe room which was pretty much on the small side and a little on the dark side but as we were so rarely there it didn't matter. If I was being very picky I would say the rooms - which are decorated traditionally - could have done with a lick of paint but everything was spotless and clean and you really couldn't fault housekeeping in any way.
My one moan - as with so many hotels - is that although wireless was free in the lobby areas, you had to pay a hefty amount for daily access. But otherwise a truly wonderful hotel in which to relax and take it easy.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacrestia, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Dear Guest,
thank you so much for your nice comment.It is always a pleasure to receive positive feed back. We are very glad that you had the time to enjoy our garden and the entire property. We hope to welcome you back with (maybe) free wi-fi in all the area!
Best regards
Luisa Cacopardo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We spent seven nights at the hotel. The features and surroundings were great and the staff always able and willing to help. Old building but our room was well appointed. Car parking service was great!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sacrestia, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Guest,
we appreciate your nice comments regarding your stay at the San Domenico Palace. We are glad to ear that you spent same unforgettable moment with us.
It will be our pleasure to welcome you back soon for another stay in our hotel and Taormina
Luisa Cacopardo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We had a great time in Taormina in December 2013 and much of this was because we had San Domenico as our base. It was absolutely deserted and we think there was only a few more couples there, but we did not mind this at all as we wanted a relaxing trip. The main pluses for the hotel are the location, which is right near the centre of town and its position, looking onto the bay and back into Taormina. They have lovely little terraces where you can relax through the day (and when its sunny in December you can still do that), the rooms are spacious and have great high ceilings. As others have said, the staff were very friendly and helpful and we appreciated the little touches, such as the complementary prosecco and little sweets that arrived in the room. Only down point was that there was not free access to internet in the rooms and this did not really feel like five star treatment (as it is free in some many other hotels), there was free access in the lobby (but only for 24hrs after you first log on). I did also try out the gym, which was slightly dated but usable.

Overall though, brilliant place to stay and would recommend it.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sacrestia, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Guest,
let us thank you for your feedback and nice comments you had write on Trip Advisor. Positive and negative comments are an important source for us because they let us known something more of our hotel. We are glasd that you have jopined of our sun and warm temperature that normally guests can find during the month of December.
Thank you agin and best regards
Luisa Cacopardo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed in San Domenico Palace a week ago. You felt like living in a real palace. High ceiling windows with magnificent ocean view. The weather is gorgeous in December Taomina. Surprisingly There was no mosquito issue. The hotel staff were friendly. Breakfast buffet was great. It would be more enjoyable if they serve breakfast close to the big balcony in the same floor.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sacrestia, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Guest,
we really appreciate your nice comments regarding your stay with us at the San Domenico Palace. We are glad to ear that you spent same nice moment with us. Especially that you had describe our buffet breakfast and that you had notice that there wsa not mosquito issue .
Thank you again and best Sicilian December regards.
Luisa Cacopardo
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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
#10 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#16 Family Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — San Domenico Palace Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 108
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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