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“Stunning views and the best place to wake up in Taormina” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Ducale
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 89 Hotels in Taormina
Sliema, Malta
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Stunning views and the best place to wake up in Taormina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

We only had little time to spend at this beautiful hotel, however, enjoyed every bit of it. In the morning a great Sicilian breakfast menu awaited us together with stunning views onto Mount Etna from the hotel terrace. Really looking forward to coming back!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

There's a reason why this hotel is rated #1 in Taormina. Actually, there are several reasons. First and foremost, the staff. Every single person seems to be dedicated to ensuring that you have the best possible stay in Taormina. Paolo and Santi and all the employees of the hotel are wonderful. Second, the location. High above the town, looking down on terraces and up at the peak of Mt. Etna from the dining room. Third, the thoughtful conveniences like a free shuttle into town and the availability of dinner-to-order from the genuine Sicilian cook in the kitchen. Plus great breakfasts. Fourth, the connection with the #2 hotel in town, the excellent Villa Carlotta, where Rosaria is the gracious hostess. You can enjoy dining or swimming there, just a short walk from some of the most spectacular sights in town.

One caution. There are only sixteen rooms at the Villa Ducale, and many people come back there every year. So book well in advance. It will be one of the most romantic experiences of your life.

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Brussels, Belgium
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

They forgot our birthday cake but still an amazing place with kind service. They do their best but sometimes lacks professionalism. Rooms are perfect. Clean.
I would definitely come back. Breakfast is just perfect. Well located at the top of taormina.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear guests from Brussels,
thank you so much for your very nice comment about your recent stay at Villa Ducale.
I am sorry that although you found our hotel to be an amazing place with kind service you mentioned that we forgot your birthday cake. After speaking to our staff they said you never ordered any birthday cake but simply asked in a very very busy evening if we could provide you instantly a candle; the candle did not arrive as at the moment we didn' t have any. Normally birthdays and anniversaries are our "core business" so if you had requested a cake you would have had ready on your table, for sure .I think it isn't true that we have lack of professionalism, however like any human being we are not perfect, so if you were disappointed in some way I apologize for that.
We are very happy to hear that you will come back, this time your cake will be right on the table, anniversary or not !
Kind regards,
Mrs. Rosaria Quartucci,the owner
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Hertfordshire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

From the time we arrived which was quite late in the eveing, the hotel had laid on a wonderful meal for us consisting of cold meats and salads with several Sicilian Speciality dishes. The view was absolutely amazing Our rooms were just wonderful and our whole experience at the Villa Ducale could not have been more special. We would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Dear Adelaide 23,
it was so nice to read your lovely review and thank you for staying with us from so far away such as Australia ! Thank you for your praises, as you noticed our staff is all focused on guests' satisfaction and life experience.
We would love to have you back one day in the future !!!!!
Kind regards from Rosaria Quartucci, the owner
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I Stayed here quite sometime ago but completely forgot to add my review! The staff were so friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble! A real gem in an amazing place. I stayed on my own whilst on business in the area. The breakfast area had a relaxed atmosphere but was every so tasty! I can see why they win so many awards!

Amazing views of Mount Etna!

Keep it up - i will be returning! :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 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, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Villa Ducale for 12 nights in August 2012 for our Honeymoon. Initially we booked a Junior Suite, but were delighted to be upgraded to a Deluxe Suite with a view overlooking the Strait of Messina. We arrived in the evening and were greeted by the very friendly and very helpful Antonio who guided us out to the hotel’s terrace. Even though it was dark, we could still make out the magnificent Mount Etna rising before us. We were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco each and we ordered a delicious meal from the menu (Lasagne for me, Tortellini for him). Finally, after a busy wedding week - we were in total relaxation mode! More excitement ensued when we saw our suite, decorated in traditional Sicilian style, with the aforementioned terrace overlooking the Strait of Messina, a complimentary bottle of Prosecco on ice, and a hot tub outside. The next morning we were even more stunned by the view from the main hotel terrace, we couldn't stop gazing out at the sublime smoking Etna over breakfast, I think we had to keep pinching ourselves to realize where we were. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe breakfast – so many mouth-watering choices...and make sure you try afternoon tea from 4-6pm at least once. Although Villa Ducale is a good bit from the beach this is not a problem whatsoever, the shuttle service is second to none. Make sure you book it though, we forgot a few times and had to get taxis - not cheap at 15 Euros a go. There's also a local bus service, but as we were on holiday time we kept missing it. Alternatively you can walk down the many steps from Via Madonna della Rocca to town. We did this a number of times, but only in the morning or evening so we didn’t collapse from heat exhaustion! Hotel shuttles go to town and to two of the beach clubs; they'll also bring you to Villa Carlotta if you want a dip in the pool. You can also get the Funivia from town to Mazzaro beach, and then walk a little bit over to the public beach at the aptly named Isola Bella. During our stay we did a couple of tours, one to the Aeolian Islands (we were lucky to see an eruption on Stromboli!), and one to Etna. We did the Etna-Alcantara off-road tour with Legendary Sicily. It was amazing - and Eddie our tour guide was fantastic, so knowledgeable and really sound (as we say in Ireland). The staff at Villa Ducale will help you with your itineraries and booking tours, they're a mine of information so make sure you chat to them about what you'd like to do. Right, what else? Oh, Castelmola - the beautiful, if somewhat precariously-perched village above Taormina. Walk up there if you can, it only takes about 20-30 minutes from Villa Ducale, and is so worth it for the panoramic views at the top. We ate at Villa Ducale on a few of the nights, and thought the food was delicious; we also ate at many of the lovely restaurants in Taormina (that's for other reviews!). Also, a little tip – there’s a lovely restaurant a couple of minutes walk from Villa Ducale, it’s called Al Saraceno, and it’s on Via Madonna della Rocca. We ate there on a couple of nights when we didn’t feel like heading into town, but we wanted a change from the hotel. It’s definitely worth a visit for both the food and the wonderful open air terrace overlooking – you guessed it – our favourite volcano! I want the last thing I say to be about the staff. I’ve found that in a lot of hotels staff can be either too aloof or too close for comfort. The Villa Ducale staff seem to have found the winning formula, and have got the balance just right. They are friendly, courteous, and helpful - all without being overly intrusive. We hope to be back for a future anniversary!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This hotel is one of the best boutique hotels I have stayed in. Booked hotel due to positive reviews, which were all true. Transfer from the airport to the hotel and back was booked directly as we didn't rent a car knowing that the hotel offers a shuttle service to the centre and back. We were made welcome from our first step in the hotel. Upon check in we sat down at a table enjoying great views of Taormina from the terrace; my wife and i were offered prosecco whilst my 3 yr old drank some juice as a welcome drink. The receptionist gave us all the information needed as she sat with us making us feel very comfortable and 'home'. All our luggage's were taken to our room upon arrival whilst we enjoyed our drink overlooking the view. The room that was allocated to us was great, not big but ideal, with 2 beds, en suite bathroom, a balcony and a terrace - views were amazing day and night. We decided to dine at the hotel on 2 or 3 occasions. Although they do not offer a wide range of dishes, what was offered was always fresh and well prepared, cooked in traditional ways - offering anything from salad, pasta, grills, seafood and fish. Breakfast was great, afternoon tea normal and the per dinner drinks and appetizers very well presented. All the staff were very polite and spoke English very well. Our daughter was made to feel like a small princess as she was greeted with everyone by her first name. Taormina is a great place to visit. We were there in October and the weather was nice and sunny. Although for us it was a short break we really enjoyed it and will be back....to the same hotel for sure.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Address: via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
#1 Family Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Ducale 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Taormina Hotel Villa Ducale is small luxury boutique hotel perched in an elevated position above the centre of Taormina km 1,3) commanding a unique outstanding view over the Mediterranean sea and Mount Etna.Our hotel,member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, is incredibly pretty, with flowers and colours adorning every angle, and a view to die for.Each and every bedroom has been individually designed with the highest attention to detail, furnished with great taste in a mix of Sicilian contemporary and traditional style, and each has its own private panoramic terrace or balcony.The hotel is able to offer a variety of personalised services, such as cooking lessons, wine tasting and tailor made meals, special romantic candle-lit dinners which can be arranged easily with the super friendly staff.Eleven Double rooms and six suites with full aminities and free wi-fi connection. ... more   less 
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Ducale Hotel Taormina
Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily

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