The rave reviews really are true -- this is a unique and special hotel set atop a hillside with spectacular views of the ocean below and Mt. Etna up above. The best part of the hotel is the service, which is top-notch. Paolo and the rest of the staff are unfailingly willing to help with tours, driving directions, train schedules, etc. The airport transfers they arranged for us both on arrival and departure went perfectly. We also loved the breakfast buffet every morning (which was included). All of the food was locally produced (breads, cheeses, meats, pastries) and so was fresh and delicious. We had dinner at the hotel one night and loved the food -- my husband for spaghetti with octopus and I had tagliatelli bolognese and we split a caprese salad. Everything was terrific, Now for the room...it was a little larger than many European hotel rooms (certainly much bigger than what you'd get in a comparably-priced hotel in Rome), clean, and comfortable. The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub, which was great. The view from the terrace outside the room was awesome -- there was a small table and chairs and a view of the sea and Etna (same view, essentially, as from the breakfast area but a floor or two below). Finally, we loved the walk into town -- down many steps -- and usually took the free hotel shuttle back up at night. We highly recommend this hotel and hope to return.
- Also Known As:
- Ducale Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily
- 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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