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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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“Lovely hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

As the other reviews mention, this is a lovely review. The decor was the best by far of any of the hotels we stayed in on our Italy trip. The staff is good and the waiters and shuttle bus drivers were amazing. We got a superior room with a larger patio which was very nice. The happy hour is great and the free snacks lovely but do be careful. The drinks are not cheap and it can add up quite a bit. A beer was 7 euro when in town a large bottle is less than 2. I get that you pay more at a hotel but it was a lot more. The shuttle service was great and I appreciated it a ton as the hotel is a bit out of town and the stairs down are a lot to do every day. Parking was 10 euro a day. Overall, it's a lovely escape with the most amazing view but as people mention, it is a bit out of town. The breakfasts were great and the dinners nice but I would venture out to the town as well for dinner as we found some great options there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Dear Julie T from Seattle,
we would like to thank you for taking the time to post a lovely review after your recent stay at Villa Ducale.
For what concerns your complain regarding the beer cost please let me tell you something; first of all a big bottle of beer does not cost euro 2,00 in any European town except cheap supermarkets but what I would like to point out is that you did not get simply a regular beer but a small brewery beer and the price includes a tray of canapes and delicious small sweeties served in silver plates and crystal glasses. If you go to London and have a cup of tea, you can pay a simple cup of tea two pounds in a plastic mug at Stairbucks or go to a lovely elegant tea room in Chelsea or Kensington with elegant seating area served with fine buscuits and a luxury service and pay 5 times more ....
this is up to anyone's choice.
Kind regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is definitely one of the most beautiful hotels I've stayed in. Amazing staff, stunning decor and food. Amazing views of Sicily. Everyone went out of their way to ensure our stay was perfect, and I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Of all the hotels that I have stayed in the staff at Villa Ducale were the nicest and most helpful. The view from the terrace, where breakfast is served is breathtaking and the one lunch we had at the hotel was simple and delicious.

There is a shuttle service to and from town that runs on a schedule, but the hotel was willing to run an extra shuttle if our timing did not correspond to the schedule. As member of staff remarked, “feel that this is your home” and indeed one does feel it.

One negative point as the quality of sleep, which is paramount in a 4 or 5 star hotel. Our room, a junior suite (number 2) was across the street from the hotel. On the road side the noise of passing cars although not excessive is perturbing. However on the valley side, with its view of Calabria, we couldn’t leave the windows open due to excessive dog barking, and they go at it all night. It was a pity since the weather during our visit was cool enough to sleep with open windows.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, May 15, 2013
Dear HaziG from Paris,
I would like to thank you for having posted a very nice comment about your recent stay at Villa Ducale with high marks. I also would like to apologize for your sleep which was disturbed by some passing by barking dogs; since we are a little away from the town center normally Villa Ducale is the quietest place of Taormina but also being in the country side may cause some "nature sounds" like barking dogs, birds singings, etc which normally do not cause any problem to our guests; we suggest to shut the windows and sleep in total peace !!
Warmest regards from my self and Villa Ducale staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

This place is truly amazing and the most memorable part of our stay in Italy. The minute we arrived after half a day of travel from Sorrento, we were greeted by santino, paulo and a glass of wine each amongst incredible views over Taormina, Mt Etna and the bay of Messina. This place is faultless - the dinner is fantastic as if we were dining at Nonna's house, the breakfast is all local produce and the best breakfast we have had after travelling 5 weeks through France and Italy, even the bathroom was stocked with face moisturisers, make up remover and my favourite: Ferragamo conditioner! (the little things make the biggest different) Importantly, the staff were like friends and really went out of their way to provide us with the honeymoon surprise of Prosecco & strawberries, Almond wine and also assisting us with tours and our transfers over to our next destination. We loved this place so much and would recommend it to everyone travelling to sicily.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We always heard that Taormina was special but staying in the right hotel also makes is even more magical!

We arrived at the hotel after driving on the autostrada from Siracusa trying to survive the Sicilian traffic and driving up the hill to the hotel in a stressful state that it was so lovely to be greeted by handsome Paolo and Alessia (sorry if this is wrong)! Being the passenger in the car (my partner was enjoying the scary driving albeit the stress), I was so relieved to have arrived in one piece!!!!! Therefore the welcome drink was just what I needed to put myself together again... we stepped on to the terrace and all my stress just flew out of my body!!! WOW! What an AMAZING view!!!

The view was breathtaking... our start to our four day stay in Taormina began beautifully. Our room was specious and comfortable with an amazing view (room 16). The staff were amazing and so very kind. They made you feel so at home which is very rare. A special thank you to Santi forall your help also for helping our friends get a taxi on such short notice. We were told that Sicilians were kind, it's even more than that - they love Sicily and their kindness reflects that, which is so touching.

We ate 3 nights of the 4 we stayed there and ordered special menus cooked by Mamma - sooooooo good and we recommend that you do this - discovered dried tuna roe pasta, just out of the world and her salt crust baked fish was divine!!! Our waiter (all my apologies for not remembering your name) made it all so wonderful too.

During tea time they pamper us with cakes and at aperitif time to canapes. Everything was just soooooooooo delicious. Breakfast was a real feast with so much to eat! My favourite moment was the Campari soda time on the terrace for aperitif...

If you are just visiting Taormina, we recommend that you do not rent a car unless you wish to travel to other places. We had a rent a car because we went to Siracusa before Taormina but once it was parked for us, we never took it out of the car park! The hotel can arrange for pick ups to/from airport. The hotel organises free transport to the town centre throughout the day and if you want to go the the beach, there are pick ups also. Everything is just so well organised and you hardly have to worry about anything. This was very much appreciated.

My partner and I are now working out how to get back, we loved it so much. It will not be until next year unfortunately owing to work schedules, however we definately will go back to enjoy the Villa Ducale again.

A very big thank you to Paolo and his team, WE LOVED IT!

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We arrived at Villa Ducale at 8.45 p.m., tired, confused from driving vertically for ten minutes and in need of a drink. We were greeted with handshakes, a warm welcome, and taken straight in to the dining area for that drink and a look at the menu (dinner is only served until 8.30 so we were the last expected guests). The view from the dining terrace is utterly breathtaking! At night it is a sea of sparkling lights as one looks down on the town of Taormina. By day it is a huge canvas of roof-tops and lanes and Mount Etna. After a wonderful breakfast we booked the hotel shuttle-bus to take us down to the main street in Taormina which was very busy with two cruise liner groups of tourists but still pleasant enough. We went off the main drag to find somewhere for lunch which was very pleasant. Taxied back to the hotel in time for drinks on the terrace and, later, dinner. All the staff at Villa Ducale were helpful and full of good advice regarding the route to Cefalu. Our room was beautifully furnished, very comfortable and had a lovely little terrace with that stunning view. Would definitely return to this delightful little hotel.

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We had a fantastic time staying at the Hotel Villa Ducale for four nights on honeymoon, The staff were incredible - very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. We felt so at home and enjoyed the amazing setting with views over the bay and across to Mount Etna from the fantastic terrace.

The breakfasts are also incredible!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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 Family Hotel in Taormina
#1 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Ducale 4*
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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