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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 88 hotels in Taormina
buenos aires
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

My husband and decided to stay at the hotel after reading reviews.
The hotel is beautiful, well maintained, and it has amazing views.
The service and the ambiance are excellent.
We had a room with a small terrace, a table and chairs, but we could not enjoy it as much since it was cold and rainy some days. The room was large, comfortable, included a small living room. The bathroom was beautiful and large as well.
We had dinner daily at the hotel. The menu offered a variety of options, which were all very good, very home-made style. Excellent quality of ingredients. The dinner was served at the terrace where breakfast was also served every morning. The breakfast also offered multiple options from home made pastries, to prosciutto.
The terrace view is beautiful facing the Etna, the sea, the mountains. You can also stay at the terrace in the afternoon, just to relax.
It was my first visit to Sicily. I celebrated my birthday there. The Chef cooked a special meal for me and it was exquisite!
Because it is located high, there is a shuttle to get to the main town to and from the hotel. We decided to walk, though. The walk is through a nice path, surrounded by trees, plants and outstanding views.It takes 20 minutes to get to the main town streets, where shops and restaurants are located.
I definitely recommend to stay here during your visit to Sicily.

  • 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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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We were back again in June and the staff, food and views were just as fantastic as the year before. Paulo and the team are so friendly and helpful, you sense that they truly care about you having a great break, not like some places where it is obviously just a job. I mentioned how much I liked a local Sicilian salami that they served at their delicious breakfast buffet, and the team immediately sourced one for me to take home. Even the cleaners and maintenance team make that extra effort to be friendly and helpful. The downside, as with last year, is that eventually you have to leave....

  • Stayed June 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We visited Taormina for 4 nights and chose this hotel based on previous reviews, and we were not disappointed! They have amazing service from start to finish, and it is obvious they pride themselves in that. There were welcome cocktails when we arrived, and they sat right down with us to explain on the map where we were and how the shuttles worked. There are free shuttles that run all day to take you down into the main old city. The food was amazing, and we ate at the hotel restaurant everynight except one (and only to try another amazing restaurant in town that specialized in truffles). I ordered the tagliatelle, at least three times. The service in the restaurant was outstanding, they would do anything for you, and they made amazing mojitos. They also will bring dinner into your room if you would prefer to eat on your balcony, which we did a couple of times at no charge! We had a junior suite, which had two balconies, with amazing views of the water and Mount Etna! I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, and you will not be disappointed. What a gem!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 June 26, 2013

The Villa Ducale really does deserve all of the praise and great ratings!

Other than seconding all the great reviews by my fellow guests here are some points I found:

1. I stayed in the Garden room (#15). While there was no view the room was great. It was cool, comfortable, with a big closet, nice bathroom, and not as expensive. We spent most of our time on the common porch or in the hot tub. You are not going to miss anything if you can't afford the suites. There are a few steep steps down to get into our room. Santi and Alessi were very helpful and really made you feel welcome.

2. Have at least one dinner there. Santina is an excellent cook. And Elie is a personable and efficient server. Then you can watch the beautiful view come alive with twinkling lights during dinner.

3. After the winding road up to the hotel, we were grateful to leave the car with the valet (10 euros a day) and arrange to take advantage of the shuttles. Down in the morning, we would come back around 3, then go back down for dinner. It was a hassle free, designated driver, no parking, way to enjoy the town and commute back to the hotel. Although I don't remember their names the drivers were all courteous, prompt and skilled at navigating that road!

All in all I really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed June 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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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear Bowfinn,
I would like to particularly thank you for the wonderful and trustful review you posted on TA regarding your recent stay with us.
Yes we have one dbl room that has no sea view (it is clearly stated when booking it) that we call courtyard view room; it is cheaper than most rooms but has exactly the same facilities and functionalities of all Villa Ducale rooms.Then its guests can fully take advantage of all hotel common spaces where the wonderful view is plentiful !
I want to thank you for pointing this out as sometimes people are doubtful about reserving it or not.
I am also glad to hear that you fully enjoyed your stay and enjoyed our excellent drivers, their names are Dylan and Sagare, they are two lovely sweet guys, they feel proud that you praised them!

Kind regards,
Mr. Andrea Quartucci, the owner of Villa Ducale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The hotel is located up a very windy road at the very top of Taormina. The views are spectacular. Our room was very spacious with breathtaking views. The drawback to the hotel was being located up so high, we had to reach the town by a staircase of steps that were easy to go down, but a bear to go up. We certainly burned a lot of calories that way! But seriously, the location was a bit inconvenient. They had a free shuttle, but there were not enough times that it made it that convenient. The staff was very helpful, but at times seemed a bit distant. The breakfast that was complimentary was very substantial. There were a lot of little things that made your stay very comfortable that they provided. We thought it was a very pretty hotel, but we preferred Hotel Imperiale, which was a much better value in our opinion. Their breakfast was better, their TV reception gave us many more English channels to watch at night when we wanted to wind down, their pillows were softer, the staff friendlier, and the location was more convenient.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, June 27, 2013
This review is faked and we have asked Tripadvisor to please check it and cancel it. It praises another hotel in Taormina but they did not write a review about that hotel.
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Sydney, Australia
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Many people asked us why we didn't stay at Grand Hotel Timeo instead of here - obviously they hadn't read TripAdvisor! And we are glad we had! Despite the location being up the hill instead of right in the city centre, we actually preferred this, as exiting Timeo you would be immersed in the tourist throng.
Firstly, the room at Villa Ducale was great - we had a Deluxe Suite situated on the other side of the road from the breakfast room and reception; nice and quiet, and huge room - huge bath, couch, terrace and lovely bed.
Secondly the staff were second to none. The manager Paolo is great, and speaks perfect english. The breakfast staff are the same people who service your room - they are so lovely and caring.
Thirdly - the food - we actually ate dinner here quite a lot, as we had already been travelling for a month by then and were sick of having to go out to dinner. The meals were simple but good quality - lots of pasta, salads and grilled meats. Breakfast was wonderful and my gluten free requirements were more than taken care of - biscuits, bread and cakes were provided for me.
Lastly - car parking. it was 10Euro a day I think, but given the drivers in Sicily we are glad we had it parked off the street!
Overall I wouldn't hesitate recommending this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms on other side of the road are more private and quieter, except for ones right near the road.
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  • Stayed April 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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We spent a week here in 2011 and could not wait to return. How do you improve on perfection? Well, Rosaria and her wonderful team had made some decorative changes to our room, all delightful, and we had a memorable stay again. The weather in the third week of May was superb and the magnificent views of the beautiful bay and Mount Etna are incomparable. Everything at this wonderful hotel is excellent, from the start to the finish of every day's stay.

We hired a car from Catania airport, and this gave us the freedom to travel to some of the beautiful sights of Sicily, including the ancient city of Syracuse and the incredible Greek temples at Agrigento, as well as being able to drive down to the town of Taormina whenever we wanted. However, for people who don't want to rent a car, the hotel provides convenient and frequent free shuttle service to and from Taormina, just a few minutes away by minibus. This is a very useful service especially in the evening as it allows you to have a few glasses of wine with dinner, if you wish, as you don't have to drive afterwards.

  • 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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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear A.R.,
it was so so nice to have you and your wife back to Villa Ducale after two years and it was wonderful to hear that you found our hotel even better than before. We have many reapeted guests , this is a big pride for me , we try to work hard for all of you and we love you all !
Please come back soon,
with my best regards
Rosaria Quartucci
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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*
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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