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San Domenico Palace Hotel
Ranked #11 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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Oriolo Romano, Italy
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Splendid location overlooking the mediterranean”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

A lovely converted monastry situated in well kept gardens, a nice swimming pool, a wonderful tiny restaurant "Prince Cerami". Breakfast good choice and good quality. Diningroom staff efficient and friendly. The staff in general is friendly but insufficient in numbers. No Concierge!! The rooms like the carpets need freshening up. The lift is old, small and slow. This is an expensive Hotel and therefore merits scrutiny. A five star Hotel with a three star service

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

Great location,incredible views,a converted Monastery which is truly well kept,renovated and spacy room,wonderful breakfast,cozy Bar and good food.The staff is well trained,we received good advice on trips,restaurants and shopping...everybody was very helpful..
Well worth the price!
We really recommend San Domenico Place Hotel..

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

A breakfast to die for! Very nice garden, excellent service and lovely building.

I stayed here on a family trip and had the luck to celebrate my birthday at the hotel. I was congratulated with complimentary champagne from the management, very much appreciated!

I would definitively recommend a visit to this hotel. So far, best hotel I've been to in Italy. They also have a sister hotel in Syracuse with just as lovely breakfast and a dining hall on the top floor. Worth a try!

Only negative, as with many other 5 star chains: Freakishly expensive internet, should be included for the price..

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

We had the first few days of our honeymoon here - and firstly were struck by the beauty of the old monastry. The hotel has a lovely feel and we enjoyed nosing around the parts of the old monastery. The swimming pool and gardens are lovely and well kept. The rooms are dissappointing i have to say - small and very dated. Gym facilities also not up to standard of a hotel of this quality. This is a well located hotel but certainly suits older tourists.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

My wife and I had a lovely stay here as part of our honeymoon. The nightly rate is in the expensive end compared to other offerings in Taormina but it was definitely worth it.

It was a stylish monastery and stylishly retains many of the original features. The rooms all have high ceilings and ours had a great sea view too.

The service from all the staff was excellent, from the chambermaids, pool attendants through to the front of desk staff.

We had a memorable dinner on the first night in the hotel's michelin starred restaurant sat on a veranda. Although it's the first time I'd seen a water menu, I wasn't convinced by this.

I'd certainly recommend drinks in the courtyard bar.

Prior to booking this hotel, I'd also considered the Grand Hotel Timeo. As it turned out we were extremely happy with the San Domenico Palace.

Our only reservation was that the internet wasn't included in the room rate.

If you're planning to celebrate a special occasion in Taormina (or even if you aren't), I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

My partner and l went to the San Domenica Palace Hotel on Sicily as it was a place we had always wanted to go. The drive from the airport took us past Mount Etna, which was still snow capped in late July. Arriving at the hotel we walked along the impressive approach to the hotel's main entrance and the reception desk just inside to the right. A large vase full of umbrellas just inside the door would hopefully go unused during our stay.
We were shown to a room in the newer part of the hotel. It was spacious though not quite what we had anticipated given the hotel's original use as a monastery. All was ok until about 4am when we were woken by the noise of the glass recycling collection emptying the skips of- we assume- an adjacent restaurant outside the hotel walls. Complaint brought an upgrade to what we had hoped for, a smaller room in the original part of the hotel that had formerly been a monastic cell. Intimate and comfortable with a direct outlook over the magnificent gardens, we were very happy.
The staff and facilities here are superb. Prossecho? and the full range of top end continental breakfast produce from cold meats through cheeses and bread, fruit, to cooked items and fruit juice/yoghurt and honey, to say nothing of croissants and jam, which we saw one young man demolish 6 of at a sitting. We did make the mistake of eating a pasta lunch the same day we had booked the Chateaubriand for two in the hotel restaurant. Again top end effort and l struggled to get through the lightest of starters and first course. When the main event arrived it was huge, seemingly almost half a cow between the two of us, with vegetables in supporting roles. Even the wine list, and this runs to a bound volume, best investigated the week before you go to the hotel if you get the chance!!! Washing the meal down with a fine red, Massimo and the crew were polite and attentive given the effort it was taking to do justice to their main couse. Still lesson learned in my case, it will not happen again. The gardens are laid out immediately beside the hotel and afford shaded nooks and seats among the borders. The pool is on a lower level and there were plenty of sun loungders as the week was initially poor weatherwise and people hadn't got into the habit of using the pool. The hotel, as might be expected, is a living museum, with frescoes and corridors to do "The Name of The Rose" proud and it doesn't take too much imagination to rewind several hundred years to the days it was a monastery. A central courtyard tops it off where bar staff patrol on a regular basis and anyone caught without a drink is invited to have one, though all in the politest of ways!! All in all we were sad to leave, and although the walking and historic sites had been great, we will be back, if only to do justice to the Chateaubriand for two. Yes the umbrellas were used in case you were wondering, the weather at the start of the week was pretty bad.

Room Tip: The older part of the hotel clearly offers more atmosphere. Rooms on the Taormina side run the risk...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dorset, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in October and it was an amazing experience. I booked a 'classic' room in the old part of the hotel as these rooms were the former monks' cells and I felt from the pictures that they had more character. When we arrived we were told we had been upgraded to a superior room, which I knew would be in the newer part of the building and which I had deliberately tried to avoid! However, when we were shown to the room, I was bowled over. We had a wonderful, large, terrace on 2 levels with views of the Greek Theatre, the town and the sea. It was truly spectacular and more than made up for lack of history in the room itself. The room was nice. Excellent bed and linens. Fantastic toiletries in full size bottles that were replenished throughout the stay. Turndown service at night. All in all, we felt we were pampered.

The gardens were beautifully laid out with discreet seating throughout. Breakfast was served in the restaurant or on the terrace according to the weather and, whilst it was buffet, it was extremely extensive. The staff were particularly good at ensuring items were topped up long before they ran out.

All in all, we had a wonderful time and enjoyed our experience in the hotel. We didn't eat dinner or go to the bar because the prices were extremely high but being in the middle of Taormina this didn't cause us any real problems and we found plenty of interesting places to eat and drink.

Room Tip: Rooms in the new wing have large excellent terraces and views.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: San Domenico Palace Hotel
Address: Piazza San Domenico 5, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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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:
#9 Luxury 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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San Domenico Palace Hotel Taormina, Sicily

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