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San Domenico Palace Hotel
Ranked #11 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Hellingly, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Superb!”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

After struggling to find our way to the hotel trough the winding and steep streets of Taormina, arriving ay San Domenico Palace was like stepping into a dream in which all is perfect and every need and wish attended to in advance. It's location offers perfect views of its surroundings and of Etna. The building is impeccably preserved and maintained, the rooms spacious and conveniently located, the gardens truly delightful. Breakfast is a superb banquet and dinner every time a special treat. The staff are courteous and immediately available when needed. A perfect stay to end our brief tour of Sicily. Simply superb.

Room Tip: Must not leave Taormina without trying the almond granite. Unless one intends to tour the surroundi...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for writing this extraordinary review of San Domenico Palace. Your comments are important for us we really appreciate them. It is pleasant to know that you like our buffet breakfast and especially that you have tried our cuisine.
I wiil personally forward your nice comments to our staff they will feel proud of this.
We do hope to welcome you back in Taormina and at the San Domenico .

Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Seeing the sunrise from the large balcony is an outstanding experience.
The hotel is very well maintained, has everything you can dream of in this class (5*),
breakfast is great, robes and spa shoes in the room are in order.
We had a wonderful stay there, and will definitely come again.

Room Tip: Have a sea view room - it's amazing.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your large balcony and especially the Sicilian Sunrise!

It will be our pleasure to welcome you back for another memorable stay at the San Domenico Palace.
Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Absolutely brilliant hotel. We stayed here for 6 nights in March in a deluxe room. As it was off-peak season the hotel was not very busy, but still absolutely enchanting. The views from our room were unforgettable - we had a small balconette. The food was spectacular - the breakfast exquisite and the dinner lovely - unfortunately the michelin starred restaurant was not open for another few weeks. The rooms have Molton Brown toiletries, amazing cotton bed sheets which are changed every day and the staff were very helpful, cheery and prompt. The gardens are absolutely beautiful even in this early season. Internet is available free in the lobby throughout the stay. A most wonderful unforgettable break! The only problem was when the weather was bad, the wind was very loud. Cristina at the spa was really great (though the spa itself is just one room)- the massages are very well-priced for a 5star hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, April 13, 2014
Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for your beautiful and precious suggestion especially on our buffet breakfast. I will personally forward your nice comment to Cristina and the rest of our team.
We do hope to welcome you back in the future.

Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

I adore Italy, especially Sicily. The San Domenico Hotel made the experience even better. Staff is friendly always tidying your room. always fiving beautiful soaps. The grounds are gorgeous full of beautiful flowers. the rooms are a delight. Spacious and very convinient! The breakfast is phenomenal! A gigantic table full of Italian treats. All tables on the balcony overlook the shimmering turquoise Sicilian sea. Couldn't have asked for more!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your nice comments regarding your stay with us at the San Domenico Palace we really appreciate them. We are glad to ear that you spent same unforgettable moment with us, further more, that you had enjoyed our buffet breakfast.
Thank you again and best Sicilian regards.
Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Jericho, New York
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Beautiful hotel in a beautiful city. The garden, lobby and public areas of this former monastery are tranquil and well appointed. Our suite had a private balcony with a fabulous view of the sea. It is a short walk to the picturesque town of Taormina with interesting shops, great restaurants and historical points of interest.
Very reminiscent of the Amalfi coast

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Guest,
let us thank you for your feedback and nice comments you had write on Trip Advisor about our Hotel and Taormina. We are glad to ear that you spent some unforgettable moment with us.
Best Sicilian regards.
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

My girlfriend and I came to sicily for 2 weeks and hired a car to try and see as much of the island as possible. We got tickets to see Mark Knopfler in the Greek Theatre so we took a drive over to Taormina from Palermo and the whole experience was out of this world from start to finish. We found it difficult to decide where to stay in Taormina because there are so many beautiful hotels. You cannot go far wrong but The San Domenico Palace is not just a 5 star hotel, this is a life experience. It is by far the best hotel we have ever stayed in our lifetime by a long stretch and have stayed in some great places over the years.

Rooms are fantastic, bathroom is very fashionable. I loved the tiles and fixtures. The bed was super comfy with nice material on the blankets. 99% of the rooms face the sea and the view is breathtaking, even the view of the hotel grounds is beautiful.

The only problem you may encounter is the price, but in my opinion it was worth every penny. the price reflects everything, because you do get the best. You get the best view, the best food, wine, service, facilities. There is no messing about, if you are chilling by the pool and want food or a drink...... bang its there and it will be the tastiest drink/food you've ever had.

The pool was great and the service impeccable, the highlight of my day was relaxing by the pool having a few delicious pina coladas (16 euros a pop), and having our evening meal in their michelin star restaurant which came to 400 euros for the two of us with wine. The food was great but it is all about the view, setting and service. Just one thing to note is they brought us 'samples' from the chef to try, which we did and they were delicious but they went on the bill so be careful not to get carried away. We had a cute table on the balcony overlooking the ships in the bay and the staff will literally do anything to help. They have a 6 month waiting list and we hadn't booked, as it was my girlfriends birthday they some how managed to fix us a table and was a perfect end to our evening. The wasps are really annoying but this is life and there isn't much they can do about them, just make sure you don't wear aftershave before the meal.

The breakfast was phenomenal and I can only compare it to the Waldorf Astoria sunday brunch in New York. They have a massive spread and you can get just about anything and all fresh.

The service desk was incredibly helpful, they always seem very busy but they do not keep you waiting for a long time they work very hard to make sure you get everything you need. We got a cab to the teatro greco as we were rushing for time but it actually would have been quicker to walk. Taormina is a special place. If you don't come this time put it on your bucket list. If somebody told me it was heaven I would have believed them

I could talk all day about this place but the long and short of it is if you are considering staying here and your overall experience is worth more than price book it and don't look back.

Room Tip: We booked a non sea view and got a sea view as apparently all rooms face the sea. Absolutely spectac...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing your amazing review. You had described the San Domenico Palace so well that I can feel your happiness, walking true the hotel and Taormina.
It is wonderful to read that all our staff provided you with excellent service throughout your stay (front desk and Principe Cerami’s restaurant). We will be sure to pass along the compliments to them and I will personally be thanking them.
I hope to welcome you back at the San Domenico Palace Hotel.
Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
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San Gwann, Malta
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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

This was the second time we chose San Domenico Palace for our short weekend break. We returned this Spring following our great experience last October. The property is just magical which words cannot describe - you will surely not be disappointed with the fantastic 15th century architecture and with the very high standard of renovation.
The staff of the hotel are all courteous and pleasant, making your break that much more special. Everybody greets you with a smile and goes that extra mile to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Credit is especially due to the doorman (Alessandro, I think) who took super care of our Ferrari & Audi parked in the hotel yard.
The rooms are properly maintained and cleanliness is obviously a priority of the hotel.
Although the Breakfast spread is great, kitchen staff were still happy to cook our requests which were not available on the spread.
Thank you for yet another memorable stay in Taormina. We will surely be back soon.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your comments we really appreciate them. I am very glad that you enjoyed your stay at the hotel. It is valuable for us to know that our staff provided everything you need and that you enjoyed the food of our Les Bougainvillèes’ restaurant.
I will thank Antonio, our doorman, for his superb service and we hope to welcome you for the third time at the San Dominico Palace.
Sincerely

Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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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:
#10 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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