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San Domenico Palace Hotel
Ranked #12 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very special hotel”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a great hotel with a wonderful atrium off the lobby, serving drinks during cocktail hour. The rooms are all different with some being small and no balcony as was mine. I had a garden view which was lovely. I wanted to be on the first floor to avoid walking up steps. The rooms on the second floor had balconies with views of the sea. All rooms are different which adds to the charm of the hotel. No cookie-cutter rooms here like the chain hotels. The buffet breakfast was quite lavish and extensive. There was outdoor seating also. The garden at the back of the hotel was beautiful and tranquil with views of the sea. There were discrete seating areas where you could sit and read or just relax with a feeling of being in a private garden. The location of the hotel is very conveniently located near the main pedestrian shopping areas.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear Guest,

It is always a pleasure to receive positive feed back and I would like to thank you for have taking the time to share with us your experience and had described so well the difference of our rooms.
We do look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon next time you are visiting Taormina.

Kind regards
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistamt Manager
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

We have been visiting The San Domenico Palace for many years now and are always made to feel most welcome by all the front office staff, we are fortunate to stay in Room 362 every year, a superior deluxe room with balcony, it is worth the extra money to stay in this part of the building rather than the monastery side.
The only criticism I have is breakfast service, it can at best be organised chaos or a totally disorganized shambles when it comes to service. It really depends who is the Maitre d on duty, the tall man seems to be able to control with waiters more effectively. It gets rather tiring every morning to be told we have run out of this or that because we are very busy - they are busy every morning and should have enough mis en place.
Anyway breakfast aside this is a wonderful hotel, with good service everywhere else, be it by the pool, in the garden or housekeeping.
Note to Andresonville - that man hole cover in the road has been clack clacking for the last 5 years, I would almost miss it if the council fixed it.
Note to Hotel - get the wi fi sorted out, I only noticed after I left that I had been charged 9 euros for wi fi, and the day I was charged for this for 24 hours - I got 15 minutes usage.

Room Tip: Superior deluxe with balcony is a good sized room. The Classic Doubles in the monastery are a bit d...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear Guest

Please accept a big thank you from us for your recent review on San Domencio Palace. We were so pleased you really enjoyed the hotel and facilities. We do apologise for the service during breakfast , we are already on this matter. As you known San Domencio is your home so please feel free to contact me next time for any reason during your stay.

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Luisa Cacopardo
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

This hotel has a beautiful view and that is its best quality. The air conditioning does not work well and the internet wi fi access is a joke. There were two of us in the room with different schedules but we were only allowed one key. The in room safe did not work. The bathroom was large but had no place to put toiletries. The shower in the tub was almost impossible to use because it was on the side of the tub rather than the end so could hardly turn around in the shower. The staff were not particularly friendly or helpful

Room Tip: If you have any problem with stairs ask for a room on the first floor. There is no elevator
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,
thank you for taking the time to fill out a Trip Advisor rewiew of our hotel and to let us known something more regarding our service.
I am very sorry and surprise if our staff was not helpful and friendly. I will talk with them.
Thank you again and best regards
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We loved the hotel. We had a beautiful room with a terrace overlooking the see. All services were upscale. The breakfast salon has a great view , service is very good. The indoor patio is lovely, for afternoon cocktails.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,
thank you so much for your nice comments and description of our hotel. It’s always a pleasure for us to ear that you enjoy your stay with us.
I will forward your compliments at the entire staff.
Thank you again and best Sicilian regards!
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Plymouth, Michigan, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have wanted to stay at this hotel since first seeing it from an excursion bus window in 1993. We finally returned to beautiful Taormina and my dream came true this past week. The hotel is a wonderful old complex that was a palace converted to monastery, converted to German WW2 headquarters, converted to hotel. This history makes it so charming and wonderful in itself, but add to it the fact that you are perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean on one side and smoking Mt Etna on the other, while surrounded by bougainvillea studded gardens and terraces, and you have a real "movie setting" feeling. We found the staff to be helpful and friendly, but the waiters were not as solicitous as one would expect considering the prices of the dining and cocktails. Finished plates were left in front of us way too long as we lingered over a coffee, or returned from the breakfast buffet with another course and new plate.
Speaking of the breakfast buffet, it was very lavish with all kinds of choices, but a glaring disappointment was that in this land of abundant fresh fruit, the fruit offered was mostly canned, with some fresh pineapple and oranges. Where were the delicious melons that were offered at other meals with proscuitto at a hefty price? Where were the fresh strawberries that we saw being delivered? At prices of over $400/night, one would expect that!
The other thing that one would expect at those prices is complimentary internet. Not only did they charge for WiFi in the rooms, but it was such a slow connection and so intermittent, people would complain even if it were free!
All in all, we had a lovely stay at this hotel, but don't expect perfect air conditioning or rooms that might not have a musty smell in this very old property. That's not to say that the rooms were not beautiful. They were, but you must expect some inconveniences in a building with this history, and take it as going along with the charm. Those issues cannot really be helped, but the breakfasts and the internet could definitely be improved to match the charges.

Room Tip: Pay the premium for a sea view. That's what you're here for.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,
let us thank you for your feedback. Positive and negative comments are very important for us because they let us known something more of our hotel. Regarding Buffet Breakfast I am very sorry that you missed the fresh white melon that it comes with oranges and pineapple. Anyway please let me apologies for the inconveniences that you had at breakfast.
We hope to better serve you in the future.
Sincerely
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2014

There is little wrong about this place. The location within Taormina is good ( central yet quiet ), the historical connotations are excellent yet the comfort is everywhere. The views are superb right from the room and from the breakfast area. The gardens are magnificent, the staff helpful. So what can be improved ? Free Wifi in the rooms ( at present it is free in the common areas but paying in the rooms ), the choice of music in the cloister area ( relaxing bar type garden place ). Why do we need music at all in a place like this ? The noise of the road below can be a pain when one lies at the pool ( at least change the manhole cover which each car driving past dislodge ). For the rest ....heaven except maybe for the tariffs which I would label as purgatory !
By the way, be prepared to walk because the place is big.

Room Tip: a room with a sea view is a must
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Dear Andresonville,
thank you so much for your nice comments, it’s always a pleasure for us to ear that you enjoy your stay with us. We are working toh ave free wi-fi and we do hope to resolve as soon as possible the noices by the Pool
I will forward your compliments at the entire staff.
Thank you again and best Sicilian regards!
Luisa Cacopardo
Assistant Manager
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

We arrived in a rented Fiat 500 (to get the real Italian feeling and very useful too, driving in the narrow streets) and from the moment we were met by a very friendly and helpfull staff. We were impressed by the atmosphere in this old monastery. A comfortable room with a terrace and view over the sea, the excellent and original cuisine in the ** restaurant made our stay one we will always remember. We will return, because of Taormina, but also because of San Domenico palace, that's for sure.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Luisa C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Domenico Palace Hotel, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Dear Guest,

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay at the San Domenico, and thank you for taking the time to fill out a TripAdvisor review of our hotel. It was great to ear that you enjoy pur Michelin starred restaurant and that your experience with Fiat 500 take you inside the Italian feeling
We will look forward to welcome you back. If you choose to do so, please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make your next stay absolutely stellar.

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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