We stayed at Hotel Villa Ducale from 30th August to 6th September 2011. Without doubt it was an experience we would love to repeat!
We arrived at night and were warmly greeted by Luca who, after serving us with a welcome glass of Prosecco, showed us to our room which was No. 23. Our first impression was the wonderful smell in the room. The bathroom was superb, the bed comfortable, the furnishings rustic and it was decorated in typical Sicilian fashion. Our terrace was extremely large with two sun loungers of very high quality, a Sicilian table and two wrought iron chairs. It was gorgeous and we were absolutely delighted to be spending a week in this room.
Our room was cleaned thoroughly every day, we had clean towels and bath mat twice daily and our bed was turned back for us in the evening. What more could you want?
Breakfast is an experience in itself. It is something that you really do not want to miss. The food really is exactly as depicted on the web site EVERY day. There is so much choice and it is all displayed very attractively. We looked forward to breakfast.. We were asked what we would like to drink immediately we arrived on the terrace, such is the high level of service supplied by ALL the staff.
Villa Ducale also provide complimentary cakes and drinks at around 4.00 p.m. every day in an informal atmosphere. From 6.00 p.m. complimentary canapes are served and these really are delicious.
We ate at the hotel. The food is superb - it really is. Everything is cooked to order - there is nothing already made just sitting waiting to be reheated. We enjoyed every single meal and it is cheaper to eat at the hotel than in Taormina and the food is better. In the evening the terrace is illuminated by candle light. Tea lights are lit on every table and there are lanterns of various sizes everywhere. It really is a wonderful sight and adds to the ambience. We loved it!
Paulo is the Manager of this hotel and he performs his role to perfection. ALL the staff are proud of Villa Ducale and it shows. It is very much a team spirit. Ilie's main role is waiter and he definitely goes the extra mile to ensure that guests' every need is met. He has a wonderful sense of humour and enjoys talking with the guests and definitely added that special something to our dining experience.
Absolutely everything is provided before you have even thought about it by Paulo and his team.
The trip to Mount Etna to view the sunset is well worth doing and, again, the staff at Villa Ducale are more than happy to arrange this for you.
Give it a try, all the complimentary reviews are true there is no more which we can add except to say thank you to everyone at Villa Ducale for a most memorable week and we cannot wait to stay with you again.
- 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 HIP hotels, is incredibly pretty, with flowers and colours adorning every angle, and a view to die for.Every bedroom is individually designed with the highest attention to detail, furnished with great taste in a mix of Sicilian traditional and Italian design contemporary style, 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.Free shuttle to center and the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ducale Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily