Having read the many ecstatic reviews that Villa Ducale has garnered, I looked forward to our stay with the idea that if it was even half as good as its press, it would be wonderful. It wasn't half as good; it was twice as good.
There is little I can add to the overwhelming chorus of praise for Villa Ducale; and, therefore I write this as a public tribute to the wonderful people at Villa Ducale who made our stay, quite literally, a dream come true.
We arrived at the villa bone-weary after a long year of work and worry. We arrived with no plans for anything other than a bit of peace and quiet. And rest we did. From the moment we walked through the door, the staff wrapped us in a blanket of solicitude and hospitality that is unparalleled in my experience. While friendly and attentive service is the hallmark of any good hotel, the people of Villa Ducale are gracious. And there is no higher compliment I can give them as it is a rare and wonderful attribute these days.
A few notable details about the hotel: The elegance of the villa and environs added immeasurably to the quality of our 10-day stay. The pallet of our room was a tranquil blue-green. There were so many thoughtful details including a hand painted armoire and fabric lined lingerie boxes in the closet. There was plenty of room to store clothing and the inevitable clutter of travel. The bath was immaculate with crisp lighting, beautiful tile and fixtures and a seemingly endless supply of fresh towels delivered day and night. The bedroom had ample lighting overall and particularly good bedside lamps for reading. An electric tea kettle and packets of Nescafé and teas supply early risers with their morning cuppa and the staff happily provides a jug of fresh milk for those who wish it. This, to me, is a clear indication of their hospitality as it was offered before I had even thought to ask. The water in the mini-fridge is gratis and the other refreshments are at a nominal charge (the beers are local micro-brews). Room service is prompt and cheerful. When one tires of their room and terrace, the public room and terrace are the center of the quietly buzzing hive with sofas and armchairs in the main room to sink in to, books and magazines to read, the spectacular vistas of the main terrace to breathe life into your soul and a friendly face to inquire if you have had a pleasant day.
One last word about the kitchen: it is the pride of the house and rightly so. Aside from the well-documented and opulent breakfast, tea and cocktail offerings, the kitchen is open for the major part of the day. One can order anything from a sandwich to an entire meal and everything is of the highest quality, beautifully presented. Frankly, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better meal in the entire city and certainly not at such a reasonable cost. But at least as importantly, it provides guests with the convenience of a private house (albeit a very grand house with a talented cook on staff). When we arrived at 2pm after a more-than-typically exhausting transatlantic flight, we were able to have a light lunch on the terrace while our bags were whisked up to our rooms and we were effortlessly checked in.
So to all at Villa Ducale, I join chorus of compliments and thank you sincerely for your gracious hospitality. We came to you weary and left renewed.
- 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