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“We returned for more surprises”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Villa Ducale

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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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Princeton, Minnesota
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“We returned for more surprises”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

We recently stayed at Villa Ducale for another stay and we are always surprised by the many changes they have made to improve the service, the ambiance and the food. The staff and the owner Rosaria take care of every detail. They make your trip a very special memory. The views are the best in all of Italy. The breakfasts are out of this world and the evening cocktails and dinner from the veranda are very romantic. We will return again to this secret hideaway in Taormina!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

All the superlatives have been covered numerous times here. And they are all true.

Best hotel on our honeymoon, perhaps best hotel we have ever stayed in! The night we arrived they had upgraded us to a bigger suite + had bottle of Proseco/flowers in our room to welcome us. Touch of class.

Only possible draw backs are no pool and location (outside town, on mountain)...so if pool and downtown location are important this is not for you. If you want an awesome hotel, with even awesomer (!) staff, service, food, rooms, etc...this place is for you.

We will go back to Taormina, and we will stay here again. 5 stars.

  • Stayed June 2013
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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear team 1608,
we would like to highly thank you for the glorious comment and the raves about your recent stay at Villa Ducale. Villa Ducale has only 17 rooms, it is an aristocratic villa perched on a small hill enjoying probably one of Italy's best views. It has no pool (outdoor Jacuzzi with loungers) and it is a bit out of the centre (km.1,2 - hourly shuttle to town and back - 5 minutes time) and it is a very special place for very special people.
All my best,
Signora Rosaria Quartucci, the owner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

My husband and I recently returned from our Sicilian holiday. We spent 3 nights at the Villa Ducale and loved everything about it. Our room was magnificent , the view from the breakfast terrace breathtaking and the owners and staff were wonderful. If we are ever lucky enough to visit Taormina again, we will stay at the Ducale or the Carlotta.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

I don't think there are enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe Villa Ducale. Hotel staff can say they want to make you feel like "family," but this hotel really delivers on that promise, starting with the welcoming drink offered when you check in. Our room, which included a patio overlooking the sea, was large and attractively appointed. Flowers bloom all around the outside of the property, and the view from the eating area is as inviting as the gorgeous breakfast spread. In addition to a generous breakfast, the hotel offerred free sweets at "tea time" and then hors d'oeuvres at around 6 p.m. Better than a formal dinner menu, Villa Ducale provides homecooked Sicilian meals prepared by their own cook. If you want a more formal dinner prepared by a trained chef, you can go down to Villa Ducale's sister restaurant, Hotel Carlotta. We ate at each location and thoroughly enjoyed both dinners. My friend and I took a free cooking class with David, the chef at Hotel Carlotta, and then ate the Pasta Norma and tuna dishes we prepared. What fun! I can't say enough about the staff - Alessia, Santi, Paolo, Marco, Loris, et. al. - who could not have been more gracious and kind throughout our visit. My husband and I traveled in Sicily with another couple, and the four of us were devastated when our 3-day stay at Hotel Villa Ducale ended - it felt like we were leaving Paradise.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

Everything is nice since you arrived Villa Ducale. They gave us such a nice welcome, installed on the terrace with an incredible view, got an excellent prosecco, absolutely nice. During two days , the staff did everything they could to make our stay absolutely amazing.
Our room was beatiful, large and confortable. The bathroom is nice with a big shower and Salvatore Ferragamo's amenities. From the balcony, you have a fantastic view on the sea and the nice homes of Taormina.
The restaurant is excellent, such as breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Unfortunately,we were only able to spend one night at the Villa Ducale because it wasn't open for the 2013 season until the day before we were scheduled to return to Canada at the end of a month's holiday. This was a great pity because Villa Ducale is everything anyone could want in a charming, small, hotel with a fabulous location, high above a beautiful city with spectacular views in every direction, including a special view of Mt. Etna from our balcony as a bonus. Our room, tastefully, decorated, seemingly hanging on to the edge of the mountain was superb and the level of service provided by the staff, from the driver who picked us up in town at our previous hotel to the hotel manager was exemplary. The restaurant, (again with breathtaking views) where a delicious light evening meal was provided on request, and sumptuous buffet breakfasts were served the following morning was an added bonus. All-told an unforgettable one night's stay. In future if we are ever in the vicinity, and the hotel is open, we shall be sure to book a room well in advance to ensure that we are not disappointed.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Having visited Taormina two years ago while on a cruise, we really wanted to go back and spend time in the beautiful little town that looked so inviting. A little research showed that there were an amazing number of hotels in this relatively small area, but something about Villa Ducale 'spoke to me.' Sometimes, you see pictures or read reviews and then arrive at the location and wonder what everyone else saw that you dodn't, and I was a little concerned that would be the case here. Needless worries!
The hotel was absolutely beautiful - very well maintained and appointed and very spacious. Like anything else, a building is just a structure. It's the people that make something special. And, special it is. Everyone staff member we came in contact with was always friendly. Upon arrival, they tell you they want you to feel that this is your home while you are there, and believe me, you will!
And the food. . . Breakfast was a delicious feast every morning. There are two hours of complimentary snacks late in the afternoon daily, and I would definitely recommend eating dinner there at least once during your stay. Everything was delicious!
It's a bit of a hike (almost literally) to town, but it's very scenic and should be done at least once. There is complimentary shuttle service that will take you to and from town several scheduled times throughout the day, as well as to two different beach clubs, which were both nice.
Thank you to the terrific staff at Villa Ducale for an amazing vacation. I hope to return to Taormina on my next trip to Euope, and will see you then!

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Property: Hotel Villa Ducale
Address: via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Ducale 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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