You arrive at the top of the hill overlooking Taormina and the sea and you enter a fresh welcoming, sumptuously furnished reception and sitting room. Ahhhh. Would we like to head out to the terrace for a drink? Why yes. They bring us prosecco and a cannoli. We didn’t expect our room would be ready by noon; we really just needed to drop off our luggage but they got our room ready anyhow and parked our car for us.
We had a classic room with a little balcony facing mount Etna, the town and sea. I remember our room furnished in orange and turquoise. Large bathroom with full size tub and all the amenities you’d expect in a 5-star hotel.
So as we’re enjoying our prosecco, one of their amazing staff comes by with a map to see what we need. He explains the free shuttles to and from the town centre. We ended up just taking the stairs in which took maybe 20-25 minutes. He tells us there is a tea with all the goodies at 4:00, happy hour with hors d'oevres at 6:00. We popped in for happy hour and wow were we happy – food was fantastic! You buy your drinks but the food is complimentary.
We also ate dinner here. There isn’t exactly a restaurant, “just a momma making simple food”. But there were menus with more selection than we expected, very lovely service and the terrace was full.
Breakfast is mind blowing. The bar was covered with antipasti, meats and cheeses – each with their own compote. Another table has the pastries and fruits. Another table has juices, prosecco, cereals, nuts, toast. And then there are two chafing dishes – one with eggs and bacon another with a flaky ham and cheese tart. Elegant setting and service.
Rosaria, the owner, came by to introduce herself. She offered to take us in her car to the surrounding villages and show us around. She has a few properties in town – such as luxury apartment rentals. When she asked us how our stay was, she really did want to know. Not content to just hear “fine thanks”. Staff is truly remarkable and take this place to five stars.
For our send off (after 1 night), they gave us a map and advice, bottles of water for our drive, and a gift of a ceramic dish and home fragrance.
- 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