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Baglio Donna Franca
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Marsala
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“sample Marsala wine and have a relaxing stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

Stayed for 2 days and really enjoyed it. Excellent swimming pool with sea and vineyards view. It`s a secluded property, feels like a private villa. We were given a tour of the wine cellars and wine making facilities , and tasted their lovely white and red wines. Dinners are a private affair too. Not too busy, with a great selection of dishes. Highly recommend to couples looking for a romantic hideaway. We watched sunset from a large veranda, overlooking the pool, surrounded by lovely gardens and had a really relaxing experience in the middle of Sicily. Some people had evening walks through the vineyards in the evenings. Very quiet, we slept with windows open as we like fresh sea air

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

Hotel is located in the middle of grape fields, away from civilization. Hotel is excellent in all levels, I could hardly believe the quality we got for the prices. Rooms are spacious, clean and well managed. After trying the restaurant first night, we were coming back to it for the rest of stay. Menu is sparse but the food is fresh, genuine and delicious. Local wine is excellent and fits well with menu. While you are staying there remember to ask for tour in wine production facilities, very cool experience.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

This place is a nice surprise. Not so close from Marsala city center, but in a beautiful countryside near the saline ettore infersa, surrounded by vineyards, and with a sea view. The room was very comfortable, no wifi inside but you just have to go outside to get a connexion. Everything was perfect, even the restaurant where the food is amazing (breakfast is very good as well). I do recommend this baglio.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

The views to the sea and across the countryside, from the Baglio Donna Franca, this boutique hotel tucked into the buildings of an old vineyard, are compelling. A warning to those driving: the trade-off is that it is seriously out in the country, 13 km from the town of Marsala and an extreme challenge to locate without either GPS or local help; we drove in very late after our flight to Palermo was delayed, and were lucky to stop on the main highway to ask directions of two local policemen, who took pity on us and actually led us the last 5 km.
The rooms are decent sized and appointed in comfort if not style; cupboards and bathroom storage are simple. Staff were all friendly and helpful -- including a tour of the cellar and generous tasting of the wines made on site.
We were there in the spring -- too chilly either to use the elegant-looking pool, or to dine on the large patio adjoining the restaurant -- but both would be greatly appealing.
The value proposition is excellent -- E 135 per night for two, a quite typical buffet breakfast included.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

A little out of the way, outside Marsala, but what a surprise. This property is tastefully appointed, with very clean and comfortable rooms. The grounds, pool, terrace, restaurant and all public rooms are an invitation to relax. The room and bathroom were excellent and waking up to look over the vineyards was definitely a treat. As with ALL Sicilans, the staff is extremely accomodating and helpful and show great pride in what they do. We found this to be true across the board with everyone all over Sicily, so by the time we got to the Donna Franca, were received and treated in the manner in which we had become accustomed. The views of the Egadi islands, the Mediterranean and Erice were truly a joy to behold. This really is a delightful place and it contributed significantly to our enjoyment of our two weeks in Sicily.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Enville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

Donna Franca is perfect place to stay if you want a simple relaxing holiday. Pool and buildings are stunnig but simply furnished. Staff fall over themselves to help.
Not sure if it was because it was later in the season but the restaurant (and bar) shut at Siesta time (1-4pm) so if you were wanting lunch or an early sundowner there wasn't anyone about. Didn't bother us, but might be a problem for some.
Rooms are all on the edge of courtyard so face inwards, so don't get much light - helps you sleep well though.
Restaurant service, food and wine were outstanding and at bargain prices for the fresh decilicous local style food you got.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Baglio Donna Franca has lovely position looking out to sea. The pool area is very restful, the pool is a good size, there are plenty of deck chairs and loungers. The restaurant is lovely and so are the staff.
The main disappointment for us was the dampness of the room which was situated on the ground floor in the old building. The bathroom was wet, rather than damp. After five days, all of our clothes were damp and actually smelt damp, despite being in the wardrobe. When I mentioned this to staff, the explanation was something to do with the heating in the winter: condensation. So although the stay was lovely overall, the dampness and wetness in the room (in hot week in August) was not good.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Baglio Donna Franca
Address: Contrada Vincenzo Florio 1, 91025, Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Trapani > Marsala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Marsala
#4 Luxury Hotel in Marsala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Baglio Donna Franca 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wine Resort was built after the restoration and conversion of a large "baglio" located in the centre of an agricultural establishment that, at one time, belonged to the Florio family. The historic Sicilian dynasty of the Florio family introduced Marsala wine to the entire world, invented the tuna fish industry in Favignana and controlled the largest commercial naval fleet at that time in Italy. The name Donna Franca is a homage to Franca Florio, who was an important and well-known figure of the Florio family. ... more   less 
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