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DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo
Ranked #1 of 2 Carruba B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Expensive.”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

I don't mind paying for quality. By its reviews, its looks on the internet and its price I was expecting high quality from Hotel Donna Carmela but I was rather disappointed.
It was no surprise to find this hotel very isolated. The directions they had sent via email were accurate and gave us the idea. It's often the price to pay for tranquillity but not in this case. The building is located at the edge of a big estate, most of it occupied by a plant nursery. Sometimes a lorry comes in for loading and it doesn't go unnoticed. We also knew there is a railway some 100 ft. from the Hotel, it's not very busy but it turned out to have more traffic than we expected.
The hotel opened only three years ago but, although the common areas are spotless and the garden is very well taken care of, the rooms seem to be showing some signs of decay already. And it's a pity because they're big and pretty. They would deserve a more thorough cleaning, limestone signs and marks in the shower and sink are so evident I doubt they've ever been removed.
Staff has been kind and helpful although not always easy to catch. Decent restaurant with a surprisingly wide wine choice (a little pricey), better in producing simple but tasty dishes than imaginative but unbalanced experiments.
Nice big swimming pool.
I think this place was specifically made for foreign tourists, who certainly don't mind paying a little more for a cosy and safe sanctuary, especially on account of the reputation of Catania and its province.
Nowadays, thanks to TripAdvisor, this is not necessary anymore.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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donnacarmela, Direttore generale at DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo, responded to this review, February 17, 2017
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Desidero ringraziarLa per aver dedicato parte del Suo tempo per recensire il Resort Donna Carmela, consentendoci così di monitorare la qualità dei nostri servizi per avvicinarli sempre più alle aspettative dei nostri ospiti; la soddisfazione dei nostri clienti è un obiettivo primario che tutto lo Staff del Donna Carmela Resort puntano a raggiungere.
Ci auguriamo quanto prima di averla nuovamente come ospite
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Saint Julian's, Malta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2012

I was not at all expecting such good taste and professionalism. All this was, however, obvious from the word 'go'. Spacious rooms with elegant decor and much gusto immediately attracted and relaxed me. The genuinely friendly welcome of the staff made me feel I had been there already. Food was very good and the service was very friendly. We were also allowed to liven the pitch with our laughter which, I must say, was at times quite loud. In a typical Sicilian style we were introduced to a dozen liqours, wines and the like, by a young gentleman, who was justifiably proud of the Sicilan excellent products. The acres of surrounding land contain a veritable unique collection of thousands of trees. One could spend a day just touring these. We met Donna Carmela herself, a gentle lady who obviously considered the whole venture an exercies of love rather than a trampoline to make money. Great place. Worth a couple of days stay to tour around this exciting area or even just to relax in this exquisite Sicilan corner. Philip Farrugia Randon

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Desidero ringraziarLa per aver dedicato parte del Suo tempo per recensire il Resort Donna Carmela, consentendoci così di monitorare la qualità dei nostri servizi per avvicinarli sempre più alle aspettative dei nostri ospiti; la soddisfazione dei nostri clienti è un obiettivo primario che tutto lo Staff del Donna Carmela Resort puntano a raggiungere.
Ci auguriamo quanto prima di averla nuovamente come ospite
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Lovely, stylish hotel in the middle of a remote plantation. You will need to collapse by the pool or hire a car as there is nothing close by.
Breakfast and dinner interesting and making full use of locally grown produce. Staff very friendly.
Could improve bar facilities,pool and lunch service which was minimal. Also noticed a few children struggling with the adult menu.
A great place for a weekend break or to end a tour of Sicily

Room Tip: balconies are a treat and many rooms have these. Higher rooms at front have Etna views
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2012

just our sort of place - elegant, personal and in a great location to give a sense of place> Mount Etna from the terrace - the sea in the other direction. Breakfasts good but dinner a little diasppointing... but overall a great find. Would go back and recommend ...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank janekg
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donnacarmela, Direttore generale at DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo, responded to this review, February 17, 2017
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Desidero ringraziarLa per aver dedicato parte del Suo tempo per recensire il Resort Donna Carmela, consentendoci così di monitorare la qualità dei nostri servizi per avvicinarli sempre più alle aspettative dei nostri ospiti; la soddisfazione dei nostri clienti è un obiettivo primario che tutto lo Staff del Donna Carmela Resort puntano a raggiungere.
Ci auguriamo quanto prima di averla nuovamente come ospite
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Barcelona, Spain
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33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2012

Gorgeous hotel and the most amazing lush gardens. Great service and fabulous restaurant. It is a hidden gem tucked away in a neighbourhood. The location was good for day trips to Taormina, and Mt Etna.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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donnacarmela, Direttore generale at DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo, responded to this review, February 17, 2017
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Desidero ringraziarLa per aver dedicato parte del Suo tempo per recensire il Resort Donna Carmela, consentendoci così di monitorare la qualità dei nostri servizi per avvicinarli sempre più alle aspettative dei nostri ospiti; la soddisfazione dei nostri clienti è un obiettivo primario che tutto lo Staff del Donna Carmela Resort puntano a raggiungere.
Ci auguriamo quanto prima di averla nuovamente come ospite
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2012

This hotel was the best that I've ever been to! The decor is very cool and the service was amazing. The location is ok, not too close to anything but is still worth it. Great pool and views! But most of the all the service was incredible. I have an allergy to gluten and they went shopping before I arrived and served me a silver tray full of foods that I could eat and take with me through the day. I was so impressed as no one has ever gone that far for me! I would return and stay here anytime. The pool bar service was also on point. 5 star!

Room Tip: All are nice!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank K C
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donnacarmela, Direttore generale at DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo, responded to this review, February 17, 2017
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Desidero ringraziarLa per aver dedicato parte del Suo tempo per recensire il Resort Donna Carmela, consentendoci così di monitorare la qualità dei nostri servizi per avvicinarli sempre più alle aspettative dei nostri ospiti; la soddisfazione dei nostri clienti è un obiettivo primario che tutto lo Staff del Donna Carmela Resort puntano a raggiungere.
Ci auguriamo quanto prima di averla nuovamente come ospite
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2011

We were extremely happy with our holiday in Donna Carmela. The staff is young, very friendly and helped us with all our problems and questions. The food in the restaurant is Sicilian and very good; no need to leave the hotel and visit a restaurant in Taormina, Catania or anywhere else. Large (junior) suites and a very nice swimming pool for a very nice and romantic holiday in Sicily.
We will go back!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank BelgiumBernard
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donnacarmela, Direttore generale at DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo, responded to this review, February 17, 2017
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Desidero ringraziarLa per aver dedicato parte del Suo tempo per recensire il Resort Donna Carmela, consentendoci così di monitorare la qualità dei nostri servizi per avvicinarli sempre più alle aspettative dei nostri ospiti; la soddisfazione dei nostri clienti è un obiettivo primario che tutto lo Staff del Donna Carmela Resort puntano a raggiungere.
Ci auguriamo quanto prima di averla nuovamente come ospite
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Property: DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo
Address: Contrada Grotte 5, 98039 Carruba, Giarre, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Giarre > Carruba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Carruba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — DonnaCarmela - Agriturismo 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A home in the parkPlaced in the heart of a nursery specialised in Mediterranean plants, Donnacarmela is ready to welcome you in a 19th century Sicilian house that has been refurbished in full respect of the original but given all the modern comforts. Elegantly refined, the building dominates the ten thousand square metre nursery garden. Here you may enjoy a guided tour to discover the hundreds of scents and varieties of Mediterranean plants. It is also possible to admire a private collection of subtropical plants. The courtyards in lavic paving, the ancient cistern and river pebbles, the well-stocked wine cellar and the swimming surrounded by secular olive trees, the comfortable spaces designed to relax and the quiet reading room, the wide halls and ample dining room: all this has been designed to make your stay exceptional. Ten hectares in the most prestigious wine area on mount Etna are where we produce the Doc wine for Donnacarmela. The vineyards were bought by Donnacarmela in 2006 and they are between Solicchiata and Passopisciaro on the northern side of the volcano in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia. The vineyards all grow Nerello Mascalese, the vine that produces the most appreciated wines in this area. This is where the ‘Montedolce Etna Doc’ is born from the passion and commitment of the Faro family in an area that has wine for its vocation. The name of the wine comes from the place where we produce it. The wine-making is done in a well-equipped cellar in Mascali, the area of origin of the Nerello Mascalese, only a few kilometres away from Donnacarmela.Montedolce is characterised by its ruby-red colour, red berry scents with mineral notes, and by the complexity, persistence and elegant tannin it offers the palate.We do not only offer wine and taste, however. A little lower down the mountain side, between the Ionic coast and the first hills, it is possible to find the Mediterranean plants that have found the best environment to grow here. Thus, they develop into unrepeatable shapes and colours: the Abutilon, the Agave, the Ficus, the Cistus, the Opuntiae, the ornamental Citrus plants are all to be found in the gardens of Donnacarmela. They are the essence of Mediterranean gardens. Tese plants and flowers offer themselves to visitors in all their charm. ... more   less 
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