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San Domenico Palace Hotel
Ranked #11 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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New York
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“If heaven was on earth, this would be it!!!”
Reviewed 23 February 2010

Absolutely marvelous! World class property, views and service.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2009

We arrived at the San Domenico Palace on Boxing Day 2009 for 3 nights. This was our second visit having stayed there in Autumn of 2007. Our room had splendid views of the sea and Mt Etna. Spacious interior with a giant Plasma screen. For football fans the TV package even includes the UK Premier League matches.
This is a hotel of unique proportions. English speaking staff, extremely friendly and true to its name as one of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ The converted old Monastery is a gem.
Restaurants in Toarmina tend to be touristy so we tried the hotel’s ‘Principe Cerami’. The service and cuisine were definitely the best in the area.
This has got to be one the last remaining truly outstanding 5 star hotels in Sicily. If you want to treat your loved one to that special occasion, then this is the place.
Winston & Karen Azzopardi (Malta)

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2009

This lovely historic hotel is perched on the cliff top in the pretty town of Taormina. The hotel is set around a glass walled courtyard with high ceiling corridors leading off to bedrooms, restaurants and the bar.

We were upgraded from a standard to deluxe room which had a balcony looking down to the sea. The room was traditionally furnished with dark wood and a stone floor retaining the monsatic feel of the place. Bathroom was fine with good range of toiletries. Maid service was excellent servicing rooms twice a day.

Front desk staff were polite and informative, waiters traditional and polite.

Breakfast was included and offered a good selection which could be eaten in the large dining room and on warm days on a pretty terrace with views to the sea. Had one meal in the restaurant which was good food with very traditional service (it was however expensive, as was room service). There were several good restaurants walking distance from the hotel.

The hotel gardens were delightful with seating to enjoy the views of the sea or the countryside and Etna. The pool area was a little small and bordered by a small road which meant there was some traffic noise.

Taormina is a picturesque town with lots of restaurants, shops and tourists (lots of cruise ship excursions). The Greek Theatre is worth a visit and views from the Piazza are lovely. A 2-3 day stay is more than enough to see everything.

In summary the hotel is traditional, well run, has character and lovely views - it is a hotel I will remember staying in. However if you enjoy sleek and modern this is not the hotel for you.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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new york city
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

The San Domenico is a truly special place. It is the oldest hotel monastery in the world and it is simply enchanting. As you enter through the stone walls, you feel as if you are stepping into another time. Everywhere you turn, there is something to remind you of the hotel's history including a wonderful little chapel on the second floor. The gardens are magnificent and the views are stunning. The location is excellent as you are just a few steps away from the main street, Corso Umberto. The pool was not quite as clean as I might have hoped and lunch by the pool was a big disappointment but this was an overall wonderful experience.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

A perfect holiday! Our room was a superior room, linen sheets, large and comfortable with a nice view over the sea. The hotel, an old monastery, has a lot of charm and character that you can seldom find in these big size hotels. The breakfast is the best we have ever had: fresh buns with freshly made mulberry or lemon or coffee sorbet; fresh ricotta cheese, cakes, homemade jam, great bread and...a lot more! The view from the terrace we were having breakfast was breathtaking and the service was superb! The inside restaurant Principe Ceriana is well worth is price and fame! Not to be missed! A lovely holiday to be repeated.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

We just spent a wonderful ten nights ‘honeymoon’ at the San Domenico Palace Hotel and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to anyone seeking a luxurious 5* hotel that truly stands out from the crowd. We never doubted that it would please us (we’d had several personal recommendations) but some of the reviews on Trip Advisor had made us feel slightly uneasy – thankfully we found them all unfounded.

Some posts have mentioned a faded/dusty environment - it’s a building (or rather a series of buildings including two Medieval cloisters) crammed full of history, uniqueness and Olde Worlde charm that has been skillfully and lovingly maintained as a luxury hotel for over a hundred years now and it manages to retain many of it's original furniture and fittings in beautiful condition. If you’re looking for the identikit 5* ‘frills’ offered by the major chain hotels, as some travelers surely do, then we’d suggest you look elsewhere - you’ll certainly not find wall-to-wall logo carpets, corporate ‘art’ prints and ugly modern furniture here!

We stayed in a Deluxe Sea-View Room (number 359 to be precise, located in the ‘modern’ 19thC wing) that was as grand and elegant as we’d hoped for – high ceilings, polished old tile floors, antique furniture and prints, a large marble bathroom and perhaps the biggest wardrobe we’ve ever encountered in many years of luxury travel! Our two main requirements are always a decent sized balcony with table/chairs and a large comfortable bed with no foot-board as one of us is 6’4”. The balcony was not only equipped with a table and two chairs but also had two sun-loungers as well which indicates how big it was and the bed was enormous (being two small doubles bonded together) with an ornate carved headboard, no foot-board and had a choice of good quality pillows, lovely luxury linens and a feather/down topper and summer duvet. The sea-view was picture perfect! The room was discreetly serviced twice a day and the ‘turn-down’ evening service also included fresh ice in the ice bucket which was perfect for our late-night nightcaps - the mini-bar was ridiculously priced as usual (maybe even more so than normal) but there were no complaints or dirty looks made due to the fact that we’d emptied it all out on the first day (preserving it in a drawer until departure) and had stocked the fridge and shelves up with goodies from the local supermarket ourselves for the duration of the stay.

Breakfast was excellent and pipped our previous favourite hotel breakfast (The Shelbourne, Dublin) by including a selection of Sicilian inspired foods – almond milk, granita al caffe, ricotta stuffed croissants - as well as the usual International staples. The cheese selection was particularly good too with local and fresh produce every day and the hot savoury selection was very vegetarian friendly which is not always the case. Why oh why do so many posts on TA complain that the coffee was week? It’s a standard in European hotels to provide a pot of weaker coffee to satisfy a neutral palette (not every nation starts the day with a mega-hit of caffeine - try Switzerland for one) and it’s also a standard in 5* hotels to ask for the coffee of your choice such as an espresso, a cappuccino, etc. The waiting staff were more than happy to comply with our one pot of tea, one pot of coffee and/or one large espresso or cappucino every day and of course this comes at no extra cost if you’re on a 'Breakfast Included' basis. When the weather is good your breakfast is eaten outside on a beautiful patio and every effort is made to find you a table with the right amount of sun/shade to your requirements.

Some posts have mentioned the oasis of calm that the hotel provides and we’d re-iterate this. Taormina does get very busy on it’s main streets (although it appears to deal with the crowds very well) and it was a joy to be able to quickly step into the peace and quiet offered by the hotel’s communal parts – all beautifully presented with antiques and museum-quality objets d’art – and especially to spend time in the amazing multi-sensory gardens: the scent of lavender and jasmine, the sound of bird-call, the taste of kumquats, the touch of old terracotta, the sight of bright green lizards flitting past your feet. The planting and maintenance is very good, there are many nooks and crannies to discover with amazing vistas (tables/chairs and hammocks abound) and then of course there is the added oasis of the pool – what a thrill to be able to swim in cooling, clear waters and see Etna at the same time! The occasional passing car/scooter certainly did not cause offence to us it merely reminded us that we were in an Italian town after all.

We asked to see the hotel guest-book – the famed Golden Book – and were treated to gushing entries from Rudyard Kipling, Richard Strauss, Ingrid Bergman, Yehudi Menuhin, Joseph Beuys, Thomas Mann, Tennessee Williams, dozens of Monarchs, Presidents and Heads of State and many more. It’s hardly surprising that so many people have enjoyed the place. Don’t hesitate yourself, just book…

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

The sheer beauty of Palazzo San Domenico is breath taking. It is a welcome oasis of calm and tranquillity in the non-stop bustle that is Taormina.
For us it was the complete package, from the cool solitude of the cloisters, to the sun drenched gardens with stunning views of Mount Etna. The accommodation was graceful and elegant and our balcony was the perfect location to share a bottle wine and watch the sun set. Would we return to Palazzo San Domenico? In a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: San Domenico Palace Hotel
Address: Piazza San Domenico 5, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — San Domenico Palace Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A LUXURY 5-STAR HOTEL ON THE EAST COAST OF SICILY The San Domenico Palace Hotel sits in a truly magnificent setting that has attracted people from ancient times. A luxury 5-star hotel in an ancient Dominican monastery, it has views over Mount Etna and Taormina Bay on the east coast of Sicily not far from Messina. Countless famous writers, artists and composers, came here to savour this unique spot at the very tip of Italy. ... more   less 
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