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“La dolce far niente”
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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
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“La dolce far niente”
Reviewed 22 June 2008

We spent four days at this delightful villa after 10 days in Rome. We were greeted with great warmth and hospitality which continued throughout our stay. The views from the patio (where breakfast is served) are breathtaking and the 536 steps up from the main part of Taormina are a wonderful way to wear off lunch!. Sevice is outstanding, friendly and efficient. We will return.
Mitchell & Lynne Gropper
Vancouver, Canada

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  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

We stayed there for 3 lovely days in May. The position is tremendous with views to Etna and the bay of Naxos, and we had a beautiful terrace (more of a mini-garden) to see them from. But the overwhelming attraction is the atmosphere which arises from the real helpfulness of the staff, and the attractive flower decked passages and rooms of the hotel. The best of very many hotels we have stayed in in Italy.

Our only problem was that it was our first hotel in a 14 night visit to Sicily, and although we stayed in some good hotels, all seemed poor in comparison. If you can, make it the last grand finale of your trip!

  • Liked — Terrace, view, bathroom
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2008

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the two nights that we spent at the Hotel Villa Ducali Taormina in mid May 2008. The hotel is located up on the hill halfway between Taormina and the hilltop village of Castelmola. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to walk the steep pathway from the hotel to either spot. The hotel provides a regular shuttle down into town, but the views from the walk make it well worth the time spent.

The hotel itself is a real treat. From the minute that you enter the lobby with its adjacent terrace facing Mt. Etna and offering magnificent views of the mountain, the town below and the sea beyond, you are bound to be delighted. Breakfast on the terrace is a special experience. The overall décor of the hotel includes lovely antiques, as well as some of the whimsical ceramic art traditional in this part of Sicily. The staff was charming, helpful and fluent in English.

We loved staying above Taromina, rather that struggling against the tide of tourists that swamped the town while we were there. Many of the hotel's rooms have fantastic views. We were given the spacious “attic” room at the top of the hotel with a very private balcony offering sweeping views of Mt. Etna, Taormina and the sea. We found it to be very comfortable.

Following recommendations by the hotel staff we ate dinner the first night at the Saraceno Restaurant a short walk from the hotel. The second night we again took the desk’s advice and walked up to eat at La Taverna dell’ Etna in Castelmola (which also had wonderful views of Mt. Etna). Both meals were great.

  • Liked — Fantastic views and friendly staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2008

We spent just a few days here - an opportunity to relax, to take in the wonderful views, to be treated to exceptional service - nothing is too much trouble - and to vist Taormina or the Beach using a regular and efficient mini bus service. It's a small hotel - a villa - as the name suggests and it's like staying in a private residence. I hope to have the opportunity to return.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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4 Thank bijourose
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2008

The Villa Ducale is perched high on the hillside overlooking Taormina, Mt Etna and Giardini Naxos where the cruise ships and mega yachts anchor; just like in the movie An Affair to Remember. Every room seems to be nestled in a basket of flowers with views that are mezmorising.

To reach the heart of Taormina there is a free hotel shuttle bus (be sure to book your time with reception). There is also an easy walk down the wide and gentle sloping steps that cascade down the hillside and offer the most spectacular views at every turn.

Ever possible guest comfort has been thought of including the shawls for the ladies sitting on the terrace in the cool of the night looking at the twinkling lights below and the glowing lava spilling down the side of Mt Etna above.

The real secret, however, is the Villa Ducale staff. Their attention to detail and willingness to help is unsurpassed. All hotels offer service but very few provide service with smiles, enthusiasm and style. Villa Ducale is the hidden gem of Taormina and is for people who like discovering special beautiful places. Try it, you'll love it.

George Robinson
Managing Editor
Globetrotter Travel Reports

Stayed June 2008
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duesseldorf
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2008

We stayed in the Villa Ducale for 2 nights and were overwhelmed by the room (junior suite with a full view upon the straights of Messina) and the service, in particular those rendered by Luca and Antonio. We had been to different places on Sicily with our 1960 Mercedes Benz, enjoying different accomodations and people, but this stay at the Ducale was without any doubt the "Top of the Trip". Just to mention a couple of highlights: Warm welcome with a cool Prosecco, unsually ample and delicious breakfast buffet, seducing afternoon "tea-time" display - all with the hotel's compliments. Tip for any future traveller and wine lover: Try the Nobile di Montepulciano for 25 € from the wine list - if the management hasn't taken it from the list by now!

  • Liked — Room; view;
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank oldtimerDuesseldorf
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2008

Stayed here for four days at the end of an Italian holiday. I cannot think of a better way to end our trip. This place was absolutely unbelievable, and our private villa was possibly one of the most gorgeous, romantic places I have ever stayed. Sitting outside our villa at night watching the red glow from Mt Etna was something else. Everything about the room, and service was perfect, and we enjoyed breakfast on the outdoor patio with possibly the most fantastic view I have ever had while sipping a cup of coffee. The town of Taormina is one of the most amazing beautiful places I have been to, and staying at this hotel just sealed the deal as far as everything was concerned.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Ducale
Address: via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: 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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