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“Sicilian Hospitality”
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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
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Kent UK
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“Sicilian Hospitality”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We chose Villa Ducale based on Tripadvisors excellent reviews. We were not disappointed!
Excellent service, the staff were friendly and aim to please - nothing was too much trouble for them. You only had to ask. Our room was clean and bathroom spacious enough with the usual bathrobe, slippers and toiletries supplied. We had a small terrace where we sat to look at the most fantastic view of Mt Etna and the sea. Our room was below the breakfast/restaurant terrace and we could hear the scraping noise of chairs being moved but this did not bother us at all. At night it was very quiet after about 22.30.
The Villa has a free shuttle bus which started at 10.45 taking you down to the centre of Taormina. However, if you want to go earlier there is a local bus service that stops practically outside the villa plus for the walkers there are steps down to the centre. The Villa staff give you all the info you need on your arrival plus a welcome cocktail.
There was plenty to choose from for breakfast and staff also highlight the fact that they don't employ a chef as such but a lady who cooks family meals.
We stayed for one week and were sad to leave - even though it rained for a few days!
We would recommend Villa Ducale for a stay in Taormina.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

I chose Villa Ducale for a special birthday as it looked so lovely, and had the most incredible experience. We spent 3 days there and were treated with immense warmth and friendliness throughout. Stunning views overlooking both the sea and Mt Etna, a comfortable and luxurious room with balcony and delicious food were already a treat. The breakfast buffet of every possible delicacy, both sweet and savoury, eaten in front of the view was quite delicious, as were the 3 dinners we had - my husband and 8 year old daughter, so contented they had no interest in trying the restaurants in town! We even had a lunch there as we were so happy in the jacuzzi we lingered til late and were offered whatever we wished to eat. My daughter was spoilt by everyone especially the delightful Serena in the restaurant and even given a gift of a little puppet.

The highlight was my birthday when everyone who was part of Villa Ducale offered kisses and best wishes. Paolo organised a fantastic boat trip which ended with being dropped off at a lovely, secluded restaurant on the beach, where I was greeted with a birthday drink. Dinner ended with a gorgeous cake and just when I thought I couldn't be more spoilt, returned to our room to find a gift of flowers and prosecco, from the Villa 'family'.

I use the word 'family' because that's what everyone who works there was like; a close knit team taking huge pride and pleasure in our comfort and happiness. A big thank you to Paolo, Eduardo, Martina, Mama Santini, Serena and everyone whose name I didn't get to ask. We had a truly wonderful experience which I can't recommend highly enough!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed here for three nights in April '14, in a junior suite to accommodate the three of us in one room.
To re-iterate the positives:
The welcome and service were first class: luggage transferred directly from car to room, check-in on the breakfast terrace with a magnificent view (& tasty nibbles).
Room itself spacious, semi-private terrace with a view, interesting period furniture, satellite TV (Sky Italia, incl. English language news channels). Bathroom large with clever shower above the Jacuzzi (which we tried & failed to switch on), posh Dr Vranjes toiletries.
Beds however a bit less exciting: heavy, unwieldy pillows (not feather or down). Mattress just a little past its prime - just not as comfortable as expected at this price point. No down duvets.
Breakfast was perfect the first day (a Thursday) in terms of variety and quality, not quite as good the following days. Dinner was good, though not exciting - but this was as expected, given that it is billed as Sicilian home cooking. Interesting wines.
Location: at the upper end of Taormina, looking south towards Giardini Naxos & the Etna. A fair walk down to the Corso in terms of distance & elevation, but they provide a scheduled minibus as a free shuttle service, very handy for small children or less fit / older visitors.

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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Dear Werder1 from London,
I would like to thank you for your very positive review in which you point out many of our characteristics.
Sorry you didn't find our beds very comfortable; our hotel changes its beds every 5 years and actually they are all quite new. Our beds are the tipical Italian beds and pillows that you would find in most Italian luxury hotel made of the highest quality. In years we never received such complain but we understand that one opinion can be very personal and we accept it.
Kindest regards,
Mr. Andrea Quartucci, owner of Hotel Villa Ducale , Taormina
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Täby
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Villa Ducale truly makes all the reviews justice. Located high above Taormina, it manages to make use of its location and provides a breathtaking view of both Mt Etna and the sea. Breakfast is by far the best ee have had in Italy.The service and personnel is very friendly and service-minded. Rooms are quite large and nicely furnished. Beds are not the highest standard and could be better quality. It's location means you need either you walk down (538 steps...), which is fun and beautiful. Not as nice going up late at night... Hotel offers bus shuttle at fixed times, which is great but could be more flexible particularly if you are travelling with kids. Taxi from city to hotel is 15 euros. Note that you can be placed in rooms in the annex, which is across the (busy) street from the main building and does not have as nice views of Etna (but still nice and sea views).

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I'm not sure what was more amazing, the view or the staff. We were road weary when we arrived, they immediately took us to the front of the hotel to enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine and appetizers (nicest check-in EVER!). Stunning view of Taormina, Mt. Etna and the sea. While "checking-in", we were given an overview of the amenities as well as how to get around Taormina. The staff was incredible, second only to the view! I can't wait to visit again.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is one of those places, where from the second you pull up, you know it's special. Our luggage was taken from our car to our room while we were checking in. Then before even going to the room, it was prosecco and cheese/olives on the glorious terrace overlooking Etna and Taormina while we were given the history of the villa and the things-to-see in the area.

Our suite was divine, one of the most beautiful we've stayed in, for sure, with views from the terrace across the strait to Reggio Calabria. The bathroom had three shower heads... the regular handheld, a rain head, and a waterfall. Best hotel shower ever!

Then there's the food. The breakfast spread is amazing; from pastries to cheese to fresh fruits to eggs and bacon, it goes on and on. You want to start your day, but you never want to leave breakfast! Then there's tea time with decadent pastries and happy hour with savoury nibbles. And dinner rolls around and there's no better view and no better food than right on the terrace of your hotel. So yea, you get the point. It encapsulates what Sicily is all about ... la bella vita.

The staff is fantastic. They really go out of their way. Here's what blew us away. After breakfast on our last day, before checking out, each of them came over to say good bye. How amazing is that? We didn't mention it, but they all knew it was our last day there. That's how "in-tune" they are to their guests.

Enough said. We can't wait to go back. We're just so thrilled that it's only a few hours ferry+drive from home!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Upon arriving we arranged a superior room, small , but very clean, private terrace. Was large and incredible views to overlooking Taormina. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Hotel is far from town but a great walk up to the monastery and easy walk down the many steps to town. Free shuttle service is available to take you back to the hotel.....highly recommend this hotel.... Well worth it.

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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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