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Hotel Villa Ducale
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

We spent a week of our honeymoon at Villa Ducale and had a brilliant time. We arrived after a very hairy drive, hot and flustered and very relieved. Before we had even opened the car door, we had been greeted with a friendly smile. Our bags were whisked away, and the car parked (free parking on the road) for us. We were taken straight to the outdoor dining area with stunning views with an ice cold bear and wine, and left to relax. Once we caught our breath, we were taken to our gorgeous room with the same stunning views. The breakfast was brilliant and plentiful.

The staff were the friendliest I have ever met and couldn't help us enough, happily giving us all the information we needed and making any reservations we wanted. The only 2 drawbacks were the lack of a swimming pool (however the jacuzzi, the sea and the sister hotel's pool made up for it) and the lack of a bath.

My husband and I loved Villa Ducale and would certainly go back again.

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  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Lorbug
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Reviewed 12 August 2009

It's difficult to put it any better than previous glowing reviews, but the stand out thing about Villa Ducale is that the staff really do care and go all out to make your stay a memorable one. It's a very informal setting and you get to feel more like a personal guest than a customer - so if you're somebody who prefers the anonymity that comes with staying in bigger hotels, Villa Ducale may not be for you! We stayed here for two weeks on honeymoon in a superior double room with a dual-aspect terrace and fantastic views over the bay and Mt. Etna. We loved the additional touches like the evening buffet and free room service. In the interests of balance, it's only fair to point out two slight negatives. Firstly, there is no pool (only a jacuzzi). Apparently there are plans to change this and in the meantime guests have the use of the pool at sister hotel Villa Carlotta. Secondly, we also found that the aircon struggled to cope with the sweltering heat in mid-July.

Overall, these are only minor gripes and we would have no hesitation at all in recommending Villa Ducale.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank MC1978
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Reviewed 12 August 2009

I stayed here for 2 nights in June and selected the hotel largely based on the glowing reviews it received on TripAdvisor. After staying there, I wonder if I was in the same hotel as everyone who loved it so much. The room was gaudy with uncomfortable bed and sofa and was reached by crossing over a noisy, dusty and unattractive street on which there seemed to be constant construction. The uninviting courtyard contained a similarly uninviting plastic hot tub. The air conditioning was broken, making for a sweltering and unrestful night, and no compensation for the evening's sweating was given by the hotel. Our view was only so-so and we were far away from the lovely gardens in the center of town.
I did not enjoy my stay here and would not recommend this hotel for value, atmosphere or service.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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7  Thank seattleitalophile
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VillaDucale, G.M. & Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2009

Dear Tripadvisor users, from our records and from the description of our hotel made by these people, we believe that this review ....is a little strange ....
in any case we think that the best reply has been provided by the majority of great reviews published on tripadvisor regarding our hotel.

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Reviewed 11 August 2009

Villa Ducale was marvellous. Great place to stay. Away from the frenzy of Taormina but close enough. Clean, spacious, lovely rooms with excellent views. Staff went out of thier way to make our stay comfortable. Breakfast was excellent. NOT like ordinary hotels...very personal and dedicated service. Definitely worth it!

Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Tibo77
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

We came to the hotel Villa Ducale for the first week of our honeymoon. It was even more wonderful than we had hoped (and we had read all the rave reviews on tripadvisor). The setting - looking down onto Taormina - was perfectly restful, away from the hubbub of the busy town, which can be reached by the free shuttle from the hotel. The hotel is charmingly decorated, and our suite was gorgeous, with a private terrace and jacuzzi bath. The food in the hotel was brilliant - from the incredible breakfast spread, to the nibbles at cocktail hour, to be enjoyed while looking out onto the stunning views of Etna from the terrace. The hotel arranged for a delicious meal of fresh fish from the market to be served on our balcony one evening, which we watched as the sun set - a more romantic setting would be difficult to imagine. The best feature of this hotel, however, has to be the exceptional service, the best that we have ever experienced. Alessia, Antonio, Luca and Paolo are so welcoming and helpful, and give the impression that they really care about the experience that the guests are having. We are so pleased that we chose the hotel for our honeymoon, and we will certainly return.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank JEPAL
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