Last time I looked there were 447 reviews on TripAdvisor for this hotel. Nearly all of them are effusive in their compliments. While we surely enjoyed this hotel, we honestly don't think its that great!
First, lets talk about the view. Stunning, astonishing, incredible just doesn't seem enough. It is THE reason to stay at Villa Ducale. The rooms are nice, but not that nice. Getting to the heart of town is made easier by the free shuttle bus they offer, but the schedule is a little sparse. Without the view the hotel has no reason for being. Without the shuttle service, fewer guests would return for another stay.
The staff was friendly and helpful, but not any more so than the several other hotels we visited on our current trip. Breakfast was good but not the best of our trip. And franky, the room was a little noisy. Ours was across the busy street in the midst of continous barking dogs. Road noise was an issue at night. We slept more soundly at other stops on our journey.
If we come back to Taormina, its a tossup whether we'd stay here again. Since a quiet room is requirement #1 for us, we might try something else. BUT, the view just might really trump ever other consideration.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ducale Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily