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“Good 4 Star Hotel with 10 Star View”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Villa Ducale

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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“Good 4 Star Hotel with 10 Star View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2010

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.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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VillaDucale, G.M. & Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, 3 May 2010
Dear Tripadvisor guest from Dallas Texas,
I would like to personally thank you for having the time to write a review with a good rating, 4 out of 5.
However I must tell you that I found your comments a bit too severe with us.
I believe you are not so fond of small personal boutique hotels and unfortunately you did not catch the philosophy and feeling of Villa Ducale. Maybe a “grand” hotel would have been more suitable for you, you simply didn't like our hotel from the beginning .
In any case I accept with respect your opinion, we are not “good” for everyone, this is natural.
Kind Regards,
Mr. Andrea Quartucci, G.M. & Owner
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2010

Staff: Wonderful personalized atmosphere, where Paul greeted us with welcome drinks and later sat down and explained relevant things to know. All the staff is warm and friendly and you feel that they have time for you.

Food: Breakfast one of the best I every had. Best I had in Italy counting also Villa d’Este and Quisisana. There is no restaurant, but on Easter Sunday, we requested abacchio al forne (lamb in oven) since we could not find a restaurant, which served this dish which take quite long time to prepare. The cook Santana, not only met the request, but did it exquisitely. Santana, bless you.

Room: We had the roof top room which had the most amazing view over the bay and Mount Etna. The balcony was private, but if you decide for rooms further down the balconies are larger. Good quality of bed. Everything felt quite fresh in the room and it had high technical standard.

Location: The Villa lies quite high up and has an incredible view, but it is trade off to closeness to Taormina. It is not central in town, but you could walk there, however quite steep. You can also go by taxi, bus or hotel shuttle. Since I felt that Taormina was quite touristic, it was actually nice to leave the crowds in the evening.

Negatives: Like the rest, tea is not the Villa's forte. Since there were quite many from England staying at the Villa Ducale, it would be an idea to offer some proper English tea.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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VillaDucale, G.M. & Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, 3 May 2010
Dear Lady Q from Denmark,
I am really thrilled after reading your fantastic comments about Villa Ducale, you really caught the real feeling of our special place, and I wish to thank you so much.
Villa Ducale location is a master feature, it does make the difference in your stay: we are secluded from the bustling town center but close enough to walk into it even you prefer not to use our convenient shuttle which takes you down in less than 5 minutes .After having heard about our breakfast - ..."better than Quisisana and Villa d'Este" - made me feel very proud, the hard work with our Sicilian cook is paying back. I will take a special care in checking the quality of our tea, which is the Twinings English breakfas tea, and will do my best to have it better.
All my best, a special thank you from Paolo, Alessia, Luca, Antonio, Santina (the cook) and all Villa Ducale staff.
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2010

We (two couples) arrived at Villa Ducale after a worrisome drive up the near-vertical Taormina roads and were enveloped by gracious hosts. They offered us a bottle of wine and took over, unloading and parking car and setting up rooms. And we sat relishing the view of Mount Etna and the Bay of Catania from the lounge. The welcoming impression was borne out over our two-night stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2010

The service at this hotel is outstanding-best we have ever stayed at. Excellent food in the dining room and they will make special items on request. We stayed at five star hotels on this trip, but this one was the best. Great value. Hotel located high overlooking Mt. Etna on one side and the coast of mainland Italy on the other. Spectacular view from the dining room and room we stayed in.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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4 Thank marcojoe
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the Hague
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2010

Villa Ducalli in Taormina is a lovely, comfortable, scenic hilltop hotel, of natural beauty and style, overlooking the sea, with extraordinary hospitality and service, and breathtaking views. The staff members greet you with a smile and a welcome drink, then sit next to you to explain everything you’ll need to know about the area, the whole island, and the hotel, such as the shuttle van service. They insist that you ask if you need anything. The amazing breakfast includes ratatouille, grilled eggplant, olives, omelets, spinach, good pastry including marzipan cake, great breads, and much more. They will even order soi milk for your coffee! Their evening tappas include brochuta, eggplant, etc. (They don’t care if you don’t want to order a drink, you can just enjoy the complimentary snacks.) This is our favorite hotel in the world. The breakfast room has a breathtaking view of Mt. Helena. Villa Ducalli is a one-minute walk up the garden path which leads to the hundreds of stairs to the main shopping street of Taormina below. This way you don’t have to walk on the main road. You can take the public bus back or ask the hotel staff to send you shuttle van. Be sure to reserve a room with a view and a balcony.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2010

amazing view, great food, great hospatality, highly recomanded. we came with 3 children 13,10,5 was great,

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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London, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2010

Having read all the previous glowing reviews on here and, consequently, based our stay here on them to a large extent, my expectations were high but at the same time I couldn't help be worried that I would be a little disappointed.
However, having returned, all I can say is that our experience at Villa Ducale surpassed all expectations - this is truly a very special place.
Dealing with Paolo via email during the reservation process and prior to arrival was informal and efficient - he went out of his way to be helpful and reassuring. Once we arrived, it became immediately obvious that this attention to service and care for their guests is something deeply engrained into the culture here as Paulo, Alessia & Luca were all incredibly warm, friendly and helpful throughout - thank you all so much!
The hotel itself is beautiful, the location idyllic and breakfast of an extremly high standard with a view from the terrace that is breathtaking but it's really the people here that raise an outstanding hotel to the level of greatness - their rightful pride in their work and love of sharing the best of what the town, region and island have to offer is a joy.
Sicily is somewhere I had wanted to visit for a long time - I am so pleased that we decided to stay here as it was an experience that we will never forget and we hope to return again some day....

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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