We chose this hotel because of its Taormina top rating on Trip Advisor, and because of its many glowing reviews we had very high expectations. We were staying in one of the hotel's "De Luxe" Suites.
The hotel is placed high above the centre of Taormina, very close to the city borders. Its main facilities - reception, restaurant/bar terrace, some rooms - offer stunning views towards the south, at the bay of Taormina and Naxos,Taormina, surrounding areas and Mount Etna. We were disappointed to find out that the hotel's suites are in a building on the other side of the road, facing north at the sea towards the Italian mainland (Calabria) and therefore not offering Etna views.
The hotel's staff is very friendly and helpful. The food at the restaurant was of mixed quality - some of the pasta dishes were very good, but the gratinated mussels were a disappointment (5 small mussels, baked too long). I was also surprised to find that the hotel is charging Euro 10 per day for parking. Our suite itself was comfortable if somewhat dark due to its northernly aspect. it offered all necessary amenities and a very nice bathroom (with Jacussi shower), however there are a few barking dogs in the neighbourhood making themselves heard early morning.
Overall this is a decent hotel with post-card views (but not from its suites), however I am afraid it did not live up to our expectations which admittedly had been sky-high based on its Trip Advisor feedback. I would come back, but only for a room with Etna views.
- 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