After having spent weeks researching hotels in Taormina, and reading all of the Trip Advisor comments for the many options, we decided to stay at the Hotel Villa Ducale from April 1-3, 2008 and were very impressed. All of the previous reviews were accurate, so it was a relief to walk in the front door and be greeted with some of the warmest hospitality we have ever received. Luca and Alessia were personable and sincere, and offered us a much needed welcome drink on the patio upon arrival. They answered all of our many questions with a smile, and continually ensured we were cared for.
The rooms were delightful, with amazing views of the sea and Mt. Etna, and each with its own unique sicilian style and charm. We weren't looking for a generic, large or modern accommodation, but rather searched for something with a fewer number of rooms and with its own special character that you can't find everyday. You'll feel like you're in old-world Sicily in a villa atop a mountain. Especially as you quietly sip a glass of wine at sunset overlooking the village below. Our group of four wished we could stay longer than our two nights!
The distance to the town is very manageable. We took the free hotel shuttle the first time, but walked both down and up several times, which takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes depending on your agility. It does get tricky in the evening after dinner though, as the last shuttle back to the hotel is at 10:00pm, so the few times we finished dinner at 10:30pm we had to take a taxi back which cost about 15 euros.
All in all we had a wonderful time in this delightful hotel and we would definitely recommend it to friends.
- 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