It is very unusual that I bother to write a review of a hotel, but the Villa Ducale, Toarmina is certainly worth my effort.
Overall I would rate the hotel as being excellent. It is a small boutique hotel, which has an outstanding view of both Toarmina as well as Mount Etna. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, only too happy to assist in booking restaurants etc. The hotel staff are also very gay friendly, but there are a wide variety of hotel guests, including some families.
The rooms are all slightly different sizes etc, but appointed to a high level. Be sure to get a room in the main part of the hotel rather than the annexe over the road (where most of the suites are I believe). Also avoid rooms with the courtyard view - make sure of a view of Etna.
In the room there was an exceptional level of cleanliness, with a lovely room fragrance used. The bathroom was again clean to a degree beyond most hotels and was newly updated. The jaccuzzi shower however lacked sufficient water pressure to be impressive. The room also had a good balcony, efficient Air con tea/coffee making facilities and Sky TV.
The guests have a free glass of wine on arrival and most guests have a glass of wine and home made nibbles each night on the breakfast terrace between 7pm-8pm to watch the sun set behind Etna, after which many get the hotels shuttle bus to the main town (taxis are €15 each way). The hotel has a private beach (Lido Stockholm) which is well organised but fairly expensive at €20 per day - again can be accessed by hotel shuttle bus.
The hotels position at the top of a steep hillside above the town gives it a great view, but means it is a little isolated from the town taking about 10 mins by taxi/bus.
I dont mind if this sounds like an advert for the hotel, but I have just had a very enjoyable stay at the hotel. Not cheap but you get what you pay for!
- 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