Absolutely perfect!Read more
I have never been so sad to leave a hotelRead more
Beautiful hotel, exceptional service, breathtaking viewsRead more
Great start for our trip through SicilyRead more
Superb boutique hotel
Superb boutique hotel
Hotel Villa Ducale in Taormina was not only the best hotel we stayed in during our 16 days traveling throughout Sicily, it is one of the best hotels I have stayed in over many years of travel. The views from the terrace for breakfast, tea time and cocktail hour were breathtaking. The breakfasts were an incredible variety of Sicilian meats, cheeses, vegetables, pastries as well as cereals, bacon and eggs — never needed to have lunch in Taormina. The staff was hands down the best ever – multilingual but willing to help me as I used my basic Italian. Antonio was great on our arrival – felt immediately and warmly welcomed as he sat down with us on the terrace with a glass of wine and carefully explained everything we needed to know about our stay in Taormina. The rest of the staff were just as helpful with our questions, restaurant recommendations and calling for reservations. The shuttle service down to the town by very skilled drivers was invaluable although the walk down and back up the stairs was not that bad if you like to get some exercise after all the food you will eat there. I would definitely return here just to see again the beautiful city of Taormina and stay at the Villa Ducale.
A Villa in Sicily that lives up to the high level wraps put on itRead more
Wonderful hotel with wonderful staff
Magical time spent in this wonderful hotel with wonderful staff!
We always heard that Taormina was special but staying in the right hotel also makes is even more magical! We arrived at the hotel after driving on the autostrada from Siracusa driving up the gentle hill to the hotel in a stressful state that it was so lovely to be greeted by handsome Paolo and Alessia (sorry if this is wrong)! Being the passenger in the car (my partner was enjoying the driving) I was so relieved to have arrived in one piece!!!!! Therefore the Hotel Villa Ducale welcome drink was just what I needed to put myself together again… we stepped on to the terrace and all my stress just flew out of my body!!! WOW! What an AMAZING view of Taormina and its coastline !!! The view was breathtaking… our start to our four day stay in Taormina began beautifully. Our room was spacious and comfortable with an amazing view (room 16). The staff were amazing and so very kind. They made you feel so at home which is very rare. A special thank you to Santi forall your help also for helping our friends get a taxi on such short notice. We were told that Sicilians were kind, it’s even more than that – they love Sicily and their kindness reflects that, which is so touching. We ate 3 nights of the 4 we stayed there and ordered special menus cooked by Mamma Santina- sooooooo good and we recommend that you do this – discovered dried tuna roe pasta, just out of the world and her salt crust baked fish was divine!!! Our waiter (all my apologies for not remembering your name) made it all so wonderful too. During tea time they pamper us with cakes and at aperitif time to canapes. Everything was just soooooooooo delicious. Breakfast was a real feast with so much to eat! My favourite moment was the Campari soda time on the terrace for aperitif… If you are just visiting Taormina, we recommend that you do not rent a car unless you wish to travel to other places. We had a rent a car because we went to Siracusa before Taormina but once it was parked for us, we never took it out of the car park! The hotel can arrange for pick ups to/from airport. The hotel organises free transport to the town centre throughout the day and if you want to go the the beach, there are free pick ups also. Everything is just so well organised and you hardly have to worry about anything. This was very much appreciated. My partner and I are now working out how to get back, we loved it so much. It will not be until next year unfortunately owing to work schedules, however we definately will go back to enjoy the wonderful Villa Ducale again. A very big thank you to Paolo and his team, WE LOVED IT!
Perfect honeymoon hotel
Perfect honeymoon hotel
We stayed at Hotel Villa Ducale for the second part of our honeymoon and from the minute we arrived the service was fantastic! The hotel staff are very friendly, speak fluent English and are willing to attend to your every need. They talk you through places to go, things to see, how to get there and also run a free shuttle service down into Taormina at set times which was really helpful. You can walk down lots of winding steps to the town, but its quite hard work in the heat! The hotel is situated right at the top of Taormina, which was perfect because the views of both Etna and the coastline were amazing! Our room, was very luxurious and very comfortable. The food served at breakfast is like nothing else! The spread ranged across about 3 tables, including fresh fruits, pastries, breads, savoury ‘antipasti-type’ food, cereals, eggs… whatever you fancied having, it’d be there! As well as a lovely cappuccino! Then at about 4pm a whole spread of pastries comes out served with tea and coffee (all complimentary), then at about 6pm they serve cocktails and canapes – all in the ‘sunset lounge’ overlooking Etna and the coast. It was wonderful! We had one evening meal at the hotel (because we wanted to try out all the restaurants in town, which the hotel were happy to advise on and book a reservation for us). The only slight criticism we’d have was that we had to wait a long time for our food to arrive, and when it did it wasn’t really what we were expecting from the menu description. Tasty as it was, it was was a slight let-down considering how amazing everything else was at the hotel. All in all, a perfect honeymoon hotel! Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple