Many people asked us why we didn't stay at Grand Hotel Timeo instead of here - obviously they hadn't read TripAdvisor! And we are glad we had! Despite the location being up the hill instead of right in the city centre, we actually preferred this, as exiting Timeo you would be immersed in the tourist throng. Firstly, the room at Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina was great - we had a Deluxe Suite situated on the other side of the road from the breakfast room and reception; nice and quiet, and huge room - huge bath, couch, terrace and lovely bed. Secondly the staff were second to none. The manager Paolo is great, and speaks perfect english. The breakfast staff are the same people who service your room - they are so lovely and caring. Thirdly - the food - we actually ate dinner here quite a lot, as we had already been travelling for a month by then and were sick of having to go out to dinner. The meals were simple but good quality - lots of pasta, salads and grilled meats. Breakfast was wonderful and my gluten free requirements were more than taken care of - biscuits, bread and cakes were provided for me. Lastly - car parking. it was 10Euro a day I think, but given the drivers in Sicily we are glad we had it parked off the street! Overall I wouldn't hesitate recommending this hotel in Taormina, Sicily. Room Tip: Rooms on other side of the road are more private and quieter with stunning view over Italy.