Excellence rarely encountered
Villa Ducale is a Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the World
VILLA DUCALE HONORED AS Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the World IN THE 2011 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Taormina, Sicily - January 2011. Villa Ducale was chosen as a Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the World, Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Europe and Top 25 Hotels in Italy chosen by Europeans by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in its ninth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers.Read more
Lovely hotel; beautiful view and decor
I stayed at Villa Ducale over the summer, but have been intending to get around to writing my review as this hotel was abosolutely beautiful and the photos just cannot do the view justice! The hotel staff were incredibly helpful with activities and restaurant recommendations in Taormina, and the morning breakfast was wonderful and apparently all made on site! If you’re going to Taormina, Villa Ducale may be a bit more expensive than some of the other options; but it was definitely worth it!
Superb, the hotel has incredible views
Superb, the hotel has incredible views
My husband and I stayed here for a few days of rest and relaxation following a fascinating but tiring few weeks touring Turkey. We couldn’t have chosen a better place. Perched high up, the hotel has incredible views over the coast and Mt Etna from their stunning terrace, where guests can have breakfast, dinner, predinners and afternoon teas, and to our delight, our large, immaculate room had its own balcony where we could sit and enjoy the same marvellous outlook. This alone would be more than enough to recommend it, but this hotel also comes with wonderful staff. All of them are polite, welcoming and helpful, but I feel I must especially compliment Paolo, Alessia, Antonio and Santina who are each tremendous assets to this hotel. Paolo, Alessia and Antonio are there to check you in, give helpful advice on where to go, what to do and how to do it, and ensure your stay goes smoothly in every way. Alessia also makes a fabulous Bellini! Santina creates the wonderful food at the hotel, from beautifully served afternoon teas, platters of antipasti in the afternoons, dinner menus, even the table covered each day with homemade cakes, all of it delicious. One afternoon we lost a shopping bag down in the town and I was particularly upset as among other things it contained my trip diary which, after travelling for some weeks, was of very special value to me. Antonio did his best to trace our footsteps for us, but with no sign of the bag. The very next morning, Alessia came to me carrying the bag, with all its contents intact, after a relative of hers had found it in their shop and actually tracked us down from my references to the hotel in my trip diary! I was so overwhelmed by the kindness and honesty this showed that I could hardly speak. And one of the nicest things about all this was the way Alessia and Paolo shared our relief and delight. The hotel provides a regular shuttle bus to the town and back, but there are also local buses, so it’s never a problem to pop down for some great lunches and shopping. The Sicilian ceramics available in Taormina are excellent, and there are many examples displayed throughout the hotel, in particular the stunning ceramic-topped tables out on the terrace. We didn’t hire a car during our stay, and took advantage of the hotel’s private car service which took us to and from Catania Airport, with polite and punctual drivers. The only detail which I feel we should point out is that as this hotel has such a commanding position high above Taormina and the coast, guests need to be prepared for steps. However, don ‘t fret about managing your luggage – there’s a fine, strapping young man (I’m embarrassed to say I can’t recall his name) who takes charge of it for guests, and always with a beaming smile. As I’ve said, this is a marvellous hotel, with a truly outstanding staff. Thank you again, Paolo, Alessia, Santina and Antonio, for making our stay so special – we’ve told so many people about our stay, and recommended the hotel to so many, your ears must surely be burning!
3rd time lucky at Villa Ducale – again!
3rd time lucky
2010 was a good year for us as we stayed at the Villa Ducale. Mind you, so were 2008 and 2009. As third time visitors, I don’t need to explain that we love this place. Last year I effused about the introduction of the evening drinks and canapés. This year they have extended the use of the balcony to include some relaxation chairs and a sofa. Even better! This year was also our first experience of the rooms on the other side. Here, there was a fabulous double thrill of being able to see the early morning sun over the Bay of Messina before popping down to the unearthly luxury of the buffet breakfast overlooking the Bay of Taormina. Actually the weather was not flattering and I was grateful that we had already seen much of the sleeping Etna on previous visits as it was too shy to make an appearance for a couple of days. This put more pressure on this unique hotel to provide better alternatives for us to enjoy. As ever the team shone through. Paulo, Alisia, Lucca, Antonio, Francesca, Santina, Dylan and all the others we have yet to befriend are an extraordinary resource that makes this hotel what it is. Every day it is a pleasure to discuss options, have arrangements made and outcomes shared. As an example, we were late returning from an island tour (coach problem) and didn’t arrive back in Taormina until 12.15am. It was pouring with rain (some of the worst rain they have seen there in a considerable time). As the tour party left the coach clutching their umbrellas and raincoats, guess who the only taxi was waiting for? And guess who had his taxi fare refunded without question from the coach company? When you’re a guest of the HVD, you have connections in the right places, capisce? I do, however, feel the hotel has suffered this year from its own reputation. More guests staying there were presumptuous of the excellent service and expectant of undue and unnecessary attention. As a regular, I’d ask that people go there to be made to feel special, not if they already think that they are. The hotel promotes a social attitude amongst its guests and those that enjoy it most are those that are prepared to share this wonderful experience with others. If you want big hotel pomp and ceremony, go to a big multi-national and save this beautiful place for those who can appreciate it! I’m looking forward to another visit in 2011 and I have some special plans for 2012 – subject to the approval and cooperation of la mia famiglia Siciliana
Conde' Nast Johansens 2011
Conde’ Nast Johansens 2011 Annual Awards for Excellence – Villa Ducale awarded for Most Excellent Luxury Guest House in Europe 2011
Our Hotel Villa Ducale in Taormina has been awarded for the second year with the highest mark as Most Excellent Luxury Guest House in Europe and Mediterranean 2011. The Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence are made annually to those properties worldwide that represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury and independent accommodation.The Awards for Great Britain and Ireland, Europe and the Mediterranean were announced on 8 November 2010 at The May Fair Hotel in London.
A big thank you to the owners Rosaria and Andrea Quartucci and his magnificient staff that really made this happen with their care and love for their job !Read more
Beautiful hotel in fabulous setting
Beautiful hotel in fabulous setting
We spent 3 nights at this wonderful small hotel. From the moment we arrived we were treated royally. Our room was lovely with very nice and plentiful amenities and a wonderful view of both Mt. Etna and the water. The staff were attentive and extremely helpful. A complimentary shuttle service took us into town and back so we didn’t have to deal with the narrow streets or find parking. The breakfast was delicious and the nightly cocktail hour was a bonus. We found the dinner, which had to be reserved a day in advance, to be the best in Sicily!
A True Gem! A Guest from Waterloo
A true gem!
Our recent 2 week trip to southern Italy and Sicily was highlighted by our 2 night stay in this wonderful small hotel in Taromina. Although a little pricey compared to our other accommodations, it was truly worth it!! From the moment you arrive and are greeted with a welcome drink and nibblys, the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooms were immaculate and upgrading to a seaview room was worth every penny. The views are stunning!! The hotel is quietly located up the hill (which provide the magnificent views of Mount Etna and the beautiful bay below) but they have a convenient shuttle service to and from the city centre if you don’t want to take the long trek down the steps!