The Taormina Hotel Villa Ducale really does deserve all of the praise and great ratings! Other than seconding all the great reviews by my fellow guests here are some points I found: 1. I stayed in the Garden room (#15). While there was no view the room was great. It was cool, comfortable, with a big closet, nice bathroom, and not as expensive. We spent most of our time on the common porch or in the hot tub. You are not going to miss anything if you can't afford the suites. There are a few steep steps down to get into our room. Santi and Alessi were very helpful and really made you feel welcome. 2. Have at least one dinner there. Santina is an excellent cook. And Elie is a personable and efficient server. Then you can watch the beautiful view come alive with twinkling lights during dinner. 3. After the winding road up to the hotel, we were grateful to leave the car with the valet (10 euros a day) and arrange to take advantage of the shuttles. Down in the morning, we would come back around 3, then go back down for dinner. It was a hassle free, designated driver, no parking, way to enjoy the town and commute back to the hotel. Although I don't remember their names the drivers were all courteous, prompt and skilled at navigating that road! All in all I really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it.