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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 88 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Yorkshire
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74 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

This hotel is fantastic and the staff raise the bar to levels of customer service i have never experienced anywhere before and I do travel extensively. We were greeted with a glass of well received prosecco on the terrace, which had the most amazing views (sea to your left, town below, etna to your right). Our room was no 10 with a side and front balcony. Exceptionally well furnished, clean, lovely comfortable bed with plasma tv. View wow. We slept soundly with no noise from the road behind. Traditional Sicilian breakfast all local produce hams, cheeses, home made cakes on the terrace. Evening meals also very good. Shuttle bus into town 5 x a day. The staff could not be more helpful, and cannot do enough for you. Villa ducale and all staff are wonderful and I cannot praise them enough for making us so welcome on our brief trip to taeromina. We hope to return some day. Highly recommend, you will not be disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

Lovely rooms, excellent food (especially the breakfasts), stunning views of Etna and the sea, but above all customer service/attitude of the highest quality. You feel really spoiled and pampered. Helpful over travel/restaurants/parking/trips - feels like a true home from home. Do not miss if you go to Taormina.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Albi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Villa Ducale is the epitomy of a boutique hotel. It is full of character, homely yet elegant, and stylish but not pretentious or fussy. There is much that could be said about its delightful setting, the sublime view and the delicious breakfasts and teas, but its greatest asset is its staff. Never have I experienced a better balance between efficiency, courtesy, and warmth of welcome. We loved this place and I almost needed a crowbar to lever my wife out of it

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

Villa Ducale ( Duke's Villa ) was the highlight of our trip to Sicily. All the staff are very professional and warm. The ambience is really wonderful. The room we stayed in was beautiful and romantic. The toiletries in the bathroom were 1st class. The restaurant is divine from sunrise to sunset + the views are to die for but we had a few issues sitting in the front left of the restaurant with cigarette smoke wafting in from the designated smoking table at the side and from the bedroom tables below !!!
Villa Ducale is a 5 minutes drive up the hill from the centre of Taormina but not a problem as hotel has a free shuttle bus. It is good to book a space early in either direction as taxis are about 20 euros and walking uphill is a challenge. Taormina town is car free and there are only 2 certain designated parking spots which are not cheap.
Ergo keep car in hotel car park ( which isn't big so be careful when the car hire company offers you the "stationwagon" special !! For 2 people I would recommend a Lancia Ypsilon. Also make sure you have zero excess because most of the car mirrors in Taormina are kaput ! )
Apart from the cigarette smoke coming into the restaurant, we found Villa Ducale delightful and shall return next year.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Scarsdale, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

My son is studying in England for his junior year abroad, and thought Sicily would be an interesting destination for a week. He was certainly right, and Taormina served as a fine travel base and destination onto itself. It is a very beautiful town, perched high up (as are many towns in Sicily), overlooking the coastline, Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna. The view is memorable, and so was our experience at the stunning Villa Ducale. Upon arrival, the hotel staff does an excellent job of orientation, allowing one to feel relaxed and comfortable in our new enviornment. Any question or request I had was attended to in a very professional and friendly manner, and always to my satisfaction. The breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening appetizers are included, and were all delicious and plentiful, served on a beautiful terrace. We enjoyed reading there, in anticipation of the delectable food to come as did many other guests. We got to chat with other guests on the terrace which was a lot of fun.
We travelled for a few days to the other side of Sicily, and my son and I both said that we were looking forward to our return to Villa Ducale. Being away those few days reinforced the extraordinary ambience, beauty and service, all hallmarks of Villa Ducale.

Room Tip: View of sea and Etna a must.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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boston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

We can only say it again: what a wonderful place. It spoiled us for every other place we stayed in Sicily. The hotel (more of an inn, really) was beautiful, the views spectacular, the staff so warm and helpful, you felt like you’d made friends there in only a few days. We were welcomed right away with a prosecco and oriented to the hotel and the town in the most relaxed and personable way. At first we were concerned about being far above town, but we walked down once (and it was really not difficult) and took advantage of their shuttle service after that. We ate out the first night, but then the next two nights at the hotel, which were both great. The first time we ordered a “special dinner” with fish they bought that day at the market cooked in salt and it was wonderful from start to finish--special compliments and hugs to Santina, the chef, who claimed her cooking was just that of a “Sicilian mamma” -- would love to live in her house! We also ate there another night from the regular menu, and that was fine too. It was just lovely to eat on their terrace with the view of the town below and Mt. Etna in the distance. And, not to obsess on the food, the breakfasts were quite astounding with a huge table of sweets and one of savories, that included not just breads, but things like a variety of wonderful cooked vegetable dishes and a frittata--and more we can’t remember. And on top of that, hot dishes including eggs and bacon and a savory torte--something for everyone and more than any of us should be eating! Our room was lovely, with both a balcony and a terrace, and everything was immaculate and charming. We’d just missed an eruption of Mt. Etna that morning and there was a little dust in the room as a result; we were not that concerned, but they were horrified and immediately sent someone in to clean it up. One got the impression that the staff were part of the owner’s family and they all had a personal stake in the service at the hotel--really quite unique. Thanks to everybody for a great stay!

Room Tip: The view is the thing.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We stayed at the beautiful Villa Ducale last month and it was perfect.
Let Antonio, Santi , Miguele, Milena and all the other lovely staff cater for all your needs.
We mainly ate in-house, Our favourites were the Pasta Normana, Gnocchi pesto and pie at breakfast.
Drinking the Etna Bianco + Rosso was a winner followed by the greatest nightcap, the almond wine.
I would not recommend driving here as it is very hairy. The hotel arranged for airport transfers at a very reasonable cost. They also arranged for a private driver to take us to Mount Etna; which is a MUST.
When we went to Mount Etna it snowed !
Grazie Grazie Grazie

Room Tip: A view of Mount Etna or Taormina is worth it.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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5 Thank Poshladdie
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Property: Hotel Villa Ducale
Address: via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Ducale 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily

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