San Domenico Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Taormina
Scott had a long weekend for President's Day, so we flew to Catania, Sicily and explored the island for 4 days. It was our first trip to Sicily. After seeing Taormina, I understand why it became such a popular destination for celebrities. This beautiful city was perched on a high coastal hilltop, and its Greek Theatre was interesting to explore. …
... the girls had dashed off to slide and ride, the lounger police came and demanded to see proof of my tickets to lounge in loungers 1, 2 and 3...... We saw a lot of him over the course of the day as he unceremoniously bounced various unsuspecting grandparents, teenagers, young parents who sat down briefly to tie a shoelace, catch their breath, comfort a terrified child....... rulios are rulios, I suppose!
Still, it was a fantastic way to spend ...
... that gather in the evenings, here and in other towns we have visited. They sit and chat amongst themselves, raucously greeting newcomers with kisses and back-beating hugs and ogling women that pass by. They are wonderful to watch, but I'm curious...... Where are all the old women? At home, cooking? Looking after grandchildren? Run off with the pool boy? Swimming with the ...
... 3 disjointed legs and a Gorgon's head. He gave us a map of Castiglione di Sicilia and sold us some jewellery made from volcanic material.
Upwards and onwards we traipsed, with the Italian soundtrack of wails and groans getting louder and louder, until we finally made it to the top near Castel Leone, 10 minutes before they closed for lunch. Nestled atop a high rocky outcrop, it served as a guarding post thousands of years ago. It has an incredible ...
... It is a fantastic hotel, quiet and the room is very spacious. However we will only be here one night as our tour of Sicily commences in the morning. We went walking around Catania and though it is very neglected you can see the old beautiful city it use to be. We assume there is a lack of money being spent on the city which is a shame. Or maybe the mafia are controlling everything!!! The first corner we turned we found some old ruins that use ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews San Domenico Palace Hotel Taormina
Gorgeous gardens, beautiful public rooms, disappointing bedrooms
I find myself odd man out reading the other reviews. This is because I found the bedrooms spartan, uninteresting with non-descript furniture. What I loved about the hotel were the public rooms, the incredible art everywhere, the setting and the spectacular gardens.
Taormina is an amazing city with its mixture of Roman, Greek, Carthiginian and Spanish architecture--you see this mix on the faces of locals as well. Back to the hotel, if the bedrooms were as spectacular and unique like the public rooms this would be one of my favorite hotels.
Next time I'm in Taormina, I'll try the Timeo just to compare. Can't give a whole hearted "go there" but it isn't bad either.
Spent 5 days here and it felt like a truly individual experience miles away from the usual boring corporate hotel feel. Our room on the 3rd floor of the Grand Wing (the "new" section added in 1930 and very elegant) was spacious with a huge extremely comfortable bed and top quality linen, good size bathroom with Bulgari amenities and great robes and slippers. Chambermaid service superb, towels changed twice daily and fresh fruit replenished. Great sea views from our balcony and nice and quiet on 3rd floor. Breakfast on bouganvillea filled terrace overlooking the sea was a wonderful experience, the buffet was superb and very indulgent - even fresh gateaux served every day! Gardens just amazing with stunning colours and heady scents everywhere. Pool a bit cramped but spent our days on the "La Pigna" beach (10 euros pppd incl bed, towel etc and free shuttle to/from hotel) which was a lovely little cove and their restaurant served the best food we had in Taormina - Spaghetti Vongole to die for!!! Cocktails in the hotel lounge was a great experience and head waiter in white jacket lovely and charming - prices a bit over the top though! The hotel guided tour on a Tues and Sun at 09:30 is a must - it's a fascinating place with a wonderful history. Hotel is in a brilliant location just 2 mins walk from the main drag Corso Umberto. There is a great little fish restaurant between the hotel and Corso called Maffei's - worth booking. Al Duomo is good too and also close to the hotel. Tip - avoid restaurants that are on the main drag or in obvious locations with good views, they are tourist traps and usually don't focus on the food.
We stayed at the San Domenico for five nights with our five year old son. The location is spectacular and the service top notch. Our room had a balcony with a view of the sea. It is quiet hotel, not especially geared toward children, but accomodating nevertheless. We especially enjoyed the grounds, beautiful gardens with places to sit and enjoy the views. We found the women at reception and the conceirge desk to be especially warm. We would definitely stay there again.
We just returned from a 7 night stay at the San Domenico. This was our first trip to Sicily. I have always wanted to stay in Taormina. After much research in everything I could get my hands on we decided to stay at the SD. We had 2 rooms at the rate of 460 Euros each. There were connecting as we traveled with our teen daughters.
We recently got married in Taormina and stayed at the San Domenico for 10 days. The hotel, views, staff, food were all fantastic.
We could not have chosen a better place to stay, the hotel helped make our special day and cannot wait to go back there.
My partner and I stayed at this hotel for my birthday and the setting is magnificent. The view has to be seen to be believed.
My husband and I stayed at the San Domenico for 3 days in mid May. It is a beautiful hotel , beautifully situate in a lovely town and benefits from the fact that it is a little off the main tourist drag. It is an old monastery which has been restored and is beautifully kept. It has exquisite gardens which are wonderful to relax in and a private and quite lovely pool area. The breakfast is one of the best buffet breakfasts you could ever hope to see. Dinner and the service for dinner in the main dining room was a little disappointing particularly as the plan we were on was dinner included and we had no choice in the matter. The small and more upscale dining room on the other hand had exceptional food and service. The rooms in the convent section, where we stayed are a little small, but the views are outstanding. The linens are wonderful. The concierge is helpful. Parking exists which sets it apart from some hotels in the area but can be a little tight. We would go back to this hotel without hesitation.
High point of our 2 week fly-drive tour of Sicily ! Wonderful converted monastary with a fascinating history. Try to catch the twice weekly guided tour of the hotel (Tuesdays and Fridays). Choice of the old convent wing , with smaller rooms (and no lift), or the newer hotel wing which has larger rooms with balconies. Only the convent rooms have a view of Mt. Etna however , and we opted for one of these- we were not disappointed. Luxuriously appointed, and because we were on a 'Primavera' Break we arrived to find Champagne, fruit and flowers in our room. The hotel is enormous and is non smoking throughout, mobile phones are not allowed in the dining areas, to our relief. First night of our 3 day stay we dined in the formal Cerami Restaurant (jackets required) , which was a lovely meal but somehow lacked atmosphere because there were few other diners and the piped 70s pop music was completely incongruous ! The following nights we dined outdoors on the terrace of the Bougainvillea Restaurant which was delightful with live piano music and the same flawless service and food. Breakfast is also taken on this terrace and is a wonderful buffet. The hotel is well placed in the centre of Taormina, a couple of minutes walk from the Corso Umberto. Beautiful gardens, spectacular views. Free car parking is also available.
My wife and I had the pleasure of staying 2 weeks in a sea view Convent room in July this year. The help we receved from all of the staff was superb. On arrival 2 tickets for the Peter Gabriel concert at the Greco Roman amphitheatre were handed to me in exchange for 120 euros. These tickets were like gold dust but the concierge had managed to track some down following my telephone request some 3 weeks earlier. The concert was superb. We would recommend a visit to the theatre when any concert is on as it is a unique experience.