Photos courtesy of San Domenico Palace Hotel
93 rooms; 15 suites
Double rooms: from 283 euros
Suites: from 574 euros
Rates include breakfast and tax.
Open: mid-March through December
The hotel is in the center of Taormina; the nearest train station is 6 km away.
On site: swimming pool;
Nearby: excursions to Mt. Etna and Aeolian Islands
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The San Domenico Palace Hotel has been considered one of Italy’s greatest hotels for generations. A long list of notables, including Winston Churchill, John Steinbeck, assorted royalty, and a galaxy of movie stars have added to the hotel’s luster.
Not that it really needs it. Beautifully preserved, the atmosphere here is more of a palace than a monastery. Long, vaulted hallways decorated with 17th- and 18th-century paintings pass by cloisters, a church (now a meeting center), and paneled rooms filled with antiques.
Bursting with brilliant colored red trumpet flowers, bougainvillea, palms, and lemon trees, the garden is an oasis of beauty, with views of Mt. Etna, the sea, and the Greek theater.
Guest rooms lie either on the old monastic wing of the hotel or the newer “grand hotel,” which are a bit more richly furnished. In either side, the bed linens are divine and the bathrooms well appointed.
The former monk’s refectory is now a bar, warmed on cool nights by a fireplace. When the weather is fine, dinner is served al fresco on a lovely terrace.
Exquisite public rooms