The lobby is of medium size, very traditional in decor with statues and ornaments on display with antique furniture.
Built on the original structures of a former Dominican monastery of the 15th century, San Domenico Palace was transformed into a hotel in 1896 by the descendants of the founder of the monastery Damiano Rosso, a nobleman from Catania of the princely family Rosso di Altavilla, who donated it to the friars when he himself became a Dominican of the same monastery. Since then the San Domenico Palace has become the most famous monastery – hotel in the world. It’s an enchanting atmosphere the one it’s possible to breath walking trough the large white corridors, where, for about half millennium, only soft steps and psalmodies of the friars were heard.
Originally built as cells where the monks rested in religious meditation, the single room of the San Domenico Palace Hotel may be the ideal place to rest surrounded and absorbed in a magic and surreal atmosphere. Offering a stunning view of the hotel’s formal gardens and of the deep blue sea that laps at Taormina, these rooms are equipped with all the conveniences and are ideal for relaxing, peaceful stays, either short or long, and also for business people who want to combine work with the pleasure of a fascinating resort. Different in shapes and sizes, some with cloister view others with town view, the stardard double room of the San Domenico Palace reflect history and tradition without sacrificing modern comfort and conveniences. Ideal for those who want to enjoy a splendid stay in a five-star hotel surrounded by luxury and conveniences that enhance the charm of an ancient monastery. Superior double rooms sea view, was built within the old monastery, and they are furnished with elegant simplicity. Overlooking the unique Mediterranean garden and the stunning bay of Taormina, will be the right choise for who loves spectacular setting. All deluxe sea view rooms have a breathtaking sea view on the bay of Taormina and some also on the suggestive setting of the ancient Greek Roman theatre with private balcony, which can be your own solarium or the ideal setting for a romantic candlelight dinner. Executive Grand Hotel rooms, with their large furnished terraces, offer an inviting freshness during the day and become a contemplative sitting room at sundown, to admire a splendid panorama reflected in the moonlight. The Garden room with Jacuzzi Mini Pool of the San Domenico Palace Hotel hotel is located in the Grand Hotel wing offers, among a lush garden, a private terrace with a Jacuzzi mini pool overlooking Taormina’s bay and the Greek Roman theatre. Unique, enriched with all the comforts and pleasurable details that only a five-star luxury hotel can provide its guests. Suite rooms. Nothing is more exclusive than a stay in a suite at the San Domenico Palace Hotel of Taormina. The charm of the rooms, the freshness of the decor, incomparable panoramas… plus extreme comfort and elegant details. Pure luxury.Deciding between the warmth of history in the Old Monastery wing or the spaciousness and sunniness of the more modern suites of the Grand Hotel wing is a choice that reflects each person’s desire to live the emotion of a unique place in a special, personal way, privileged the emotion of a unique five-star.
The San Domenico Palace Hotel of Taormina boasts four restaurants: valid alternatives able to satisfy the most discriminating palates and offer guests a range of dining experiences. The noted Principe Cerami gourmet restaurant is the proud bearer of a coveted Michelin star, thanks to the magic of the creative artistry of the chef, Massimo Mantarro. The Antico Refettorio, open from November to March, offers an international cuisine that is very attentive to locally grown products. And from April to October, the Les Bougainvillées restaurant makes it possible to dine outdoors on the broad terrace perched high above the sea, where the air is heady with the perfume of bougainvillea blossoms. For an informal lunch, Il Giardino dei Limoni, open in the summertime from April to October, offers a rich variety of low-calorie dishes, to cater to the tastes of those who like to eat lightly without forgoing the pleasures of the palate. The Oratorio dei Frati lounge bar is an atmospheric haunt, furnished with small marble and wrought iron tables and cosy armchairs, warmed in the winter season by the fire burning in the great hearth, the fireplace of the monastery’s old refectory. The quiet atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a hot cup of tea in the afternoon or a vintage Armagnac in the evening, while for late bursts of appetite food is served past midnight. The summer poolside bar. A cool summer delight. The poolside bar, sheltered from the sun, is an oasis of refreshment. Restorative drinks, energy-giving frullati, fancy little snacks…
The San Domenico Palace: a special holiday in Sicily, Taormina , to be lived to the full. Walking through the old monastery, its succession of cloisters and rooms, one discovers corners of rare magic. Taormina and San Domenico Palace Hotel: names that are known all over the world. Taormina, nestling by the sea, has inspired the souls of great poets and famous personages, and the San Domenico Palace, in the citadel’s historic heart, has hosted them amid the entrancing charms of its ancient surroundings.