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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 Damiano Rosso, its founder and a Catanian nobleman of the princely family Rosso di Altavilla. He built and then donated the monastery to the friars when he himself embraced the monastic life. The San Domenico Palace has become the most famous monastery-hotel in the world.
Reminders of monastic life are religiously preserved at the San Domenico, testifying to a past that makes this structure unique: the cloister, the images of the Saints, the choir stall, the sacristy, the lovely garden, the rooms that were once silent cells of seclusion. A luxury hotel within ancient walls where everything recalls monastic life creates a startling contrast, but it is all the more fascinating for this reason. From the beginning, the fascination of San Domenico has attracted poets, writers, movie stars, royal families and Heads of State, all of whom have filled the ancient pages of the jealously guarded Golden Book with their dedications.
The 105 Rooms and Suites are located in two different wings: the 14th century Convent and the Grand Hotel, a construction in liberty style, added to the hotel on 1896. Both reflect history and tradition without sacrificing modern comforts and conveniences. Convent Rooms: a selection of classic and superior rooms different in shapes and sizes built within the Monastery . Convent Suites: lightly, with luxurious and refined furniture, all panoramic, some with Jacuzzi, functional and different to common places, are ideal for introspective guest. Grand Hotel Rooms: a selection of classic and deluxe rooms overlooking the town centre or the Bay; with private balcony, which can be your own solarium or the ideal setting for a romantic dinner by candle light. Grand Hotel Suites: all with large private balcony and spectacular view, separated living area, large bathrooms ; furnished with elegance and sobriety. Garden Room with Mini pool: located in the Grand Hotel wing offers , among a lush garden, a private terrace with a Jacuzzi mini pool overlooking Taormina’s bay. Garden Suite with Mini Pool: designed to highlight the highest level of pampering, this unique suite offers the privacy and cosiness of a luxurious one bedroom suite surrounded by 80 sq.m sea view terrace with Jacuzzi mini pool.
Dining and Entertainment Antico Refettorio Restaurant , proposes an exquisite traditional and Sicilian Cuisine . From April to October, the main Restaurant moves to the panoramic Les Bougainvillèes terrace. For seafood and pasta specialities The Giardino dei Limoni Restaurant, open from April through October for lunch only. Seasonal is the Gourmet Restaurant “Principe Cerami”, that proposes a modern interpretation of the Mediterranean Cuisine. The Oratorio dei Frati Lounge offers light meals. Fully equipped Conference Centre. State-of-the-art meeting facilities in the most divine fashion for up to 400 guests. If you wish to celebrate any special occasion, the Hotel offers you a variety of exclusive solutions for up to 600 guests. Gym Corner. Beauty Corner. Boutique San Domenico.
– Individual climate control
– Direct dial telephone
– Satellite TV
– Private safety deposit box
– Alarm o’clock
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