Built on the original structures of a former Dominican monastery of the 15th century, this unique Sicilian palace was transformed into a hotel in 1896 by Giovanni Rosso, Prince of Cerami, a descendant of Damiano Rosso, a Catanian nobleman of the princely family Rosso di Altavilla who built and then donated the monastery to the friars when he himself embraced the monastic life.
This five-star deluxe palace has since become the most famous monastery-hotel in the world.
An air of enchantment lingers in the spacious white corridors where for nearly half a millennium before only the soft steps and whispered prayers of the friars were heard.
Luxury hotel that recalls monastic life
Reminders of monastic life are carefully preserved at this palace, testifying to a past that makes this structure unique: the cloisters, the images of the Saints, the choir stall, the sacristy, the lovely gardens, the rooms that were once silent cells of seclusion.
A luxury hotel within ancient walls where much recalls monastic life creates a startling contrast, but it is all the more fascinating for it.
From the beginning, the palace 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.
Rooms in 14th century convent
The 105 Rooms and Suites are located in two different wings: The Garden Wing, built within the former 14th century Convent and the Grand Hotel Wing, a marvellous building in liberty style, added to the hotel on 1896. Both reflect history and tradition without sacrificing modern comforts and conveniences. Each room is equipped with individual climate control, direct dial telephone, hairdryer,minibar,satellite TV, private safety deposit box, alarm o’clock and radio.
Michelin-star restaurant & cocktails in the Dominican refectory
Named after the palace’s founder Prince Giovanni Rosso di Cerami, the Restaurant, awarded with one Michelin star, is located in a private and elegant room which design reminds the prince dining room. During the summer season it moves to the front terrace overlooking the spectacular bay of Taormina and the San Domenico’s Garden.
This Fine Dining Atelier, signed by our Executive Chef Massimo Mantarro, proposes an innovative gourmet cuisine inspired by the Sicilian gastronomic tradition.
The restaurant is open only for dinner from April to October an remains closed on Mondays.
The ancient Dominican refectory, today a luxurious “ Lounge", is the ideal meeting place for excellentcocktails, vintage Armagnacs, and to satisfy unexpected pangs of hunger even after midnight. It has a magical cosy atmosphere by the fireplace in winter and live piano music during the summer. Open daily all year around.