As soon as you step inside the entrance lobby, it feels as if you are in a boutique hotel that blends perfectly with the streets of Ortigia. This is only enhanced by the exposed stone features and quality furnishings in the other public areas on the ground floor. The library/lounge is particularly delightful. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment, (room 9), with an airy lounge and shared patio balcony. Plenty of space if a little functional. The small kitchen area and fridge came in handy for the odd lunch or aperativo.
Pauric from Marlow, UK
This romantic residence is located in Syracuse (Ortygia), close to Jewish Bath, Cathedral of Syracuse, and Temple of Apollo …More
"Distinctive character & style in glorious setting"
Ortigia, the island town and most ancient part of Syracuse, is so achingly beautiful we saw models having a photoshoot in the street. The character of the town reflects its rich history, and the hotel captures the feel of this special place wonderfully.
The rooms and communal areas are decked in polished marble and mosaics with a flavour of Italy, Greece and African influences; the balcony has a view over the Mediterranean bay (and the area surrounding the Fountain of Aretusa - ask the locals) and the roof level bar and breakfast room offers stunning views across the medieval rooftops out to sea and mainland too. Breakfast was, by the way, as good as any we had in Sicily.
Our room was large and well equipped, and the balcony provided some lovely twighlight evenings accompanied by birdsong and fishing boats calmly drifting across the bay. A far cry from the busy streets of Catania or bustling cafes of Taormina.
The spa and pool was pleasant and relaxing but if you're an English couple with less experience of these matters than our European cousins, don't expect a massage treatment to be as medical and mechanical as we're used to - it's a little more soft and exposed!
Lewis from UK
Grand seafront hotel rising above an old harbour wall, less than 500 metres from the cathedral and historic Isle of Ortigia …More