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out of 8 reviews
If you love hotels in the grand old style, this is the one for you. it is located right in the middle of town if that is important to you. The grounds are lovely also. I would go back in a minute.
“Would like to go back”
First class small luxury hotel in a splendid setting, expensive but worth the price
“Grand Hotel in the Old Tradition”
A "grand hotel" in the old tradition. Comfortable rooms, lovely pool, fine dining room, impressive entrance, good and friendly desk service. Old building, but renovated and modernized. Located among its own Greek/Roman ruins, some of which were just outside our room window/balcony (although they were not open for exploration at the time we were there). Very traditional, nice and classy decor. Ample (outdoor) parking. Easy to find when driving. Located a couple of miles from the center of town in a pleasant, non-congested neighborhood. Easy to find and reach by car. WiFi currently (May, 2010) only works in some of the public rooms (and not in the guest rooms); they're planning to run the signal through the entire hotel eventually. Good food in the dining room, but un-changing menu. Conference facilities. Solidly rated 4-star. If I were driving, I would definitely stay here again. If I were using public transport, I'd probably stay in the center of town instead, since the hotel is rather far from the sights.
“Ol' Time Elegance”
Hotel Villa Polite was great. Elegant, beautfiul and just right. Our room was a tad small but lovely...all up to date with a lovely view of the front garden. Truely ol' time elegance.
Good food and helpful staff Nice loation. I thought the setting was very picturesque. The hotel staff was always available.
“Recommend only for short visit”
We only stayed 2 nights so it was ok but would not recommend for longer stay. Rooms are very small, damp and old. We spent most of the time out of the room. Would have suffered in bad weather. Restaurant is not well maintained, walls are in bad condition, tableware poor, food is average, buffet breakfast is very poor for Italy. Due to the old building you can hear everything from the neightbours room, incl the cleaner doing her job in the morning. Staff is kind and helpful, the lobby has a nice atmoshpere. Pool is very basic, water was extremely cold in June. 15-20min walk from nice places, got a very nice view to the sea.
“nice hotel, one caveat”
This is a lovely old hotel, but the location a rather along walk to Ortygia, the old city part of Siracusa. If you don't want to eat at the hotel, whose menu never seems to change you have no choice but to drive or take a taxi to the old city. Taxis are very expensive, 10-11 euros for about a 3 minute ride. The drive is not difficult, but parking can be an issue.
“Grand Villa Poliiti July 2010”
The hotel is more out of town from the historical syracuse than I realized. Other reviews stated is only a 25-20 minute walk, I don't think so, especially is the hot beating sun and the crazy cars and scooter racing by, it's more like a 30 minute walk and then your exhuasted by the time you get to Ortigia and there a ton of walk there to do. This hotel is great for one night in order to visit the Greek ruins, which are close by and the actual grounds of the hotel are wonderful to stroll through and really pictureque with the Greek Quarry below. We ended up staying in one nigt and went to a local pizza joint to enjoy a dinner on our balony. The front desk recommended a great place and next door was a pasrty shop that had the best cannoli I have ever had. The pool was a nice perk that we didn't think we'd use, but the blissering sun made the pool that more more inviting. Very clean hotel, amazing facial towels, so soft and soothing to sunbrunt skin. Great beds and linens. The hotel is older and worn, but it's a historical building, of course it's a bit out of date. All in all a great expereince.