"Lovely hotel a stone's throw from the centre of Or"
My boyfriend and I had a lovely stay at the hotel. The buffet breakfast was excellent and the hotel is a short walk to the Piazza Duomo in the centre. We used the spa almost every day -it's small but perfectly formed, and lovely and quiet in the afternoons. The only downside was the noise from the rooftop bar on the Saturday evening, but it died down by about midnight. All in all we had a wonderful stay in Ortigia :)
Francesca from London
Grand seafront hotel rising above an old harbour wall, less than 500 metres from the cathedral and historic Isle of Ortigia …More
"Very pleasant hotel overlooking the 'Porto Grande'"
We had a very nice suite (Alfeo) overlooking the harbour and would strongly recommend asking for a room on the front of the hotel. The hotel is in a quiet area and the staff were all very helpful. The old town can be explored easily on foot and there is a wide choice of restaurants on the island.
The Hotel in Ortigia was really good. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food was of a high quality. The breakfast buffet particularly offered a large selection. The hotel was conveniently situated in Ortigia for easy access to the sights and restaurants.
Friendly helpful reception staff. Location could not be better. Room comfortable and spacious. Only negative was poor service at breakfast - eg failure to clean tables or replenish buffet items (we were by no means late arrivals at breakfast). Well worth staying in Ortigia rather than new town despite difficulty we had in finding hotel by car. Cross bridge on to the island. Then bear right at junction near ruins of Apollo temple which you will see ahead slightly to your left. Follow road up to large piazza with Diana fountain in middle (Piazza Archimedes) exit diagonally opposite and then turn immediately right (ignore the restricted entry sign as you are allowed up this road to access the hotel). Hotel is on rhs. Two temporary spaces outside. Hotel will then take your car away and park for you.
The Granda Albergo Alfeo is ideally positioned for exploring Syracusa and the island of Oritigia, A lovely hotel, well furnished and comfortable well equipped bedrooms. The staff were most helpful and obliging, the buffet breakfast was plentiful if a bit boring and could do with an injection of different fresh fruits which are plentiful and cheap in the local markets.
Solo traveller, late November 2014.
The hotel is located in a rural location approximately five and a half miles south of Syracuse. They currently have some building work going on opposite which is to be a large spa associated with the hotel and, I believe, owned by the same people. It is possible to tell that work is going on for the spa, but it is so unobtrusive that it is only noticeable visually after you have left the hotel grounds, and not in a particularly negative manner.
The facilities are clean and well maintained with very friendly and helpful staff. I had no problems during my time there that had any negative impact on my stay.
A short walk away is the coast, which is signed for public access, sports, and swimming, though I did not venture out into the water given the time of year. The hotel has its own private beach and, although I did not visit, I imagine that it would be as well maintained as the hotel and probably a better choice than the public beaches which all seemed to suffer from an accumulation of flotsam and jetsam.
I would recommend the hotel for couples and families with access to transport. I would advise anyone going to seriously consider renting a vehicle for getting around. The hotel offers complimentary transfers to and from Syracuse if you give notice on the previous day. The transport is clean, quick and courteous, but I expect that having a vehicle at your own disposal would widen the experience of Sicily significantly.
Traveller from England
This hotel is housed in a handsome villa built in 1884 and situated in the Sicilian countryside 800 metres from the seaside …More
This hotel is situated in a former large villa which has been recently beautifully restored in the Italian style. It is set back from the road behind a large garden of mature trees. The hotel is family owned and a close eye is kept on the running of the establishment. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The rooms are of a good size and spotlessly clean, bedding is changed every two days. breakfasts are continental type with a wide choice, always including local delicacies. We consider that the price we paid for our stay was extremely reasonable for the standard and service which we received.
Staff were excellent; all were very helpful and professional. The rooms were spotless -although not perhaps as large as in more modern hotels. It's a fabulous old building which is full of history and is well maintained as are the grounds and the swimming pool. Breakfasts were good but the quality of the serve-yourself coffee from a machine left much to be desired. If you want a better quality one just ask a member of staff to get one for you from the machine in the bar. The restaurant food was super and there is currently a 'Happy Hour' from 6.30 - 7.30pm where you can have a cocktail and nibbles for only 5 euros. The bar staff can sometimes get a bit overwhelmed during these times when the hotel is busy - so be prepared for a bit of a wait. The hotel is sited out of the centre of the town and has plenty of parking. You can get a taxi or bus into town, use the free hotel shuttle, or walk which would take about 30 minutes (you might want to check out the walking routes carefully as you might feel more comfortable with some rather than others especially after dark).
Built on ancient Greek quarries at the end of the 19th century this sprawling villa is one kilometre from the amphitheatre …More
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