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“Charming hotel in historic Syracuse” 5 of 5 stars
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Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Vittorio Veneto 93, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #4 of 66 hotels in Syracuse
Paris, France
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“Charming hotel in historic Syracuse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My wife and my two childeren spend three days in this charming hotel. The rooms were clean and quiet. The front desk staff very helpful and their restaurant suggestions very good. The room rates included breakfast and free Wi-Fi, which is welcome since most upper tier hotels now charge exorbitant prices for Internet access.

Upon checking, the hotel provides a one-page guide to Ortigia, which is enough to get you going. Once you have visited the sites, we highly recommend seeing them at night. Street lamp cast a beautiful light to sculptures under the balconies.

When the dinning room is full breakfast service is slow. Providing cups and fresh juices at buffet table may alleviate this problem.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed five nights in a junior suite. Lots of thoughtful little extras.
Ate dinner there two nights.
Hotel probably about as good a central location as you could hope for in Ortigia (old Syracuse), near plenty of restaurants.
Staff were friendly & exceedingly helpful.
Hotel arranged smooth, efficient transfers from and back to airport.
Avis brought our car to hotel & picked it up again & we parked our hire car outside front door of hotel.
Other guests very congenial, which is always a bonus.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I stayed at this hotel with my wife, daughter and her partner for three nights in April 2013. The rooms were nicely appointed although perhaps a little small. The front of house staff were very friendly and helpful, recommending good restaurants locally. Breakfasts were good, wide choice and fresh. Street parking is available by the hotel, which we did not have to pay for. The location is central and within easy reach of shopping and waterfront. I would be happy to recommend this hotel to my family and friends.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I stayed at this charming hotel on a quick business trip. The room I had was well presented with a well-equipped bathroom and a balcony. A great deal of effort has gone into making this a high quality property.
THe two reception staff were very helpful, arranging things for me and making suggestions. Nothing was too much trouble.
The different public rooms around the hotel were comfortable and spacious.I did not eat in the restaurant as it was closed, but the breakfast even had its own menu!
Lots of thoughtful touches made it stand out for me eg: Mini bar was free for the first night and there were Bulgari toileteries in the bathroom.
Virtually right on the water front, it is a little gem.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

A perfect small luxury hotel to visit Ortigia. Location is perfect, parking readily available/arranged in front of the hotel. The hotel is in an old modernised palace, with nothing of a major chain hotel. Staff was very welcoming and attentive. Recommendations and bookings for restaurants and best ice cream parlours were spot on. Free bicycles were a great idea to visit the city (would be great to have 1-2 children bicycles or seats). No beach or much space for children to run in the hotel, but really no issue for a few days.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtaranto, Direttore at Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear sirs,
thank you for spending a few minutes in writing us
We greatly appreciated your kind words.
We are gald that the spirit of you have captured the true spirit of the imposing restructuring that has been made. In fact, the charme is given precisely by the uniqueness of the structure we offer.In addition to the now proverbial availability of the entire staff, the hotel has some strengths determined by services we offer. Yuo difinatly must stay here longer.
We wait for you once again
Best regards
Mariella Taranto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed when the hotel was full, and did not have the option of booking a fabulous-looking rooftop suite. Our room was small, but pricey for its size, especially compared to other hotels in Sicily. Overall, the hotel is beautiful and well-located on Ortigia. We easily found free parking close to the hotel and did not have to navigate the very narrow streets in our rental car. The staff was friendly and tried to be helpful, but made several gaffes (misdirecting us to a restaurant they had recommended, mistaking us for other guests, slow breakfast service both mornings we were there). It seems to be 3 star quality for 4 star prices.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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mtaranto, Direttore at Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Dear Sirs,
thank you for spending a few minutes to write down your opinion. Every comment is greatly appreciated. We are glad you liked the hotel, the favorable location as well as the staff that as you noticed, avoided you the stress of looking for the parking and helped you in finding good restaurants. However, at the very beginning of the high season, there are beautiful young ladies to support the staff and it can happen (on their first working day) to commit a small mistake about the name of our guests. which, normally, makes you smile. Honestly a bit too little for complaint.
Hope to welcome you here again
Warmest regards
Mariella Taranto
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Worcester, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed in a junior suite without a sea view, which did not matter as the weather in march '13 was not at its best. The hotel was very much at its best. Very comfortable room and bed, bathroom with a big bath tub and well appointed walk-in shower. The only grumble was that the hot water was a bit luke-warm. Both breakfasts and evening meals were superb and all the staff were charming and incredibly helpful. The conversion work to the several buildings which now comprise this hotel have been most thoughtfully designed and really well executed. This in our opinion is a really outstanding hotel and we would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 93, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Syracuse
#3 Luxury Hotel in Syracuse
#3 Business Hotel in Syracuse
#3 Romantic Hotel in Syracuse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel is located in an exquisite ancient building on the waterfront of Ortigia, the historic centre of Syracuse. Giving onto the ancient "Mastra Rua," where the Siracusan nobility resided from the 14th century, the hotel is a starting point for cultural itineraries. Its recent restoration maintains the original structure made of three buildings, contributing to its dynamic layout. Rooms are furnished differently with antique furniture, four-poster beds and refined interior decoration with distinctive Sicilian touches and Mediterranean features such as colorful bathrooms tiles. ... more   less 
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