Coming off the extraordinary experience we'd just had in Taormina (staying at the beautiful Villa Carlotta), I have to admit that the Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel was a bit of a letdown. I was expecting a chic, designerly hotel that would be pretty close to what we'd just experienced, but by comparison the Charme Hotel is a little on the plain and dowdy side. Don't get me wrong, it's clean and comfortable, but the decor is just a touch dreary. Our room (a Classic Sea View) was small and just lacked pizzazz. The furniture seemed a little worn and tattered, as though it had seen better days...which, come to think of it, could also describe Syracuse. But on the plus side, the hotel is in a great location (right by the water), has a very friendly and helpful staff who seem more than happy to provide guidance on exploring Syracuse or recommend restaurants, and offers a pretty decent breakfast selection (although you should be prepared to wait 20 minutes or more if you order anything extra, like poached eggs, from the kitchen). This is a perfectly fine hotel; there's just not anything particularly outstanding about it. I think my expectations might have been too high after reading all of the glowing reviews on this site.
- Also Known As:
- Algila Ortigia Charme Syracuse
- Hotel Algila Ortigia Charme
- Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel Sicily/Syracuse, Italy
- 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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