The hotel and Siracusa are what we enjoy about traveling in Europe - the beauty of imperfection, the presence of old things. This hotel had it in spades, old furniture, painted ceilings, unexpected nooks, no two rooms alike, but clean, comfortable and very well located to walk around the island of Ortygia taking in the beautiful baroque buildings, ancient Greek stones and daily Sicilian life. The market minutes away was an absolute delight! The staff were helpful in organizing cars, guides, excursions for us, and as many others have commented, breakfast was good, although the spremuta (fresh squeezed juice) tasted more like succo (the prepackaged stuff).
However, while charming, the public spaces could use refreshing - the carpets (while we appreciate their antiquity) were on the point of ratty - and for the price, one would expect more than one pillow per head and better bathroom fixtures. Still, would recommend this hotel, in a stunning, overlooked by tourists city that seems to be short on great hotels.