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“So Close to being better than very good.” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Maniace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungomare di Ortigia 13, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 66 Hotels in Syracuse
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“So Close to being better than very good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I spent one night in room 214 which is smallish but very quiet as it faces the courtyard and one evening in room 215 which was large with a big big terrance and a sea view. However the large room had only one chair and was a tad bit noisy since it faces the street. Both rooms had nice bathrooms ( 214 had a small clumsy shower) and good A/C. The rooms were very clean with dark woods,

Parking demands some patience, frankly in the summer months bringing a car into Ortygia is asking for trouble anyway.

The staff is great, very helpful. The location is fine, Ortygia is small so no matter where you stay its all in walking distance. There are great restaurants nearby.

The one thing I found and other reviewers also found was that the breakfast left a lot to be desired. A few hard boiled eggs, a few slices of cheese and what I think was scrambled eggs ( use lots of salt and pepper to give it some taste). But this is Italy where breakfast isn't a big deal.

Room Tip: Room 214 is quiet but no view, 215 has a big terrance but might be a tad bit noisy for light sleeper...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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100 hotel reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Having been assembled from an old nunnery and an adjacent house, its renovation to a 21st century hotel sporting good wifi, a/c, electronic keys etc has been complete and well done, retaining old stone arches and walls and monastic breakfasts - boiled eggs, scrambled yellow stuff, heavy croissants and some of the best fruit to ever grace a can - but the coffee is passable. Our room opened onto a narrow balcony, with table and chairs looking directly into the water - I think the Ionian Sea - a perfect place for an evening G & T. There are good restaurants in the street around the corner and Ortigia is small enough for it to be easy to traverse the whole island without too much effort. Staff are helpful, bathrooms modern and all is clean.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We spent 4 nights at this hotel in August. It is in a lovely location looking out over the sea - we had booked a room with a sea view and were pleased to find that we had a small balcony we could sit on. It really is worth paying the extra for this. The rooms are very modern, clean and comfortable. The only thing which let the hotel down was that the rooms were not always made up and cleaned promptly in the morning - on one occasion our room was not cleaned until 6.00 pm. That said, the staff were very pleasant and breakfast was lovely - try the wonderful ricotta tart! There is no restaurant in the hotel but there are plenty of restaurants nearby; there are also two shops only a few yards from the hotel where you can buy any provisions you need. Ortigia is lovely and there is plenty to do there for two or three days.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Perfect in Ortegia, sea front, minutes away from Duomo, close to many great restaurants. Clean rooms, newly furnished, nice shower, spacious.
Very quiet Airco, which is nice in Summer and if you don't like airco noise in your room. Staff kept a parking spot available for us so we didn't have that hassle and they had some great recommendations for other restaurants etc in southeastern Sicily

As everywhere in Italy, don't count on any serious breakfast though

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Old Siracusa, the Island of Ortegia, is a diamond among diamonds on Sicily. For some of us this city is something extraordinary. You would expect tourists everywhere, but that is not the case, yet. Hotel Royal Maniace is situated on the "wrong side" of Ortegia, but if you want the evenings to be calm, while you sit on your terrace, choose this hotel. It is a fairly small modern hotel in an old beautiful building. No extravaganza but personal and professionally run. Though, the breakfast could be slightly improved. The guests are often people with social and cultural interests and preferences. This gives the hotel its personality, which is something of great quality to more and more of us. Hotel Royal Maniace is a good base for a stay in beautiful Siracusa.

  • Stayed July 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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Pompano Beach, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

There is no easy driving access to the hotel. Parking is on the street and its difficult to find a spot. Excellent free wi fi everywhere in the hotel. Worse breakfast food ever in Italy... cold dried scrambled eggs, old cheese... We had never experienced a bad breakfast in Italy before and we have traveled Italy extensively. I do not recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: If you are driving, be aware that you may not be able to find parking.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Turin, Italy
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The location is beyond words. Ortigia is a wonderful place and the hotel Maniace is in the best part of the island. The view is worth a million bucks. We spent hours on the room's balcony looking at the sea and the boats going by. The room nice and comfy.

As you might guess, although rooms with sea view are much more expensive, they are really worth it. Initially we had booked a room in the back but it felt small and enclosed. The front room with sea view is truly worth the expense!!!!

The staff is beyond words. One night my girlfriend was not feeling well and the night attendant did everything in his power to help me. I am really grateful for his help and their overall friendliness.

There are many things to do outside the island. Rent a Fiat 500 and explore. You will enjoy it. At night as you come back to the Royal Maniace you will relax after all the swimming, walking visiting etc. I suggest to keep a bottle of prosecco and enjoy it as a nightcap looking at the sea.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are worth the extra price.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: Lungomare di Ortigia 13, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Syracuse
#8 Business Hotel in Syracuse
#8 Family Hotel in Syracuse
#10 Romantic Hotel in Syracuse
#11 Luxury Hotel in Syracuse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Maniace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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