Arrived on a Saturday night. Parking was impossible. Drove around for 30 minutes, in the dark, and everything was full including the local parking lot. Finally parked illegally and put a sign on the dashboard hoping it would not be towed away. We stayed for 4 nights. We never moved the car as there was nowhere to park, anywhere, during the 4 days.
The room was very nice, relatively spacious, with a good shower and a wonderful sea view. We sleep with the windows open and the sounds of the waves was lovely throughout the night.
Breakfast was good and varied : cereals, fruit, yogurt, cold meats and cheeses and the fresh Ricotta is wonderful (ask for honey). The coffee is OK. But you will probably want to follow up with a second breakfast up the street at Piazza Archimedes...
The upstairs terrace is wonderful and we spent many afternoons up there on the comfortable sofas and lounges.
To swim in the ocean : turn right when you walk out of the hotel and follow the coast as you walk. About 5 - 7 minutes walk down is an access, through the rocks, to the water and a platform.
My biggest problem, as I need to keep connected for work, was the lack of WiFi. It worked a total of 2 hours throughout our 4 day stay. We were almost never able to successfully connect and authorise... Our most useful purchase was renting a 3G hotspot from Hertz when we rented our car... we used it throughout our stay.
The receptionists were great and they helped us with restaurant reservations the first night, restaurant recommendations afterwards as well as calling to help us set up our next stay (Agriturismo) and cooking classes.
Ask for the sea view rooms --- worth it!
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thank you for your review.
We really appreciate your comment.
Unfortunately, some day are tough to park a car, as we are in the historical center and there is a lot of people who come to Ortygia to have something to drink or to eat.
We have 4 places to park guest's car and a little square and the seaside to park.
We're sorry for that inconvenience, that didn't depend on our will.
Moreover we are really sorry for wi-fi connection as we had some line problem that we fixed in few days.
We hope to welcome you again during your next trip to Syracuse.
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