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“A memorable stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Villa Politi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Maria Politi Laudien 2, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #19 of 68 Hotels in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A memorable stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed for a week at the Politi and had a memorable time there. The room had all the features we expected with a lovely bathroom, good airconditioning, minibar, safe, balcony and really comfortable beds.
As we had a car the big car park was a bonus. It felt like we were walking through history when climbing the magnificent curved staircase up to the hotel. The staff in all areas could not have been more helpful, the breakfast was wonderful and any request was treated as their pleasure to fulfil. The pool area was a joy and delight.
The happy hour cocktails and buffet should not be missed.
Yes the hotel is a distance from Ortigia but it is convenient for visiting all the archaeological sites of Syracuse and the museum. I even went to the Greek Theatre to watch Edipus Rex in Italian. It was an experience not to be missed.
I would thoroughly recommend this hotel, although it is probably best if you are travelling with a car.
The only comment I would have is that a courtesy bus a few times a day to Ortigia and the archaeological sites would have added immensely to the value of the hotel for those without cars.
Thank you Politi for a wonderful week.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The staff were overall friendly. No excursions arranged. The hotel is badly located.There is absolutely nothing to do or see in the area. The locality is very dirty. People very unfriendly. Very disappointing. I would not recommend it as a area to visit

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Carmelo C, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
surrounded by a park in the heart of the city of syracuse. large private parking. large swimming pool. the dishes in the restaurant's menu consist of 5 dishes to type that change every month. this is to offer always new tastes.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

An elegant 150 year old beauty with character and charm. Truly exciting mixture of past and present. Interesting details for antique lovers.Beautiful garden and nice pool area. Excellent service. The breakfast buffet is so grand that it is worth of six stars!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carmelo C, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
It is our job to make you happy. Thanks
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed in grand villa politi from 21st to 28th April 2013. Old elegant hotel in need of some updating with great buffet breakfast. Rooms cleaned every day. Great swimming pool with private garden and showers. Most staff had little or no English with no knowledge of tourist attractions or bus times. Most buses had very irregular service, if we were fortunate to get a bus one way, it was a possibility to have to get a taxi back or walk 50minutes to Articia through a run down city. Hotel not central to any attractions, such as mount Etna which would be of major interest to most going to Sicily. I had been quoted €220 to get there by taxi if they were to wait an hour or two for us, Or so pay again for another taxi to bring us back. While this hotel is advertising for tourists, they certainly would need to brush up on their geography and english. This is an fine spot for somebody who want to escape the limelight and stay in there room as there's no place to go. Everything very expensive for such a poor remote place. Mary O.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carmelo C, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
SYRACUSE is NOT NEW YORK: OFTEN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN A CITY 'AND ANOTHER VILLAGE ARE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE. But this is also the charm of Sicily. there is a considerable difference between the old and decadent. The costs of services are the same as any other city.
The staff of the ghvp speaks good English and French, we are sorry if we could not meet your needs for personal issues do not arise from our excellent organization.
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed at the Grand Villa Politi in Syracussa first week in April 2013 highlight was the weather, locals thought it was still spring but 20- 24 degrees absolutely lovely, you will need a car to get around but everywhere is reasonably easy to get to. The hotel is one of the areas oldest, full of quaint corridors and old fashioned hospitality, wonderful staff very helpful and friendly no noise, no discos old fashioned peace and quiet, think Hercule Poirot, so relaxing.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carmelo C, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
We put the customer and its total satisfaction at the center… we put the heart.
Grazie!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

First trip to Sicily, 6 days in August and loved it!

August is a very hot time to get and busy with Italians holidaying, found this hotel, good price for all in hotel and flights.

It was probably very grand in its day, Winston Churchill stayed there, elements of that era very nice, let down was restaurant very austere and lacklustre, one evening meal very mediocre, on the plus side breakfast buffet very good. Rooms updated and clean, Poolside a little in need of updating. As a base for getting out in South Sicily great, we had a car and like seeing as much as possible so didn't spend much time there. Staff friendly and helpful

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Stourport on Severn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a grand hotel in the old style providing a wonderful service throughout. We had a superior room - well worth the little extra - the hotel was spotlessly clean throughout - great breakfast table and very good value three course evening meal for 25 Euro pp. which was very good. Wonderful gardens and patios and a very good swimming pool and terrace. In a quiet location - a car is useful to get round the city. Definitely would stay again

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 Maria Politi Laudien 2, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Syracuse
#12 Luxury Hotel in Syracuse
#23 Romantic Hotel in Syracuse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Villa Politi 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Hotel Villa Politi is an unique hotel in the world. It is unique because it stands on the suggestive “Latomie” and on the ancient cliff.Art, culture, politics and nobility. A lot of famous people who have stayed at the Grand Hotel Villa Politi: Princes and Kings from all over Europe. Our Piemonte’s Princes, D’Annunzio, Sir Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, the President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. We put the customer and its total satisfaction at the center. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Syracuse
Grand Hotel Politi
Grand Hotel Villa Politi Sicily/Syracuse, Italy

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