Nice small hotel with free wifi (limited data, but increased on request). Really friendly staff. Not all spoke English but we found ways to communicate effectively with those that couldn't or there was usually someone about that could help!
Good breakfast and lovely evening meals.
Pool was a bit chilly at the start of the week, especially when there was a bit of a breeze but felt warmer as the week wore on. I would say that whilst the weather was a pretty steady 17-20 degrees C, the breeze did make it feel a bit cooler at times. The pool has tall laurel hedges around it which protects from some of the wind, but with farmers fields on 3 sides the hotel does seem to catch a fair bit of wind.
Building work on the site over the road was only slightly intrusive, the glazing on the windows blocked out a lot of the banging etc so it didn't disturb any lie-ins we may have planned! The workers were eating lunches and meals in the restaurant at various times but that did not affect our enjoyment of the hotel.
Having a young child with us, all the staff were so friendly towards him which he really enjoyed... in fairness this was the case throughout Sicily, even people in the street would pat him on the head!
If we could sit still enough this would have been a very relaxing holiday, well located to explore the Plemmirio protected area and a short trip into Siracusa and Ortigia. However we spent pretty much every day exploring the east and south-east of the island, down as far west as Modica and Ragusa, as far north as Etna (<2 hrs drive) and Taormina.
Eating breakfast on the tables by the pool was lovely, though watch out for the cheeky sparrows that would be waiting for any scraps or even drinks left alone on a table! The food on offer is typical continental breakfast though with lots of sweet cakes included as well. The eggs didn't seem to get replenished much - think a load were done at 7 and that was it (scrambled and fried) so if you got down at 9 they were a bit on the old side.
Lots of bread, croissants, yogurts, cold meats and fresh fruit. Not to mention a super coffee machine doing cappuccino and machiato etc.
We ate evening meals there a couple of nights and whilst pricey was probably one of the best meals we had that week (apart from the seafood lunch at Il Ostrico!). You do need to book your table before 6pm and give menu choices. The menu did change each day and we would check at breakfast to see if there was anything we fancied that evening.
Sadly I did not get the young lady's name who welcomed us on the Saturday - she was so friendly and made us feel so at home (as did everyone else, though she really made an extra effort). Thank you very much for making our 1st stay in Sicily so wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Principe di Fitalia is a charming place in Siracusa where you can stay to relax yourself. The hotel is managed by the owners. It has a lot of amenities - fitness room, aestethic room, restaurant, swimming pool, parking, green, table tennis, hot tub, sauna, restaurant. It's perfect to reach Noto, Ragusa, Etna, Taormina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Principe Di Fitalia Syracuse
- Principe Di Fitalia Hotel
- Hotel Principe Di Fitalia Sicily/Syracuse, Italy