We fell into this charming hotel by accident and it was truly a blessing that we had car trouble! Coming into the village of Ragusa late at night, we discovered that our rental car would not go into reverse. Pulling into a petrol station, the staff told us that the best hotel to go to was "Artemisia Resort". They phoned ahead for us and advised us that the parking there would not be a problem since the driveway was circular. It was only a few kilometers away and easy to find. The night person at the front desk spoke English quite well and was ready for us. He escorted us to the most gorgeous room in this converted farmhouse. Wow!! The room was huge by European standards (and by Canadian standards as well!). It was beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and the bed was fabulous! What a find! The price per night at Artemisia was cheaper than other hotels that we had stayed at and much, much nicer.The night person told us that the woman working at the front desk spoke very good English and would help us in the morning to sort out exchanging cars with Avis in the town of Ragusa. In the morning, we met Valentina at the front desk who informed us, in excellent English, that her uncle would be coming by to escort us to Avis in Ragusa to change our car. We went to the breakfast room where they had set out a fabulous breakfast of eggs, cereals, pastries, cold meats, cheeses from the area, juice and hot European coffee (our favourite!), We were indeed getting spoiled! We asked if we could stay another night at the hotel as we wanted to explore the Unesco world heritage towns all around Ragusa (Noto and Iblia come to mind and have to be seen!!). No problem since we were traveling during the month of April and it was not busy. Great! Her uncle Vincenzo (one of the owners of Artemisial) came right after breakfast and we followed him to the Avis counter in the town of Ragusa. He stayed with us to make sure that everything went well at Avis (and it did!) and then he led us to the old city of Ibla. We can't say enough about Artemisia Hotel except that you will not be disappointed. The hotel also put in a gorgeous pool but since it was mid-April, it was too cool to use it. Molte grazie Vallentina and Vincenzo!
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