The reason for this title is that we spent 2 hours to find this hotel. Our reservation was through NH website, we entered GPS coordinates stated there, but ... we were lost! We tried to enter the adress in return, but it did not exist in the database of our TomTom. Imagine this happens in the dark, after 19:00. Just by luck, after making 2 attempts to the west from the main road, my wife saw the Best Western sign from afar, and we were saved!
First, be informed that the coordinates they give on NH website is wrong, it points to a parallel road where you come across only industrial plants, which are, naturally closed after work.
Second, be aware that the address stated is not present in most GPSs and phones.
The lady at the reception calmly told me the address I should give to the GPS, which is different from the address on the website. I did not try it, and I won't give it to you here, because I do not want to take the responsibility. Ask the hotel.
The hotel was nice. I would describe it as an Ibis with a bit larger rooms, a higher quality furniture, a more comprehensive breakfast.
If you intend to go around Siracusa into the inner parts of Sicily, the place is ideal. Ortigia is 15 min away and you have a free parking lot. Ortigia takes (without visiting museums of course) about 1/2 day, so you can explore inner sections for the rest of your time. We went till Vittoria from the seaside and returned from inland through Ragusa.
You must keep in mind, that you have to have a car in order to stay at this hotel for leisure purposes, because there aren' t any public transport options. But its location is extremely convenient for excursions, because downtown traffic is a nightmare all over Sicilly.
A strange thing I must point out: the hotel was full, but there was only 2 other female guests except our wives and 4 of the staff. Most customers seemed to stay there for long term contracts in the industrial zone where the hotel actually resides. We came across an astonished Turk who is a German resident, saying that we were the first Turks he had ever seen there during many years he visited the place for bussiness. Breakfast started at 6:30 in contrast to many Italian hotels, and shuttles came to pick bunches of workers up, beginning from as early as 7:00.
Smokers, be warned that you will probably get a room on the ground floor where windows open only partially due to security concerns (they say). If you are going to stay long, do not forget to request the lock on the window be released, beforehand, because windows are also 1/3 rd height of the room.
Another peculiarity of this hotel, is that they are either short of staff, or they have hired twins as staff, because the girl I saw at the reception in the evening, was working at the breakfast room the other morning.
One thing they didn't tell us, was that you could request capuccino or some other type of coffee at breakfast, other than nescafe that was available at the counter. We are tea people, but the water in the kettle was never hot, so a coffee could be a saviour. Besides that, breakfast was typical BW, but rich in pastries. On the other hand, the layout of the buffet was impractical. They had put kettles at the farthest end, where access was obstructed by a table and people waiting for the toaster, so inadvertantly a line formed. An unnecessary discomfort.
Would I stay here if I come back? Definitely! The staff is very nice, willing, and they respect your privacy if you hang the "do not disturb" sign.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Syracuse
- Express Hotel Syracuse
- Syracuse Holiday Inn
- Hotel Siracusa Melilli, Sicily, Italy