A former convent and school, this remarkable hotel is split across two period buildings just across the road from each other. Each building is fronted by the Ortigian coastline so there is ample opportunity to book yourself a room with a breath-taking view which, in the smaller building, is approached by floor to ceiling french windows and a balcony. Incidentally, the smaller building was the first hotel in Siracusa and prior to that a convent for 24 years while the larger building was once a substantial private residence and later given to the nuns by the owner. In 2010 the larger building underwent extensive renovations. I had the opportunity to experience both buildings during a 4-day stay. The style is one of relaxed comfort augmented by lovely touches that are thoughtful and uplifting: a bowl of fresh fruit on every landing and an abundance of flowers in all communal areas. On the walls hangs a range of carefully selected prints, paintings and photographs and, interestingly, some documentary photographs of the former convent. From the foyer to the spectacular roof terrace there is a rare sense of pervading peace and tranquility. Some rooms are equipped with computers; bicycles are freely available; a wellness centre offering various treatments is on site; the breakfast buffet table is feast of fruits, meats, breads and cereals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the magnificent Interlandi Palace built in 1300, a unique place to relax body and mind. 21 rooms, divided into single, double and triple rooms and junior suites, all with private bathroom, air conditioned and equipped with direct dial telephone, satellite TV, minibar, safe and hairdryer. In our spa you can have beauty and wellness treatments, with specific routes for every need. Emotional shower with aromatherapy and color therapy, meditation cave steam, Kneipp, pool, spa, beauty center, fully equipped gym. Our staff is on hand to answer any queries ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domus Mariae Benessere Sicily/Syracuse, Italy