We moved to this hotel in need of some rest and relaxation and picked this one for its Spa facilities. The building is a clean Scandinavian style connected to a horse racing track. Our standard room was large, modern and well designed, overlooking the horse track (it is lovely to be woken to the sounds of galloping horses). Also, free Wi-Fi which is always welcome.
The Spa is very modern, clean, well equipped and great facilities including a good sized gym.
The breakfast is amazing, freshly squeezed blood red orange juice and a wide selection of freshly baked Italian pastries all with a VIP view of the horses and jockeys training each morning. The evening meal was good, though a little repetitive as is often the case.
The hotel is a long way from the airport or train station, ideally you need a car but we survived with taxis which the hotel staff were very helpful in arranging. (80 Euros to Catania airport or 30 to Siracusa train station). There’s also some beautiful beaches a short drive away.
There was some confusion about which facilities we could use and although we were told we could use the Spa both when we booked and arrived, we were initially hauled out of the steam room. It turned out that there is some confusion as to what is the Spa, their definition is that the Spa is just the pool and Jacuzzi and although the amazing baths area is immediately beside the pool it is not considered part of the Spa (??!?). This second area can only be used by paying an extra amount or booking the Romania package (which wasn’t obvious on their website when we booked or spoke to the hotel desk). Nevertheless, the management were fantastic at resolving this problem and in the end we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back.
The only other annoyance was that some of the staff in the Spa can come across as rude. It might be that they do not get many English visitors, however my wife and I often felt like we were being stared at by the staff. Also, we booked a massage that didn’t happen. This might just be the Italian way but it felt uncomfortable at times. Aside from this annoyance the majority of the staff were excellent and made us feel very welcome and we would definitely go back and recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eureka Palace has 95 rooms and 8 Suites, 3 Suites Duplex furnished with comfortable and modern design and equipped with private bathroom, LCD with satellite and, wi-fi internet, minibar, safe, air conditioning and direct phone. Suites have also a living room and a Jacuzzi.Within the Hotel there is a luxurious SPA with sauna, Turkish Bath, Mediterranean Bath, Kneipp Wasser Paradise path, ice waterfall, cold showers, multi-sensorial room, a wide relax area with tea bar.The Wellness Spa Centre has also a wide indoor and heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a spacious and panoramic gym equipped with the most modern equipments and an outdoor pool with solarium and comfortable changing rooms The Hotel has a panoramic restaurant, an American Bar, the Vitaminic Bar, several suitable for prestigious and elegant banquets, a comfortable meeting room that can accommodate over 300 people, and 2 small meeting room..Also outdoor patios that surround Eureka Palace Hotel, are ideal places to host trade fairs, cultural events.There is an enourmous parking area for Auto and Bus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eureka Palace Hotel Spa Resort Sicily/Syracuse, Italy