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Reviewed October 23, 2019

We have just returned from a week at this amazing hotel, full of character, history and Old World charm.
Our room overlooked the gardens, with the sea in the distance. It was nicely furnished, clean and comfortable. Lovely toiletries and fluffy towels are included in all rooms. The balcony’s are the French type, narrow and not meant for lounging, as was the style when the hotel was built, but a few rooms have a furnished terrace.
The public rooms and the gardens are beautiful, very comfortable and interesting. Free Wifi throughout was very useful. There is a large pool and plenty of sun beds. Pool towels are supplied for a small charge.
There is a bus stop outside the hotel with a bus to the main sites and Ortigia (1e per person) but we found the service a bit hit and miss out of season. The walk into Ortigia takes around 20 minutes, and the Greek Theatre and other tourist sites are walkable in about the same time, or there is the ‘hop on hop off’ bus which also stops near the hotel (5e per person)
The restaurant is wonderful, breakfast is excellent, and dinner in the evening was fresh and beautifully cooked. We do not much care for fish, which features heavily in this area, but we were offered very good alternatives and enjoyed every meal along with the good selection of wines. Service in the restaurant is superb, and we would like especially to thank Ava, who looked after us very well in a friendly and professional manner, and also the lady who serviced our room so nicely every day.
We would love to return again as soon as we can and would recommend this amazing hotel without reservation.

Date of stay: October 2019
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ghvp1862, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

his words are our strength, our love that we put into our work every day. thank you and hope to see you soon ... here in the largest and most historic hotel in Syracuse

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Reviewed October 15, 2019 via mobile

Loved this hotel! The views were amazing and the grounds more so! It has a quarry! Beautifully furnished and excellent staff! Lovely quote by Winston Churchill is on the door from when he stayed there.

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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ghvp1862, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

This is an incredible dive in a world of luxury and elegance one thought was only the realm of movies like “Il gattopardo”, but it isn’t. It is very real and just a short pleasant seaside walk to the most beautiful town in Sicily: Ortigia. Winston Churchill said his night here was the best rest he ever had, and it’s no wonder. Maybe the younger crowd will not catch the charm, but they will eventually come to appreciate how special places like this hotel are, in time. A must.

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ghvp1862, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

I would definitely recommend this hotel but a few minor changes would give this hotel the edge.
We stayed for 7 days in September.
Change the line green walls in the hotel.
Make the pool area more attractive by having more chairs and tables. A better menu. Better choice of drinks. Wine not just Prosecco.
Turn the radio off.
The pool lad to smile.
Outside the main entrance there is a lovely seating to have a drink. This is normally taken up by smokers and is quite unpleasant for non smokers. Move the smokers around the corner.
Also there is a lovely circled patio area. The chairs and umbrellas are left in a mess. Open this area up it is lovely.
Have a brush around the exterior of the hotel. There is some grubby areas.
Put a bench at the taxi pick up area.
Improve the bar service. There is generally no one there. The dirty glasses aren’t picked up until the next morning.
The breakfast is just right.
We used the lido once and then it closed! It was super there.
Don’t charge for pool towels.
Our suite was lovely, but did have some tired areas.
The hotel is a good 30 minute walk to the island and a busy walk. Staci was between 10 and 14 euros.

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ghvp1862, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019

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Reviewed October 7, 2019

The building was once a villa built by an Italian baron and his wife, so on entering one can still picture what it must have been like before conversion to a hotel. The corridors and bedrooms, at least to our room and that of our friends, was rather dark, as were the rooms, but once the curtains and screens were opened the rooms were considerably better when the sunlight came in! A small French balcony, but not large enough to put a chair outside. Small bathroom, fridge, (no glasses provided, just plastic ones) no tea/coffee making facilities and for a four star hotel, the tooth mugs could have been glass rather than plastic as well. Nice pool area, but spoiled the day we were there by one of the guests playing music loudly. Towels collected from reception with a daily charge for this facility.

Good buffet breakfast with helpful and attentive staff. There are a few gluten free items, such as crackers, but not much. Fresh fruit also available as well as many cooked items from which to choose. The advertised happy hour was rather disappointing regarding the snacks on offer, a bit of cheese and mostly bits and pieces on bread or rolls. The hotel is about a five minute walk from the sea, from the hop-on-hop-off tourist bus stop and the city busy stop. Staff, polite, friendly and helpful.

Date of stay: September 2019
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ghvp1862, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019
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