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Aretusa Vacanze
Ranked #1 of 214 Syracuse B&B and Inns
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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“HOLIDAY”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Best place for a relaxing holiday. Great place, great staff. Photo opportunity at every turn. if you want a beach holiday don't come here, although you can swim off the rocks, Fantastic value for money.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

very nice room on perfect location and very nice staff. breakfast on sunny roof with Granita ( local ice) and great coffee

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Don’t be put off by your first reaction to the alleyway entrance and cramped lobby of this renovated building-turned into hotel. The rooms are not modern Italian decor, but they are bigger, more comfortable and equipped with everything you need for a short stay, including a small kitchenette, a laptop computer, WiFi that works, chairs, a table and many other things that one may take for granted in north America, but are often missing in the tiny rooms of Italian boutique hotels. The family-run hotel’s staff is very friendly, the rooftop breakfast is delightful. The use of a nearby garage is included in the very reasonable price. Choose this hotel if you want an excellent location in Ortigia and do not mind a somewhat homely feel to the place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 reviews
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We liked Aretusa, it's well-located, parking relatively easy, has a friendly, welcoming owner and the place had character-there were posters throughout of plays from the local Syracuse theatre. Our room (3) was thoughtfully equipped, if a little dark, it faced onto an alley and in all didn't feel like it was great value for money-partly because we had 3 beds and we were only 2 but also because we didn't end up cooking in the room as intended-probably as it was a bit dark and felt faintly depressing. The balcony at the top where breakfast was served provided a nice setting and we enjoyed our time on it reading for a few hours before sunset. We really enjoyed a fish lunch at Lungolanotte however looking out over the sea, the swordfish particularly delicious.

It's worth bearing in mind that this was our 2nd time in Syracuse and we'd previously stayed at L'Approdo delle Sirene, a very different, high design place where we had a room overlooking the bay so this may have coloured my opinion a little! Syracuse is the most charming place and one to which we will return time and time again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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liverani, Proprietario at Aretusa Vacanze, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback about your guest experience at Aretusa Vacanze.
We glad to read that you liked it. We feel sorry if some aspects of our B&B have been a significant factor in your stay not being as pleasant as we'd all hope.
We wish to highlight a thing: you were only two but you reserved (via web site) a Triple room, which has three beds and is more expensive than a Double.
You stayed in other places in Sicily and you admit that this may have coloured your opinion a little. We know these place, they are very high design structures and offer bright rooms with a very niece view but, talking about “value for money”, one should take into account the fact that these hotels are much more expensive (almost twice) than Aretusa Vacanze Siracusa.
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

One of the best B&B I have been to (and I have been to a lot..). You automatically feel at home within minutes of your stay. The staff is incredibly nice and helpful (special thanks to Ettore & Antonio!!), everything you need is getting answered or helped with. You get excellent restaurant tips; it is easy to start your day from there since it is in the middle of the old town. The rooms are huge, clean, comfy, have free WI-FI and the B&B lies in a very silent street, so you do not have to worry about not getting enough sleep. Once you slept in you can go up to the beautiful terrace, check out the weather, take a look at the sea and have a wonderful breakfast within the gorgeous winter garden. Don’t miss the “crostata della mama” I hope it will be available within your stay, it is marvelous. Up on the roof you can enjoy the coffee you want, get tips for the day or just chat with the other guests. The only thing that was not my taste was the “granita di mandorle” since I do not like almonds. One reason more to return to the B&B next year to check out other flavors :)).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Geneva
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We spent 3 days in Aretusa Vacanze The staff is extremely friendly and will do everything to assist you.. Great location in the heart of Ortigia and next to an excellent restaurant. Difficult to find the place and find a parking place in the very narrow streets of Ortigia, But the staff is very helpful in solving both issues. Very good value for money

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Taunton , Somerset
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55 reviews
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Beautiful hotel set in the heart of Ortigia with great views from the roof where breakfast was served. Staff were friendly and helpful.The surroundings are superb. Thoroughly recommend this place. There was a Ballet festival at the old castle while we were there which was spectacular .

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aretusa Vacanze
Address: Vicolo Zuccola' 1, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
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Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 214 B&Bs / Inns in Syracuse
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Hotel Class:1 star — Aretusa Vacanze 1*
Number of rooms: 10
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