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1 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicily

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Very good - based on 13 reviews
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carylhill
Canberra, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Elegant apartment in need of maintenance”
Reviewed October 29, 2017 for a stay in October 2017

We spent a week in this apartment in Ortigia in October 2017. As previously listed, the apartment is stylishly renovated and decorated and all rooms are light and airy with full length doors and small balconies and the bed is comfortable. On the down side, the small kitchen is unusable as there is no bench space and the microwave is still missing its internal tray, as already noted in a review in July, 2016. All of the appliances sit on a trolley with the electrical lead for the kettle too short for it to be placed on the top shelf. More importantly, there are some serious maintenance issues that require immediate attention. The water leak mentioned in a review in April 2017 is still not fixed and there is a persistent damp smell throughout the apartment. Worse still is the intermittent sewerage smell which arises from the bathroom and also from the sink in the area designated as the kitchen. We sent Mariella a text about the smell on day 3 of our stay but received no response. In the current state of repair, I could not recommend this apartment to anyone.

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baueraoif...
County Dublin, Ireland
1 review
“The Real Italy”
Reviewed June 28, 2017 for a stay in June 2016

We had a fantastic stay in the apartment, highly recommended. The owner was very accommodating. A great location and what a view! Would love to return some day for another visit. Thank you.

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christina...
Newcastle upon Tyne
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Beautiful apartment in central Ortigia”
Reviewed April 14, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We stayed during April. The apartment is very well located close to Via Roma and the sea just one block away. Lovely small balcony to sit and watch the world go by. Mariella arranged local underground car parking which was very convenient. The bedroom and living room were very comfortable. Unfortunately there was a large leak of water from the shower room into the bedroom while we were there, but I am sure that will be fixed, though there were signs it was not a new leak. The only real down side was the kitchen - a very small sink with small water heater underneath and 2 electric hob plates just by the entrance to the apartment. We had hoped to do some cooking but really it was not practical to do so. Still the restaurants nearby were all pretty wonderful so that was no real hardship. With a proper modern kitchen area and the bathroom fixed this would have been 5 star review. The area, decoration and other facilities were good, and a lovely place to explore Syracuse area from. And The

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JoncanBri...
Bristol
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful apartment - perfect location”
Reviewed October 19, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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The apartment is beautiful - cool, white, calm and peaceful - and yet is located in the very centre of Ortigia - moments from all the restaurants and cafes. The owners couldn't be more helpful - their recommendations were all great - and they even arranged parking for the car in an underground car park only metres away. Highly recommended.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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IamLindyL...
Pitt Meadows, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“I Really Wanted To Love This Place, but . . .”
Reviewed October 12, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
1
person found this review helpful

I thought for sure we'd love our stay here, based on the reviews. But from the onset our experience seemed to go awry. Despite having emailed (and followed up with text), Mariella seemed unprepared for our arrival. She was unsure if the previous guests had departed or if the apartment had been made ready for us - we were thankful to find that it had been prepared.

On the positive side, I will say that the apartment is spacious and the decor is lovely. The sitting area contains a CD player and an absolutely huge and fabulous array of CDs. The location is excellent and we found that the evenings were quiet. Although there is no sea view, we did enjoy sitting on the veranda and watching the local life on the street below.

The kitchen was problematic for us. I was aware that it was going to be small and that wasn't a problem. But the equipment itself was poorly maintained and the supply of dishes and stemware, etc was not very generous. The tray in the microwave was missing - so basically not useable.

My huge issue was in communication. I emailed Mariella the morning after our first night (we stayed 5 nights) with a fairly major concern/question. She responded the day AFTER we departed. Of all the accommodations we stayed in during our nine-week visit to Europe, this was the only host who did not contact us during our stay to enquiry on our comfort, etc. This insensitive gesture was extremely disappointing for me and my husband. When I consider my experience with a vacation rental, the quality and condition of the accommodation is important. But equally - if not more - important is the experience with our host. Unfortunately, for this reason I would not recommend this property.

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Management Response
Oct 14, 2016
During the stay of our guests have had serious health problems in the family and unfortunately I have not been able to give them as I usually do. All the other guests have appreciated my courtesy and readiness to solve problems. I'm sorry. I wrote them and I apologized. There have been very understanding.
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843HW
Los Angeles, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Highly recommended.”
Reviewed July 13, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Wonderful apartment, well appointed, absolutely terrific location, one block from the sea. The hosts were more than wonderful, with recommendations for places to eat, etc.

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Fred_Cars...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful apartment in a lovely town”
Reviewed June 15, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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person found this review helpful

The apartment is clean, spacious and well appointed. It is also in an excellent location a minutes walk from a small beach and very close walking distance to all the main attractions of Ortigia. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and the owners & architects Milko and his wife Mariella could not have been more welcoming, friendly and helpful. They gave great advise on shopping, site seeing and eating out and even booked us a table to see an excellent swing band one night. Having your own apartment is a good option which allows the best of both worlds, being able to eat in with privacy occasionally and dine out whenever the mood takes.
I would recommend this apartment to anyone thinking of visiting Syracuse or Ortigia.

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Liked best: Interior decor & cd collection
Liked least: Cooking facilities a little sparse but no problem really
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