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Relais Antica Badia
Ranked #4 of 39 Hotels in Ragusa
Certificate of Excellence
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86 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Gracious, sincere, quietly luxurious and spotless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

We stayed here one night -- after a hasty escape from an unsatisfactory accommodation near Agrigento -- and we cannot wait to return and stay a little longer.

Having fled our previous lodging with no plan, we found Antica Badia Relais Hotel with the TA app and made a reservation. We did not arrive until nearly 8 p.m. -- and we were a sight: dirty, tired, sweaty, wearing shorts and T shirts and, I think, carrying our straw beach hats. The hotel was hosting a very posh wedding and the guests were just arriving. Clearly, this was not a good time for us to be checking in or receiving dinner advice, etc., but the reception was extremely gracious,nonetheless, and we were were whisked to a lovely lavender room finished with a chandelier, satin duvet, air conditioning and a most comfortable bed. The room and bathroom were super clean — the most spotless we stayed in in two weeks. We paid here the same rate as at the cat-ridden and dirty agritourism spot at which we stayed near Agrigento and the difference was night and day. A far better value and experience in every possible way.

After checking in we set out for dinner and the hotel staff led us to one of the best meals of our two-week vacation at small restaurant called Cinque Sensi just a 5 minute walk away. It was a small, contemporary spot where locals were dining and not full of tourists. The hotel provided three recommendations, I think, so I am eager to return and try the others.

The location of the hotel is in Ragusa Superiore, so you must drive or walk to Ragusa Iblia, which is certainly more charming than the upper city but extremely touristy. I would be quite content to make this hotel my home base for a few nights to explore the area.

The breakfast here by far was the best hotel breakfast we had in two weeks. The table of cakes was just lovely and amazing, the breakfast room quiet and elegant and the coffee service prompt. Later in the trip, when we stayed at Villa Ducale in Taormina, we mused that Antica Badia Relais was, in our opinion, quietly providing the gracious service, luxury and breakfast that Villa Ducale was trying to hard to provide but, somehow, just missing the mark.

We cannot say enough good things about this lovely hotel. We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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92 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

An attractive warren of a building with about 20 rooms situated right beside the cathedral of St John the Baptist. Easy to find in the town. Rooms are fine with good bathrooms, decorated with lots of mirrors, lace, swags and big silk curtains. Picturesque function rooms that would look good in wedding photo's.

Wi-fi impossible to get working despite clear instructions from reception. Hotel very quite in April with few visitors visible at breakfast and not enough guests to open the dining room in the evening except on weekends and even then not very successful. No room service or food available in the eveings in April

Service was great, helpful and welcoming, no fault there.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

The rooms are large, the plumbing new and the desk staff helpful. However, the wifi doesn't work well, the hotel layout is odd and the many gathering rooms old and fusty. The hotel is not at all close to Ragusa Ibla which is much more charming than Ragusa. Within the latter town, the hotel is well located across from a major church and piazza. I'd stay in Ragusa Ibla next time.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

The Antica Badia Relais is in an excellent location across the street from the Duomo in Ragusa Superiore but a short walk to Ragusa Ibla. The staff is excellent and we received fabulous service. The common spaces are beautiful as is the dining room/breakfast area. Our first night was spent in the Magnolia room. When, the next morning, neither we nor the hotel staff could figure out how to get the water out of the faucet to fill the tub leaving us with the sole option of standing in this huge spa tub and washing off with a handheld shower with no shower enclosure or curtain, we asked whether they had a room available which had a more traditional shower. They immediately agreed to move us to the room next door (the Bougainvillea room) which was lovely with a more user friendly shower. The wifi worked perfectly in the room. We had dinner at the hotel the first night. The food was very good and the service very elegant. Breakfast was good.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed in Ragusa the third time, Antica Badia is always our first choice in this area of Sicily. In the center, but still a quiet Hide-away. Excellent breakfast, much more what you expect in Italy and a restaurant in the Hotel that is much more than the usual Hotel-Cousine.

Every room we have experienced up to now a jewel and designed with care in Order to combine modern concepts with the beauty of an ancient palace.

All in all a paradise and value for price winner among Sicily's top hotels.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

I spent 2 nights at Antica Badia during a little western Sicily tour with my mom. It was the month of December. Although the hotel is an atypical 5 stars (an ancient building remodeled with good taste and great attention to details), the service and personnel make you feel welcomed since your arrival.
The regular rooms (I stayed in one of those, named Mandorlo. Each room has a name and is unique in shape and furniture) are kind of small, but the vaulted roof, tall old style wood windows w/ balcony, the detail of furniture make up for the dimension. It’s a perfect place for a romantic stay. Not my case...lol.
Breakfast includes local food. A must is a typical Sicilian goat cheese called “ricotta”, suggested to try with honey. After that you need to walk a lot around visiting, Ricotta is a pretty fatty cheese :-) .
The location is just fine, right in front of Ragusa Cathedral. 20 minutes walking distance from old Ragusa, known as Ragusa Ibla. This old city downtown is pretty peculiar, built on a hill, full of monuments and some good restaurants. Very poor nightlife.
Lastly I’d recommend this hotel for the excellent price/value ratio, for the warm personnel and for its location.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Lovely historic building with quirky, modern interiors (typically Italian amazing modern bath fixtures). Our room (all rooms named after flowers) had a cathedral-like stone arched ceiling and futuristic decor-actually very comfortable and fun. Over-the-top richly decorated dining room (picture silk-drapped tables. Fine china on pillows-yes, pillows).
Nice dinner and good breakfast buffet (however, cold coffee both days...?). Staff very helpful with dining recommendations, reservations and directions. Parking on site though getting to the hotel was not easy for us as the street sign is hidden. Good location to walk to Ibla, though spare yourself and take a taxi back. Those stairs in Ibla...!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Relais Antica Badia
Address: Corso Italia 115, 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy (Formerly Antica Badia Relais Hotel)
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Ragusa > Ragusa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Ragusa
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ragusa
#1 Spa Hotel in Ragusa
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ragusa
#5 Business Hotel in Ragusa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Relais Antica Badia 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Relais Antica Badia is set in a grand 18th-century villa in the centre of Ragusa, a 5-minute walk from the Ibleo Archaeological Museum. It features a luxury spa with sauna, Turkish bath and massage service. Its large halls have Baroque-style frescoes.The hotel has comfortable guest rooms, elegantly decorated with luxury fabrics and antique furniture from Sicily and all of Europe.The heritage of the Antica Badia Relais has been beautifully preserved during its renovation. It is complimented by a range of modern technologies including conference facilities and free Internet connection.Sample some delicious Sicilian dishes at the hotel's restaurant, all prepared using only the finest and freshest ingredients. ... more   less 
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