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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Relais Antica Badia Ragusa, Sicily, Italy