Suite d'Autore is wonderfully located facing onto the main Piazza of Piazza Armerina although the entry is around the corner. We had the "traditional" room on the piano nobile (one floor above ground floor), nicely proportioned with high ceilings. The room isn't "grand", but is simply supplied with traditional furniture rather than the more eccentric furniture found in the other rooms such as "Fluid" and "Magic/Mystery".
On the whole the room was very quiet, especially for a room facing a large square, but if you want complete silence then you may want to ensure there are no festivals taking place in the square. We had a talent show entertain us the first night we were there, which was fine, almost like a welcoming party! It piped down about midnight, which was reasonable to us.
The room was tidy and clean, although the bed linens seemed very worn-out, and despite certainly being clean, didn't necessarily look clean. I think new linens are in order, they look like they are ten years old - at least. Next time, simple white linens would give greater assurance to the cleanliness of such things.
The bed was incredibly hard. It felt like a sheet of plywood put on top of a mattress. I sleep on a relatively hard mattress at home, so I was somewhat used to it, but after two nights it was just too hard for me and I didn't sleep well my last night there. Again, a bit of investment into medium firmness mattresses is probably in order.
The bathroom was fine. Clean, everything fit and fixed well. Lighting was slightly inadequate (no window either), but the tub was nice and big and the shower worked well. In general, I found the lighting in the room frustrating at night. There are many fixtures, but all supplied with low-watt 'eco' bulbs which give a good impression of light until you actually start to read and realize they are not enough.
The decor was fine, paint on walls was tidy and clean. Floor was clean (tiles) and the security on the door (locks) was convincing enough. To me, the room gave me the impression of staying in Grandmothers spare room...for better or worse.
The breakfast is quite good for a hotel this size. It's on the top floor (reached via an elevator) and offers wonderful near-360 degree views over Piazza Armerina with nice large windows and french-windows opening onto the main square and elsewhere. Simple offerings, pastries, fruits, fresh juices, some meats and cheeses, and very good coffee made to order.
The service is a small team, a single family it seemed to me, but they were cheerful and helpful and seemed genuinely concerned that we had a pleasant stay.
Would I return? If in Piazza Armerina again, yes, I would go back. It's a great location, good service, and very good value.
Drawbacks: only one really. Parking space is advertised, and technically available, but it is very very difficult to get even a small compact car perpendicular enough to get into the courtyard because of the narrowness of the arch and the street. I tried one day, during daylight, and I'm quite handy with cars, and I couldn't do it without really risking damage to the rental car (Fiat Punto), so I stopped and backed out. It was then recommended I park (free, unlimited) in front of a little chapel adjacent to the main square. This was fine, but did make me feel like I wasn't getting full value - but wasn't too inconvenient.
I did see one person get through the arch, a local (judging from the age of the car), and it required about a 5-point rotation of the car within the street and going in backwards! - which I had actually reasoned was just about the only way. So it's not easy, and I wouldn't count on it.
But it's a good place to stay. I recommend it, but it's not "luxury", nor does it claim to be. Simple, economic, clean, efficient, and well located.
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