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“Great Choice for Noto”
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Grand Hotel Sofia
Ranked #12 of 33 Hotels in Noto
McBride, British Columbia, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Choice for Noto”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We would not have normally chosen such a high end hotel but the price was very good at this time in the year. Breakfast was superb and so were suppers. It's only a short walk to the centre of town or the train station, which we took to Siracusa. There is no ticket office or machine for the trains, buy on the train.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We stayed at this hotel as part of a package. The staff were friendly and the room was large and clean. The Breakfast buffet was pretty good but the set evening dinners were not adequate. The hotel is perfectly situated for a short walk into Noto Town centre or ideal for making a quick getaway into the countryside.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Although not easy to find, this hotel was first rate. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious and the internet service worked well. The hotel was about a 15 minute walk to the main tourist area. Parking was adequate and the breakfast was very good. Our only complaint was that the address provided was worthless to our GPS. We ended up getting into Noto, calling the hotel for directions, and then happening upon the hotel pretty much by accident. We loved the hotel bar which, although not trendy, was spacious and a comfortable place to relax. The bartender was also very gracious. Prices at the bar were reasonable - not only for alcohol but for gelato as well!

Room Tip: Our second floor balcony had a nice view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

As stated on other reviews,this hotel lacks character,is outdated and does not seem to have any sense of direction when it comes to interior decoration.The reception area is far to bright.The room we occupied was clean and spacious.Bar area very unappealing.Breakfast was good with plenty of choice and the young staff were very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wirral
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

This was the first stop on the Saga Seriously Sicily tour and being on the flight from Gatwick we arrived well into the evening but a pleasant, enjoyable meal was provided. Our room was spacious with a large balcony but did overlook a busy main road into Noto so there was quite a lot of traffic noise. However by the second night this wasn't so noticeable and I think you get used to this reasonably quickly. Breakfast was good with plenty of variety for all tastes and lots of fruit. The staff were all helpful and the whole stay quite enjoyable.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel if you think the main road outside will be a problem.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durban
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This hotel is fine if you have a car! Not close to the old part of town. It is a bit dated. The TV was not working and it does not have a friendly atmosphere except for a friendly lady who served us breakfast! It is a big hotel with a pool.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I read the previous reviews and I was a little scared. But experience with this hotel was good. We arrived late in the evening, the staff were very helpful and friendly. We got quiet, spacious room, which was large comfortable bed and well equipped and clean bathroom. Breakfast was good and plentiful, the staff still complement the meal. The hotel has a swimming pool and a spacious parking lot. Notto's historic center is just a few minutes and it's worth it. For the money we paid, it was a good choice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Sofia

Property: Grand Hotel Sofia
Address: Via Confalonieri s/n, 96017, Noto, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Noto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Noto
#6 Family Hotel in Noto
#7 Luxury Hotel in Noto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Sofia 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming and well designed Grand Hotel Sofia, at the entrance of Noto, is set amidst green, wonderful gardens, among the baroque symphony of Noto's world heritage town and the particular light blue sea with its golden beaches, which go far along the Oasis of Vendicari, Marina di Noto, Eloro, Marzamemi. Ortigia and the Greek theater of Siracusa are just a few minutes away. ... more   less 
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