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Seven Rooms Villadorata
Ranked #10 of 129 Noto B&B and Inns
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

Beautiful rooms, decor, privacy, and ambience.
Well done!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Everything about the 7 Rooms Villadorata is beyond reproach: the location, the accommodation, the breakfast and above all the people who own and work in the establishment. It is a perfect luxury treat for a traveller in Sicily.

Noto itself is of course famous for its Baroque buildings, and especially for the elaborately carved creatures holding up the balconies of the palazzos. The most elaborate of all of these are on the Via Corrado Nicollaci, where the Villadorata palace has its front door and where the 7 Rooms are to be found. (The palace is built around a large courtyard, accessible by car from the Via Cavour IF you are a guest at the 7 Rooms. A more central and atmospheric location cannot be found.

The rooms can be seen on the website and are, if anything, more impressive 'in person'. (Actually there are only five rooms visible on the website: the other two exist and are fabulous but are possibly on some other type of tariff – I never got to the bottom of it.) We stayed in Austro, which is huge (with bed and other furniture and bathroom to scale) and has a balcony overlooking the Palazzo Ducezio and the steps of the Duomo. Every appointment speaks care and quality. The well-concealed 42-inch flatscreen TV has a Sky box. The rooms do not have fridges (or phones) but there is a communal fridge stocked with free water and soft drinks and a communal espresso machine and a kettle for tea (from the fanciest hand-stitched teabags I have ever seen).

Breakfast is on the top floor (with a large terrace which it did not make sense to use during our April visit) and a large elegant single dining table for the guests, which makes for some interesting conversation. There is not the huge choice you would find at larger establishments; but the pastries, breads, preserves, fresh fruit, ham, cheese, cereals, freshly-squeezed orange juice and other items are all of the highest quality.

But the best bit is the people. Cristina Somma, who owns the place and who spent an amazing amount of time and effort (and doubtless money) decorating it is the most charming and accommodating host you could ever hope to find. She overflows with cheerfulness and enthusiasm and helpfulness. When she is not on the premises (during our second visit she flew to Milan to pick up her Chocolate Labrador, Margot, and DRIVE her all the way back to Noto (with an overnight stop in Bari), so that it could join her in her own ), her mother shows where all the charm and good attitude comes from. The rest of the staff is up to the same standard, with Rosemary's perfect English a real boon. Everything is set up to help the guest, including, for example, turn-by-turn printed directions for a whole selection of the beaches which have made the Noto coastline famous. When they recommend a restaurant, you can be sure that they mean it: they told us to eat and the Cantuccio and arrived there for their own meal not too much later.

We originally stayed there for two nights at the beginning of our Sicily trip, intending to work our way across to the West coast and then drive all the way back to Catania in one go before our Friday evening departure. Tuesday night's accommodation near Marsala (where we had booked three nights) turned out to be a bit of a disaster, however, so I rang Cristina and asked whether she could accommodate us for Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday was all booked up, but we could come home to Austro for Thursday night, although she herself would be on the road to Milan to pick up Margot and would not be back till late Friday afternoon. When she discovered that our flight wasn't until 20:45, she said that we could stay in the room as long as we liked on Friday, which was of course phenomenally convenient for us and provided us with a chance to meet Margot, who was brought to our room immediately upon her arrival. After breakfast on Friday, Cristina's mother offered to have the room serviced to make it even more pleasant during the day, even though it would have to be done all over again after we actually left.

By Sicilian standards the 230 euro low-season price for our room was a bit stiff. Buy when you think of what you could get for that kind of money in London or Paris or even Florence, it seems an absolute bargain. I know that this review has gone on a bit, but we cannot recommend the entire experience more highly. In 2007 we stayed in Sicilian accommodation which was ranked by TripAdvisor as Numbers 1 and 3 on the entire island. 7 Rooms Villadorata is streets ahead of either of them and should be ranked as the best in all of Sicily.

Room Tip: We stayed in Austro at the suggestion of the owner; but there aren't any bad rooms.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

This is one of the rare cases you find yourself overwhelmed by a place you didn't expect so beautiful, it exceeds the pictures on their website by large! We were really Impressed as usually it is the other way round!!

The small hotel is on the first floor (the noble level) of Palazzo Nicolaci, the most beautiful baroque palace in Noto, right in the heart of the town. It shares the parking courtyard (added bonus in a very busy town!) with the other wing of the palace which has been turned into a museum.

Of our tour of Sicily I have to admit that Noto was our favorite: it has still the flavor of old times although it is undergoing huge renovations. It is not touristy yet, or at least not in that terrible way that spoils places and makes them cheap, ripping away their unicity and diversity.

Villadorata contributed a lot to it, with both a beautiful conservative and modern refurbishing that shows a great taste, attention to details where to the good taste of the decor is added a different smell in each ambient, a sensory delight!

Breakfast was good even though we couldn't take advantage of the beautiful terrace due to the weather.
Our host Cristina was lovely and gave us useful suggestions where to eat and what to see, she told us about the projects of turning the old fish market the building contains into a venue for events, so we will definitely be back to see how it turns out!

All in all an unforgettable stay in a beautiful palace in a gem of a town!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Talk about central...this was adjacent to the palace in the middle of the charmingly re-created Baroque town. The room decor was outstanding, the breakfast and terrace was good, Christina is a beautiful, sincere, and lovely hostess; a pleasure interfacing with her. It all felt palatial, historic, elegant and welcoming.. Only minor criticisms: better parking directions andperhaps a B&B at this price level should have 24/7 multi language service

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

We found 53 Via Cavour easily. Where to park was another story, until the15 foot green doors electronically swung open, and we drove our Peugot station wagon into the 17th Century. An enormous cobblestone courtyard, which probably held dozens of horses and carriages, welcomed us.
Owner Christina Summa has impeccably restored the Palazzo of Prince Nicolaci di Villadorata with a historic elegance married flawlessly with contemporary luxury.
Our huge bedrooms (2 couples) with frescoed ceilings were separated by a large sitting room, and in spite of the generous size of the rooms, everything about the place felt intimate and inviting. A stunning royal residence that actually makes you feel at home.
Imagine our pleasant surprise to find out that the furniture and designer furnishings were all for sale. A boutique hotel in the truest sense of the word.
Then we stepped out on our balconies and soaked up the late afternoon honey glow of Noto - A spectacular ‘Baroque stage set’ designed for functionality and architectural harmony after the original town was destroyed in an earthquake in the late 1600s.

As we left the side door we looked up at the Palazzo Villadorata’s superb wrought-iron balconies supported by lintels decorated with series of statuettes of cherubs, lions, angels and mermaids. But at our feet, on the Via Corrado Nicolacci, stretched hundreds of young art students sketching outlines of designs on the stone . We had stumbled out into the beginnings of the ‘Infiorata’, a ‘fiesta’ celebrating the marvels of spring and the coming of summer. After working through two days and nights, all those soil outlines will be filled in with different colored flower petals, a process much like creating stained glass windows, carpeting the entire length of the street.

We would check out their progress after dinner at Al Crocifisso da Baglieri. A family trattoria recommended by Christina, which serves generous and delicious dishes of local tradition. The Spaghetti with sardines and breadcrumbs was as good as we had anywhere in Sicily. Two days later, before we left, Christina sent us to the best spot to view the entire finished flower mosaics of the Infiorata – the bell tower of San Carlo.

There is a beach nearby, which we did not avail ourselves of, as Palazzo Nicolaci is also a perfect hub from which to sample the other Baroque hilltop treasures of the area, all within 45 minutes. Apart from the architecture, Modica is also custodian of unique Sicilian granulous chocolate. Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is a must destination. If you are not already a chocoholic, you will become one.
Ragusa, also filled with UNESCO world heritage monuments, has several high-end restaurants. Duomo, with 2 Michelin stars was a bit disappointing compared to
La Madia, Sicily’s other 2 star restaurant in Licata.
East of Noto is Siracusa. One of the major powers of the ancient Mediterranean world, it is rich with Greek history and architecture (and shopping on the island of Ortigia).

And the best part is that at the end of each day you can return to luxuriate in your own personal palace. Boy, these guys sure knew how to live.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2011

We found 7 rooms Villadorata surfing the net and the pictures showed were very captivating but we must say they don’t give the real charm you can feel when you are there .
7 rooms Villadorata is a wing of Palazzo Nicolaci ,the one with the famous sculptured balconies, now open to tourists.
We were surprised how the young owner, Cristina, has restored this wing of the palace creating a perfect balance between the splendour of the past and the modern needs.
The palace is on three levels and the rooms are at the first one : from the moment you step in you feel a special atmosphere . You can access your room by a lift or by the ancient grand staircase
We stayed in the Austro room or Prince room, so called because the late Prince used to sleep there.We really recommend it because it is really stunning;
it's very big and very light : from the king size bed you can enjoy the wonderful original frescoed ceiling which , to us ,is the hallmark of the room .
The walls colour , the furniture and the fitting match the shades of the ceiling with a very gracewell hidden into it.ful result.
Nothing is left to the case : the chest of drawers with a sculpture depicting Austro, the beautiful bedside table lamps , the large armchairs . There is also a design “cupboard” with a large screen Tv well hidden into it.

The bathroom is quite big with a very nice rain shower and a Chinese wardrobe.
And then you have a spectacular view from the two French windows (also original) from where you walk into a long balcony (where Cristina put two chairs so that we could enjoy the he very heart of Noto comfortably sitting ): Palazzo Ducezio is in front of you and the Cathedral on your left: I don’t think you can have a better position in Noto !
Just outside our room, there were different spaces mainly sitting rooms and small living rooms, where you can sit reading a book enjoying a cup of coffee plunged in a very soft atmosphere.( by the way: as there is no fridge in the room, Cristina has put a fridge with free drinks as well as a Nespresso machine so you can make you a cup of coffee)
Cristina is a very nice host who transmits you the passion she has for the palace giving you details about its history as well as for Noto and its surroundings. She gave us a lot of suggestions to see” hidden “ places depending on the cities we decided to visit .
She was also very caring in suggesting you the best options in terms of restaurants, or cafes where to taste Sicilian sweets.
We were served breakfast by two young and caring girls at Cristina‘s private floor which she opens to her guests who sit at the same table in a convivial way and in a very accurate ambiance. : a part from cheeses, hams, fruits corn flakes and yogurt you can enjoy special jams and marmalades served with the “cornetti” from the famous Caffè di Sicilia ; the almonds , pistachios , mandarin and citrons are a must you can’t miss.
We suggest to stay here 4- 5 days ,as we did ,because Noto is well located in between the most famous cities like like Ragusa, Modica Scicli( which we found was very intriguing).
Marzamemi is absolutely worth visiting and if you have time we suggest to go to Vindicari Natural Reserve and to walk from the old Tonnara to the “mosche” beach : the path is very easy and the nature really impressive with the sea on one side and the typical Mediterranean scrub on the other: there were flowers everywhere when we went and the air was full of scent.
The negative points are the roads , very badly kept . We wanted to see Agrigento temples and although the distance is only 140 kms it took us around 3 hours and a half. A good alternative to the classic route( Modica, ragusa, Vittoria, Licata, Agrigento) is to follow the coastal road , smaller but less crowded: we did it ( again following Cristina's suggestion ) when we came back from Agrigento and it was really better .

We want to thank you, Cristina, your mother and the two girls helping you , for our very nice staying
Anna and Francesco

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 53, 96017, Noto, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Noto
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #10 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Noto
Price Range: $239 - $577 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Stories of princes, of seventeenth century palaces, stories of walls and sea in a land at the extremity of Sicily that seems at the edge of the World. Here lies the magic of this Ancient House, belonging since centuries to the Family of Villadorata, a name as poetic as a sunset.Here time is measured in centuries, Churches and Buildings had always been fascinating and evocative elements of this landscape. ... more   less 
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