Albergo Domus Mariae
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Very nice hotel
I'd thoroughly recommend visiting Siracusa, and in particular Ortigia - it's a wonderful place to explore, and apparently has the best passegiata in Italy. And the Domus Mariae is a great place to stay while visiting - nice rooms, friendly staff, good location, and best of all there's a wonderful roof terrace so if you want to sleep off lunch or laze around for a bit, you have the perfect spot in which to do it. They have a very nice cat too!
We stayed at the Domus Mariae hotel for 3 nights. Room was large, clean and nicely furnished. Hotel has a great charm and is located within the old city. Perfect views of the water on one side and a nice old street on the other. Location makes it easy to walk to sights, shops and restaurants. The staff was very helpful and eager to please. We had a rental car and parking was no problem as hotel provided permit. We would absolutely stay at this hotel again if we return to Syracusa.
Our favorite hotel in all of Sicily
Stayed at the Domus for 3 nights and loved every minute of it. At first, we were worried about the steps, as our room was on the top floor, however, we came to love the beautifule marble steps. The room was huge and extremely comfortable, as was the bathroom. The hallways were large areas with fresh Italian fruit on pretty tables. The breakfast was the best that we had in our 22 day trip to Italy. Totally homemade and fresh jams, meats, fruit, cheeses, and all kinds of coffees. With a view of the sea. The service was impeccable. Cinzia at the desk, gave us all sorts of help and recommendations. The night that we arrived, the late night, person gave us a recommendation for a restaurant, that was the best we'd eaten in in Sicily and very reasonable. The food was totally fresh. We loved Ortygia and Siracusa and especially we loved the Domus Mariae.
This is an amazing hotel. We were fortunate to get a room on the top floor with a balcony facing the sea -- amazing view; didn't want to leave. Spotlessly clean and spacious; had a couch and several chairs in addition to large king-size bed. The location is superb, not terribly difficult to get to (provided you have good maps) and parking was readily available and easy to access. Fresh fruit available in the lobby and the hallways. All the staff members were very helpful, especially finding us a place within walking distance to do laundry on a Saturday evening. Breakfast was fine; nothing spectacular but plentiful and fresh. We hope to return to the Domus Mariae soon!
A special place
Do not believe the negative comments of some of the reviewers, this is a special place. Parking is available, the staff are friendly, and the hotel is well located for visiting old Siracusa. It is an old nunnery that has been tastefully renovated. The rooms are a good size and air conditioned. A real jewel!
Fair for a Sicilian Albergo
This hotel is swathed in inexpensive laminates and resin furniture which clashes with the beautiful marble floor. Parking is problematic and the staff need some customer service training. The breakfast was merely adequate. All in all, very overpriced for its offerings.
A very special place
This was a very special place we stayed at on our 3 week tour of Sicily in 2000. Lovely room, lovely view, beautiful breakfast, very helpful staff. In fact the nicest albergo we stayed in by far.
Serene and lovely
I stayed at the convent across from the Domus Mariae which is run by the same order of nuns. We were given a free breakfast over at the Domus Mariea. I give both places an avid thumbs up. The Domus was 125 euros in December 03 and the convent or palazzo was 40 euros and we had a sea view! Both places are made of old limestone and have that thick stony convent feel. The nuns do not speak any english but were most gracious. No curfews either! Both buildings are on the ocean and have great views. The rooms are very spacious and clean. The breakfast was great. I had 2 cappucchinos, ham, croissants, yogurt and fruit. My big son ate more than his fair share. Very fresh and tasty.
If you want to be kept on the line for 15 minutes and then have the phone put down on you when you ask if they speak English (Yes, this happened twice), then book with the Domus Mariae.Otherwise, avoid it.
Domus Mariae - Grab it, if you can
Out of numerous places where my husband and I have stayed on our four trips to Italy, seven to Japan, and others to countries in Europe, Asia, and South America, a few we record as exceptional. Count Domus Mariae in Siracusa, Sicilia, as one of them. We loved it so much that we are taking our entire immediate family (10 adults, five grandchildren) there while we tour Sicily in April. (Sorry, we've beat you to a few rooms for a few nights, mid-month.)The location is superb - in the real Siracusa, teeming with its urban character. Not charm, but pure, unalderated everyday city living. Domus Mariae is IN the old part of town - Ortigia - and within steps of historic sites, old residences, very old churches, the market, and some fine fish restaurants. The hotel itself has lots to recommend it. It is well decorated without being "fancy" or gauche. You know you are in an old convent, and you are requested to respect this, although within that, what you do in your own room and on your own time is your business.If you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of the crusty nun who oversees the place (if she is still there). You most probably will meet the exuberant signorina - Cinzia - at the desk. We adore Cinzia. She can't stand it when I try to speak Italian, but we have reached an accommodation; she tolerates it for a few sentences, at least.We go to Italy, as we go anywhere, to attempt to feel what the country is really like. And it's nice, occasionally, to do it in style. That's Domus mariae.
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... evening, making it nice for long walks.
I have enjoyed taking part in the Sicilian way of life. I cannot believe at how lucky the Italians are when it comes to fresh produce, and how cheap it is. The peaches, nectarines and apricots are amazing and for under $2 a kilo. I even saw peaches the other day, freshly picked for 80 cents a kilo. And you dont have to look far for a fruit stall as they are on nearly every street corner. I have loved being able to eat so much fresh fruit.