Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa
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Des Etrangers Hotel is located on the shores of the gorgeous island of Ortygia. It is ideally situated for strolls to the local historic sites, interesting shops and fascinating narrow lane ways of Syracuse. Formerly an old private home, the hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory, with wonderful marble flooring, and adorned with fine furnishings. Rooms are tastefully appointed - if a little dark and austere - and very comfortable. Our room had a small balcony with splendid views of the Ionian Sea. The beautiful top floor bar and dining room has fantastic views and is a wonderful place to while away a few very pleasant hours over a gin and tonic - or two.
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