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... began the nine hour flight back to Charlotte. On the way to Rome we were able to use points and sit in Envoy class for free. There were some available seats for our flight to Charlotte, but they cost $800 each! I can think of better things to spend $1600 on! When we fly, we try to get aisle seats across from each other. It turned out that neither one of us had anyone sitting next to us. How lucky is that? Until next trip, ...
... or fences to keep people from falling in. We did notice a helicopter pad nearby. I wonder how often it had to be used? At one point we were given the option of walking to a higher point, but a few of us older people opted out. The views we had were just fine!
Next, we were taken to a national park. We hiked about a mile in and stopped to eat some dinner and wait for the sunset. Emanuel ...
... we couldn't hear it hit the bottom ever. I should mention Mt Etna is actually erupting at the moment and when we were there even though we couldn't see the lava through the smoke we could hear it growling every now and again. After about 2 & 1/2 of walking up and down checking out the spectacles the volcano had created through the year we headed back to rest our legs for a little bit and eat some pastries..fatty life! The afternoon saw ...
... cream and visited a Greek theatre which was built in the third century BC which is 300 years before Jesus.Then was a German man singing Opera on the stage. He was very good. Then we wandered the shops.It was formal night on the boat so we all got dressed up for dinner then the ...
We woke up a little earlier today to make the hour long trip to Noto, famous for its Baroque architecture, almonds and the gelateria that purportedly makes the best ice-cream in the world! I have to bribe the girls with either the promise of shopping or something nice to eat if I expect them to traipse through Duomo after Duomo, or climb unendingly steep hills in search of castles and mosaics. I cunningly kept the address of Gelateria Costanza until the end of our visit, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Ortigia Syracuse
Hotel was very good & staff very helpful. Room was first class.
One small criticism - As the restauraunt was above our room, it was a little annoying to hear the footsteps & moving chairs on the floor above.
We requested a room on an upper floor with a sea view & that's what we got.
Breakfasts on the roof terrace overlooking the harbour were excellent.
Didn't dine there so can't comment on the dinner menu. Although the dining room looked nice, it did look a little formal for us.
No problems finding excellent local restauraunts in Ortygia island.
Hotel was in a beautiful setting overlooking the harbour. I'd go back tomorrow.
When in Siracusa you have to visit the market (around corner from hotel).
Probably the best hotel in Syracuse, but somewhat overpriced
We stayed at the Grand Hotel from April 24-26, 2004. We were in the Alfeo Suite. We also thought it was overpriced, especially for the off season. We booked the suite because it was advertised with a sea view. We were on a corner and it did have a sea view, but because the windows are up rather high, the only way we could see the sea was to be standing next to the window. You could not lay on the bed or sit on the sofas and see the view. There was no balcony, so you just had to stand next to the window. It was a very large room and bathroom and they were very clean. Decor and ambience were lacking, especially for the price. The weather was rainy and windy when we were there, and the heat had been turned off in the hotel, so we spent a few chilly days. I would not spring for the suite again as I didn' think it was worth the price.
Grand Hotel is Grand!
While traveling with our kids through Italy for two weeks during December, we stayed for one night in Ortygia. It was absolutely gorgeous! Make sure that you don't miss the sunsets by the water. We stayed at the Grand Hotel, which was truly grand. It was a holidy evening, so much of the area was closed, but they did find us a restaurant outside of the hotel. The hotel restaurant seemed like it would be a bit stuffy for a family with kids. We stayed in the Aritusa Suite, which was modern and beautiful. My only reservation about this hotel was that the price was pretty over the top. The suite ended up costing about 420USD per night and this was considered an off season price. If you want a great casual place to eat within walking distance, try the Giove Restaurant. In the morning, walk along the pier and watch the fishmen. Ahhh...Italia!
We recently spent a few days in the beautiful Ortigia Island which is attached to Siracusa by short bridges and what a wonderful place it is. The recently renovated hotel is very clean, very charming and certainly lived up to its four star rating. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable (ask them ANYTHING). The room decor was inviting and the beds wre juuust right! (Do bring your own washcloth)
There's private free parking and normally breakfast is included with your room, serving patries, fruit, ham, cheese, breads etc. On a wonderful rooftop terrace overlooking the magnificent bay with it's yachts and crystal ocean. You may also take a short boating trip across to a secluded beach for a small fee (1 euro each) and there are free stretch chairs and umbrellas provided by the hotel. The food is great from any end of the monetary spectrum and the esplanade is delightful in the evenings. Don't forget to check out the Roman/Greek ruins and many historical sites dotted throughout the area, oh and the shopping!
I would love to stay at the Grand Hotel again, and plan on doing so!
Good 4 star in a great position on the harbour (although Syracuse did not over impress me) , we were given a suite with beds / bathroom up stairs , room was quite dark but overlooked the sea. Great restaurant on the roof with terrific views, recommended
In a town devoid of decent hotels this one stood out. The front desk staff were helpful. Our standard room was huge (for Sicily) with a nice view over a square. Breakfast is served on the rooftop with terrific views over the harbour. This hotel stood out although we were told there is a 5 star about to open called Hotel des Etrangers E Miramare.
A great hotel
I stayed at this hotel for a week while on business to Siracusa. The hotel was fantastic with a great view of the water. They had just renovated the hotel and it was beautiful.. somewhat small rooms, but very tall ceilings, clean, and very pleasant to stay in. I had to leave too early to enjoy the full breakfast, but they allowed me to eat by myself before the kitchen officially opened on the terrace. The area that it is located in, Ortigia, is also an incredible place to tour on foot. If I ever return to Syracusa, I will definitely be staying at this hotel.
Great breakfast room
We stayed here for one night in December, while we were travelling around Sicily on our honeymoon. We wished we could have stayed longer, but Mt. Etnea had erupted on the day we were meant to arrive, resulting in a delay. The manager kindly forgave our last-minute cancellation, and we spent a wonderful night at the hotel. The room itself was not very large, but we had absolutely no complaints. Breakfast in the glass-enclosed sunroom was a treat.
Have just returned from touring Sicily-stayed 2 nights at the Grand.The rooms were very comfortable and quiet.Make sure you get a sea view- beautiful.Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the harbour was lovely.Useful to have secure parking opposite the hotel too.Conveniently situated so city can be explored on foot.Highly recommended
I gave an average rating because I think the 4 star rating is a bit generous. The hotel view is glorious and breakfast in the rooftop restaurant is the perfect way to start the day. I think when we stayed the hotel was going through a bit of a refit so perhaps I am being overly critical. Bar service in the basement is non existent. Management was poor. Staff were very good. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and the aircon a welcome relief from the heat particularly in August. We ate out every night. Expect to pay $20 for a 4 course meal for two with wine and coffee. Don't get me wrong the hotel is good and the city is breathtaking. I will return and stay in the same hotel