Travel Blogs from Syracuse
... Wonderful resort in a beautiful setting. Great way to start our visit to Sicily. The next day we drove north up the sea coast to Siracusa. A stop along the Mediterranean coast to feed Magnolia and we feasted on bread, and wine with a gelato. Perfect Italian lunch. Siracusa is a bustling harbor city with a diversity of architecture including Christian, ...
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... beauty, small mercies and of course, olive oil. Here in Sicily, the people are the most passionate, well aligned, loud and humble people I've ever met and I hope I remember these days when I come home and start to get wrapped up in life again.
Last night I had to do one of the most painful things a backpacker has to do, a backpack cull. You tip up your bag and layout all the **** you have unknowingly accumulated over the past few ...
... an espresso and a torte in the piazza and basked in the sun for a good while. Up to this point I had done quiet a bit. I went to a castle (toured that for a solid hour +); went to at least 5 churches; 3 different street markets; went to all the near piazza's, peering into shops; and now I was enjoying the weather. It's only 11 am and I'm already worn.
That was my morning in Catania!
P.S. I got a new suitcase! ...
... gave me another opportunity to use my italian! I found it pretty quickly but being from Kansas, I had never taken a bus (at least not by myself). I had no idea if I needed a ticket (like we did in Rome) or what. The ticket/information booth next to the bus stop was closed so I began walking towards all the shops. A kind man from one of the restaurants kindly enlightened me that I pay once I am on. Having an hour to kill, I stayed and ate some bruschetta (still not ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Roma Syracuse
After staying in Palermo and Agrigento, it was a great relief to arrive at the Roma hotel in Siracusa. We had been advised NOT to stay in Ortigia because of traffic problems, but we found the hotel without too much difficulty, turned the car over to them and then just walked or used taxis until we left Siracusa.
Nice but lots of noise
I stayed at the Roma for three nights in October in a corner room overlooking the Cafe Minerva on the 1st floor. I agree with other comments that the front rooms are very loud but the views of Syracusa nightlife almost made up for the noise. I thought the location was worth the price as the hotel is very well located. (but then Syracusa was my favorite part of a two week trip through Sicily so maybe I was just easy to please) Front desk staff were fine although had difficulty delivering phone messages (I got one message 8 hours after it was left) I ate dinner at the hotel one night and was very pleased - the food was very good, service charming and relatively well priced.
A great choice in Siracusa.
This contemporary hotel is superbly located in the middle of the Baroque old town of Siracusa. Lots of restaurants nearby, and the Duomo is down the block. The rooms are contemporary, perhaps a bit spartan. The breakfast buffet is good.
I'd say it feels a bit pricey, but as I haven't stayed anywhere else in this town I can't compare the Roma's relative value. I do know that the hotel was sold out on the weekend I was there.
After a whirlwind trip through the Aeolian islands and Taormina, we arrived at Syracuse, slightly worse for wear due to congestion (prob accident related) on the single-laned S115 from Catania southwards. Apart from the Grand Hotel & Jolly, this is supposedly the only other 4* hotel in Ortegia. Having heard fabulous reviews from other reviewers, I booked a month in advance for a night even though I did balk at the price of 190 euros a night (directly through hotel) for what is generally considered low season.
The hotel is extremely well located and we were able to explore the city on foot for all 3 days we were in Siracusa (not a bad thing given the way the Italians drive !). The hotel is modern and very clean with all the staff offering a friendly and efficient service.
This hotel is great. It is centrally located near the Duomo so you can walk everywhere. It is also a 10min walk to the main bus station where you can get bus number 1 to the archaeological museum and park.
Sweet place to stay
Definitely above average for Siracuse , Sicily, Italy.
The staff was very attentive, internet access always available in the lobby, and also access to a fun beach club ( Lido) just a short walk from the hotel where you can sun and swim in the Mediterrean. Breakfast was very nice , included . I would go again and recommend this as a wonderful place in Ortegia Island in Siracusa. Just around the corner from the Duormo.
We stayed at the Roma for three nights and cannot praise highly enough the quality of service we received from the hotel staff there - all were exceedingly helpful, and nothing was too much trouble for them.
We have just stayed at Hotel Roma for 4 nights. Driving in Ortygia is not for the feint hearted but the hotel is not difficult to find and there are several empty spaces reserved for hotel guests where your car can be left easily. It is then garaged by the helpful porters and they ask you give them 30 minutes notice before you need it. We were taken to our lovely room by our porter and he then went and emptied our car and promptly delivered all our bags to us. The hotel has been very tastefully decorated, it's not chinzy and floral, nor is it empty and minimalist.. it's just the right mix of style and comfort. Aircon was great and quiet, large TV with some sattelite channels, a well stocked minibar and good bathroom/shower. The breakfast which was included was typically continental however all cakes/pastries were made in house or fresh. The same room becomes the Restaurant though we didn't eat there. Staff were very kind and helpful and went to the trouble of purchasing me a gorgeous Italian cake complete with my name on it and birthday candles and delivered it to our room along with a bottle of prosecco and champagne flutes.. it was totally unexpected and very nice. If you travel to Syracuse I'd highly recommend this hotel, it's fabulous location right next to the main piazza is perfect for exploring the island, and then use your car to go and explore the surrounding region.
Central and quiet
We were very pleased with this hotel in November, 2003. It is in the heart of the old city. Once you drive there; a little bit of a challenge, park in front. Let the hotel take it to a garage, you won't need it in town. Excellent price-value ratio. The rooms are well appointed and fully sound proofed. The staff were welcoming, and you are perfectly situated to explore the old city.