Viale Mazzini, 12 96100 Siracusa (Sicily) − Italy
The Grand Hotel Ortigia, originally built in 1905, with an interior that was ripped apart and radically upgraded in 1995, is the best and most appealing hotel in Syracuse, with a mix of modernity and old-world charm that's very appealing. It's set directly on the waterfront, near Ortygia's main access bridge to the Italian "mainland", in a stately four-story building containing lots of inlaid marble and polished Belle Epoque hardwoods.
The vaulted cellar contains a bar with comfortable sofas and a collection of remnants - some museum-quality - unearthed from this site during long-ago excavations.
Guest rooms are contemporary and comfortable, with color schemes of beige and champagne. In some of the suites, duplex setups include interior staircases of polished steel. Units boast state-of-the-art bathrooms with shower-tub combinations.
The in-house restaurant, "La Terrazza sul Mare" and the "Roof Garden" bar, is separately recommended below.
From the end of June a ferry is provided to take you to and from the hotel’s private beach. You can lie back on our sunbeds, relax and enjoy the sun that the summer season guarantees from June to September. Lifeguards are present from 9am until 6pm.
The hotel also has a new, friendly and welcoming facility, designed to make your stay even more unique and unforgettable… The wellness centre.
The bus station lies only 100m (328 ft.) away.
Offering a rooftop terrace and glass elevator with sea views, the Grand Hotel is next to the main harbor and a 5-minute walk from the Aretusa Fountain. It is the only hotel in Ortigia with a private parking.
Rooms at the Grand Hotel Ortigia are spacious, and offer free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, and air conditioning. Some have a whirlpool bathtub. The Terrazza sul Mare restaurant is on the top floor of the hotel, overlooking the sea and harbor. it serves a variety of fine wines and regional specialties.
The fifty-height rooms, including sixteen junior suites and one suite some with hydromassage bathtub.
The hotel has a WI-FI system for Internet access.
The rooms all have:
Of all the Greek cities of antiquity that flourished on the coast of Sicily, Syracuse (Siracusa) was the most important, a formidable competitor of Athens. In its heyday, it dared take on Carthage and even Rome.
Colonists from Corinth founded Syracuse on the Ionian Sea in about 735 B.C. Much of its history was linked to despots, beginning in 485 B.C. with Gelon, the tyrant of Gela, who subdued the Carthaginians at Himera. Syracuse came under attack from Athens in 415 B.C., but the main Athenian fleet was destroyed and the soldiers on the mainland were captured. They were herded into the Latomia di Cappuccini at Piazza Cappuccini, a stone quarry. The "jail" from which there was no escape, was particularly horrid - the defeated soldiers weren't given food and, packed together like cattle, were allowed to die slowly.
Although the ruins of Syracuse will be one of the highlights of your trip to Sicily, the city itself has been in a millennia-long decline. Today it's a blend of often unattractive modern development (with supermarkets and high-rises sprouting along speedways) and the ruins of its former glory, a splendor that led Livy to proclaim it "the most beautiful and noble of Greek cities".
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From Catania Airport:
Drive out of the airport and continue straight onto the flyover, following the green signs "Autostrada A19 - A18" and hearing round to the left, down to a dual carriageway. Follow the sign for Siracusa which leads to the SS 114 road.
Now proceed South to the SS 114 for approximately 43 Kms. until you reach Siracuse. Continue to follow it into Siracuse.
At the first traffic lights, tum right in the direction of the white signs for the "Mercati Generali". Continue along this road for approx. 1 Km. and take a left turn into Via Elorina. Continue straight on for another Km., until you reach the roundabout called Piazzale Marconi.
Cross over Piazzale Marconi into Via Malta on the left of the Banca Commerciale. Continue straight until you reach the waterside.
Following the white sign for Ortigia, a diversion leads you straight over a temporary bridge onto the island. Turn right at the Darsena Restaurant and follow the road round to the left into Viale Mazzini. The Grand Hotel is on the left.