Commanding the sea-front of fabulous Siracusa, Grand Hotel Ortigia is elegant, with excellent food. Paul loves the fresh fish & enjoys "getting lost ", absorbing the atmosphere in the old streets & piazzas, & gazing into the fab shops.
We love Ortigia's narrow streets, lined with oleander, pretty baroque balconies, tempting glimpses of blue sea and fabulous shops and bars. Capitalising on its prime position on the sea-front, and on the beautiful and imposing building, Grand Hotel Ortigia offers traditionally stylish accommodation. Rooms are comfortable and the whole hotel exudes taste and quality.
The delightful roof terrace and restaurant, which serves excellent food and has attentive service, have stunning views over the harbour. Antonio, the Maitre D has been at the grand Hotel Ortigia forever and is always welcoming.
The private beach is reached by boat and is only for guests of the hotel.
The Grand Hotel Ortigia feels exclusive. Such an architecturally important building, right by the sea, on Siracusa's famous Ortygia, with an excellent and well-deserved reputation for its food, has always been a huge favourite with clients - it is a very special hotel.
Of huge importance to the Greeks, with a population of 500,000, Siracusa competed with Athens to be the most powerful city of the Ancient World. Archimedes, who lived and was eventually killed there, invented war machines, which made life very difficult for the Romans, who later succeeded in their dominance of the city. Normans and Arabs also realised the strategic importance of the port of Siracusa and left their marks.
Today, there are only about 120,000 people living there and Ortygia, the small island, which is connected to the main part of Siracusa by bridges, still feels as if it is a miniature version of history, with almost 3,000 years of the past crammed into its narrow streets and piazzas. Spreading away from Ortygia are the other quarters of the city, which hold such things as the Greek and Roman theatres and the archaeological museum and park. Noted for its dry, warm climate, Siracusa is a delight to stroll around and feel part of its history, at any time of the year.
We love Ortigia's narrow streets, lined with oleander, pretty baroque balconies, tempting glimpses of blue sea and fabulous shops and bars.