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Commanding the sea-front of fabulous Siracusa, Grand Hotel Ortigia is elegant, with excellent food. Laura 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.
Places of Interest:
Ortygia, Palazzolo Acreide, Noto
Distance to Coast:
On the sea
- 58 rooms, all en-suite
- Restaurant & bar
- Spa with steam room, aromatic showers and relax zone. Face and body treatments including massages are available.
- Boat shuttle to private beach, sunbeds, umbrellas and beach towels, approx. €5 per person return, per day (15/06 - 15/09, weather permitting)
- Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
- Room safes
- City tax, €2,50 per person, per night (maximum 4 nights), payable locally. January, February and November city tax is €1.25 per person, per night
GRAND HOTEL ORTIGIA ROOMS
Rooms have sea, city or courtyard views. All the rooms at the Grand Hotel Ortigia are spacious and the whole hotel exudes taste and quality. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. Some have a hydro massage bath.
Duplex junior suites are over two floors with bedroom upstairs and living room downstairs. The Suite deluxe is really special with fabulous sea-views and Jacuzzi bath.
“Grand Hotel Ortigia is very well located with super helpful staff. The private beach and boat transport was excellent. High quality breakfast with a wide range.” Richard & Suzanne, Exeter
"Extremely friendly staff. So central for exploring Siracusa, we really enjoyed the roof terrace too." Brian & Jackie, Farnham
"Food and accommodation excellent, with an unbelievable view from the restaurant. We had assumed dinner would be expensive so didn't eat in much, but BIG mistake, because it was very good value. The staff were fantastic, the best anywhere! My wife fell ill towards the end of the holiday and the help, kindness and sympathy of the hotel staff was overwhelming." Malcolm & June, Isle of Wight
“We very much liked the boat trip to the private beach. Superb value as, for €5.00, you not only had a boat trip, but sun-bed, brolly AND towel – an excellent service, with friendly & helpful staff." David & Lynda, Malvern
“We found the staff at the Grand Hotel most helpful and pleasant, and the food was good. Ortigia was just the right size for exploring and we were fascinated by all the little streets and the way in which one suddenly emerged in a beautiful piazza." Stella & Nora, Frinton-on-Sea
Roland Ellison, commerical editor of the Mirror online wrote...
A popular spot for Italian holidaymakers, Syracuse (Siracusa) has a real holiday feel. We stuck to the old town, Ortigia, which sits on an island accessible only by bridge. The view from our room at the Grand Hotel Ortigia looked out at the boats on the water, and with a fun fair for kids and stall-lined narrow streets leading up to the stunning bleached-white Piazza del Duomo, there is plenty here to keep you amused. The recently-cleaned cathedral is simply breathtaking, and there’s a WWII bomb shelter underneath it, which is also worth a look. If that’s not enough, Syracuse boasts one of the largest Greek theatres ever built. Get there early on to avoid the crowds.
Our favourite spot was the food market, right next to the ruins of the Greek Temple of Appollo. Here, Flo from Il Gusto dei Sapori Smarriti (literally, the Taste of Flavours Lost), gave us numerous samples of Italian delights, including smoked mozzarella, cold meats, and our favourite, smoked ricotta. We bought a whole one and had it with dried fruit and honey for breakfast most mornings thereafter. To read Roland's article in full, click here.
Our 2016 prices are now available.
From £502 per person, per week, including breakfast & transfers
Or half-board from £616 per person, per week.
OFFERS ARE NOT COMBINABLE
Free night offers:
- Stay 7 nights or more, 1 night free. Offer valid in the following periods: 03/01-28/03; 23/06-07/09 & 01/11-27/12/15,
- In January, February, April (except Easter: 02/04-12/04), July, August, November stay 5 nights pay for 4; 10 nights pay for 8.
Stay 5 nights or more in July and August, upgrade to sea-view at no extra charge (subject to availablility).