There are a lot of positives about this hotel and a few negatives unfortunately but which I think can be rectified very easily.
We stayed at this hotel in May when unfortunately the weather was not on our side and we arrived there in the pouring rain. I presume that the hotel was only opening up for the season as everything seemed to be very musky and damp (maybe this was to do with the weather) but when we were shown to our rooms we werent entirely happy - they smelt of damp and were pretty dark and dreary. Needless to say the staff were extremely helpful and polite and helped us to find other rooms but most of them were the same unless you were lucky enough to get one of the larger rooms in the main house. (Which eventually some of the members of my family did). However with the terrible weather that we had there was not a lot to do and we had to spend a lot of time in our rooms which werent the most pleasant places to spend the day! The hotel bar also shut up from 2pm to 6pm so there wasnt even a communal area for us all to congregate. Very strange layout actually, no lobby or entrance area at all just the restaurant and the bar!
The grounds surrounding the hotel were beautiful, although everything looked like it needed a good spraying down and/or a paintjob, but as I said this may have been because we arrived at the beginning of their season. The pools were great and we did get to spend one day at these as the sun decided to make an appearance on our last day!
The staff were also great especially Davide and Gabrielle and the waiters, and they even provided us with a birthday cake for one of our member's birthdays which was very generous and a signed card from all the staff - very nice touch! The food in the restaurant was very nice, and they were quite accomodating to our large family and gave us special deals.
We also really appreciated getting lifts in the van (mostly from Davide) in and out to Syracuse when needed.
So great service, great food, great pools and maybe great rooms once they've been freshened up and the sun is shining!!
We also fell in love with the little grey kitten up around the reception area, and hope its still happy and being looked after by the caring staff!! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a former noble residence, the Caiammari is an elegant 4-star hotel in eastern Sicily, 4 miles from Siracusa. The centuries-old botanical gardens feature an outdoor swimming pool.The spacious, airy rooms of Hotel Caiammari are elegantly furnished and feature wrought-iron beds, tiled floors and exposed wood beams on the ceilings. Each room offers air conditioning and a TV with satellite channels.The spa center is complete with sauna and jacuzzi outdoor pool . A range of massages and beauty treatments is also available.Hibiscus restaurant serves a fusion of Sicilian, Italian and international cuisine, including an exquisite selection of wines. The bar is famous for its cocktails, and the breakfast buffet includes fresh pastries.The hotel is half a mile from Arenella Beach. The staff can arrange shuttles to the heart of Siracusa and Catania Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caiammari Hotel Syracuse
- Hotel Caiammari Syracuse, Sicily, Italy