We arrived late at the Hotel and when we entered the room (number 2) we were blown away with the amazing decor! It was the most unusual room we had ever stayed in, very spacious with a large bed, desk with a mini bar, a sofa and a dining table. There was a large glassed door leading off into the garden an pool area. It sounds strange, but there were no windows in the room, but that wasn't a major problem, the stonework made up for that.
Due to our late arrival they had kindly left us some snacks and Prosecco in our room, there was also juice, water and Campari Sodas in the free mini bar too.
The main breakfast room was beautifully decorated, there was a smaller room with garden views too. There was a really good selection of breakfast items and the coffee was to die for! The only criticism I have is that the fruit (apart from the melon) was never very ripe, which was such a shame as there was always a lot to choose from. There were also cheeses, meats, cakes, toast, and lovely jams/honey. I did hear someone ask for an all white omelette one day and that request was carried out without any fuss.
The reception was very good with a lovely area where you could sit and incidentally I found the best wifi reception there, although is was ok in the room, just rather slow.
We found that the staff, without exception were all very helpful and efficient, but special mention should be made of Valeria and Antonio on the reception desk who were a credit to the Hotel and also spoke perfect English
We had pre-booked the Inspector Montalbano tour, which was the main reason for our choice of destination, and were very pleasantly surprised to find that we had a luxurious Mercedes estate taxi all to ourselves at our disposal for the whole day. The driver Elena was very competent but her English was extremely limited, as is my Italian, but we managed to get along ok. We were on the tour for 6 1/2 hours and saw some lovely sights, stopping for a snack lunch and drinks along the way.
Ragusa Ibla was lovely, but we needed a taxi ride there from the hotel as the walk is very steep, the cost was 10 euros each way. We could walk from the hotel to a square where there were some restaurants, bars and a great pizza place, this was quite an uphill walk there but easily manageable. There was also the main shopping street there, with a good selection of shops, but not that many!
We stayed in Ragusa for 4 nights and in hindsight, we should have perhaps moved on to Taormina or Palermo after a couple of nights, because Ragusa was quite small and not that lively in the evenings, even though it was not out of season.
On our last day, we had a late flight and so were at rather a loose end for the day, we enquired about getting a taxi to Modica, not that far away, just for a change of scene. The only taxi company there quoted 40 euros each way which was really disappointing as it was not a long distance and we believe not worth that expense. So we stayed in Ragusa for the day instead, but it was so quiet we couldn't even get a pizza at lunchtime to finish off our Italian holiday!
The Sicily people were very friendly and we will go back, but will choose somewhere with more going on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa del Lauro is the best place for even the most demanding tourist. It is a very peaceful place for a stay where you can have every type of quality service and comforts together with a culture and art experience. Everyone has the feeling of being in a place out of time, thanks to smell and colours of the garden and the swimming pool with its spa zone. ... more less
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- Villa Del Lauro Ragusa, Italy - Sicily