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Grand Hotel Sofia
Ranked #12 of 33 Hotels in Noto
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The bad
- it's not going to win any design awards for the way it looks from the outside.
- The beautiful marble/tiled hallways do tend to echo BUT the hotel seems to be pretty well sound insulated so disturbance from noise in the corridors is minimised.

The good?

-Spotlessly clean - rooms, public areas, bathrooms, bar, restaurants - all incredibly clean
- Well maintained - we discovered a light bulb had gone and it was replaced within an hour of us altering the hotel staff
- Breakfast - amazing variety and selection - meats, cheese, eggs, fruit, yogurt, cereals, bread and lots and lots of pastries
- Restaurant - well priced and the food is of an excellent standard. Good wine list. Waiting staff all very nice and extremely helpful
- Pool - a bit cold but this is a welcome break from the Sicilian sun! Good, plentiful and comfortable sun loungers. Pool itself is a good size with a shallow end and deep end - good for proper swimming!
- Reception - spacious, clean and staff extremely helpful and eager to please
- Location - it's a short walk into the centre of Noto but it's relatively quiet as a result, even though it's set on one of the main roads into Noto - thanks to the clever design of the hotel, traffic noise is surprisingly little. There is a supermarket within 5 minutes walk as well as a couple of cafes and other shops.
Car park - Noto is a traffic nightmare. The hotel has a large car park for use by guests and this is rare and valuable
Rooms - spacious with large bed. Perhaps not quite enough storage for clothes for some but it was fine for us. Nice balcony with a table and chairs and clothes airer. Air con.

We got a bus from Catania airport to Noto. It was only 8 euros and stops extremely infrequently so it wouldn't be much faster if you took a taxi or private transfer. You can get either Interbus or AST - both have services to Noto via Avola and stop within a few metres of the hotel.

Overall I would recommend this hotel. What it lacks in charm it makes up for in value for money and wonderful staff who are very kind and helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on -1 floor to avoid road noise
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by this modern hotel on the outskirts of Noto, as the price seemed too good to be true. It featured a large bedroom, with a huge and comfortable bed, balcony with seating for two and a clothes rack, and a powerful shower. Breakfast was good - lots of pastries. Be sure to ask for an espresso or cappuccino from the waiter. As in much of Italy, the coffee in the urns was not to my taste. Wifi was temperamental, so don't rely on free wifi to stay connected. Excellent pool in spotless surroundings. Would definitely use again on a visit to the amazing city of Noto.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Hotel was lovely. Rooms large, bed very comfortable. We had a room overlooking the swimming pool which was lovely. Great balcony to sit on and enjoy the Sun. Breakfast buffet very good. Staff lovely especially on reception. Only down side was hill to walk up to get to middle of Noto but was worth the walk when you got there ( 12 mins ). We had a lovely few days away.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Hotel on the outskirts of Noto, about a 15/20 walk away.
Modern style.
Spacious Reception area with adjoining Bar.
Check in was smooth and room well signposted.
Room itself was clean, shower with toiletries, spacious room, with a controllable AC, limited TV channels, nice balcony with table and two chairs.
Dinner service was chaotic.
Breakfast buffer was very comprehensive with attentive waiters.
Nice outdoor pool.
Check out was OK.
Small car park.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

This hotel is situated on the outskirts of Noto centre but with a 20 minutes walk one can go the cathedral of Noto. Closeby is a supermarket, within a walking distance. The rooms are very spacious, clean and all with a balcony where one can sit and have a drink. The pool is beautiful, we used it twice. The rooms are equipped with a minibar, and nice shower rooms. The beds are sooo comfortable. Another plus, is the delicious buffet breakfast, with lots of sicilian pastries. There is parking right in front of the hotel. It's extremely recommendable. We were a group of 19 people, my extended family and they were all of the same opinion. Its environment is very quiet.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Ruth A
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Sofia

Address: Via Confalonieri s/n, 96017, Noto, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Noto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Noto
#6 Family Hotel in Noto
#8 Luxury Hotel in Noto
Price Range: ₹ 5,762 - ₹ 11,446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Sofia 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming and well designed Grand Hotel Sofia, at the entrance of Noto, is set amidst green, wonderful gardens, among the baroque symphony of Noto's world heritage town and the particular light blue sea with its golden beaches, which go far along the Oasis of Vendicari, Marina di Noto, Eloro, Marzamemi. Ortigia and the Greek theater of Siracusa are just a few minutes away. ... more   less 
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