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Domus Mariae Benessere
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

If I was just reviewing the hotel I would give Domus Mariae 4 stars instead of 3. The location is excellent: a five minute walk from all the restaurants and bars in Ortigia in a quiet quarter. We had a sea view room which had great views and was really comfortable. The roof terrace is a great spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. Breakfast was average with limited choice and poor coffee.

We did however have some issues with the spa offered by the hotel. Firstly they got the reservation wrong, which meant we had planned a day to stay in Syracuse only to find they had booked us in for the next day instead. They then further delayed the reservation for the following day by another half hour. When we arrived at 6pm on the day we were made to wait for 25 minutes in reception as the woman who ran the spa was giving a massage. Obviously it was more important for her to fit in a massage despite us reserving the spa area.

The actual spa experience was bizarre. The woman in charge was walking around so it never really felt very private. Plus, there was a very obvious CCTV camera in the pool area relaying images back to reception. When we went through the sauna area there was another person in there already waiting for a massage. It was not private at all and not what you expect for €70 per couple.

I'd recommend this hotel as a good base for staying in Ortigia but would definitely not recommend using the wellness programme in the spa.

Room Tip: Sea view room on the second floor was excellent.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for four nights in July 2014. Booked at the end of last year so got a great price. This proved excellent value. The double room was very spacious with high ceilings, nice furniture and good shower. The decor and furniture in the whole hotel is very classical which really suits the old converted convent, perfect!
The breakfast was very nice with an ample selection of continental choice.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Free parking is available (first come first served), we never had a problem.
Lovely roof terrace.
Nice location on the seafront in ortygia.
Overall, a great trip, many thanks!!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

We spent two nights here. The room was well-equipped and very clean, the staff were extremely friendly and competent. I would not pay the surcharge for a sea view again, as our room had a small window high up on the wall. The location is excellent for Cortigia, but not for the Greek theatre and the archeological zone. The restaurant is a bit awkward, as it is split into three small rooms. We had dinner at eight and found we were the only ones dining. The food was good, but as we were served by a nun the whole affair was a bit sombre. At breakfast the rolls were stale, they were very slow at refilling whatever had run out and you are charged for your second hot drink

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Thank Swetaketu
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is lovely hotel, with nice staff and in a good location, not to far from the centre of Syracuse and overlooking the sea. The breakfast buffet is good, with excellent coffee. I would say try and get there early ish because the breakfast room gets quite busy later on.

Room Tip: I guess ask if there are any rooms with a sea view available.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank DexUk
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

The Domus Mariae Benessare is a lovely hotel. Clean rooms, excellent breakfast. We had a room on the first floor with sea view. The room was large but the air conditioning was not good at cooling the room. The hotel checked it and said it was definitely working but we still couldn't get the room cool at all compared to our daughters' room on the second floor which was lovely and cool. Had to sleep with the windows open - not great. Otherwise I would have given 5 out of 5.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank tamgo
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