The Grande Albergo Alfeo is situated between the rail and bus stations in one direction, and the old town of Ortygia in the other, with both being 10-15 minutes' walk away. The advantage of NOT staying in Ortygia, by the way, is that you're outside the really touristy area, and you mix with real people and find real shops and cafes (we used and can recommend Angelina's Bakery for light meals and Ortygia Travel for tours, both within 5 minutes' walk). The Greek and Roman ruins are within walking distance, too - we walked there and back - but it's certainly more than a stroll.
The Grande Albergo Alfeo is a nice-looking and welcoming place, and our room was large and comfortable with a sea view (in the middle distance). We found the staff to be pleasant, and there was free wifi in the room. Additionally, there is a computer in the lobby area available for use.
So, why only 4 stars? Perhaps it's mean to criticise the free breakfast, but, as it is included in almost all Italian hotels, it is fair game. The range is a bit ordinary, and not all of it is of a particularly standard, while the tea was luke-warm and the coffee, well... We ordered cappuccinos from the waiter - we had to catch his eye, which took a while - which was better, but still not what one would expect from a 4-star establishment.
Siracusa is terrific. We visited the very worthwhile ruins, as I mentioned, and wandering around Ortygia (it's actually on an island) was lot of fun. The highlight: having dinner in the Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral Square, at an outdoor cafe. And neither the food nor the wine was expensive.
So, go to Sicily, and make sure you spend 3 nights, if you can, in Siracusa. You can even arrange to go on the Inspector Montalbano tour if you know and like the TV series!
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