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Aldebaran Family Hotel
Ranked #66 of 73 Hotels in Syracuse
Torrance
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Eaten alive”
Reviewed 8 November 2012

We spent 2 nights there in early October on the first part of a 3 week Sicily/ Italy vacation that nearly became derailed when we suffered a terrible attack of mosquito bites. Our first night there the weather was pleasant so we decided to sit out on the deck and have some food and drink. No one warned us about the mosquito problem. The pool was not in service and had not been drained or properly kept chemically balanced. We had left the doors to our rooms open because it was such a warm night and the mosquitos were everywhere. By the time we were alerted the damage was done. I spent the next 2 weeks of our vacation stopping by various pharmacies for medicines and treating my wife's bites which very nearly became infected. The people who run the hotel are very nice and the rooms were adequate and fairly well kept up, but this was the worst experience of any trip we have taken. As a side note, the signage to the hotel off Via per Florida is poor and Via Agamemnon is poorly paved badly rutted with large potholes.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Attard, Malta
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

The hotel had all that we needed a thouroughly relaxing and enjoyable experience, in the middle of the countryside surrounded only by the sounds of nature. It is a family run hotel and though the family are always there present, they do not bother you at all and are very cordial . It is like have a personal butler as breakfast is served when needed and one only needs to ask for something if he or she requires it. The food which is prepared on request is fresh. The rooms are extremely clean and sheets and towels are changed every single day. The pool, although not in its best condition is sufficient and extremely relaxing as one can oversee the views whilst swimming. It is not far from the centre of syracuse and from some amazing restaurants. It is a very safe place to be and one can truly unwind and find himself in this place. Both Enrico and Ivana have thumbs up for hospitality... they sure know what customer care is all about.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Como, Italy
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 August 2010

The BB is really nice, clean and not far from siracuse. It's a quite place where to stay. There's also a swimming pool. The breakfast is really nice and the owner are really kind.
You need a car to go to siracuse and to reach the BB, too.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Vienna
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

we stayed there for 2 nights. The hotel is about 5km outside from Syrakus so you will need a car to go there. We liked the location, it is really countryside and very quiet. Breakfast was only available from 8:30, it was very good with several choices. The drawback was the room. It was very small with an extremely small bed. Also the noise isolation between rooms was rather poor.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Surrey, UK
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2008

Well, we certainly couldn't fault the hosts on their hospitality - they were both very welcoming and went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed out stay. For example they went to a lot of trouble to give us great information with different maps about how to drive round the city, where to park etc and very kindly let us use their PC when we asked them where the nearest internet cafe was.

Both in terms of atmosphere and architecturally, it feels like you are staying at their house - the rooms are sort of attached to the main family home which has an unusual and impressive layout. We were a bit surprised at night to find these areas were not communal as it seemed more like a B&B where you might be able to use the lounge room in the evening. We sat out on the terrace in the evening as our child was asleep in the room but the light was too dim out there to read a book.

The pool was lovely and warm and it felt very relaxing out there. They are revamping the garden with a big covered area next to the pool - looks like it might be nice when it's finished. Some of the paving slabs around the rim of the pool are a bit wobbly so be careful with small children!

The room was very small but perfectly adequate for our needs. If you opened the shutters on the door everyone could look in when they walked past going to breakfast etc which wasn't ideal - but it was good value and well located for the lovely town of Siracuse so we weren't that bothered. Breakfast was very nice with the most impressive choice of teas I think I have ever seen!

  • Liked — the welcome and the high quality service
  • Disliked — the size of the room
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2007

We spent two days at the Hotel Aldebaran (more like a B&B as it is the owners' home) while visiting Syracuse. It was great to get back to the hotel after sightseeing in the busy town of Syracuse and to get away from all the traffic. Enrico and Ivana were very welcoming and made us feel completely at home. Enrico said his home was our home. We went into town in the evenings but Ivana was happy to cook an evening meal if we had wanted one. To have a pool was also a bonus. The rooms were basic but comfortable and the air conditioning worked very well. Our only comment was that the lights in the room were not bright enough. This seemed to be the case in quite a few of the places we stayed in Sicily. The Hotel is very accessible - close to the motorway and near to many of the interesting sights in the East and South East of Sicily. We would definitely recommend the Hotel Aldebaran to someone who is looking for peace and quiet and a warm Sicilian welcome.

  • Liked — The warm welcome and the peace and quiet
  • Disliked — The poor lighting in the room
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aldebaran Family Hotel
Address: Via Agamemnon, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 73 Hotels in Syracuse
Hotel Class:3 star — Aldebaran Family Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 Minutes from the city. In the quietness of the country. In the fabulouse setting of the Val Di Noto, 5 km form the town center of Syracuse-Florida Road, stands the Aldebaran Family Hotel. This 1960's Villa has been completely refurbished, making it the ideal place for total relaxation. The Aldebaran is a small, friendly hotel, completely immersed in the countryside. ... more   less 
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Hotel Aldebaran Family
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