This is a lovely building with very attractive grounds and a pool with a nice setting. It is very well maintained and our room was comfortable and very clean. The staff were polite and friendly and the standard of service by the staff at breakfast time and especially with the evening meal was excellent. There is clearly a very good chef because the evening meals were very good and usually a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert were enough!
However the hotel we felt was best suited for weddings and large functions.There were two weddings during our week and it really was a good setting for such an occasion. The restaurant room was very large and devoid of atmosphere when there were only half a dozen couples eating. There is a front and rear courtyard outside where we ate twice and these were far more atmospheric for guests than the big dining room , but were not fully uitilised. There is no area with soft chairs and sofas inside the building where it would be possible to relax during the day or the evening [except a narrow area near the main entrance] with a drink or a book. There is only a large hall area near the bar which has bar tables and hard chairs. There are two pools but one of them is for show and is not used. The main pool is in an attractive setting but its opening hours of 10- 6pm were really unreasonable and we had not come across this before at such a smart hotel. There were only around a dozen loungers for relaxing at the pool.The remaining seating was deckchairs - not great expecially on hot days. If you have no sat nav, the English language directions are not that helpful.We got lost trying to find it. The hotel should provide a map with landmarks and distances along with directions. A few changes to the dining areas, the pool seating and its rules and an internal area for relaxation would certainly increase its appeal and potential.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Il Podere
- Il Podere Hotel Sicily/Syracuse, Italy