My wife and I stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon and thought it was fantastic. When we went (September) it was pretty quiet and had a mostly Sicilian clientèle. This was exactly what we were after as we wanted to relax and not be surrounded by English people. We found that there was plenty to see and do in the surrounding area but spent the majority of the time lounging by the pool.
The food was consistently excellent but if there was any criticism there was a little lack of variation. We only encountered this as we ate at the hotel most nights. This is an upmarket hotel and as such does not have a menu that you can order from. You just ask the waiter whats on and he gives you some options. Most meals there came in 4 courses: starter, pasta, main (usually fish), and dessert. The staff were also very willing to bring you something different if you requested it. Whilst I was initially a bit scared of the the food on offer (i'm a little fussy) it all looked so good I couldn't help myself. I discovered a liking for many new foods during my stay here.
When we were there evening meals were generally eaten outside next to one of the pools which was a wonderful setting and on one night they had a fantastic live jazz band playing. The restaurant was busier at night as the restaurant attracts many people despite being a little bit in the middle of nowhere.
The breakfast was a lot better stocked than the previous review suggested, but again lacked a little variation. It was however all very tasty. I can't comment about the tea or coffee situation as neither my wife nor I drink them.
The rooms were spacious and we had a great balcony on which we could drink wine and play cards. Our bathroom was fine and certainly did not have a combined shower and toilet.
Whilst we had a few language issues (we are terrible at languages) with the staff, they were all friendly, polite and helpful. The hotel also looks a lot better than most of the photos suggest.
All in all, we loved it and would recommend to anyone who wants a relaxing holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Il Podere
- Il Podere Hotel Sicily/Syracuse, Italy