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“Beautiful hotel but "standard rooms" have no windows” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villa del Lauro
Ranked #24 of 39 Hotels in Ragusa
Glasgow
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel but "standard rooms" have no windows”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Thais is a beautiful boutique hotel very well situated in a quiet street on Ragusa within easy walking of Ragusa Ibla. Easy there hard back as it is 300 steps. The hotel is a beautiful old house with magnificent spaces. There is a garden and pool at the back. The rooms are beautifully appointed modern within old.
However the standard rooms have no windows, ours had a roof velux, so we had to ask for an upgrade 40€ per night. The Hotel was practically empty.

I recommend the hotel and Ragusa but compare prices on the superior or deluxe rooms

Stayed July 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

We absolutely adored this hotel! Very well appointed, and a great mix of modern comforts in an historic setting. The breakfast is to die for ... An elegant presentation of fresh baked pastries, breads and cheeses, yogurt and cereals, fresh squeezed juices and a very richly made cappuccino. The staff are extremely helpful and our room was spacious and comfortable. We made good use of the pool to refresh us in the heat of the day. You can tell that the owner has a clear vision and wants to ensure that everything is "just so" - it made for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Stephanie M
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Rocky Mountains
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Interesting hotel in an old villa that has been completely renovated and modernized, most of the rooms are unique built around the existing architecture but every room I saw was spacious and and very comfortable, I was with a group and everyone like their room the only complaint I heard was that in one room the bed was in a loft and the bath was downstairs but the room was large and very comfortable, two drawbacks: because of the old city it is difficult to park a car near the hotel and it is a long walk down the old city steps to the center of the historic district so it can be quite a hike up to the hotel if you are infirm or not much of a walker but their is public transport nearby, great staff that was very helpful and spoke English, nice grounds and a great pool area for relaxing or exercising with a swim, good breakfast

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MPOBOB
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

My husband and I spent four days at Villa Lauro last week. We chose this hotel as it received such good reviews on trip advisor but I didn't feel it lived up to those excellent reviews.
Firstly, it's pretty difficult to find amongst the small streets of Ragusa and when you have, parking is a nightmare. The street is very narrow with with high pavements. Unfortunately we managed to scrape the paintwork and wheel hub on our hire car on the side of the pavement.
The room was ok but the our bathroom and shower area was tiny and not very luxurious. I don't know what the other rooms are like.
It really is just a bed and breakfast as there is no food on offer other than breakfast. The gardens are beautiful and the swimming pool looks nice but the weather wasn't warm enough for us to use it. However it was warm enough to sit outside to have a drink and there was no outside seating except for the very uncomfortable, but chic sun loungers. We did ask for one of the breakfast tables to be put outside on the patio so we could sit outside. To be fair they were more than happy to do this for us but I don't like having to ask for basic facilities.
The breakfast was very Italian with many cakes and pastries. There wasn't much choice if you are not keen on a sweet breakfast. Not really to our english taste. However you can't always expect to have what you are used to.
The staff were helpful and polite. The villa is a beautiful old building with lovely renovated rooms but the whole experience was just ok and not special as I thought it might be.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank 330Anne
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We stayed as a group of 3 adults for two nights in early May 2014 and were highly impressed with both the charming building and the quality of service we received.
The hotel is a refurbished villa - an extremely tasteful mixture of old and new. The public areas were spacious and the terrace led down to the magnificent rose garden and swimming pool area complete with orange trees.
Our bedroom was generously sized and furnished to a high specification. The beds were large and comfortable and the linen fresh and crisp. There were complimentary drinks in the fridge, the lighting was creative and the bathroom shower was powerful and had piping hot water.
The breakfasts were of a high standard, perhaps the best on our tour of Sicily. The choice of meats, cheeses, fruits and breads was extensive and attractively presented. The staff here were helpful and conscientious.
The receptionists were friendly, welcoming and helpful, for instance in car parking and route planning.
The location of the hotel was ideal - peaceful and just minutes away from the steps down into the old town. The views are stunning - no wonder this is a world heritage site.
We feel the hotel is a hidden gem and represents very good value for money. We will certainly recommend it to friends and family.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Graham G
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San Diego, California
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235 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

We checked in and felt very welcomed by Domenic. We had a great room facing the huge, very private back yard with a beautiful pool. Our room had french doors out to the dining terrace and was very roomy and clean. The breakfast was a bit disappointing. The hotel was not remotely full and that may be why. My only complaint is that we had no idea the time changed and went for breakfast at 7:30 and none was there nor could we get a decent cappuccino. The person on duty at that time barely spoke English (unlike everyone else we met) When we figured out 2 days later that the time changed than we were more understanding. I emailed the manager to tell her why my review would not be great and she was very apologetic! I suggested that she put cards in the room like the cruise ships do to tell you to change your clocks.

Also, you have to walk a good 20 mins to get to the old town but you're 5 mins from the new town. More action is there.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the back. Beware there is no elevator but we did get help with the bags when w...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Conrad C
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
85 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

Although we stayed in this hotel for only one night, we really enjoyed it. It is in a recently renovated old palazzo. It is very clean and attractive. Our room looked out onto a lawn overlooking a swimming pool. It is a very peaceful spot. The staff were very friendly and efficient. Breakfast is in a beautiful upstairs dining room. We highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lesley18
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Property: Villa del Lauro
Address: Ecce Homo , 11, 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Ragusa > Ragusa
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Ragusa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa del Lauro 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa del Lauro is the best place for even the most demanding tourist. It is a very peaceful place for a stay where you can have every type of quality service and comforts together with a culture and art experience. Everyone has the feeling of being in a place out of time, thanks to smell and colours of the garden and the swimming pool with its spa zone. ... more   less 
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