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“Wonderful old world feel and service”

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Hotel Relais Modica
Ranked #12 of 18 Hotels in Modica
Certificate of Excellence
Jackson, Wyoming
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50 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful old world feel and service”
Reviewed 14 October 2006

We stayed here 2 nights as part of a bicycle tour package; our group of 7 loved the Hotel Relais Modica. The hotel is a lovely restored building (two centuries old), the rooms are enormous with vaulted ceilings and stone archways. All of the rooms overlook a small courtyard and have nice views of the hillside city of Modica. There is also a small rooftop terrace with nice views of the city. The owner Antonio and his wife both speak excellent English, and were exceptionally helpful in making sure that we were comfortable during our stay there. Their restaurant recommendations were also excellent.

Travelers with disabilities should note that there are a lot of stairs at the hotel, I did not see an elevator. The hotel is in a very convenient location to the main street for shopping and restaurants.

  • Liked — Friendly helpful owners, and the old-world feel of the rooms
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with friends
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New York
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Reviewed 25 July 2006

We stayed at the Hotel Relais for 3 nights. We loved Modica and the Hotel Relais. We had a very large room and it was very private. We were close to the terrace which has magnificent views of Modica. We ran into some car trouble and the hotel owner was invaluable to us - so helpful. The staff was friendly and so welcoming. Be aware there are a number of stairs to climb but it is well worth it. Modica is a wonderful place to stay and explore Ragusa, Nota, Modica, and the marina areas. I would recommed Modica and the surrounding area as a must see for any travellers to Sicily. Must try the Modica chocolate.

  • Liked — The people
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2006

The Hotel Relais is the kind of small B&B one can find in Europe but almost never in the U.S.: centrally located, intimate, historic, and personal, plus affordable. The warm-hearted and kindly proprietor, Antonio, makes you feel as if you are a guest in his private home. He and his wife are always ready to assist, yet they are never intrusive. (And he makes a wonderful caffe latte.)

Our room, number 9, had an awesome view over this striking "vertical" town, and the roof terrace was a sublime place to sip some wine and admire the dramatically illuminated, stepped facades after sunset. The room was the darkest and quietest of all our Sicilian lodgings, and we slept very well.

We were also tickled to see that the basic continental breakfast was augmented by tiny pots of carob spread, in keeping with Modica's venerable chocolatiers who are quite proud of their ancient chocolate-making traditions.

Indeed, Modica is a special place that is not overrun with tourists. It is worth a visit for its dramatic location, Baroque architecture, and warm, generous citizens.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed 3 May 2005

When my fiancé and I searched the internet for accommodation in the Sicilian city of Modica, we were captivated by the description of Hotel Relais - a family-run, small hotel conveniently located for exploring the historical town. Given the abundance of Italian signposting, we were surprised to locate the hotel quickly from our car, as it is near the local Teatro Garibaldi.

The hotel was lovingly restored by owner Antonio and his Florentine wife, keeping many of the original architectural features of the palazzo once occupied by a famous Sicilian Count. From the street, a mediaeval stone staircase leads the way to an imposing iron gate that gives the assurance of security. Don't be deceived by the small reception and dining room (only breakfast is provided) because once Antonio effortlessly lifted our heavy suitcase and led us to our room - 'Camera Diece' (Room 10) - we were blown away by the stunning view of Modica and the glory of its baroque churches. We also had access to a roof terrace where we enjoyed watching the sun set and also eating our lunch purchased from a nearby salumeria. The room had satellite TV (we never watched it because real life in Modica was much more interesting), air conditioning (didn't need it in late April) and a modern bathroom with shower. The room was very spacious and had a tall wooden-beam ceiling that bestowed good feng-shui because we slept really well during our 5 nights there. Waking up to the sound of swallows chirping, the distant din of traffic and the majestic church bells ringing was a wonderful start to the day.

The hotel provided a convenient base to explore Modica and although breakfast was quite simple (croissants with honey were our favourite), Antonio and his wife were a fountain of knowledge about the local area. They both spoke very good English while encouraging our efforts in speaking Italian and also gave us useful tips without us having to ask for them - particularly when we had booked to eat at the local Michelin star restaurant called Il Duomo in the nearby town of Ragusa Ibla. We would recommend the 'Fish-taster' menu at Il Duomo (approx 160 Euros for 2 people including wine) for a dining experience of a lifetime!

This holiday became even more special to us because we found our wedding rings in Ragusa - an impulsive, romantic purchase that will always remind us of the picture-postcard towns we visited and the people we met along the way, including our charming hosts at Hotel Relais.

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Property: Hotel Relais Modica
Address: Via Campailla n. 99, 97015, Modica, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Ragusa > Modica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Modica
#11 Family Hotel in Modica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Relais Modica 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Relais Modica is an Hotel "de charme" facing the Barocco in the town centre of Modica, from where You can easily reach on foot both the most beautiful monuments and the best restaurants and trattorias of the town. Our Hotel is an ancient noble palace completely restored 6 years ago, belonged to the Countess Mormino-Monelli and to the sicilian writer Vitaliano Brancati. You can see us on the web-siteWe just have 10 exclusive rooms all accessorizedwith private toilette-TV SAT-climatization- hair dryer- telephon, free internet point in the reception hallHotel Relais Modica is situated at 43 steps from the main road (Corso Umberto ).To reach the reception you can look for a parking along Corso Umberto , near the Theatre Garibaldi: there you’ll also see a small square where there is the Banca Intesa . At the corner of the bank you’ll see the stairs which brings up to the Hotel. ... more   less 
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