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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Great Hotel.
Just returned from a week at the Villa Politi. Absolutely brilliant hotel. The rooms seem to vary in size, but our Superior Room (102) was big, with enough storage space for a week. The balcony was a great size with ample room for a table and four chairs. The bathroom was large enough and modern, with plenty of smellies (not just from bottles stuck on the wall), and a combined bath and double shower. The hairdryer was fine for me but my wife wishes she had taken her own.
The staff were uniformly friendly and efficient. There were plenty of sun beds at the pool which was large enough for those who wanted to swim; even over-large since there was seldom more than five or six in the pool at any one time. Our one sandwich at the pool bar was more than enough for two.
We were on half board and found the food more than excellent. The hot breakfast did not vary: bacon, small pieces of chorizo style sausage, scrambled egg and omelette. Fried eggs were available on request. The bacon was the best we have had on the Continent and better than many English hotels. There was the usual array of hams, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, etc. The pastries were the amazing centrepiece of the experience: far too tempting and of great variety. Juices (the combined orange, carrot and lemon is worth a try out of curiosity but never became a favourite), lemon granite and chilled water are available. You can toast your companion with a free flute of prosecco. For coffee snobs the waiters are happy to take orders for coffee from the bar, however, I found the bean to cup machines (albeit Nescafe brand) more than adequate. My favourites were espresso and latte espresso. My wife favoured the cappuccino and we enjoyed the moccachino.
The table d’hote consisted of three courses and we found it a forgotten delight to be served all three courses without having to ply sharp elbows at hotel buffet restaurants. The second/main courses of fish or meat and the desserts were beautifully presented and easily matched the hotel’s four star rating and some of the best restaurants we have visited. Our only complaint about the hotel was the pasta. We love Italian food and over fifty years we have had many delicious pasta meals in Italy and England. We still have favourites among the restaurants we visit regularly. Unfortunately, none of them can match the pasta at the hotel for taste, texture, or balance with the sauce. That is all seven different types of pasta. Our Italian meals out are now ruined – they can never compare to the Villa Politi. Every time we go Italian now we will want to book another week there!
As for drinks. The bottled water at three euros per litre is comparable to most hotels and cheaper than many. The delicious wines were very reasonably priced. Starting at 18 Euros per bottle the majority were between 20 and 24 Euros with very few break the bank bottles. The waiters were knowledgeable and helpful with choices. They recommended local wines with which we were not familiar and which were at the lower end of the price range. My favourite was the Petiosa white which we had for three nights – and I am a confirmed red wine lover. The happy hour cocktails matched the quality of the rest of the drinks. Beware of the ‘finger food’ buffet available with the cocktail hour. It is so tasty and tempting that it threatens to spoil your appetite before dinner. For those on bed and breakfast with a tight budget, there would easily be enough variety and quantity of food to make it unnecessary to eat out.
The holiday was part of our Golden Wedding celebrations and so – despite the reasonable price - we had high hopes and expectations: which the hotel exceeded in every way.
Position-wise, we found it nearer twenty to thirty minutes to walk to Ortigia and twenty minutes to reach the Madonna de Lacrima Church, the museum and the catacombs in Siracuse. The local buses did not seem to be operating – we travelled on one Number 3 from the stop near the hotel after waiting forty-five minutes on the first Saturday morning. After that we saw only about four or five buses (of any number) during the whole week. The local bus stop is reached by turning left out of the hotel and then left again without crossing any road. Much better service was provided by the hop-on-hop-off service. These could be caught at the bus stop reached by crossing the road outside the hotel, turning left and walking to a roundabout. At the roundabout a dual carriageway can be crossed by two zebra crossings (expect English style granting right of way to pedestrians from about sixty percent of drivers only). Immediately across this road you can see the red bus stop sign. The hoho bus always stops at the sign to allow photographs to be taken. However, since the bus only holds about twenty-six people (with none standing) it was not always possible to hop on. We were lucky and only failed to get on once. However, we saw several people ‘stranded’ –especially groups of four or more – and some ‘queue rage’. Since there are three buses per hour till about seven in the evening, I suspect that the most that people had to wait would be twenty minutes. The fare is five euros per person for as many journeys as you wish on one day. Since the taxi fare from Ortigia to the hotel on the first Saturday (for a three or four minute journey) was ten euros, the bus fare was equivalent to half the return taxi fare for a couple (plus you could do the journey as often as possible, and travel between sights ‘for free’).
Note, there is another hop-on-hop-off bus that runs to Avola (where the Nero d’ comes from) and Noto. This costs 20 Euros which seems to be a good price, however, we were not convinced that it would be easy to make our way back to Siracuse if the last bus were too full to ‘hop on’.

Room tip: Get a superior room. Ask for a full (not Juliet) balcony. Room 102 was just right.
Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We spent an excellent 9 nights at the Villa Politi 1862 with friends. This is a relatively old building (as the name suggests) but is maintained to a very good standard. There is a lovely period and homely atmosphere to the hotel with very good, helpful and polite staff.
Food is of a high standard (as are the Sicilian wines!!) and reasonably priced. Free WIFI throughout the hotel and there is a very pleasant swimming pool with ample sun beds.
The hotel has its own seaside lido, but this was closed in late September. It us open June to early September.
The hotel is a good walk (or short bus ride) to Ortigia through a rather run down area and there is only one cafe and one restaurant that we found within easy walking distance.
However we had a hire car so could easily get around and we always parked within a few minutes walk of Ortigia (the historic centre )
Exploring was easy and we visited Noto, Ragusa, Taormina and Mount Etna. Taormina was very crowded and pricey though the views were excellent and some interesting streets.

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

A grand hotel ! Old style tradition with excellence at reasonable prices. We had a fabulous four course meal , saw others enjoying the menu of the day, too. Food is cooked and presented professionally. Tables beautifully dressed face the gardens which are lit up beautifully at night. Plenty parking in the grounds of the hotel.

Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We has a meeting in this hotel and everything has been perfect, the meeting room, the lunch, the swimming pools, and the hall. It also has an historical garden and amazing view. Everyone working there has been gentle with us, especially Cristiano and the girl at the reception, always available and paying attention to our needs!
Thank you!

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Carmelo C, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Villa Politi 1862, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

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Reviewed 17 September 2018

The Hotel is quite big and has a historical touch. The service and stuff is excellent. We enjoyed the luxury pool and the service there. Christian our barkeeper was a grate touch to a perfect accommodation and service all the time. One small thing i was missing was mustard at the already grandios breakfast ;) ... but its a not worth to argue.

Room tip: eventually if you go for a beach view it could be worth it
Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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