Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

On the charming and historic island of Ortigia, the Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa has arguably the best location in town; seafront and west-facing for gorgeous Mediterranean sunsets. Its neoclassical façade overlooks the splendid Sicilian coastline, with plenty of medieval architecture and the island’s most beautiful beaches nearby. Feast on fine Italian fare at the hotel’s two restaurants, indulge in an aromatic spa treatment, and enjoy balmy evenings on the panoramic rooftop terrace under the stars.
Perfect forThose seeking a Sicilian city break with bustling markets, charming piazzas and superb food.
In the knowOrtigia has an enchanting atmosphere; as you cross the bridge from Syracuse, life slows down and busy traffic-filled streets give way to pedestrian walkways and lazy piazzas.

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Hotel Overview


On Ortigia’s west coast, facing Syracuse’s picturesque coastline in south eastern Sicily.

Rooms at Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa, Syracuse

The light and spacious guestrooms at Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa provide beautiful views across the historic rooftops of the island, and exude Sicilian charm with simple yet elegant furnishings. Consider upgrading to a Deluxe Sea View Room with a balcony – the panoramic view of the Gulf of Ortigia is unmissable – or opt for one of the suites featuring antique furniture, separate livings rooms and a stylish blend of contemporary and neoclassical design.

Food and Facilities

A delicious breakfast buffet offers an outstanding choice of fresh Sicilian produce; try the local ricotta for a much-loved classic on the island. The hotel’s La Medusa restaurant serves up fine Italian specialities against a panoramic backdrop, or head to the romantic terrace of the Roof Garden to sample delicious Mediterranean tasting menus. For wine and cocktails, finish up at the breathtaking Roof Bar for fantastic evening views across the marina.

Activities at Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa, Syracuse

The hotel is perfectly placed to explore Ortigia on foot; stroll down medieval alleys, peruse local markets and cathedrals, and admire the Fonte Aretusa – a fountain steeped in mythology of nymphs and goddesses, regarded as romantic by the locals. In the midst of the buzz, head to the Piazza Duomo’s cafes to snack on regional specialities, or head down Syracuse’s incredible coastline to visit the turquoise bays; the crystal clear water makes it a great region for families. In the summer boat trips can be arranged to the idyllic Punta del Perro. At the end of a busy day of sightseeing, enjoy a dip at the hotel’s indoor pool, or head to the Arethusa & Wellness Spa for an invigorating massage or Turkish bath. If you have time for a work-out, try the state-of-the-art gym facilities, complete with TV screens and USB ports.

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