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Sicily Hotels

Domus Mariae

  • Via Vittorio Veneto 76 Map It
  • $
  • Local Flavor
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Nice breakfast
  • Gorgeous sea views
  • Enthusiastic staff


  • Stairs to climb
  • Not much street parking near the hotel

Updated 04/11/2014

Fodor's Review

On Ortygia's eastern shore, this hotel, in an unusual twist, is owned by Ursuline nuns, who help to make the mood placid and peaceful—but the elegant accommodations are far from monastic. Guest rooms are bright, modern, and comfortable; some have sea views (an extra €15), while the others have balconies overlooking the street. Refined furnishings distinguish the public rooms, and there's a chapel and library for guests. A pretty roof terrace takes advantage of the

hotel's superb position. There's also a slightly more expensive sister hotel, Domus Mariae Benessere, across the street with a spa, pool, and fitness room that all guests can use.

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Hotel Information


Via Vittorio Veneto 76, Siracusa, 96100, Italy

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0931-24854; 0931-468881

Hotel Details:

  • 12 rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/11/2014

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By Marilyn

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Oct 23, 2006

A Domus Away from Domus

We loved this place! Cinzia was gracious and helpful, helping us deal with lost luggage for days on end and made restaurant recommendations that were spot on. Our spacious room with sea view was worth the extra euros, but wear earplugs--very noisy. No elevator or doorman, so be ready to heft your own heavy bags. Breakfast was one of the best in all our stay in Sicily.

By John

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Oct 26, 2003

wonderful experience

This was probably the best hotel we stayed at in Sicily. The only reason the room gets a 4 is because it didn't have a sea view. It was, by far, the largest room we stayed in (important when there are three of you staying in the same room). All members of the staff were helpful and friendly - they did everything they could to make our stay there a pleasant one.

By Jeannie

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Jun 27, 2003

Don't count on your reservations!

We had a room guaranteed with a credit card. Somehow the reservation disappeared. We ended up at another hotel on the opposite side of the island where all the restaurants and night spots are, instead of staying on the dark edge of things. Bullet dodged. Additionally, this hotel seemed very overpriced compared to the other hotels.

By Jacqui

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Apr 2, 2002

Docile Domecile at the Domus

The serene friendly atmosphere surrounds one, and makes one immediately feel at home. "Coming Home" is the stated goal of so many hotels; this one actually extends that feeling.


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Oct 24, 2001

Siracusa Best Bet

Located right on the waterfront on Ortigia Island overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Domus Mariae is a little gem of a hotel in the best part of town. Rooms are surprisingly large, bathrooms modern, and sea views superb. No elevator, but the private chapel is lovely, and breakfast is good. Service is personal and cordial. The Cathedral and the intra-city bus stop are both less than 10 minutes on foot. Rates represent good value.

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