Elegant luxury and authentic Sicilian charm combine at this small hotel with hard-to-beat rooftop views of ethereal Noto”
There’s a sense of timelessness and beauty at the Gagliardi, but what makes this hotel so special is the manager’s outstanding hospitality. Don’t be surprised if you hear arias from the kitchen; Giuseppe’s staff are warm, attentive, professional… and happy!
- Unesco-listed Noto is our favourite of Sicily's stunning Baroque hill towns: ornate honey-coloured churches, sleepy cobbled lanes, superb restaurants and cake shops
- The hotel’s romantic rooftop terrace-bar features breathtaking 360-degree views of Noto
- Gagliardi’s friendly staff give a warm welcome and are always happy to help
- Rooms have a captivating mix of modern and vintage decoration - and a focus on local art
- Served in a leafy courtyard, the delicious breakfasts include the best crema pasticcera
- No hotel restaurant, but who needs one when you’re surrounded by great eateries?
- Noto’s streets are narrow so parking is not easy (staff can advise)
- Some rooms are not completely sound-proof: we could hear faint, muffled sounds from the rooftop terrace in ours, but nothing to lose sleep over
- Although WiFi is free throughout, it wasn’t super speedy during our stay
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 10 rooms
- Breakfast only; restaurants nearby
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
All 10 rooms are stylish and sophisticated, combining the best of old and modern Sicily. Crystal chandeliers and traditional Sicilian ceramics are offset by contemporary artwork - each room features pictures or paintings by a different local artist every season. Black marble bathrooms are high spec, with luxury fittings and heated floors; TVs, elegant and unobtrusive, have 4K resolution (and you can’t get better than that).
If you can splash out, do - the suites are of regal proportions, 2 with large balconies, one with a private terrace. Suite Santa Chiara, named after the church that its balcony faces, is particularly special. The sitting room overlooks the courtyard garden, while its white walls, simple 18th-century terracotta floor tiles and white-painted beams provide the perfect foil for a gloriously ornate wardrobe. All rooms are peaceful, but Santa Chiara is the only room with a separate entrance.
The Junior Suite (San Nicolo) might just be our favourite - it faces the cathedral of San Nicolò and the Palazzo Ducezio. The view of these Baroque masterpieces, illuminated at night, is magical. Romantics will love the black-marble Jacuzzi bath.
Smaller but perfectly formed are the Classic and Superior rooms, which face Via Silvio Spaventa and Via Ducezio. Overlooking the courtyard, the Deluxe room is generously sized and benefits from large walk-in hanging space.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Safe box
Soothing music accompanies breakfast, served in the palm-treed inner garden. The buffet is high quality: homemade jams, delicious traditional bread, local cheeses and charcuterie, and several types of pastry (including the best crema pasticcera). Fruits are seasonal, juice freshly squeezed, coffee all you’d hope for.
The 360-degree views from the hotel’s rooftop terrace are spectacular; so are the sunsets. Lounge on suave outdoor sofas and order cocktails, mocktails and appetisers from the bar (open May-October).
There’s no restaurant at the hotel but you can eat very well in Noto's restaurants. For lunches and dinners, the hotel recommends restaurants Dammuso, Manna Noto, and Marpessa. We also loved the elegant Vicari restaurant. You’re around the corner from the famous Caffé Sicilia; don’t miss the lemon granita!
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Rebuilt from scratch after the 1693 earthquake, the ethereal World Heritage town of Noto is one of the Baroque gems of Sicily. Much of it is visible from the hotel’s roof terrace
- Don't miss the (pedestrianised) thoroughfare of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Marvel at one beautiful building after another; stray from the beaten path and climb the steps towards Crocifisso
- Day trip to Ragusa, another Renaissance marvel, or glorious Modica, city of chocolate
- Fall in love with the coves and beaches (Calamosche, Eloro) of the Vendicari Nature Reserve, a less touristified Camargue. The marshes teem with herons, spoonbills and flamingos
- Explore the narrow streets of the island of Ortigia, the poetic “white pearl of Syracuse”, connected to the mainland by 3 bridges, the oldest of which is Umbertino
- Discover Noto’s baroque churches and palazzi on a 2-hour private tour – the hotel can organise
Not an obvious venue for families, but children are warmly welcomed. There are baby cots, extra beds, connecting rooms, and exceptionally friendly staff.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
For small families, the Superior Double/Twin, Deluxe Double, Junior Suite and Suite can all fit a baby cot or rollaway bed; the Superior Double can fit a baby cot. The Suite with Private Terrace has a double sofabed in its living room, for 1-2 extra guests.
- Airport: 1 hour's drive (Catania)
- Shop: 2 mins' walk
Hotel Gagliardi is in the heart of Noto, in southern Sicily.
Most fly into Catania (86km away); Comiso is a bit closer but served by less airlines (57km away). If you're touring the whole of Sicily, you might fly into Palermo (320km away), which is a 3-hour drive away.
From the Airport
Transfers can be arranged or you can hire a car. Staff will help you park locally.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Sicily and getting around
- Comiso 57.0 km CIY
- Catania 86.0 km CTA
- Beach 7.8 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km