Hotel Gutkowski

Siracusa Sicily, Italy Book from Book from £81 per night

Mediterranean blues meet modern minimalism at this great-value hotel in Ortigia, with its glorious views of the Ionian sea
Fishermen and craftsmen have admired the views from these 2 buildings on the promenade in Ortigia since the 18th Century. Today, the houses have been refashioned into a 26-room seafront hotel, with sunny terraces, flower-filled balconies and minimalist interiors. The blue-shuttered newer building also houses a cosy lounge area, a breakfast room and an outstanding restaurant on its ground floor. But the star quality remains throughout: that wonderful sea view.

This once hidden gem has become a real word-of-mouth hit (you will need to book ahead) for its laid-back charm, simple elegance and seafront location. Sip fresh orange juice on the rooftop terraces and bask in the sun to the sound of the waves, then head out and wander the ancient alleys and twisting streets of Ortigia - the island heart of Siracusa in southeast Sicily. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its impressive Greek and Roman ruins, and there's plenty to see, architecturally and archaeologically. The surrounding area is beautiful too, with fortified hilltop towns and some of Italy's best beaches along the Ionian Sea.

Information provided by Hotel Gutkowski on 28/09/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Guests receive masks and gloves; staff observe the strictest sanitary measures.

Food and drink
Breakfast, aperitif, and dinner served in different locations and at different times (dining room, terrace, pavement dining area) to ensure social spacing and maximum reassurance for guests.


  • Everything about it is great value. The low prices coupled with its relaxed charm make it ideal for flash-packers or those on a budget; there are a few triple rooms so it suits friends and families, too
  • The location - throw back the shutters and taste that salty sea air!
  • We liked the light and elegant design touches, the cheerful ambiance and the general warmth of this lovely small hotel
  • Taking breakfast on either terrace is a delight, as is enjoying a sundowner glass of wine
  • The food at Gutkowskino, the hotel's restaurant, is outstanding, some of the best we had in Sicily. It's popular though so make sure you pre-book


  • There's a small road right in front of the hotel so it can be noisy with cars and scooters during the day (but only occasionally)
  • Service can be quite relaxed - staff prefer to leave you to your own devices
  • The minimal design makes the rooms a little too sparse for some
  • The area behind the hotel is not considered the nicest in Siracusa, but we thought it had character

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for visiting Sicily - in July and August it can be terribly hot and terribly busy. It's warm enough to swim in the sea until the beginning of November.

Our top tips

The street market around the corner from the hotel is a great place to soak up a bit of local flavour.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 26
  • Restaurant (closed Sundays)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The rooms are spread across the 2 buildings that make up the hotel, and each is a little different in décor and style. Expect minimalist Mediterranean-meets-Zen decor: white walls, white linens, wooden furniture and tiled or parquet floors. Rooms in the newer building have antique little wooden desks and chairs, metal industrial-style beds, metal lockers, lots of funky lampshades with exposed wiring.

Some may feel the decor is too minimal, but with views like this you don't need much room decoration. The windows are the thing: long, sheer curtains and blue shutters frame azure sky and turquoise sea in several rooms, while others look out over the town or the internal courtyard.

There are 4 categories: Basic, Classic, Sea View and Plus, most of which can be doubles or twins. A higher tariff gets you more space, a better view and a private balcony, and the Plus Rooms have a desk and bookshelves, too. Three of the Plus rooms are triples, with an additional single bed, and there's one Family Room (a Plus) with a double bed and 2 single beds.

Bathrooms are chic, with wood-surround baths or showers, slate floors, white tiles, fluffy towels and a similarly modern, minimalist approach.

If you're after more privacy, book the 1-bedroom Apartment which is 50 metres away from the hotel. It has a living room with a kitchen and sofabed, shower bathroom and a storage room. You still have access to the common areas of the hotel including the rooftop terrace, bar and restaurant.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi


Breakfast, served in the breakfast room adjacent to reception (you can take it up to one of the sunny roof terraces in summer), is delicious and typically Sicilian: local, seasonal and organic, and takes the shape of fresh fruit, homemade cookies, yoghurt, pastries and cheese. Tea, coffee and fresh orange juice are on offer.

The restaurant, Gutkowskino, serves a daily changing menu of fresh, Italian fare for dinner only. We thought the food was phenomenal, and we loved the buzzy bistro-style atmosphere. The menu is fish-heavy and makes the most of local produce. We feasted on the most succulent squid with Sambuca and orange, grilled mackerel crostini, seafood linguine and homemade pasta with wild fennel. It was all divine. Make sure you book a table, it’s very popular. Note that it's closed on Sundays.

For eating out, there are some superb restaurants and trattorias in Ortigia, including Don Camillo (where you'll find some particularly good seafood and a comprehensive wine list) and low-key, laid-back Taberna Sveva (Piazza Federico di Svevia). Literally round the corner is Antica Locanda, which has great unpretentious Sicilian fare including seafood (and English menus). The hotel recommends La Gazza Ladra as the best on the island with a daily changing menu.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Wander around Ortigia and take in its ancient cathedral, fortress and narrow alleys, before relaxing in a piazza café with a cappuccino
  • Stroll along Ortigia's charmingly crumbling lungomare (sea walls), which come to a head at the 13th-century Castello Maniace
  • Go shopping: buy traditional food and wine at Ortigia's market, treat yourself to soaps and perfumes at the Antiche Siracuse in Piazza Archimede, taste Sicilian cakes and pastries at Artale, and admire beautiful pottery at Circo Fortuna
  • Drive down the coast and explore some of Sicily's best beaches. The closest, Fontane Bianche, is a 15-minute drive from Siracusa; Lido di Noto is about 1 hour away, and Isola dei Correnti is right at the southeastern tip of Sicily with windswept views of Malta
  • Visit the vast archaeological park on Siracusa's 'mainland' (15 minutes' walk), containing the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman cities (theatres, quarries etc); time it right and you can see an ancient play staged in the Greek theatre (May-June)
  • Take a boat trip around the harbour or up the Ciane river in a gozzo (traditional sailing boat)
  • The hotel can arrange guided trips to natural beauty spots, including the Pantalica Gorge, the valley of the Anapo river, and the Vendicari Nature Reserve. They can organise Italian lessons, too

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Theatre
  • Wine tasting


Children are welcome and incur no extra cost if they share their parents' bed. Note that the hotel doesn't have extra beds, but there are triple rooms and baby cots available.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

There's a Family Room (in the Plus category, no.27), which has a double bed and 2 single beds. Three other Plus Rooms have a double and a single bed. In the blue building you can take 2 Basic rooms (no. 1&2) together, there's an additional door which will create a family suite. The Apartment can take a couple and a child on the sofabed.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots are available for a small charge, see Rates

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • This area of Sicily has some great beaches for children of all ages
  • The nearby archaeology museum and sights will appeal to children covering the Roman and Greek periods at school
  • Older kids will like the Archimedes Museum
  • Younger kids will enjoy the Puppet Theatre in the Jewish area


  • Airport: 1 hour
  • Doctor: 10 minutes
  • Shops: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly:


Hotel Gutkowski is set on the waterfront in Ortigia, the historic peninsula of Siracusa, in southeast Sicily.

By Air:
Catania (60km away) is the closest airport, but if you're touring the whole of Sicily you might fly into Comiso (114km away) or Palermo (300km away).

From the Airport
From Catania it's around an hour south by road to Siracusa, mostly on a motorway (the A18). The hotel can arrange a transfer.

There is also a train, which takes 1.5 hours, and an intercity bus which takes a little less, but you'll probably want a hire car for your stay (see below).

By Car:
If you want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations.

If you're driving from southern mainland Italy, take the regular ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina (every 20 minutes; sailing time of 20 minutes) and then follow the A18 motorway south to Catania (155km / 1.5 hours) and on to Siracusa (60km/1 hour).

You will need to unload and then park in a municipal car park nearby - reception staff will advise where.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.


  • Catania Fontanarossa 60.0 km CTA
  • Comiso 114.0 km CIY


  • Beach 10.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Loved this slightly quirky waterfront hotel . Out of the main Ortigia drag but in a really interesting location. Parking opposite not too problematic .The staff and service were just brilliant juggling breakfasts and meals up on the terrace or downstairs and probably managing Covid restrictions a lot better than other more spacious hotels. The food was really excellent - inventive Sicilian cuisine. The restaurant is shut Sunday but they have great local recommendations.


We loved having breakfast on the terrace and enjoyed the spaciousness of our room. Very nice location near the Parking - we only used our car to get out of the city, did not need it there.


Excellent customer service. Requested to be moved to a different room and the staff were very accommodating and the move was seamless. Breakfast service was relaxed with good mix of local options. Nice relaxing b&b.


Excellent spot to stay when visiting Ortigia, all the staff were great. Book a room at the top of the property with sea view if you can, they have an elevator. The terrace overlooking the sea is lovely in the evening with a Spritz in your hand.


Clean hotel, with lovely staff. There were lovely design touches around the hotel and the rooms were minimalistic. Breakfast was simple and enjoyable, although there weren’t any hot elements to it. We found our room to be a bit warmer then we would have liked, but when asked, the front desk did put on the air conditioning for us. Beds were comfortable and the hotel had easy access to the rest of Ortigia.


This hotel is a gem - painted in a charming blue that compliments its location, the rooms are just right, the terrace and sea views terrific, breakfast yummy and good value. We had dinner the first night and the gnocchi was delicious - staff were welcoming and suitably low key, there if you wanted them.


My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at Hotel Gutkowski. The hotel is exquisitely presented - we particularly loved the sea view from our bedroom window and the beautiful Sicilian light. The breakfasts and dinner were delicious and the staff extremely helpful. We would love to return to the hotel and the beauty of Ortigia one day. Thank you.


Hotel is away from the main tourist area (plus point) and facing the sea (plus point). It's a 5 minute stroll to the central square with a variety of restaurants. Rooms are "factory chic" and simple but clean. Breakfast is standard continental - pastries, bread, cheese,fruit. There is an adjoining restaurant that serves a limited menu in the evening. That said - Linguine with anchovies and fennel plus a glass of red wine made a great supper (open until 11). Parking is available directly outside the hotel but it's street parking and limited (we visited in October so it must be very difficult in the summer). Tip - avoid bringing a car if you can. Staff were great if laid back, basically letting you get on with your holiday.


Loved the simplicity and straightforwardness. Thought the meal we had in the restaurant was the best we had in Sicily and loved the breakfast. The only slight disappointment was the busy road between the hotel and the sea, and the lack of a balcony / terrace to sit on. But thought it was great.


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