“Intimate and perfectly formed bijou hotel in a gorgeous but little-known Sicilian Baroque town”
These rooms are as seductive and stylish as you could hope to find in any European city - and a real treasure in this sleepy Sicilian town. Custom-designed oak and wenge beds have white linen sheets and heavyweight spreads in muted hues of stone; bathrooms are fitted with oak, floored with black gres and mosaicked with sumptuous Bisazza tessera (perhaps pearl, midnight blue, malachite, gold...).
Bathrooms in particular are places to linger, with voluptuous square-headed showers and boat-shaped sinks by Flaminia, pampering products by Etro, and (in Superior Room 902 and the Suite) deep bathtubs.
The 2-room Suite is vast (36 sq.m), its ceiling retaining original frescoes of seascapes, landscapes and angels. The walls - painted to echo the original rose-coloured brick - are hung with lithographs by Guccione, Polizzi, Sonia Alvarez and Zucchero.
Room 901, a ground-floor Classic (which is adapted for disabled guests), is also large (20 sq.m) and, like the lobby, vaulted in limestone. The more modestly sized Deluxe Rooms, 904 and 905, and Single Room, 906, with views over town all have frescoed vaults. There's not much noise in Scicli at night, but the quietest rooms are the 2 Superior Rooms, 902 and 903, and the Single Room, 906, which look down onto the courtyard.
All rooms have internet access, flat-screen TVs, Sky (free except for films), safe boxes and slippers.
Breakfast, served on tables set with heavy taupe linen, is a generous spread. Local produce features strongly - there are handmade jams, Sicilian honeys, pistachio and hazelnut creams, handmade almond biscuits, cakes, ricotta still hot from the farm, lemon and chocolate puddings, fresh fruit salad, and plenty of fresh bread. Hot dishes, such as scrambled or fried eggs with bacon, ham or sausages, can also be ordered.
Throughout the day, Caffè 900 has a selection of pastries, freshly filled cannoli and, in summer, granite and smoothies. Drinks include the Eraclea range of hot chocolates, and novelties such as coffee with ginseng.
Come evening, Restaurant 900 - an elegant space with a Heals-type sideboard, an ornate Baroque mirror and a Medusa chandelier - serves local and seasonal dishes, such as pasta with swordfish and couscous with vegetables and crisp prawns. If you come at Easter, make sure you pre-order ‘mpanata di agnello, a pie filled with lamb for which the area is famous.
If you want to eat out, you'll find plenty of places serving hearty Sicilian food: meaty stews, creamy cheeses, crispy pies and pungent Nero d'Avola red wines. Head to Donnalucata (10km away) for seafood - we recommend Ristorante Al Molo (Via Perello 90, tel: 0932 937710) for fresh, well-priced fish.
Children are welcome, but with limited outdoor space and a distinctly designer décor, it's only really appropriate for older children or babes in arms. Cots are available free of charge, given advance notice.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking