Seven Rooms Villadorata
- Style Gargoyles and grandeur
- Setting Noto’s historic heart
The former hilltop home of a prince, Seven Rooms Villadorata hotel in the Sicilian town of Noto retained relics of royalty: intricate tiled floors, frescoed ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. This Baroque residence feels more private home than hotel, offering a handful of rooms with balconies and views over honey-hued rooftops.
Need to know
- Rooms Five, including three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $262.78 (€191), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include a buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Terrace, library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms, flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, free bottled water and Ortigia bath products.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible for €50. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm. Let the hotel know if you're planning on arriving late, as the reception is closed after 9pm.
Children The hotel can’t provide cots, but extra beds can be added for 50 per cent of the room rate. A babysitter can be organised with a day’s notice (€15 an hour).
- Hotel closed 1 November to 20 December 2011 and 6 January to 31 March 2012.
- Also Pets are allowed, but mustn’t be left unattended in the bedrooms. Smoking is permitted on balconies and the terrace. Two-night minimum stay.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The name might be confusing – there are only five bedrooms. The other two rooms of the eponymous seven are the sitting room and library. Each named after a wind, we loved Austro (wind of the south) most: two enormous French doors open onto a balcony overlooking the golden rooftops and rolling countryside. It was the prince’s bedroom and all of his gilded tiles and frescoes have been restored. Schirone (wind of the south-west) is smaller, but the views are just as good.
- Packing tips Leave the beach towels and big brollies at home – the hotel has all beachy bases covered. There’s a marine reserve nearby, so don’t forget your snorkelling gear.
- Also Noto is home to Corrado Costanzo, a dolceria on Via Spaventa that is often said to make the world’s best ice-cream (+39 0931 835243).
Food and drink at Seven Rooms Villadorata
- Hotel restaurant There’s no restaurant at this boutique B&B, but you will be treated to a wholesome spread of fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, meats, cheese and pastries in the morning.
- Dress code Crisp cotton and linen to keep cool as the Sicilian temperatures soar. (If you're here in winter, stay ahead of the game with cashmere and a raincoat.)
- Top table Breakfast out on the patio if it’s sunny, or in the library if it’s wet and windy.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 8.30am until 10am.
- Room service None.
- Hotel bar There isn’t a bar, just a white Smeg fridge tucked away next to the library stocked with free-for-all still, sparkling and flavoured mineral water. There’s also a Nespresso machine for endless espressos.