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Hotel Novecento, Scicli - hotel review

Scicli is a charming small town in south-eastern Italy, with elegant Baroque buildings and interesting ruins and caves up on crags above the centre. Hotel Novecento, an elegant four-star hotel, is one of very few places to stay in Scicli. I visited for one night in April 2011.

About Hotel Novecento

Hotel Novecento is a small boutique hotel in a historic building which has been beautifully restored. It has a very attractive exterior and setting. Inside it is decorated with tasteful and elegant style, combining modernity and comfort without losing all of the building's historic character. The hotel has fewer than ten rooms, with a variety of room types. We booked a single room costing €79 and a superior double room at €119 for the night.

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Location

The hotel is in the historic centre of Scicli, by a bridge over a torrente, a stream bed. Just a few minutes' walk will take you through the heart of town, to the most scenic spots and the cafe tables of Via Penna. The hotel is a short walk from Scicli's main bus stop, and a manageable fifteen minutes' walk from the railway station. From the bus stop on Largo Gramsci, walk to the right along Corso Umberto I, then turn right up Via Aleardi. The hotel is a few yards up, on the corner with Via Dupre. From the railway station, walk up Corso Mazzini until its junction with Corso Umberto I, then turn left and follow the above directions.

This is a good convenient location for seeing Scicli on foot, and for public transport connections.

Hotel bedrooms

On arrival we were greeted by an English-speaking receptionist in the hotel's smart entrance hall, and shown to our rooms. Our two bedrooms were on the first floor, accessed by a flight of stairs (there was no lift; the receptionist helped with suitcases). My single room was at the back of the building and had a little outdoor terrace area with a table and chairs, hedged off by plants from a communal terrace. Both bedrooms had frescoed ceilings and stylish modern décor. My room was a very generous size, attractively lit and presented, with pale wood fittings. Furnishings included a mini-bar, flat-screen television, wardrobe, suitcase stand, a small safe, spare pillow, bedside table unit and a large mirror. The room was well-equipped for working, with a desk, a comfortable chair, an adjustable overhead lamp and a convenient electricity socket. There was another convenient plug by the bed as well, ideal for charging a mobile phone overnight. The rooms were equipped with both air conditioning and heating, and I found the temperature just right on a cool April night. The bedroom doors required electronic room keys, which I usually find annoyingly awkward, but here they worked every time. When we arrived we found little almond pastries laid out in our rooms for us, which was a very nice touch.

The double room was similarly furnished, and larger. It was at the front of the hotel, with a nice little balcony with views over the bridge and a ruined townhouse which must have property developers reaching for their wallets. Like the single room, it was a very comfortable space for spending waking hours as well as for sleeping.

The hotel bathrooms were excellent. Mine was a generous size, with a big cascading shower, very smart modern stylish fittings and plenty of room for a washkit. It was decorated richly with wood and copper glitter tiles. Toiletries were provided, along with a sewing kit and paper slippers.

Service and public spaces

On the first floor there was a small seating area, and the hotel - considering its size - had a good amount of public space on the ground floor, where there was a cafe-bar area and a nice little outdoor garden-terrace where we had tea, which was presented with more little almond pastries.

The hotel had a smart reception area, manned by friendly receptionists who spoke fluent English. When we arrived the hotel receptionist provided us with maps of Scicli, and there were also tourist booklets and glossy books available to read. The receptionist recommended a restaurant and rang ahead to book.

Breakfast

Breakfast at Hotel Novecento was very good. We ate in a pleasant breakfast room with a view out over the stream to another Baroque building opposite. The buffet included freshly-squeezed orange juice, pistachio pastries, ricotta cakes, a generous selection local cheeses for cutting, croissants and other pastries, strawberries and other fresh fruit, almond milk and bread rolls. A friendly waiter offered hot drinks; there was also hot water for guests to make their own tea from a wide selection of flavours. A menu on the table offered extra food options, should the buffet not be sufficient. When we were finishing our ample breakfast, the waiter brought us some scorze di arancia (candied orange peel) as a little treat.

Recommendation

We really enjoyed our brief stay at Hotel Novecento, and if it had been possible, we would have spent longer there. Lovely Scicli and this charming small hotel was a really winning combination. I'd love to return, and would recommend the hotel to any travellers wanting to get off the beaten track and unwind, while enjoying a spot of luxury.

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More Scicli accommodation

> Palazzo Hedone, an elegant restored historic palazzo
> B&B Casa di Pam
> Le Dimore di Venti - holiday apartments
> Find accommodation in and around Scicli



Hotel Novecento review and photographs by Italy Heaven editor


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