Need to know
Seven, including one suite.
10.30 am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Let the hotel know if you're planning on arriving late, as the reception is closed after 9pm.
Double rooms from $193.85 (€173), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person on check-out.
Rates include a buffet breakfast and free parking.
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).
3 November to 25 December 2014 and 6 January to 11 March 2015.
At the hotel
Terrace, library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, air-conditioning, free bottled water and Ortigia bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the seven rooms is 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.
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.
Smoking is permitted on balconies and the terrace. Two-night minimum stay.
A baby cot (€50 a night, for each child) or an extra bed (€100 a night, for each guest) can be added to some rooms. A babysitter is €15 an hour (book a day ahead).