Specialists in Southern Italy, Sicily & Sardinia

Quick Search

Region All Regions
Collection Any
Property Type Any
Month Any

Locanda Don Serafino

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers
4 * Hotel in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily
Price from Loading... Per Person

Stay in the heart of enchanting Ragusa Ibla. Eat the best modern 2 Michelin star Sicilian cuisine. No run-of-the-mill hotel, this small & quirky B&B has made an ingenious use of space and is full of character and atmosphere. Foodie heaven a stroll away!

Clinging to a steep ravine, the breathtaking higgledy-piggledy jumble of Ragusa Ibla, teeming with Baroque jewels and Michelin stars, is a gourmet paradise, especially Locanda Don Serafino’s 2 Michelin star restaurant, not far from the hotel.

Ragusa Superiore is on the other side of the gorge, but it is Ragusa Ibla, tumbling down the ravine in picturesque disarray, which attracts the most visitors. It has 18 buildings protected by UNESCO, an extraordinary number for such a small town. Stunning palazzi and churches, narrow winding streets and a relaxed pace of life make Ragusa Ibla the perfect historic town to wander around, enjoying a gentle passeggiata, as well as some serious sightseeing, in the daytime or in the evening. It certainly is a jewel and, viewed from a distance, it is breathtaking, so Ragusa Superiore is well worth visiting too. Apart from the Baroque architecture and great shopping there, the view across the gorge from Superiore to Ibla is one of the most stunning and unforgettable sights ever. There are steps and a path to take you between the two, if you are really energetic. Otherwise, taxis are freely available.

Nowadays, apart from the Baroque, Ragusa is well known for its gourmet food. There are two restaurants in Ragusa Ibla with two Michelin stars, which is quite something for a small town, especially in Sicily. Actually, needless to say, the usual trattorie and typical restaurants are superb too, because local cuisine is so delicious, but, if you are looking for a “gourmet” break, Ragusa will fit the bill for you. Locanda Don Serafino’s restaurant is actually our favourite. Honestly, we don’t usually use Michelin as our yardstick for delicious food, far from it – we’ve eaten in too many simply delicious and incredible trattorie, agritourisms and less celebrated but fantastic hotels to be impressed by a few dots and stripes of food on a plate! However, in this case, don’t worry that it’s all fuss and no flavour – with Ragusan cuisine and seasonality as its inspiration, the dishes served at Locanda Don Serafino are flavoursome and inspired, worth every penny and, we’re almost reluctant to admit, absolutely wonderful. Long Travel clients get a discount, too, so what could be better?

Hotel Locanda Don Serafino, in one of the narrow streets in the heart of historic Ibla (about a 10 minute walk from the restaurant -15 minutes on the way back!), is a type of “albergo diffuso”. A typical stone house and adjoining cottages are entered immediately off the street and provide guests with unusual, even quirky, accommodation. This is no normal B&B. It is small and dinky and completely governed by the architecture of the buildings. It is full of character and feels informal, with service to match. You should not be surprised at roughly hewn stone arches, an incredibly steep and uneven stairway spiralling up from reception, lots of exposed stone and even bare rock face and low headroom in places. The plumbing can be rather “eccentric” and it’s not the hotel to choose if you are inclined to dismiss the perfumes of antiquity as damp – you just can’t put a damp course in a cliff face, for goodness sake! There is no outside space, but there is a charming sitting room, carved out of rock. Each room has a character of its own and nothing is standard. We actually love it because of all these things, not in spite of them.

Ragusa is less than half an hour from Comiso airport and only one and a half hours from Catania airport, so is a perfect choice for a break, or for the start or end of a Sicilian itinerary. Part of the Val di Noto UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a great base for exploring, within easy striking distance of so many interesting and beautiful Baroque towns. Modica, reached within half an hour, is fabulous, with tiers of houses spreading up a steep ravine, like layers of a cake, and churches dominating the skyline. Scicli, also only half an hour away, is one of Sicily’s greatest secrets and a favourite of ours. Set in a gorge, with wonderful churches and noble palazzi, it has a special atmosphere. In fact, the fictional police station of Inspector Montalbano is actually in Scicli. This area is real “Montalbano” country and many of the scenes were filmed in and around Ragusa. You will see why – such spectacular scenery just can’t be beaten. Noto is just over an hour away and the fantastic ceramics town of Caltagirone is just less than an hour.

Stunning “Blue Flag” beaches at Marina di Ragusa and along the south east coast are less than half an hour’s drive.Apart from the famous Locanda Don Serafino restaurant in Ragusa Ibla, the hotel has a beachfront restaurant and lido in Marina di Ragusa, which is about 25km away and has a long beach of fine golden sand. The Lido Azzurro restaurant is very tempting, with its delicious salads, pastas and freshest of fresh fish. It is the perfect place for a day at the beach, with a long, lazy lunch, or for a romantic dinner to the sound of the waves. Whichever you choose, Locanda Don Serafino’s guests are always particularly welcome, of course.

Locanda Don Serafino is a must for foodies and for those wanting something a bit different, in the very heart of Ragusa Ibla.

Review

Rock barrel ceilings, bathroom large with rock walls, floor had area covered in glass/acrylic that looked down at ruins under room. Tony helped with bags, parked our car, and gave great directions to the Ragusa Marina beach and beach club. He was a character who added so much to the whole experience. The other staff members also very welcoming and helpful. Nice common area with internet available. Breakfast had plenty of options. The experience of staying at Locanda Don Serafina clearly worth the trip to Ragusa. – Killian, Cleveland

Price/Offers

*Offers subject to availability and terms and conditions.

January

  • Was £344
  • From £343

February

  • Was £344
  • From £343

March

  • Was £408
  • From £403

April

  • Was £525
  • From £519

May

  • Was £525
  • From £519

June

  • Was £408
  • From £403

July

  • Was £408
  • From £403

August

  • Was £525
  • From £519

September

  • Was £525
  • From £519

October

  • Was £525
  • From £519

November

  • Was £344
  • From £343

December

  • Was £344
  • From £343

All prices are ‘from prices’ and can fluctuate during each month. All prices are subject to change/amendment. Prices are stated as per person, per week (based on 2 sharing, single supplements apply) and are inclusive of transfers. Flights can also be booked, allowing you to benefit from our ATOL protection.

Whilst weekly prices are shown, our holidays are tailor made and individual nights can be booked at many of our properties. Please call us or use the Enquire Now button above for our latest prices & availability.

Features

  • 11 rooms, all en-suite
  • All rooms have air-conditioning / heating
  • Some rooms have independent access & exit straight onto street
  • All rooms have hairdryer
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Bar service available 
  • On street free parking (there is one space outside the hotel for loading/unloading luggage)
  • Special deal for restaurant
  • Special deal for lido, €12 per person to include use of a deckchair & umbrella
  • Satellite television

Rooms

Hotel Locanda Don Serafino, in one of the narrow streets in the heart of historic Ibla (about a 10 minute walk from the restaurant -15 minutes on the way back!), is a type of “albergo diffuso”. A typical stone house and adjoining cottages are entered immediately off the street and provide guests with unusual, even quirky, accommodation. This is no normal B&B. It is small and dinky and completely governed by the architecture of the buildings. It is full of character and feels informal, with service to match. You should not be surprised at roughly hewn stone arches, an incredibly steep and uneven stairway spiralling up from reception, lots of exposed stone and even bare rock face and low headroom in places. The plumbing can be rather “eccentric” and it’s not the hotel to choose if you are inclined to dismiss the perfumes of antiquity as damp – you just can’t put a damp course in a cliff face, for goodness sake! There is no outside space, but there is a charming sitting room, carved out of rock. Each room has a character of its own and nothing is standard. We actually love it because of all these things, not in spite of them.

STANDARD ROOMS No. 3, 4 & 7
The smallest rooms in the house. No. 3 & No. 4 have queen-size beds. Room No. 7 is the smallest and only has a French bed. They all have fairly tiny shower rooms, where you even sometimes walk through the shower to get to the loo! No. 4 is the best of the bunch of three, although there is low headroom above the loo, so duck!

SUPERIOR ROOMS No. 1 & 2
Worth that bit extra, as they are definitely more spacious than the standard rooms. It is possible to accommodate an extra single bed in No. 1. Both superior rooms have bath with hand shower.

JUNIOR SUITES No. 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10
Undoubtedly worth paying even more, as they are definitely more spacious than the standard rooms and more interesting. Rooms No. 5 & 6 have a sofa-bed and No. 10 can accommodate an extra single bed. Other features to help your choice are below.

No. 5 – on the 1st floor with views over rooftops to surrounding hills. Has a sofa-bed.  
No. 6 – on the 1st floor with views over rooftops to surrounding hills, on two floors. Has a sofa-bed. 
No. 8 – pretty special & unusual, independent access, excavated out of the rock, very spacious, little natural light only from glazed door, bathroom with huge bath right under the rock face – we think the most romantic and our favourite, but not for you if you can’t bear a bit of humidity.
No. 9 – equipped for the disabled in the en-suite.
No. 10 – on the 1st floor with space for an extra bed. 

Location

Reviews

Rock barrel ceilings, bathroom large with rock walls, floor had area covered in glass/acrylic that looked down at ruins under room. Tony helped with bags, parked our car, and gave great directions to the Ragusa Marina beach and beach club. He was a character who added so much to the whole experience. The other staff members also very welcoming and helpful. Nice common area with internet available. Breakfast had plenty of options. The experience of staying at Locanda Don Serafina clearly worth the trip to Ragusa. – Killian, Cleveland

Extra Information

Available Board Basis
B&B
Nearest Airport(s)
35 mins
1 hr 30 mins
3 hr 50 mins
Nearest Town: Ragusa Ibla
Places of Interest: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa Superiore, Modica, Scicli, Donna Fugata
Distance to Coast: Approx. 40 minutes
Internet Access: Yes
Swimming Pool: No
Restaurant: Yes
Start My Holiday!