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Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Simple, quaint and highly individual, Hotel Gutkowski is the kind of place real travellers are hoping to find.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Situated in two waterfront buildings that date from the 1800’s, these premises were once occupied by craftsmen and fishermen and Paola Gutkowski, the owner, has tapped into this utilitarian ethos to create a uniquely simple and stylish place.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Situated on the Lungomare Di Levante, a waterfront promenade that runs along the old sea wall, Hotel Gutkowski resides on Ortygia, the tiny island that constitutes the very attractive historic heart of Sicily's famous Syracuse.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

All of the 25 guest rooms are different. What they all have in common is an aesthetic that keeps to the utilitarian nature of the building’s history; an elegantly sparse decor that is perfect for the place and for the climate (hot).

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Situated on the ground floor, as part of the restaurant, the bar is tiny and discreet but large enough to serve cappuccinos in the morning and aperitivo in the evening.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Open six nights a week (not on Sunday), the restaurant is just like the hotel: small, congenial and stylish in a sophisticated but pared down manner. Since it opened, it has become one of the most recommended places to eat in town.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

From the two terraces and from many of the rooms the view is of the sea. The Mediterranean laps against the ancient sea wall directly in front of the hotel.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Tiled floors, linen sheets, rustic wooden furniture and select contemporary design pieces define the timeless and very appropriate design signature of the guest rooms.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Brightly painted tailgates from old wooden donkey carts work as ‘art’ on the otherwise white walls of the restaurant. It's an inspired touch that is typical of the owner's distinct aesthetic approach.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

There's a small living room adjacent to the reception where guests like to settle with a book and a coffee prior to leaving on the usual quest to explore this charismatic old city.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

A steel staircase connects the various floors. It's a welcome bit of brutal modernism that adds a bit more character to a hotel that already has plenty of it.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

On the second floor there's a terrace that looks out onto the sea. It's very popular with guests as a location for aperitivo in the evening.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

The handsome stone building dates from the 1800's when it was used by fishermen and craftsmen.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

The town has a beach, of sorts, which consists of a series of platforms that stick out into the emerald waters of the sea. It is within easy walking distance from the hotel.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

An Eames chair is mixed with a locally made daybed and a simple metal cafe chair. This eclectic style mix is very much the signature of the proprietor, Paola Gutkowski, a person as individual as the hotel she has created.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

The consistent thread that runs through all of the 25 very different guest rooms is the stylish sense of simplicity that is so appropriate to the location and to the weather. In the heat you do not want ‘fancy’.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

In Australia, there's a pub on every corner, in Paris there's a pharmacy on every corner and in Ortygia, the historic centre of Syracuse, there's a magnificent church on every corner. Praying and fishing seem to go well together.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

A small lobby in the original of the hotel's two buildings sticks to the formula of casually but carefully crafted still lives.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Rooms exude a sense of cool; both in terms of style as well as temperature.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

Ortygia is a wonderfully atmospheric place. UNESCO Heritage funding has helped revive this ancient gem that has been at the crossroads of civilisation since before the Romans.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

At sunrise the Med is like a mirror. The stillness is a precursor to the inevitable heat that will build during the day.

Daily Travel Inspiration: 6 May 2015

Hotel Gutkowski


Italy

This is the ‘still life’ you wake up to every morning. Why would you want to be anywhere else?

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