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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.