Be Home is a design apartment, recently renovated, in the historic center of Syracuse. It is made up of an living room/ kitchen with a comfortable sofa bed, a bedroom, a bathroom with shower with chromotherapy and a splendid terrace is ideal for couples and young families who want to explore the city and enjoy a nice apartment in complete privacy.
A few meters from the house in fact, are the main monuments that have made Ortigia famous worldwide as Piazza Duomo, Piazza Archimede or the Arethusa's Spring.
Nous avons séjourné 3 nuits en février dans cet appartement et gardons une bonne impression générale. Très bien situé au centre d'Ortigia, tout est accessible à pied sans aucun problème. Environnement calme. L'appartement est confortable heureusement la climatisation sert aussi de chauffage, l'appartement était très froid à notre arrivée (il aurait été agréable qu'il soit chauffé avant) .
L'accueil était très correct.
Juste une remarque, la connection internet via le WIFI est très faible voir impossible en soirée, mieux le matin. Le "Wifi pocket" qui dessert l'appartement mériterait d'être remplacé.
C'est un endroit que nous n'hésiterons pas à recommander.
Host is very nice, very welcoming and informative. The place is very central, clean and modern. Parking is very close. Highly recommended.
We rented Davis' place for three nights in late October. There was good communication prior to, and during, our stay. Now for some info.
It is clean. The apartment is in a great location -- away from all of the tourist stuff but close enough so that walking to sites and restaurants is not a burden at all. The apartment has a nice balcony that overlooks a courtyard/parking lot. The bed is comfortable and the kitchen has pretty much everything you'll need for a stay. It is much smaller than I expected, but fine for two people. The wi-fi worked well while we were there. It's a cool little place. Davis gave us some good restaurant suggestions and they were good.
The Not So Good:
The apartment lacks some things that I think Davis overlooked. For example, there are hangers, but nowhere to hang them in the closet. There is no mirror except the one over the bathroom sink. The towels are small. The lighting in the bathroom is limited to a small set over the toilet/bidet - nothing over the sink - and one bulb was out. The lighting over the kitchen counter was missing a bulb and another one didn't work until I screwed it in -- Davis, you need to pay attention. The lighted shower looked nice but the water pressure isn't the greatest. We turned on the heat and oven at the same time and blew a circuit. Davis responded well but told us that we should not try that again because the circuitry is limited. The apartment entry door squeaked BADLY. Davis, please fix that. Also, one A/C-heater remote control didn't have batteries so we had to use one for both units and the TV remote didn't work, but that wasn't an issue for us as we didn't use it.
We had a very nice time in Siracusa and it was nice to come back to an apartment instead of a hotel. If you can overlook some of the things that affected us you'll like it here.
Schöne Wohnung an Toplage mit Balkon, voll ausgestatteter Küche. Grundsätzlich auch sehr sauber. Badezimmer leider eher von minderer Qualität. Netter Gastgeber.
This was quite easily the worst experience I have encountered with Airbnb.
Where do I start- no hot water for 3 out of our 4 mornings in the property. A " techi" came to look at the boiler twice but never sorted the problem out permanently. The bathroom itself was a huge letdown - the light therapy business was ultimately pointless, as the water pressure was not strong enough for it to work. The normal shower head worked OK but the floor was disgraceful - full of mould in the corners and quite grim looking generally. The tap by the hand basin was broken - " my cleaner never mentioned that to me" Davis made some adjustment but as there was no hot water, it made no difference.
WiFi was via a Webpocket 3 dongle, shared with the apartment across the way. The signal was non- existent; I used my own mobile network or wifi from the local cafes most of the time.
There was a fusty, stale smell throughout the apartment too. The terrace was filthy and the the photo of the bedroom is inaccurate- the door was facing the bed and the furnishings are not the same.
There was no mineral water or anything in the fridge, and Davis didn't provide much in the way of local knowledge "the shops and restaurants are that way" no maps or anything were left in the apartment.
I would not advise anyone to stay here. Davis gave the impression of someone who wanted to take the money without really providing anything for it. The apartment flattered to deceive on so many fronts. Currently, I am trying to sort out compensation with Davis but so far, he is refusing to respond.
The problem with hot water came out on Sunday night, after a huge storm which seriously damaged the the boiler. I immediately called the technician and on Monday morning at 10 the problem was fixed. Unfortunately it broke again on Monday evening and again the technician came to fix it definitely the day after. So you have had the problem for 2 night and not for 3 days as you say. The tap handle was broken by the guests who left the day before but it worked properly. i don't think you would die using the tap without handle. The wifi is a free of charge service i give my guests. It will not be the top but it works decently for tourists needs. I gave you the terrace in perfect conditions. Of course after such a storm it was dirty. I don't know what's you problem with the bedroom. Did you sleep bad? I gave you suggestions about the area showing you how to reach the most important places, even without map, and I also gave you some tips about the restaurants (Osteria da Seby and the ones in Via Cavour where there is also a Supermarket). It is not true that I refused to respond to the compensation in fact I made you a counter offer.
I am sorry for the hot water issue but you know very well what I did to fix it immediately. It is not fair to denigrate me and the apartment only because you had that problem. If i was someone who wants to take the money without giving any service to my guests I would have a 1 star rating instead of 4,5 and 5 stars, do you agree?
I think you are that kind of people who want to take advantage of this issue to save some money on your holiday.
Beautiful flat right in the centre of Ortigia. We had a lovely stay in this nicely decorated flat which was very centrally located. There were a few light fixtures and quirks with the bathroom but they did not detract from our lovely stay in the flat.
El apartamento tenía varios fallos: el lavabo estaba mal colocado y en peligro de caerse; la ducha es pequeña ; el armario de la ropa estaba sin terminar y no tenía perchas... además, cuando llegamos era domingo y, con todas las tiendas cerradas, no había NADA en la casa para las primeras necesidades: ni agua, ni pan, sal, café, fruta o verdura... ni nada para la limpieza de la casa.
El lavabo estaba un poquito aislado de la pared pero po supuesto no había peligro de caerse (ha sido reparado enseguida). La ducha es 120 x 80 cm, no se si a tu casa la tienes mas grande. Te he traído las perchas del otro piso. En Ortigia hay muchas tiendas abiertas todos lo días, domingo incluido. El apartamento que has alquilado no es un Bed and Breakfast, que incluye el desayuno.
A parte de todo eso, la cosa que mas me molesta es que todo lo que has obtenido todo lo que me has preguntado y este es tu agradecimiento. Porquè no escribiste que te he hecho otra copia de las llaves de casa? Y que te comprè la cacerola y el pañuelo que me pediste? Y el check out a las 14 en lugar de las 10, mudandote al otro piso gratis?
The sink was a bit isolated from the wall but for sure there was no danger of falling (it has been repaired immediately) The shower is 120 x 80 cm, don't know t if your home you have got it bigger. I brought the hangers from the other apartment. In Ortigia many shops open everyday, Sunday included. The apartment you rented is not a Bed and Breakfast, which includes breakfast.
Besides all that, the thing that bothers me is that all you've got everything you asked me and this is your thanks. Why did not you write that I've made another copy of the house keys? And I bought you the pan and handkerchief you asked? And what about the check out at 14 instead of 10, moving you to the other apartment for free?
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