Locanda Don Serafino, Ragusa Ibla
Locanda Don Serafino is a characterful boutique hotel that opened in 2004 in the UNESCO-listed Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla, amid the Hyblaean mountains. It occupies a historic building where contemporary design and modern technology meet striking original features, such as exposed limestone vaults, natural stone walls, and a staircase cut into the rock.
The hotel is managed by the La Rosa family, a pioneer in implementing the boutique hotel format and a slower form of tourism in the area.
The hotel has 11 attractive rooms, all located only steps from the restaurant Don Serafino except the Luxury Suite, which is right above it and features a private garden with an outdoor jacuzzi.
There are six different room types; top of the range suites are carved in the stone and decorated with design elements, creating a truly atmospheric ambiance. Each room is individually styled with bespoke furniture, soft Sicilian palettes, and gorgeous textiles. All come well equipped with Simmons Privilege beds, minibar, and TV with Sky, while the spacious bathrooms come with a fabulous power shower or bathtub and lush toiletries by Sicilian brand Ortigia.
For those who prefer to stay close to the sea, Locanda Serafino offers also seven independent villas in Marina di Ragusa, near the beach club. Each villa is self-catering and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen with a living area. The décor is elegant and contemporary, with wood and glass featuring heavily. All have a private garden with a swimming pool and an outdoor jacuzzi on the roof terrace, where guests can soak in the beautiful Sicilian sunsets.
Dogs are welcomed at Locanda Don Serafino and receive a special kit with anything from daily portions of food to soft pillows and toys.
Historic Beach Club
The hotel has also a glamorous beach club, Lido Azzurro 1953 da Serafino, originally founded by the owners’ father back in the 1950s. It’s in Marina di Ragusa, one of the most popular seaside resorts in southeastern Sicily, a 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Neat rows of loungers and white parasols spread over a long stretch of soft, golden sand, offering an excellent place for swimming and sunbathing. The on-site restaurant is perfect for relaxing, feet-in-the-sand dining with tasty dishes, excellent pizzas, and a well-stocked cellar with over 450 wine labels.
Food & Drink
Locanda Don Serafino is housed in the former stables of the beautiful Church of Miracles, just a few meters from the hotel; its softly-lift vaulted rooms are completely carved in the rock and serve as a theatrical backdrop for Chef Vincenzo Candiano’s Michelin-starred cuisine, one of the best in the region. The emphasis is on locally-sourced ingredients and Mediterranean fish, creating incredibly tempting dishes that pay homage to Sicily and the Hyblaean territory.
The restaurant’s wine cellar is an attraction in itself, boasting over 1600 national and international labels. It’s helmed by a knowledgeable sommelier who provides excellent guided tours and tastings. An excellent spirits menu and cigar list complete the restaurant’s offering.
Breakfast is a lazy affair to be enjoyed until late in the morning, with a wide selection of homemade cakes, jams, cheeses, meats, and vegetables. Gluten-free options are also available.
Historic boutique retreat
11 Rooms and Suites
Restaurant • Bar
Private Beach • Wi-Fi Internet
You can book directly with hotel or take advantage of Tales Concierge. Best Available Rate is always guaranteed.
Amenities you get when booking with Tales Hotels Collection
- Welcome drink at check-in
- Valet service
- Cadeau of the chef
Points of View
Staying in Ragusa Ibla
In the heart of the Hyblaean mountains, Ragusa is one of the eight towns that make up the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, a major UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily. Ibla is the heart of Ragusa’s historic center, a feast of scenic alleys, precious churches, and ancient palaces brimming with baroque decorations. The view of Ragusa Ibla from the Church of Santa Maria Delle Scale is not to miss.