About Design 4 Rooms in Ortigia
From the parking to our B&B in Ortigia there is a few minutes’ walk (5 to 10). It is very short but if you are carrying lots of luggage then you better call a taxi.
Design 4 Rooms is taken care by a Sicilian man, Paolo. Upon our arrival he helped us with our luggage. The hotel property, probably built in the early 1900s, was on the 3rd floor. It didn’t have a lift; I guess that is quite common in the Ortigia city centre.
He served us some coffee and we were then given a coupon for breakfast the next day at the Apollo bar.
I liked the house immediately. I loved the design!!! It has been renovated tastefully in both a classic and modern style. It has a hall area, a small shared kitchen, and 4 rooms, each of which are labelled with its own name: Legno, Pietra, Ceramica, and Ferro. (Wood, Stone, Ceramic, and Iron). Consequently each has its own specific characteristics linked to its name. Ours was wood.
Our room was tastefully furnished. The bed and the pillows were comfortable and even the toilet was beautiful. The kitchen had a coffee machine, tea bags, and cookies and we could use it at any time. What we loved even more was the fact that when we opened our balcony door there was a typical daily market that made us feel like we were inside the heart of Sicilian life. If you are a light sleeper, then don’t forget your ear plugs because like everywhere in the world, markets start quite early in the morning.
Thankfully we didn’t hear any noise until 8.30 am. We were very tired from the journey and the excursions in Ortigia Island so we slept solidly.
A brief note about the owner of our B&B in Ortigia
B&B Design 4 Rooms in Ortigia is owned by Crisistiano Fossi; we met him before leaving for the Apollo Bar for Breakfast. Quite an interesting person! He speaks both English and Italian. He got his degree at Accademia delle Belle Arti (College of Fine Arts) in Rome but then had to study nursing in order to find a job. With the help of his background studies, he designed the B&B together with his life partner.
Such talented people they are!!! Some of this furniture moreover was designed by them, therefore they are unique pieces that you won’t see elsewhere. All the paintings were done by Cristiano, if I’m not mistaken they are for sale.
Insider parking tip when visiting Ortigia Island in Siracusa
We drove from Portopalo di Capo Passero to Ortigia (the tourist centre of Siracusa) and our only concern was the parking. If you are a first time traveler to Sicily you might not realize that parking is a big issue in the region.
Fortunately, the owner of our hotel in Siracusa sent a message advising us to park at the TALETE garage. Considering that we were in one of the most popular touristic centres of Sicily I could never expect to find such a comfortable car stall in Ortigia!!! The daily and weekly fees were even acceptable: € 10 per day and € 30 per week.
Besides the beautiful decor, B&B Design 4 Rooms is also characterized by a great location: very close to the parking, at the entrance of the heart of the city centre of Ortigia, and right beside the market.
We stayed in Design 4 Rooms for 2 nights and let me say that if we ever go back to Ortigia, this is certainly the place I will choose for us since it has extremely satisfactory quality price index
November 27, 2018 at 10:07 am
This place looks perfect! I’ll have to check it out if I’m ever in the area.
November 27, 2018 at 11:34 am
Hotel photos are also huge for me. I always scroll through them all before making a decision. Looks like you made a great choice here!
November 27, 2018 at 11:41 am
Since I'm a backpacker I always stay at hostels and couchsurfing houses. But seeing this designs make me spend money to stay there!
November 27, 2018 at 12:11 pm
Looks incredible. Would love to stay here one day! First I'd have to figure out where Ortigia is though – never heard of it before lol!
Me With My Suitcase
November 27, 2018 at 3:28 pm
ahhhaa! that is very bad! Figure it out right now and let me know!
November 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm
I do agree with you! This place is cozy and has a well-planned interior! I would definitely hit the reserve button too!
November 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm
That's a hotel I'd book too, I guess. I too, go fist by advertised pictures and the warm colored interior is inviting.
November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm
I can totally understand why you booked this hotel. The pictures and interior are somewhat relaxing, and the paintings are really cool too.
November 27, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Interesting design concepts, especially the green striped bathroom! Definitely worth a stay there!
November 27, 2018 at 9:41 pm
What a lovely place to rest and enjoy Ortigia.
The small details make the difference to decide between one place and another. I loved it!
November 27, 2018 at 11:46 pm
We just recently remodeled our apartment. Wish i had this kind of motivation to guide me.. lol. Dont get me wrong, our apartment came out great but these designs are wonderful
November 28, 2018 at 3:08 am
I’m going on to Sicily late next year. Thanks for this information, I’ll have to check it out!
November 28, 2018 at 8:13 am
Looks like a nice cozy hotel to take a break and relax. I like the frames that you have captured.
Emilio Marcos Sierra
November 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm
This looks a really nice hotel! I love your pictures, keep it up!
November 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm
It does look really cool. I love it when a hotel makes a bit of effort to get the aesthetics right.
November 28, 2018 at 3:50 pm
Your review and the depiction of hotel in Sicily tells all. With magnificent interiors this is a great place to stay.
Esther Garcia Sagrado
November 28, 2018 at 7:33 pm
I will definitely check out this place when in Sicily. Thanks for sharing.
November 29, 2018 at 1:42 am
That is a B&B?? Wow! Very modern looking. I wouldn't even have thought Sicily from the interior. Light sleeper? Hah! I can sleep through anything. I'm from NYC lol and the market sounds would be very soothing for me. is paintings are really good. Impressive!
November 29, 2018 at 4:23 am
Looks like a beautiful cozy place to stay. I love the way it has been tastefully designed.
November 29, 2018 at 7:17 am
This place looks awesome. the rooms are very well-organised. love the chairs
The Travel Bunny
November 29, 2018 at 9:13 am
I really like the look of the room. It seems warm and cosy and comfortable.
November 29, 2018 at 9:19 am
This looks like an amazing place to stay! I sure wouldn't mind spending a few days here
World of Faz
November 29, 2018 at 10:28 am
This is really nice, the design is simple yet artistic and gives this sort of relaxing feeling. I really like it.
Navita | Backpacking Series
November 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm
The place has been done up really well. Its trendy, arty and colorful. Just perfect combination when you are traveling and want to come back to a comfortable stay. Thanks for introducing this hotel in Ortigia.
November 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm
The place looks really nice! I love Sicily so when I go to Ortigia I'll know about a lovely place! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
November 29, 2018 at 4:07 pm
I know the feeling when you hate to check out because your accommodation is just perfect; it's like Murphy's law: the nicer the hotel, the shorter the stay. Anyway, the design is so fun – it looks like a European living room from the 1970s – loving it!
November 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm
This looks like such an authentic stay and I love it when the owners help to design the space to make it personal to them; it certainly makes a difference to the look and feel. This is reason alone to choose a place like this to stay rather than a boring corporate hotel.
Thanks for sharing,
November 30, 2018 at 3:14 am
You are so right about the competition! It is indeed brutal, and it can be especially hard for small businesses in historical or culturally rich areas. They have to weigh between having updated accommodations, and keeping locals happy, as many locals like to have the old feel in their towns. They did a wonderful job!