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12 Charming Sicily Boutique Hotels (2023) You Won’t Want to Leave

Sicily could be my favourite part of Italy. This stunning island off the tip of Italy is all things Italian at their best – and a literal feast of aubergine, ricotta, cannoli and so many other foodie treats.

Plus Sicily has a volcano, beautiful waters for swimming, its own islands, wineries and stunning views.

Unsurprisingly, there are many delightful Sicily boutique hotels on offer. These ranges from one which is owned by a pop star to waterside locations to a lighthouse.

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The stunning Aeolian Islands

Best Sicily Boutique Hotels

This is quite a big island with many options for where to stay in Sicily. The two main towns are Palermo and Catania. However, many people choose to stay in some of the smaller towns, such as Syracuse and Taormina on the eastern side of the island and Trapani and Favignana island on the western side of the island.

The beautiful Aeolian islands take a bit of effort to reach but offer major rewards – particularly Salina and Stromboli.

Here are 12 fantastic Sicily Boutique Hotels.


⇒ Don’t miss reading my other posts on Sicily – the best things to do in Sicily, where to stay in Sicily and my Sicily Itinerary 7 Days.

1. Hotel Gutkowski in Syracuse

Hotel Gutkowski is a fantastic find. It is very reasonably priced at 110 pounds for a double it is beautifully minimalist. The location is fantastic – just on the edge of lovely Ortygia and across from the waterfront.

The restaurant at this boutique hotel in Sicily has a great restaurant where you can get dinner and a fab breakfast. The Hotel Gutkowski breakfast was the highlight of the breakfasts on my Sicily trip.

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The waterfront in Syracuse

The breakfast at Hotel Gutkowski Syracuse featured fresh local ingredients – tomatoes to die for, freshly boiled eggs, amazing juice, and great coffee.

The rooms at Hotel Gutkowski Sicily are lovely – minimalist and clean and as I was there in August I particularly appreciated the fantastic air conditioning.

This Syracuse boutique hotel has a great terrace serving Granite in the afternoon. I would highly recommend heading to some of the foodie/deli shops nearby and grabbing some local wine and cheese and meat and having pre-dinner drinks on the terrace – it is lovely.

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The lovely markets of Syracuse

The staff at this hotel in Sicily are very friendly and were very helpful in organizing transfers, walking tour options, Sicily tours and trips. And lovely Syracuse is a UNESCO world heritage site as well.

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2. Hotel Villa Angela in Taormina

Hotel Villa Angela is located up the hill from the old town of Taormina. It is a gorgeous Taormina hotel with the most amazing views. Every room at this Sicily boutique hotel has a stunning view.

This hotel in Taormina, Sicily, makes the most of its location with a lovely terrace near reception where you can have a sundowner and a lovely pool. The staff at Hotel Villa Angela Taormina is lovely – very friendly and helpful. They even organized my day trip to Mt Etna, one of the best things to do in Sicily.

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The view from Hotel Villa Angela

The rooms at this hotel in Sicily aren’t massive but are a good size and beautifully decorated. And each has a lovely balcony.

The hotel has a shuttle bus that goes down to the city gates once an hour and does a regular pickup. This was fantastically convenient. You do need to book the Hotel Villa Angela shuttle during peak times.

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Taormina is ridiculously photogenic

And a final fun fact – one of the owners of Hotel Villa Angela Sicily is the lead singer of the Simple Minds Jim Kerr. Apparently, he occasionally visits, so watch out for him when you stay!

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3. Hotel Signum in Salina

This hotel in Sicily had the most wonderful atmosphere – it was almost colonial. There was also a great-looking spa. This is the place to stay on Malfa.

The rooms at Hotel Signum are a mix of classic antique furniture with a bright and airy feel. Each room is named after the plants that thrive on the island of Salina.

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Hotel Signum courtyard

The restaurant at Hotel Signum is outstanding – do come and eat here even if you aren’t staying. Not only is the food terrific, but there is also a wonderfully magical atmosphere in the outside eating area.

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View from Hotel Signum

The service at Hotel Signum was fantastic – we ended up facebook friends with the food manager!

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4. Villa Carlotta in Taormina

In Taormina, stay in a turn-of-the-century villa carved into the cliffs at Villa Carlotta. Recently renovated, this beautiful Sicily boutique hotel is both elegant and informal and has amazing views over the Ionian Sea.

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Villa Carlotta Pool

Each of the 29 rooms at Villa Carlotta is unique and almost all of the rooms have balconies or panoramic terraces with sea views.

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Dining with a view at Villa Carlotta

5. The Ashbee Hotel in Taormina

For a more lavish experience in Taormina, check out the grand villa at The Ashbee Hotel. An English architect originally designed this stunning hotel, so it is a mix of Italian and classic quirky English design.

View from Hotel Ashbee Taormina
View from Hotel Ashbee

Each of the 24 rooms at this boutique hotel in Sicily is unique in decorations or paintings, or antique furniture. There are four classes of rooms ranging from classic to suites.

The pool at Hotel Ashbee Taormina
The pool at Hotel Ashbee Taormina

If you’re looking for a special meal, don’t miss the St George Restaurant by Heinz Beck and its exquisite tasting menu.

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6. Approdo Delle Sirene in Syracuse

Another great option on the waterfront in Syracuse is Approdo Delle Sirene. This boutique hotel in Syracuse is in a historic building overlooking a natural harbor on Ortigia island.

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Approdo Della Signa Sicily

Every room at Approdo Delle Sirene Sicily has a balcony with a sea view. Breakfast is served on the sea-views terrace.

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7. Gagliardi Boutique Hotel in Noto

Lovely little Noto is one of the most charming towns in Sicily. The unique Gagliardi Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Noto and is just a 6-minute walk from its lovely cathedral.

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Terrace at Gagliardi Noto

One of the key features of Gagliardi boutique hotel Sicily is its stunning terrace with stunning views of the town of Noto. The rooms themselves are large, bright and airy. The interior design is fresh and clean and beautifully complements the beautiful gardens of this boutique hotel.

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Room at Gagliardi in Noto

8. Capofaro on Salina

On Salina in the Aeolian Islands, you can stay in an old lighthouse in a winery at Capofaro. This stunning estate has 27 unique rooms, each with its garden and sea or garden view. The estate on this Sicily boutique hotel has 4.5 hectares of Malvasia vineyards (you MUST try this wine while you’re in Sicily).

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Capofaro Lighthouse

Capofaro’s signature lighthouse has six rooms and suites which overlook the sea and the mountains. All the rooms at Capofaro feature minimal architectural and interior design, a signature of the Aeolian islands.

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View over the gardens at Capofaro Sicily

This beautiful boutique hotel is also known for its wonderful restaurant, which features some of the best bread in Italy, its wines, and 70% of the vegetables come from gardens within the estate.

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9. Five Place Hotel in Trapani

If you want to feel like a local in Western Sicily, I highly recommend the Five Place Design Suite and Apartments. Located in the heart of Trapani, these modern apartments have a full kitchenette, separate bedroom, and separate bathroom. The living area is generous, with a large couch and a table for four. I loved my balcony, which faced the main street – a perfect place to watch life go by in Trapani.

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Five Place kitchen area

The bedroom is huge, and it has a second balcony and a tv. The design aesthetic is very modern, with steel grey with splashes of yellow and blue. The kitchenette has a hot plate, crockery, and cutlery. The bathroom is also a good size and has a walk-in shower.

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Five Place bedroom

Five Places has a reception area in the building that has everything you need, including a coffee machine The staff is very friendly and keen to help. They also offer great suggestions at reception or through a list in the room of restaurants and local sites.

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Five Place balcony

Breakfast is not provided, so guests can visit one of the many cute cafes in Trapani or do some grocery shopping and live like a local.

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10. Baglio Fontana in Buseto Palizzolo, Western Sicily

If you’re interested in an agri-tourism place to stay in Sicily, I highly recommend Baglio Fontana. This four-star hotel has been an active farm for over two centuries. There are 14 rooms, two of which are superior, and all have preserved the characteristics of the original farm building.

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baglio fontana

The design is a mixture of ancient Sicily and modern comforts. Many rooms have the original stone walls and tiled floors. The colors are light and the rooms feel simple and airy. Plus, they have wifi and air conditioning.

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baglio-fontana room

Baglio Fontana has a spa, a large outdoor pool, and an outstanding restaurant. Even if you don’t stay at Baglio Fontana, I highly recommend visiting their fantastic restaurant and enjoying their homemade pasta and the amazing caponata.

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baglio fontana caponata

Baglio Fontana is located between Trapani, Erice and Castellammare del Golfo.

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11. I Pretti Resort on Favignana

Favignana is the largest of the Egadi Islands off the Western Coast of Sicily. The Pretti hotel near the harbor is the perfect place to stay in Favignana. The hotel opened with 16 suites in 2010 in a building that was part of the Florio family’s tuna empire on Favignana.

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Most rooms at The Pretti are 48 square meters and have entrances from the hotel’s garden. They are decorated in a simple seaside style in fresh and neutral colors. Each suite has a unique design. The hotel also has two larger suites.

Pretti Favignana

The hotel also has a 2000 square meter Mediterranean garden courtyard, the Florio Lounge, and offers a wide range of massages.

Pretti Favignana
Pretti Favignana

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12. Tonnara di Scopello in Scopello, Western Sicily

If you want to stay somewhere special when visiting Sicily, I would highly recommend Tonnara di Scopello. Tonnara di Scopello is more like a little seaside village than a hotel. The spectacular stacks of Scopello rocks protect The Tonnara.

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Tonnara di Scopello from the sea

The Tonnara dates back to the 13th century. It was developed into a tiny seaside village between the 15th and 16th centuries. This is the base of the current hotel. In 1874 the Florio Family was awarded the Tonnara at a public auction and turned it into “Palazzina Florio.”

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tonnara di scopello

Tonnara di Scopello is made up of 15 apartments which all have sea views. Each apartment is unique and all have retained as much as possible of the original features. The interior design theme is fresh, simple and nautical.

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There is no direct catering, but there is a small store with food on the beach. There is also an open-air museum on the site detailing the history of fishing in the area.

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If you are not staying at the hotel, visiting one of its two beaches for 15 euros a day is possible. This will also give you a chair. Apparently, there are long queues in summer so get there early.

tonnaradiscopello view

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Getting to Sicily and Getting Around

The key airport on the east side of Sicily is CataniaPalermo is on the western side. Check out cheap flights to both here:

Flights to Catania

Flights to Palermo

Organise an airport pick up

I highly recommend hiring a car while in Sicily to get around. And if you’re already in Italy, did you know you can also get a train to Sicily?

Looking for some help with planning your trip to Sicily? Don’t miss my Sicily Itinerary 7 Days article covering the island’s east and west.

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The back streets of Santa Marina Salina

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