Siracusa|1.11km from downtownI travel and alone most the time . I chose this hotel because of location to the train station and PRICE . There are hundreds of hotels to stay in . Most you will need a taxi to get to . Sicily was here before Jesus and like most of Italy you visit to see the sights . As for being safe I had absolutely no problems . As for being dirty and run down I’ve been in much worse at the Holiday Inn USA . I’m in my room to sleep and the mattress was a comfortable memory foam that let me sleep better than my Sealy Posturepedic at home . The staff was more than professional and very polite . The breakfast was much better than most in Sicily . Remember what I said about cost ? The breakfast is good and yes there are hotels with better food but it should be a fast quick meal because you know you can’t wait to sit along side a street for lunch so it’s way more than sufficient. A 24 hour desk is better than many in Sicily should you have a problem . As for the noise so many complaints were about ? Italy can be noisy but I didn’t need ear plugs . The TV ? It had CNN but I came here to get away from the USA and not worry about the blunders I’m missing out on . There is a Hop on Bus just a few blocks away and at 5 euros all day it’s a great bargain . Sit on the right side of the bus as you will see better at most sights HOWEVER get off the bus at the sights you want to see . It’s a bargain and my hotel desk clerk told me to hop on board . So complain about a bargain or enjoy Siracusa. The choice is yours but I am a world traveler and I have no problem recommending this hotel . Remember that you can spend much more and by doing so you may feel obligated to stay in your room on most of your visit because you paid too much . It is a 5 minute walk from the train station and about a 15 minute walk to the center of Ortigia. The island is just not that big and this hotel is plenty close and just fine fir your stay .