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Hotel Pomara
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Vittorio Veneto 84, 95041 San Michele di Ganzaria, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Vienna, Austria
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13 hotel reviews
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“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

The restaurant is excellent and Johnny the waiter is a scream.
Our food was delicious. I really appreciated the pool and wifi in the room.
I thouhgt the staff were really professional.
We had a wonderful pizza in the local place and the best ice cream of our trip at a very unassuming place down the street.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Good location if you plan to visit Caltagirone and Vila Romana.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

We picked this hotel as a central place to explore the south east of Sicily. Whilst there we drove west as far as Agrigento and east to Siracusa. Main roads are generally good but road signs often just disappear completely - be prepared to get lost.

That said, we had no trouble finding the hotel once in San Michele, as mentioned in other reviews it is up a steep hill and behind the hotel restaurant which you come to first. Ample parking (although you may have to park round the side when the restaurant's busy) and then up the stairs into the hotel lobby. Staff were friendly and check-in was straight forward. Slight mix up on the room configuration but sorted immediately at the desk. The room was large if basic but had sufficient storage space. Bathroom was large and facilities fine, shower a little small for some. I found the bed to be quite hard.
The fridge couldn't be plugged in as the cable was too short to reach the socket. Air conditioning worked very well as did the free wifi probably because one of the routers was right outside our door on the first floor.
Excellent views over the countryside from the rooms at the front of the hotel which had a small balcony, table and chair, those at the back didn't have a view at all.
Buffet breakfast was fruit juice, tea and coffee, rolls and jam, meat and cheese and was served in the hotel. Dinner was available at reasonable prices in the restaurant which opened at 8pm most nights. The food was very good even when they were very busy which seemed to be every night! We found in most places in Sicily that the choice is virtually the same everywhere. A couple of evenings we ventured out - twice to a restaurant about 4km east and once to the local pizzeria just down the road.
The staff were most accommodating and once you start talking to Mr Pomara and family (we found French easiest) then they are most interested in where you are going etc etc, and they appreciate you're trying out your Italian/Sicilian on them.
All in all an agreeable hotel in a place where choice is limited.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Island of Gozo, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

Hotel Pomara is situated minutes away from Caltagirone (famous for it's ceramics) and Piazza Armerina (Villa dei Casali world heritage in mosaic). In this sleepy hamlet of San Michele, it all started as a Restaurant which attracted people from all over Sicily . Eventually the hotel was built to accomodate diners who found the food to be excellent. I always judge a place by the number of locals who return and this Restaurant is a must as it boasts an excellent sicilian cuisine at affordable prices. The Hotel , well managed by Mr Davide Pomara and family is squeaky clean and offers travellers a comfortable stay . A well kept swimming pool offers a relaxing stay and a panorama of the undulating hills surrounding it. We are a group of bikers and have made Hotel Pomara a second home for our trips in Sicily.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

Located in a small town about 30 miles from Catania, with great views of the countryside. A car is probably essential, though driving in Sicily can be an 'interesting experience' for drivers from other European countries such as the UK. There is plenty of free parking at the hotel. The hotel has large, though basic, clean rooms. The rooms all have air conditioning, which is vital in August. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast is fine. The week I was there had a private function on six of the seven nights, but this did not disturb me in any way. The best asset is the swimming pool. It is large, clean and in a great setting with plenty of sun loungers.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

Our family based ourselves here to tour Eastern Sicily and found the Hotel Pomara very suitable. Rooms were large and clean if a little Spartan. We had some problems with noise from the corridor outside, but solved it with a towel stuffed into the crack. But aside from these quibbles we found the staff friendly, the large outside pool wonderful and dinner (we went the fixed menu) in the restaurant one of the best on our trip.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

This is a good value mid range hotel in a small village not far from Caltagirone (well worth a visit in its own right).

The rooms were large, very clean and had a large balcony with extensive views over a verdant valley. The bathrooms were functional rather than luxurious. Likewise the room.

There was a major celebration the night we stayed with the sounds of very enthusiastic and happy children playing late into the evening. I cannot imagine this is a nightly occurance, but it does highlight the popularity of this hotel and restaurant in the locale.

We ate at the hotel and had an excellent meal, very reasonably priced. Our meal was cooked in a wood fired oven and was cooked to perfection. The breakfast, which was included in the rate was good - again nothing "fancy", but more than met our needs.

We enjoyed our stay and thought the hotel represented excellent price value.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 84, 95041 San Michele di Ganzaria, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > San Michele di Ganzaria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in San Michele di Ganzaria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pomara 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where the civilization of the eastern Sicily meet the western, there rises the Pomara Hotel, a few kilometres from Caltagirone, "City of Ceramics", and Piazza Armerina, famous for "Villa del Casale" mosaics". The Hotel Pomara, modern in its structure, elegant in its figure and full of comfort, has 39 bedrooms, all with private bath, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, air conditioning, cable radio, color TV, mini bar. The hotel Pomara has also a swimmig pool and a very good Kitchen. ... more   less 
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Hotel Pomara Sicily/San Michele Di Ganzaria

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