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“Good service and nice staff” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Borgo Verde Hotel
Ranked #31 of 50 Hotels in Catania
Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good service and nice staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

We stayed at Borgo Verde three days. What a friendly staff, they greeted us warmly when we arrived the hotel, took our luggege inside, checked us in quickly, very known of information. They cleaned our room well, kept it in good condition always. Very good hotel that I'd stay again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2009

I contacted the hotel directly about bookings, rates, availability and my email was responded to promptly and in English. You can check the hotel's website yourself - www.hotelborgoverde.it/eng/home.

We (myself, mother and my two sisters) arrived at Catania airport late, we took a bus from the airport to Catania's main train station and then got a taxi from there. This was as the hotel was unable to arrange for a taxi to meet us at the airport. However, the hotel had given us the telephone number for a local mini cab firm but none of the telephones at the airport seemed to work. The whole journey was around 25 minutes. We also noted that many buses to and from other cities such as Interbus and SAIS Trasporti also call at the airport; to or from Catania's main train station, very cheap, worth considering.

On arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by a very friendly and hospitable gentleman, unfortunately, we did not take his name. We saw him on a number of evenings and he was always very friendly and helpful. In the mornings, we had Moira at reception. She was exceptionally helpful, very friendly and spoke excellent English (although she encouraged us to practise our Italian with her!).

The rooms (we had two twin rooms) were very comfortable and kept clean with daily maid service, fresh towels provided as and when needed, TV (only Italian stations), electronic safe, mini bar and both rooms had a balcony with table and chairs.

The hotel has a beautiful garden, which contains a swimming pool but this is permanently closed off, there are sun loungers to sit around it though. In the reception area, breakfast is served from 7am - 10am. Coffee is freshly made to order by the barista - another very friendly girl, not sure if she spoke English as we only spoke to her in Italian. Breakfast was excellent - though it looks small - there are choices of cereal, bread rolls, ham and cheese, croissants and pastries, and fruit. If you come to breakfast around 9am, a lot of food maybe gone, but don't worry, fresh food will be brought out. Eat as much as you like. You can eat inside or outside.

As for the location, it is a little way out of town. During our stay, there were roadworks in progress which meant that the bus stop outside the hotel was closed. So in order to get to town we had to walk down the hill, Via San Nullo and cross a roundabout. The fermata (bus stop) is just after the roundabout. Its about a 15 - 20 minute ride into town depending on traffic! Also there is the Ferroviacircumetnea (FCE) - its a train, which runs around the base of mount Etna. It's an excellent way to see Mount Etna and is just a bit further on from the bus stop. Also in this area are shops, local supermarket, tabaccheria (kind of like a newsagent in the UK), they usually sell bus and train tickets, stamps, postcodes, soft drinks, sweets.

Overall, this is a great place to stay, the main place in Catania is centred around Via Etnea, this area can get very busy and noisy, so staying a little way out is a nice place to relax and the road the hotel is on is very quite. The staff are really friendly and helpful.

My only negative would be about when we left. We had decided to take a bus into town and then to get either an Interbus or SAIS bus to the airport, as we had used Interbus to travel to Siracusa, it had only taken 15 minutes to get to the airport from the main train station, however the hotel had convinced us to take a taxi, with the company they had suggested we call on arrival in Catania; they said that the cost would be 24 Euros. Although more expensive than taking the bus, taking a taxi was more convenient however, when we arrived at the airport the driver stated that the fare was 34 Euros because he had to take the "tangenziale" a bypass, and the journey took twice as long as the bus.

I would also like to add that we visited the town of Randazzo, a small town with great views of Mount Etna, we meet some really nice people who advised us to eat at a restaurant called Etna Quota Mille - www.etnaquotamille.it/en/home - I throughly recommend it. Great restaurant, amazing prices, and stunning views of Etna and the surronding area.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CJFLondon
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London
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2009

This hotel lived up to the expectations I had by consulting its website. It is on the ring road of Catania, which is great if you do not want to have to enter the city centre; it is well located to go to the Etna. They have a beautiful garden, although slightly on the small side. They also have a pool but it seems permanently shut (they actually did not advertise it when I booked) for some reason I do not know. The breakfast is slightly on the light side compared to other 3 star hotels I have been to in Sicily, but having a room with a big balcony makes up for that. Important thing to note is that they don't have a restaurant, and there aren't many in the surroundings, so be prepared to drive to grab a bite. Wi-fi was free in the lobby area.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank aledwige
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San Francisco, California
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115 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2008

Borgo Verde is a well run hotel. The rooms are simple and the grounds better. They have decent pasta available if you arrive late as we did. There are no close by restaurants.

The only problem is driving directions they offer. If you are coming from Catania airport, take the ring road north from the airport (going toward Taormina) and exit Misterbianco. Then contrary to the hotels directions, continue straight on that exit road through 3 roundabaouts (no traffic lights) and the hotel in on a street that goes uphill to the left, from the roundabout.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank rbertolott
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Additional Information about Borgo Verde Hotel

Property: Borgo Verde Hotel
Address: Via San Nullo 5 / R, 95123 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 50 Hotels in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Borgo Verde Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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