People who describe a place as 'five stars' when it's not, have usually never experienced true five star. In terms of 'hotel' Borgo San Rocco isn't five stars, it's mostly four and at times only three. Certainly the view is five star, the village too and definitely the warm welcome and ongoing charm from Vittorio, the omnipresent owner and a true gentle man. But generally, rooms are fairly expensive, pretty basic and more rustic and sparse than comfortable or luxurious. Bathrooms are not that big, with no bath just shower and certainly no where to relax (not even in a suite) apart from laying on the bed. Reception area/lobby isn't really that comfy either, not a place I would spend a long evening reading a book, for example. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, the owners son is too (but he really should wear a shirt & tie). Unfortunately, one evening our waiter seemed quite stressed and it showed in his service. People who praise the breakfast must have stayed somewhere else as I thought it very disappointing, limited and after a week a bit depressing to be honest- I'm sorry but it's only three stars in my opinion. There's no artisan breads, no decent cheese, no interesting salamis. What was there was laid out on three revolving wooden boards that made selecting a slice of ham, cheese or cutting a chunk from the baguette more like hooking a plastic duck at a fairground. The selection of prepared fruits was lacklustre but pastries OK. The waitress is doing front and back so if she's dissappeard into the kitchen it can take you ten minutes to order a cappacino or longer to have various breakfast items replenished! It's a minor point but I was also disappointed honey was in sachets and jam in little plastic pots, no homemade Sicilian there. Star of the show however was the blood orange juice which was superb but generally speaking breakfast was nothing to write home about. Also, if it were up to me I would replace the toaster with a commercial one. As for evening dinner I wouldn't rave about it either, it was OK, reasonably priced but not memorable. I would change the muzak style or audio speakers for something sounding much better but not so it's intrusive.
The one thing that I wouldn't change is Vittorio and the best thing about the place. He made our stay unforgettable and for that he gets true five stars! If he invites you for lunch then just go with the flow, you'll end up in the hotel kitchen cooking pasta.
Please don't let my comments put you off, it definitely a quirky and memorable place to stay but it's not actually five star!
P.S. The pool is OK but on a lower level some walk from the hotel proper. And please try and take a small or medium sized hire car there, a full-size is more hassle due to the steep, narrow and cobbled two-way road up to the hotel and DON'T drive on past the hotel entrance/car park up the hill regardless thinking you can turn round or get through as it becomes increasingly tight and restricted. Impossible in a large vehicle!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Savoca arroccata su una collina che domina il mare è tra i borghi più belli d'Italia e offre paesaggi mozzafiato, storia e cultura, infatti il regista F.F. Coppola la scelse per girare le scene de Il Padrino.. Il Resort Borgo San Rocco è un albergo diffuso e si integra perfettamente nel contesto medioevale di Savoca: forse per le vecchie abitazioni dei pescatori ristrutturate e trasformate in accoglienti camere d'Hotel o per il relax, la privacy, il buon cibo o per l'accoglienza speciale per i suoi ospiti. Suite, Junior Suite, Superior e camere familiari insieme alla bellissima piscina completano la sensazione di una magica atmosfera.Vittorio e Francesco e tutto lo staff vi aspettano per bere un ottimo bicchiere di vino siciliano e degustare le freschissime tentazioni del nostro Chef Francesco Tosto nella nostra terrazza dei pensieri... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borgo San Rocco Resort Savoca, Sicily, Italy