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“Magic, magic place. Wonderful people (even the crazy ones) Lovely hotel.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Borgo San Rocco Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Savoca
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London, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Magic, magic place. Wonderful people (even the crazy ones) Lovely hotel.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

When we pulled up outside the hotel there was this old man (he says he's 38, but I think he's older, maybe 78) who opened the car door and said "what you wanna drink?" Turned out to be Vittoriano, the host - who less than 24 hours later is my new Sicilian Godfather - After the first drink he proceeds to introduce us to his son Francisco ("he's crazy") and the lovely Francesca ("she's the crazy one") who clearly runs the place; so now we are family. In truth the really crazy one is the incredible old man who after a lifetime in the commercial world moved to his mountaintop home and built a truly five star resort.

Vitti treats every guest as you would a dear friend in your home, his love for life is infectious, his love for people is incredible. Savoca is way up in the hills above Taormina, and the road up to it is … interesting; but I took heart in the fact that Francis Ford Coppolla shot some of The Godfather movie up there, so they must have gotten trucks full of gear up there. But the road is challenging, but be assured it's certainly well worth the trip.

The only negative ... The hangover I woke up with, after drinking the night away with my new Godfather!

Grazie Vitto, reste bene!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Lovely hotel. Location, views, staff. Excellent service provided by Francesca, Francesco and Vittorio.

Be careful when driving to the top of the hill, a bigger car will be very hard to steer on the narrow roads. Also, if you used to have an automatic gear box, do no try to learn to use a manual one while driving to Savoca.

Minus: breakfast quite limited, especially after one week we missed a bigger variation.
Also, being out of season we could not test the pool, but this was nobody's fault, only too cold

Plus: we had excellent dinners almost every night in the hotel restaurant, tasting more than delicious dishes.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

One of a kind. The resort, the views, the tranquil Sicilian country side and the stunning setting of the small village are second to none. But put all that aside, nothing beats the personal and exceptional service by the owner, Vittorio, his son Francesco, the lovely Francesca and all the staff. Lots of lovely little gestures that made us feel like we are home away from home. Furthermore, don't bother eating anywhere else other than the resorts own restaurant Pentefour - a mouthwatering dish after dish of fresh and local specialities at a very decent price. You really have to experience it to understand the quality of the amazing food served here. To anyone visiting, I would suggest renting a car if you are planning to visit other parts of Sicily (Taormina is 20 minutes away), but with the breath taking views of Savoca, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. We will definitely be returning soon!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Farmingdale, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

My husband's mother was from Savoca. We had visited Savoca once before but that was before the Borg San Rocco was there. So, for our 50th wedding anniversary we thought it would be nice to visit again.
We made reservations at IL Borgo for three nights. The hospitality was endearing. Vittorio, the owner, could not do enough to make our stay a memorable one. He greeted us with a glass of wine and personally carried our luggage to our room. Regional dishes were expertly prepared and elegantly served. The wine was wonderful too. It was all so magical!
It always amazes me how fluent Europeans are in the English language. They all speak at least two languages-----and well.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Concord, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We wanted to visit a Sicilian village that hadn't been too touch by commercialism. We found it in the Borgo San Rocco Resort. Our only regret is only having booked 2 nights. After an adventureous drive on the narrow and winding road way up to Savoca we were welcomed by the charming innkeeper/owner, Vittorio. He insisted we sit and have a glass of wine before we even unloaded our baggage and check in. Everything is so relaxed and beautiful. May we recommend you make your drive up to the resort during daylight. As it is a challenging drive, we wished we hadn't done it at 9:30 pm. The wine was most welcome and needed after that. Our room had a lovely view of the hills and the sea. Sadly, we had misty and some light rain during our stay. We walked into the village and explored a bit. Charming is an understatement. Our room was away from the main building. It was clean and quiet. The evening meal was delicious. Breakfast had a wide variety of offerings, but no cooked breakfast, though that was fine with us. We enjoyed our server, Marco, but the poor man was stretched having to serve all 8 tables. Thank you to all the staff for their geniune warmth and all their help. Hoping we will be able to return one day and stay with them longer.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

We left the hotel 12-hours ago, and I'm currently sitting on Ile St. Louis in Paris, wishing I was back at Borgo San Rocco.

My husband says my secret superpower is booking amazing travel at great prices. My husband and I have stayed at 5-star hotels around the world and this was simply our best hotel visit ever. The setting is incredible: the hotel blends seamlessly into the picturesque town of Savoca. It overlooks seemingly infinite amounts of Sicily's abundant resources: the sea, steep cliffs, and buildings older than our country.

We stayed in two rooms: 303 the first night (superior) and then we upgraded to 304 (suite) so I could take a bath. Both rooms had exquisite sea views that I could never tire of (see my photos). Next time, I think we'll try 301, for the slightly bigger balcony.

The most impeccable part of Borgo San Rocco was the service. Francesca could not have been more pleasant or helpful, and the owner, Vitorio is unassuming, generous, gracious, and kind. I was gravely disappointed by the lunch options in town and arrived back to San Rocco at 2pm, starving. The hotel's kitchen was closed for the entire day, but Vitorio took us back to the hotel kitchen and made us a fresh lunch of pasta AND TAUGHT US TO COOK IT with fresh herbs from the garden! I couldn't have planned a better meal or experience. Then, later in the stay, Vitorio treated us to some sparkling wine to celebrate a victory at my husband's job! I could go on and on about the amazing service and special touches, but you really need to experience it for yourself. We love, love, LOVED Borgo San Rocco and will be back!!!

PS, one piece of advice I wish someone had given us: bring bug spray! We were eaten alive all over Sicily.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

This is an amazing hotel in a amazing location. Vittorio makes this place even better. Deborah at reception is an angel. Great food (breakfast and dinner), beautiful room and amazing services. There is always something funny going on at the terrace at the front of the hotel without it being annoying. There's always people there relaxing while sipping a glass of wine. When you want to be by yourself, there's a million place where you can hide to read a book, carefree. I hope I have the pleasure to go back as soon as possible in this beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Nothing can compare to that vacation with everybody and cheserinna.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Borgo San Rocco Resort
Address: Via San Rocco, 98038 Savoca, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Savoca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Savoca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Borgo San Rocco Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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