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Borgo Verde Hotel
Ranked #31 of 49 Hotels in Catania
Reviewed 28 October 2011

We spent a week at Borgo Verde and were completely satisfied with our stay. The hotel is clean and well maintained with comfortable and well-appointed rooms, in keeping with a 3* standard. The bed was in my opinion extremely comfortable and the shower was powerful. The tv channels were all in Italian and some weren't working but this was not an issue for us. My bedside light bulb went on the second night. I reported it the next day and it was fixed immediately, which was appreciated.

The staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and spoke great English. Moira was especially good and really made an effort to help us wherever possible. 

The bus stop is just outside the hotel. The bus journey into town is about 20mins, however the bus doesn't really come at regular intervals so you could be waiting at the bus stop a long time. We decided to walk into town one day and this took about 45mins. I wouldn't advise this as there are many parts where there are no pavements, with cars speeding along narrow roads. My advice would be to walk from the hotel to the bus stop after the hotel (towards town) as this betters your chances of catching the bus as there are two that stop there as opposed to just one at the other bus stop.  

All in all a pleasant and relaxing stay. I would recommend this hotel as a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, as long as you are happy to do the short commute between the hotel and the city centre. 

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

The hotel is located not in the central city but has a bus stop in front of the hotel for an easy commute to downtown. The hotel is like an oasis with a garden area and a swimming pool. The staff is friendly and helpful and the rooms were clean and comfortable. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

Fantastic hotel in a wonderful environment. Located a bus ride from downtown Catania, this hotel offers a quiet setting with a pool and garden. The staff were very professional and did everything to make this stay perfect. Took the bus downtown which you get right at the entrance of the hotel. The bus runs until 11:30 PM.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Portogreene
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Reviewed 22 October 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, travelled as a couple
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Thank victoriaday1121
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Reviewed 18 September 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, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 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, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 December 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, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Borgo Verde Hotel

Address: Via San Nullo 5r, 95123 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #31 of 49 Hotels in Catania
Price Range: $74 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Borgo Verde Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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