So....you can't beat the view. Away from the crowds, stunning view from the terrace. The hotel feels authentic and romantic. Room was clean and fine...no contemporary walk in shower, but all was good and air con works. Staff lovely and the only hotel that booked me a taxi that wasnt a rip off. The breakfast was generous and I eat the best food the whole stay in their restaurant.
We stayed for 3 nights in May 2018. Very friendly welcome, spotless characterful room, excellent breakfast! Outstanding location with views over the bay. The value was very good as well. The only slight issue was that the evening meal is a "gourmet tasting" 6 course feast at 30 Euros - no problem with that, but we can't eat that volume of food every night! Not a big problem though as there are many good restaurants in San Vito just a 15 minute drive away.
We booked a sea view room for 7nights and when we got there were put in the smallest room below the restaurant. If we hadn't mentioned it they would have charged us for the sea view and said nothing. We pointed out thar we were in the wrong room and they told us it wasn't free for 3 nights!!!! Despite having booked it in advanced. Instead we had the smallest room in the hotel with a terrible view, we were awoken at 1am by tables banging and being moved for breakfast. We were then awoken early next morning by banging doors and noise from breakfast. The owner didn't even come to speak to us the next morning to apologise. We did have a wonderful receptionist called Franca who did everything she could to help and was really upset for us. We left after one night as we felt so cheated and unhappy. You also have to wear swimming hats in the pool which we did not have. The view is wonderful but the treatment apart from Franca was less than welcoming.
We absolutely loved Hotel Pocho! The setting and views are breathtaking and there is a huge swimming pool overlooking the sea which our kids loved. The terrace is stunning, dinners / breakfasts were outstandingly good. They did delicious three course kids' meals every night too and in general children are made very welcome with a really well set-up family room - although the hotel has quite an adult feel. Lots of lovely beaches close by. And felt like great value too.
I had a bad start with a fire next to the hotel, we had to get up at 5.30 am and watch from safe distance - burnt smell and ashes everywhere on my first day there. locals were far more relaxed about it than us stupid tourists :)
but the place is quite unique and I soon decided to prolong my stay. the owner Marilu used to be an actress and her hotel is adorned with memorabilia from that time. I am not so much into Fellini and string puppets usually give me the creeps, but at Pocho Hotel everything seemed to fit.
I asked for a "prima scena"-room i.e. one with a private terrace and sea view and I must say my expectations were exceeded. I wouldn't care much for other rooms, although there is a spacious public terrace and a pool area as well.
rooms are clean, interior is nice, a good deal of IKEA stuff but some other places in Sicily would be well advised to get some furniture at IKEA. some moldy spots in the bathroom, but again, show me an Italian hotel bathroom without.
service is relaxed and kind of aloof in the Sicilian way but makes you feel welcome. the owner does not speak english but some of her staff members do (a little). the hotel is 3 km from San Vito Lo Capo (5 minutes by car/15 by bike), there is a small pebbled beach below and some excellent climbing just around the corner. the scenery is breathtaking.
do opt for the half board. there is no better food in San Vito, perhaps with the exception of Al Ritrivo (Slow Food) in Casteluzzo (another 3 km away). don't bother to cue at some Couscous place in San Vito either - Sunday is Couscous night at Pocho and Marilu is a Couscous guru, she even performed the art at Salone des Gusto in 2014.