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“Fabulous Time at Bin & Ban”

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Bin & Ban Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #18 of 161 Genoa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
37 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Time at Bin & Ban”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

We spent 2 nights at the end of January at Bin e Ban B&B. When we arrived I found it a bit weird that the name of the B&B was not on the buzzer and had a brief moment of confusion in finding the place. However, once we got to the pent-house level B&B we were greeted by the wonderful Anna who showed us around her B&B and explained everything we had to know.
It was one of the best B&B's we had stayed in in Italy. The bathroom was well stocked and very clean, the room was comfortable and even had a kettle with tea and coffee to have whenever we wanted. Breakfast (which was an assortment of fruits, yogurts, breads/cakes and teas/coffee) in the morning was served "buffet-style" in the common room overlooking the beautiful view of the mountains and city. Had it not been winter and snowing ( which only happens every 50 years - lucky us), I'm sure we would have had breakfast on the terrace that wraps around the whole place.
The location is great in relation to the train station (~5-10 min walk), but a bit of a walk to the old town and main tourist sites. In nice weather it would be a lovely walk (~15-20 min).

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

the breakfast is "a la italiana" and the appartment is located in the sixth floor. Genova is a very charming city and I really enjoyed this clean and comfortable room with a terrific terrace and a very friendly owner who made worthwhile my three days stay in Genova. my room had a lot of light and a very comfortable bed. besides you have a table on the terrace to enjoy the morning or the sunset.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Extraordinary view from the terrace. Very friendly welcoming and service by Signora Anna, who speaks only a little bit English. (Hints for good restaurants.) Large rooms with high ceilings in a patrician apartment on the top floor of a building. Quiet because situated in a dead end street. Not very far to the center of the town (25 min. to the Palazzo Ducale, if you're a good walker).
Sra. Anna offers fresh fruit (melon, pineapple, fruit mixture) every day for breakfast. Really fantastic. And at the weekend she even has fresh baked cake. But most of the croissants and other bread are industrial packed. And she doesn't offer eggs, ham, cheese or cereals. We stayed just three days. So we didn't very much miss these breakfast items. But you should be aware of it since the other ratings emphasize so much the wonderful breakfast.
Shared bathroom with two other rooms.
Under these circumstances the 70 € per night seem to be a little bit too much for what is offered. Especially because of the shared bathroom the value of the room drops somehow.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

We only stayed for one night, but we really enjoyed our stay. The B&B is in a couple rooms of a large apartment that has been owned by the same family for quite some time. The bedroom we stayed in was very spacious and led out to a lovely terrace with fragrant jasmine blossoms and lemon trees. The breakfast was simple but fine, with good coffee.

The apartment is located within a ten to fifteen minute walk from the train station, though up a steep hill. If you arrive by train with lots of luggage, it might be worth it to get a taxi.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

Bin and Ban is unbeatable for the panaromic view you get of the city of Genoa. It is simply unbeatable. Bin and Ban is actually a penthouse apartment of a block sitting just on the outskirts of the ancient city, with two rooms let out to visitors. The rooms are large, clean, comfortable and bright, with access to a large terrace where the views are to die for. You share a toilet, but the toilet itself is large and clean. For the price, I believe Bin and Ban is the best value for money in Genoa - perhaps the whole of Italy. It is within walking distance to the main sights of town. Parking is a problem, but the landlady is a really nice person, and she offered to give her lot up for us - which was not necessary. Pay cash since this is really a home run B & B.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

We stayed at Bin & Ban for only one night - we should have stayed two nights but our car broke down on route. It was a little difficult to find but the location is central - can easily walk to see the main sights - and the room, and the beautiful views from the terrace, were perfect. We had a very warm welcome though we speak practically no Italian (and they speak just a little English) despite arriving a day late. Breakfast was spectacular, with fresh pineapple.

Highly recommended - but if you need a parking space you need to discuss with the proprietor beforehand. We did, and paid an extra 10 euros for them to rent a parking spot, so they could give theirs to us. That was good value compared to the hotels which mostly charge a lot more for a parking space. We were in a small hired car (because of the breakdown) and I don't think our wider Fiat Multipla could have made it up the very narrow and congested street.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bin & Ban Bed & Breakfast
Address: Via Felice Romani 18/26, 16122, Genoa, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Genoa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 161 B&Bs / Inns in Genoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will be welcomed in a flat that used to be home to a large family: Bin and Ban have lived here with 5 of their children since 1972. The penthouse of a six-stores block built in the end of 50's, is surrounded by some 200 m2 of terrace, with access from each room and used, in the warm weather, to start the day with a delicious breakfast, or to relax, after a walk in the town centre. ... more   less 
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