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“Is this the same hotel as advertised?” 2 of 5 bubbles
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B&B De Curtis
Ranked #30 of 50 Hotels in Catania
BRIGHTON ENGLAND
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216 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Is this the same hotel as advertised?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

I am truly astonished at the Professional photographs. I can hardly believe that it is the same hotel/ B&B. We had what we thought was two of the four rooms available neither of which were shown in the hotel photos. As previous reviews no sign of a terrace, we did glimpse an area up the stairs from the reception area which might have been used as a restaurant but were not allowed up there.
To begin, we only ended up at the De Curtis in an emergency because our beautiful rooms at the No 2 Hotel Una Palace had been cancelled by an unscrupulous website having taken our money. So you can imagine the shock when the taxi rocked up outside this establishment, we remained fixed to the seats in the taxi in disbelief until the driver was forced to get out and point to the door bell with the name De Curtis on it. Down to a very few choices of rooms available in town we were committed to at least one night. Teeth gritted we entered the courtyard and climbed steps past the death defying hole in the wall without any railings to stop you falling through. The reception was manned by a friendly guy, who spoke no English at all, we managed to convey we would like to see the rooms before parting with the cash only option. Not great, very small but at least were clean. Rooms were relatively comfortable, but the sheets and pillowcases were an unattractive shade of grey and seriously wished I had not looked at the pillow under the pillowcase. Slept the rest of the night with my t-shirt over the top to minimise contact with the bedding.
Breakfast was plentiful but very uninspiring, coffee cold and all presented on a tray to be consumed in your room, only one chair so one of us had to perch. But not for very long as we bid a hasty retreat and checked out before nine!
When all's said and done, we slept ok and was better than the other option of a park bench.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms on the website because we sure didn't get one!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Sharon L
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rome, Italy
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

The B&B is average, and it could turn into mediocre depending on the expectations. What could make it a good experience is the chance to feel like being in an old house of Catania in one of its alleys. Although the location is very good near the centre, the street is somehow grey, there are groups of well-behaved immigrants and two prostitutes during the night. The exterior is a plain darkish building, but already the inside has character and the rooms are big, relatively clean and well-furnished, with character as well, somehow like some old Toto movie. That’s worth the experience. My room near the entry was fine, you have to walk few stairs to reach the bathroom. Breakfast, served in the room, is too poor for Sicily standards. Staff try to be helpful.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Wu G
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

My fiancee and I have just got back from the De Curtis B&B (as it says on the door - it is not a hotel). The photographs are misleading - there is no terrace or restaurant where you can have breakfast, the 'hotel' is on the third floor of what from the outside looks like a stable door with no sign and a very old staircase. The breakfast consisted of some dry melba toasts, a pre-packed croissant and instant cappuccino, which were delivered to the room (not served in the non-existent restaurant or terrace). What is more, we only received breakfast on one day out of seven (on one occasion, we waited until about 11am and still no breakfast). Its saving grace was the friendly and helpful staff, especially Alessandro (Italian only) and Rita (Italian and English) who recommended restaurants at a discount. Another plus was the fact the B&B served us well as a base, as it was well placed between the beach and the city centre and also very close to the bus and train station. Contrary to other comments, the surrounding area is not bad, but it is very much everyday Catania rather than tourist-oriented.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank NickHS
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Windsor, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

Not easy to find from the outside as no sign only a small number with bell. Staff didn't speak English Staff locked myself, colleague and 15 students out so we were unable to enter the property and then denied doing it even through we heard him security latch on the door. The hotel itself is in the 'red-light district' of the city so it was not safe for the students to be out in the evening The breakfast was delivered to the room and consisted of a rock hard mini croissant and warm milk (apparently this is a traditional Italian breakfast) all rooms had different items delivered ranging from biscuits and a jar of chocolate spread to cold coffee and NO water.
Only good thing was an ok bed.

Room Tip: AVOID at all costs!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Georgina M
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9 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

We thought the cab driver had made a mistake when he dropped us off in this neighborhood. When we entered the De Curtis, we entered through what used to be an old stable, and it still looked that way. Our room was large and clean with a double bath and a small, dirty balcony.
One place they advertise they are a hotel-if they are they should make the bed more than just the first night of the three we were there, they should have provided more than one roll of toilet paper ( yes, we actually ran out-I suppose we could have asked for more but we wanted to see what would happen. We ended up using our own) and they should have emptied the waste basket. If they were a B & B they should provide more than a sticky coffee pot, instant coffee ( no cream or sugar) and 2 pre packaged rolls on the 1st day and none after that. We will never go back. We stayed in many hotels and B & B's on this trip-this is the only one that is not getting a good review. Trip Advisor really blew it on this one.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank hdseafood
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United Kingdom
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260 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

Stayed for 2 nights during the summer... Room was clean, well furnished and cosy. Hotel was a bit outside the city centre but near the bus and train station, which was handy. Staff were always available to provide advice on trips to Etna. Nice breakfast on the terrace.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Daniel J
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Additional Information about B&B De Curtis

Property: B&B De Curtis
Address: Via Antonio de Curtis 30 | Via Antonio de Curtis 30, 95131 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Formerly De Curtis Palace)
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 50 Hotels in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B De Curtis 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
De Curtis Palace is 500 metres from Massimo Bellini Theatre and 10 minutes' walk from Catania Cathedral. It offers colourful rooms with flat-screen TV and a shower with hydro-massage and sauna.Rooms combine modern and pop-style decor. They are air conditioned and offer free wired internet. Guests can also relax on the common terrace and enjoy a breakfast buffet every morning.Catania Train Station and the main bus terminus are less than a 10-minute walk from Curtis Palace. The harbour is 800 metres away. ... more   less 
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De Curtis Palace Hotel Catania
De Curtis Hotel
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