Because we didn't read the description closely enough we did not appreciate that this B&B has two shared bathrooms, both spotlessly clean and not individual bathrooms. The larger is entirely satisfactory although the smaller is "tight". Nonetheless we elected to stay because of its position on an old city ring road within a very short walking distance of all the historical sites – including worthwhile restaurants. The owners, Rob (English) and Cristina (Italian) simply could not have been more helpful or hospitable. It was like staying in one's best friends house. The B&B is converted from a substantial apartment on the piano nobile of an historic apartment block (second floor accessed by recently installed lift). All rooms are of a substantial size and much bigger than most hotel rooms. Decoration and furnishings throughout are very pleasant.
Because of their assistance as to worthwhile sights to visit as well as, especially restaurants, we got absolutely maximum value from our stay. It was our first stay in accommodation with shared bathrooms but we experienced no particular difficulty. Pressure on services might be a little more difficult in "the season". Ultimately we came to the view that Catania is the most typical of Sicilian cities. The pricing is very competitive as we did a small visual comparison with some competitors while visiting site in the city. We would certainly stay there again, probably just for the company of Rob and Cristina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cristina (Sicilian) and Rob (English) welcome you to the "5 Balconi Bed & Breakfast," a sunny palazzo built in the 1800's, with lots of color, character and charm. We are situated in the historic heart of Catania, in the quarter of the famous fish market and right above the 13th Century Ursino Castle, which dominates the piazza and gardens of Federico di Svevia. Here you can wine and dine "al fresco" on delicious typical dishes at very reasonable prices, while soaking up the atmosphere of an authentic Sicilian quarter. We offer elegant & luxurious rooms to accommodate singles, doubles, triples, with inter-connecting family rooms for up to 5 people. All have 5 metre high domed ceilings and chandeliers, very comfortable beds with mosquito nets, duvets in winter and flowering balconies of iron and marble.NB: Fresh linen/towels, air conditioning & heating are standard in all the rooms.Wi-Fi, iron & ironing board, a fridge, chilled mineral water, organic biscuits & tea/coffee making facilities are also available for guests, any time and free of charge. We also provide a list of our recommended restaurants, local information & book excursions to the volcano.Our breakfasts are nutritious and delicious and can be taken in your room or in the communal dining area.NB: We serve locally produced organic oranges, bread & marmalades. Savoury breakfast alternatives are available for guests who don't have 'a sweet tooth'. We are only 10 mins. By bus/car from the airport, a 20 min. Walk to a golden sandy beach and a convenient base for exploring the East coast of the island (Taormina, Etna, Siracusa, Pantalica & Enna are all within 1 hours drive).Parking is free, infront of the B&B and in the surrounding streets. We are situated on the 2nd floor and have a lift for our guests comfort and convenience. A City Tax of €1-00 per person, per night, up to a maximum of 3 nights, is payable on departure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 5 Balconi Catania, Sicily