My initital e-mails with Rob & Cristina after finding this boutique B&B in the travel guide of the Guardian were friendly and helpful. As a result I had most of the information needed to hand. Rob checked us in and took time to show us on a local map the most interesting historic places to visit and we therefore did not waste any time. These sites are within easy walking distance of the appartment and were all well worth visiting especially the Fish Market and Monistero dei Benedetini where you can have a very interesting guided tour. We were also given a list of recommended restaurants, one of which we used on our first night located near the castle ten minutes away. Eventually we found some of our own choice. Eating in Catania is almost guaranteed to be good and very reasonable. We stayed for 9 nights and became the 'honoroured guests' with every need catered for in fact we were seriously spoilt. Sharing the bathrooms was not a problem as they were always spotless. We were in Room 2 for 7 nights and this was very spacious and less noisy than No. 4. Unfortunately in Sicily there is very often noise of traffic and people and this is difficult to avoid. Breakfast was excellent with a good choice of fresh local bread and croissants (Rob bought us special ones each day) and good sicilian organic jam, fruit, cereals and meat and cheese if required. Tea and coffee on tap. The position is very convenient for the airport, the train station and the bus terminal which has links to the rest of Sicily. We thoroughly enjoyed Catania and were not bored for a moment and would recommend staying in the 2nd City as it is known for a few days.
- 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