Like other reviewers we went to this place as our (out of date) Lonely Planet recommended it. It has indeed changed owners so don't go there expecting a warm welcome and homemade food on the table.
This place was not as bad as some people are making out but if we'd have had more time (we arrived in Catania very late and had no reservations) I think we'd have shopped around.
Our room was large and spacious and clean. However, if you are in any way a light sleeper make sure you get one of the rooms at the back - the traffic on the main road at the front is incessant and, at the weekend, it's extremely noisy (drunken people shouting, thumping music from cars). I didn't sleep much.
For Italian standards the breakfast was not so bad: Italians just don't *do* breakfast and you're not going to get anything other than bread and cakes unless you're in an international hotel. However, as someone else mentions, they could really improve things if they didn't use disposable plates or just dump boxes of the cheapest brands on the table.
The lady serving breakfast and cleaning the place was very courteous and efficient. However, we had a small problem when we tried to pay. The owner had disappeared and 'was unreachable' and we didn't have the correct change and the lady said she couldn't change it. The pin machine (which looked fine to me) "was not working because the phone line was down". So we had to go out to find change so we could get our passports back which was quite irritating.
Oh and the owner "recommended" a parking lot where guests could get a good rate of Eur 8 for 24 hours - I wouldn't bother with that. Park in one of the side streets close by, (fold in your wing mirrors) as you only pay a couple of euros and it's free after about 8pm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Opera Bed and Breakfast is located next to the Massimo Bellini theater and it's only 500 meters far from the train station and bus station ...so that you can easily reach all tourist attractions in the area such as Taormina, Siracusa or the Volcano Etna! Come to Visit Us!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Opera Hotel Catania
- B&B Opera Catania, Sicily