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Via Plebiscito 133, Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
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Ranked #4 of 179 Catania B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
ellensown Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

5 Balconi, owners Rob and Christina's home and business, is filled with touches of their whimsy and their life, and they go out of their way to make their guests feel comfortable, cared for and happy - from perfect hot croissants each morning, to charming conversation and advice whenever one needs that - but otherwise they do not intrude. Our... More

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother and I stayed here for a short break and it was just lovely. We both commented on how it was a little oasis of calm after the crazy driving of Catanian motorists! The rooms and indeed the whole b&b is spotlessly clean, breakfast is very generous and simply delicious (their fruit juice, a seasonable drink, is very tasty).... More

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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

5 balconi is such a beautiful enchanting place in the heart of Catania. It feels as if you were in a fairy tale. The rooms are super clean and beautiully decorated, the service cannot be any better.. Rob, the owner is such a sweet guy willing to help you in any moment in anything you need, giving you all the... More

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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Had a great few days staying at the 5 Balconi. The penzione has four rooms, prettily decorated with high ceilings, huge windows and balconies. The price is kept ultra low by the two shared bathrooms, but these are kept spotlessly clean and there was never a wait in the days I was there. A great breakfast (with freshly baked croissants)... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

In a three-week trip around Italy and Greece, this was easily the best place we stayed. Rob is an excellent host, furnishings are quirky and great, food is excellent and location is REAL Sicily. Absolutely nothing to fault here......

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

5 Balconi is a charming B&B in the heart of Catania. It's a great base for exploring the southern and eastern regions of Sicily with Mt Etna and Taormina within easy reach. Cristina & Rob provide a fantastic service - warm and welcoming. Beautifully decorated rooms, delicious breakfast and all for a great price!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

You rock up to this address and think ohh, it looks a bit shabby ! How wrong could i have been, After all Catania is a real city, don't get me wrong its safe but full of life, so dripping with life. Ping the buzzer and you are greeted by the owners, whisked upstairs in the lift, the door opens,... More

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

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... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

As a previous reviewer has said, we too arrived in a highly stressed state in a hire car from Ortigia, a haven of peace and quiet. However Rob came to the rescue and found a parking space directly opposite the B&B. He is very relaxed and made us feel welcome and spent time chatting about the area and possible restaurants... More

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Truro, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

A lovely welcoming homely oasis in a busy untouristy city. Don't be put off by the slightly down at heel communal entrance - this is a mixture of smart chic and personal touches. A spacious 2nd floor appartment, with tastefully decorated high ceilinged rooms, with balconies over the street. Cristina was so friendly and helpful on restaurants, activities and taxis.... More

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5 Balconi Catania, Sicily
Address: Via Plebiscito 133, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
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Ranked #4 of 179 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
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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. ... more   less 
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