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“Fantastic Hosts and Incredible Breakfast!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of B&B Casa Ruffino

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B&B Casa Ruffino
Ranked #1 of 10 Balestrate B&B and Inns
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Pordenone, Italy
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“Fantastic Hosts and Incredible Breakfast!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I recently traveled to Sicily to visit family with my parents and we absolutely loved our stay in Casa Ruffino! Giuseppe and Paola are the best hosts ever and help with absolutely everything you might need. Guiseppe took us to a nearby florist when we needed flowers, and even offered to drive us to a nearby cheese shop when we thought about buying our own cheese. They seriously go the extra mile to make you feel welcome :) The breakfast was incredible! Fresh fruit, pastries, cheeses, jams, vegetables, eggs, there was an endless abundance of food and Guiseppe would not take "no" for an answer :) Seriously delicious!!!! The rooms were standard and nothing special but clean. The only reason I didn't rate this as a 5 was because of the bathroom. The shower in my room was bad in that the water tended to take long to drain which caused a bit of a pool on the bottom of the shower floor. Other than that, the tv, heating, and bed were fine.
Definitely would stay here again due to the breakfast and the incredible hospitality that this B&B offers.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Just got back from a week in Sicily and had a great stay (3 nights) in Casa Ruffino. Giuseppe was a perfect host and as the other reviews have already mentionned the breakfast is incredible, I have never had anything like it. The room was very spacious and clean and the Wifi worked very well in the room itself. The only problem was that I forgot 1kg of Parmezan in the room fridge! Well done.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We had a wonderful 2 night stay in this beautiful B & B. Previous positive remarks were all accurate. Giuseppe was all the time giving ideas of where to go and do. Freshly baked items, as well as other home made items were offered during a long, tasty, and well prepared breakfast.
Cleanliness is supreme. Air condition kept the room temperature comfortable.
The only suggestion I would add, is that if travelling in winter, take a bed slipper since the floor tiles are very cold. Or maybe Giuseppe can add some carpets.
Otherwise, I would love to go back again.

Room Tip: We had a superior and it was excellent.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Our stay at Casa Ruffino in June was amazing. Our rooms were spacious and very clean. The air conditioning worked wonderfully and that is a plus in Italy!! I don't think there are words to even describe how courteous and helpful Giuseppe and Paola are. We didnt spend much time at the B&B because we were visiting with family in Carini, but the time we did spend in the establishment was beyond compare.

One mornng Guiseppe took my brother out for an espresso at one of his favorite places just for the heck of it.

We shipped some packages to the B & B that had not arrived when we checked in. Guiseppe spent a couple of days in communication with the local post office to track down our packages so we could deliver them to our family.

The night before we were leaving, we wanted to settle our bill. We had a VERY early flight to Venice, but Guiseppe refused to take our money because he was going to make sure he and Poala cooked us a spectacular breakfast as a send off.

We couldn't have asked for better hospitality. We are surely going back to stay and enjoy the town and beaches of Balestrate, Sicily.

It is really nice to know that there are still people in the world who see their business as their home and you are not just guests, you are instantly "famiglia" when you arrive. Ciao, but not for long!!

Than you!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Nice and very accomodating agroturisme. The host is most helpful and charming, Provide all the guidance you might require for make the stay in the north/west of Scilicy a pleasant experience. and all guidance is provided in fluent Italian - but all nationalities will understand. The breakfast is superb - and is served with kindness and big smile by the host. Although the weather was foul during our stay - the breakfast could make even a rainy day feeling sunny.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

What a place to be, Guiseppe & Paola are amazing and wonderfull hosts. Breakfasts are a feast for both tongue and eyes! Wonderfull decorated, furnished and spacious rooms with a balcony. In short DO NOT hesitate Casa Ruffino is THE place to stay in Western Sicily!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

It is difficult to do justice to the glorious Casa Ruffino in a few words..
Firstly, the hosts make the b&b what it is. Giuseppe is incredibly welcoming, kind, helpful and a lot of fun. i have a feeling he is somewhat legendary in the town of Balestrate. His wife, Paola, is very sweet and charming.
Secondly, the breakfasts are sublime, with a daily changing locally sourced menu. My favourites were slabs of fresh ricotta and honey that tasted of flowers as well as the pistachio filled pastries.
Our room was huge, with ensuite including (very powerful) shower, frescos on the ceiling and a grand, antique bed.
You can imagine how chuffed we were with this wonderful find. We cannot wait to return.
P.s. go to the tuna fishery for swimming

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: B&B Casa Ruffino
Address: Via Madonna del Ponte 49 | Golfo di Castellammare, 90041 Balestrate, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Balestrate
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Balestrate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B Casa Ruffino 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Ruffino is a refined and elegant home with splendid frescoes in Balestrate, ideal for romantic travelers, located just a short distance from Castellammare del Golfo. We offer five elegant and intimate rooms equipped with every comfort: heating, air conditioning, TV, private fridge. Available in double, triple and quadruple. ... more   less 
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