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“Cheap and clean if you can get in but breakfast is a gamble”
Review of B&B Antico Teatro

B&B Antico Teatro
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B&B Antico Teatro
Ranked #253 of 322 Catania B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 2, 2012

As a basic clean cheap hotel/ hostel room this was fine.

However, the management of it is appalling. We reviewed trip advisor and other sites before choosing it so were prepared in terms of locating the door and that we may need to phone rather than ring.

There are what look like new signs on the main door and street corner which is good but it is not obvious that you have to phone the manager.

We emailed to say we would be arriving at 10. We arrived and rang the bell and then rang the phone number, no answer. Then we rang the phone number again, and again. It became a little worrying. Eventually it was answered, the manager turned up 5 minutes later and apologised for not having heard his phone ring. 20 minutes from when we arrived we got to our room.

During the week we heard numerous people ring the bell, and were embarrassed as we left for our evenings out, to refuse entry to these other guests and try and explain the system as they tried to get hold of the manager. We also heard evidence of double bookings and poor logistics in general, one day there was no breakfast, another it ended an hour early.

His friend/ assistant had very little English apart from! "Cafe, Breakfast, YOU PAY NOW" (shouted) and "card machine broken", the latter seemed very well practiced.

So expect to call, expect to wait, expect to pay in cash and whether you get breakfast in the hotel or a limited version in the cafe opposite or not at all is just a gamble.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

To say it short - if you want to ensure you stay where you booked and get what you payed for - don't go to this B&B and rather choose something else. Otherwise you risk end up on the street or in the awful accomodation which you never'd like to book on purpose.
Below is the whole story .
I've intended to stay there. I booked it with the prepaid non-refundable option, and didn't beleive other reviews who warned about double bookings there( I thought, everyone could make a mistake once). However, when arrived, I was told that there are no rooms, no matter I have pre-paid reservation, and was send to "another property". It was 1 km away, and was like a worst hostel, worth not more 20$, not 60 that charged.
I don't know if it is a bad luck, or if owner doesn't have enough skills to maintain his property and avoid double bookings, but for me it looks like fraud and the scheme to sell awful accomodation far overpriced.
Choose other accomodation and stay away from this frauds. Do not support their business.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

I made a reservation online for the Hotel Teatro Antico, and I have the confirmation e-mail, but when I arrived, couldn't find the hotel, and called for help, the receptionist took no time to check for our reservation, just said, "I don't have that reservation. We're full tonight," and did absolutely nothing to help me. He left me and my friend, two girls in their twenties, with no place to stay at night in Catania. I re-checked all my reservation information, and there was no mistake, he just lost our reservation, and did nothing to help us at all.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

We arrived in Sicily after a long train journey. We had some difficulty finding the Bed and Breakfast., due to bad directions from local people, who didn't speak english. When we arrived at the Antico Teatro, We had to wait for a while for Giusseppe (the owner) The B & B is on the 3rd floor and there is no lift, so It' wouldn't be suitable for people with mobility problems or a lot of luggage.

Once inside the B & B it was very clean and comfortable, and fresh towels were provided. It is located just off the main street. very close to lots of bars and restaurants and fabulous piazzas and beautiful buildings.

The owner Giusseppe was lovely, very friendly and helpful. He also speaks a little english.

Breakfast is served is a small cafe, 50 metres away. We had coffee, savoury and sweet croissants and fruit.

When we leaving we decided not to take the bus, which is just down the road, so Giusseppe rang a taxi for us. the journey was 15/25 minutes and cost €25.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

Very near to center of Catania (at only 5 minute walking to Dom) Very friendly and cheap. Rooms are nice, modern and very clean (every room has its own bathroom - even if it is outside of tehe room) Owner - Giuseppe, a really one-man-show is always available and in the last day has offered to take us to the airport. The two times we needed to book rooms in other locations (Taormina and Syracuse) and practically hi did everything. Breakfast is included, but is basic (as in all of Italy) and is served at a bar across the road (beware Sunday opens at 8:30) However coffee (espresso) and the croissant (a choice) included are wonderful.

Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Address: Via Santa Maria delle Grazie 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
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Ranked #253 of 322 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
Price Range: $55 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — B&B Antico Teatro 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
B&B Antico Teatro is ideally located centrally in one of the most beautiful cities of Italy: Catania.Located in a historic building, now thanks to the valuable work of rebuilding the structure, we can speak about the "Antico Teatro" as an exclusive, stylish accommodation in the city center. We treatedall to ensure that your stay is memorable. Comfortably furnished , modern but with class, the Antico Teatro offers spacious rooms kept with care, and really convenient and affordable rates. ... more   less 
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