When arriving in Catania one evening we taxied to a recommended hotel from my 2004 Lonely planet only to find that it was no longer an hotel ! Luckily the very kind owner of the building took us around the corner to Gresi Hotel in Via Pacini.This street is a small street that runs off the main Via Etnea.Entering through a rather ordinary facade and into a lift we found that we were in a renovated 'palazzo' with the most amazing painted ceilings and art-clad walls.
We were able to book in at 60 euro a night including continental breakfast and after following the manager, who literally bounded up the stairs with both our weighty cases,we were in a spacious,clean room with a wardrobe,case holder AND a hairdryer in the bathroom.
The helpful staff and great coffee with breakfast added to a really great stay.
Catania is a great place to base yourself in Sicily as the bus and trains are close and a trip to Taormina is just a short train ride away.
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