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5 Balconi
Ranked #8 of 301 Catania B&B and Inns
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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
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“amazing stay at '5 balconi'”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Me and my friend stayed here for 6 nights in August, and it was a fantastic holiday! Rob and Christina are very friendly, helpful and hospitable. Everything was excellent- rooms, breakfast, location. I would definitely stay there again next time.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

There can't be many places in Catania that are as beautiful, friendly and central as this. Rob and Cristina were amazing hosts, so welcoming and with such great recommendations for us that really helped us to see the best of the city. The rooms are decorated so beautifully - you feel as if you're staying in someone's home. It was like having a makeshift Sicilian family! The location is great, nowhere took us more than 10 minutes to get to. The breakfasts were delicious, make sure y go or the insanely good chocolate croissants. We can't wait to go back.

Ella and Caroline from London x

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

5 Balconi is a lovely B&B and our room was really nicely decorated. Rob and Christina were excellent hosts, nothing was too much trouble. I particularly liked the excellent breakfast options. The location is ideal for getting to the main sites in the old town, such as the castle, catherdral and fish market. The local restaurants we went to were all very good, with lovely food , and really good value. We used as a base to visit Etna, Taromina and Enna, all within an hours drive.

The road outside the B&B is busy but we didn't find that an issue.

Bathrooms are not ensuite but this is clearly stated on their website.

If driving in Catania it is wise to keep your doors locked as there are opportunist bag snatchers. However the city itself feels very safe, and we had no issues when walking around at night.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

I stayed here for 4 nights in June. It is very clean, lovely decorated. Christina and Rob are extremely helpful and I could not imagine to travel around without their help! (The public transportation is quite confusing). It's about 10 min's walk to the main square and few blocks away from high street. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

This B&B was very comfortable and I rented the two connecting rooms for our family of four. The relaxed environment and locality meant we could visit the nearby restaurants, Norman castle and shop without having to rush out the door, we only had to walk down the road. Sicily is good value and so is this B&B run by Christina's and Rob.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

5 Balconi is a lovely, small and good value B&B. Rob & Cristina are super friendly and helpful and really make you feel at home. Rob helped me arrange a trip to Etna, and Cristina recommended some places to visit and yummy places to eat. The rooms are nice,the breakfasts good, and it's an easy location for walking into town. The road outside is crazy busy and very noisy - which I quite liked as it felt very Italian. (But if you need silence to sleep it may not be for you). All in all I thought it was fab and would have no hesitation in recommending

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Spoleto, Italy
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

5 Balconi is a fabulous restored old Catania home with lovely linens, fresh organic food and wonderful hosts who provide every assistance you could hope for. It is very comfortable, beautifully decorated and clean. And has a huge bathtub! Rob and Christina make you feel like you are friends rather than customers. many thanks

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Property: 5 Balconi
Address: Via Plebiscito 133, 95121 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
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Ranked #8 of 301 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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. A City Tax of €1-00 per person, per night, up to a maximum of 3 nights, is payable on departure. ... more   less 
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