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B&B da Gianni e Lucia
Ranked #122 of 301 Catania B&B and Inns
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Zejtun, Malta
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“Great location right in the center”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

We booked this B&B because of its location in central Catania close to Via Etnea and in this regard this B&B exceeded our expectations because it is spot on in the center with good bus connections and within walking distance to shops, the market and some restaurants.

The host was very friendly and nice, however when we asked for directions for using the public transport the information provided was not correct and we ended up wasting a considerable amount of time to get to go back to get the right bus.

We stayed in a quad room. The B&B is located in an older apartment building with a beautiful decorated stucco high ceiling. That said however, it is furnished with lower end IKEA furniture, so the sleep quality was not great but OK and it did have quite a "hostel" feel to it. I did not like the bathroom at all, because after every flush a loud pump went on, which was quite embarrassing and annoying if you needed to use the bathroom during the night, especially for the fellow travelers who were sleeping. Having a shower without leaving a mess was also quite a challenge.

Breakfast consisted of a huge croissant, instant coffee and orange juice, so in that regard I was very pleasantly surprised.

I would not mind returning to this B&B if I needed a place spot on in the center of Catania, even though I have mixed feelings about it. Considering the low price I would have to say that it was OK.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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toncelli, Direttore at B&B da Gianni e Lucia, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Dear Custemer
I am very sorry if my explaination about direction was not happy but are we sure that you understood ??
Beds in quad room are all new and confortabile ikea means no good quality??
Considering the price we could be an hostel but we are not
Unfortunately the house is in a 1800 year building and the only way to have toilette is with a quite difficult pump system , but all rooms has his own toilette
We do not serve instant coffe but a very nice filtered fresh coffe
We are very contral very easy and simple and on top of all very cheap thanks
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

The location of this B&B in Catania is perfect, next to Via Etnea and the Roman Amphitheater. The rooms are spacious and clean, our room had its balcony at the Via Etnea, great view! Restaurants are close by as well, the bus to the airport stops in front of the house.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Paola, Malta
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

i wish to compliment you for your hospitality. your b&b is very welcoming with a terrific atmosphere notwithstanding its excellent location and above all its cleanliness.

highly recommended i will surely stay there again when i return to catania

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

The B&B is located in an old palazzo in the centre of Catania. Rooms are clean, beds ok, host friendly, helpfull, and gives good tips.
We stayed here two times and we go back!
Bea Jacquemyn & Michael Milojkowic

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The title says it all really. The review by Alex_123654 puzzles me as our experiences were 180% different. Except for the missing AC remote (which Gianni brought on request) and the slow draining showers. Those are correct. But hey, those are minor details.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

What can I say - the worst B&B ever! We are still very much upset and very disappointed about our recent stay in this establishment.

Upon our arrival the owner met us in his beach attire. He was quite rude when I wanted to pay by card, firing back 'you should have read my email, I told you cash only!'. As if foreign travellers in Italy have access to internet 24/7 and read the lengthy T&C of each hotel they stay at. Anyway, we asked for Catania map, the owner said he doesn't have it (we got a free one in every hotel we stayed during this two week trip but this one). He abruptly pointed at some places for going out and eating on the wall map in Italinglish, meaningless info as I didn't have time to make a note nor I had a map on which to make a note.

We were showed the room and instantly regretted our decision to stay in this establishment. The room was quite old-fashioned and didn't look anything like the pictures. The patio and bathroom very extremely dirty. There were cigarette butts and rubbish on the patio and the bathroom looked like it was cleaned last year. It also desperately needs to be renovated. We found a small bottle of shampoo left by the previous guest and some sort of toiletry covered in fungus inside the big bottle - I've attached pictures. No idea what it was, but it looked quite gross. The drainage in the shower didn't work properly, you had to stop running water midway and wait for the water to drain. The shower cabin itself was very dirty and small, the toilet also looked like it's been hardly ever cleaned.

There were notices everywhere with loads of exclamation marks with the orders to switch off the air conditioning and lights (one by the entrance, once on the room door, one of the table in the room and the fourth one (about food/drinks/fridge) in the kitchen). Needless to stay, it makes you feel as if you staying at the boarding school.

The owner said we were the only guests as the other rooms were vacant but we heard someone walking in and out at some point which made us feel uncomfortable (plus it was a proof that the walls were paper thin!). Also, both mornings the owner would come to the reception (5 steps from our room) at 7am and would start sorting out his business very loudly over the phone and would wake us up. On the top of it, the bed was really uncomfortable and squeaky with the mattress springs poking painfully into our ribs, so we didn't get a good sleep on any of the two nights.

Also, the first night we couldn't find the remote for the AC which was hidden in the kitchen, it took us around 20 minutes to locate it. It was pretty obvious that the remote has been removed from the room so that the guests would not use the AC! The TV remote was in the room so there was no reason why the AC remote should be stored elsewhere.

The worst experience related to this B&B was the fact that the owner missinformed us on the bus timetable to Mount Etna (the only sight that's worth the trip to Sicily). Upon the check-in we were told that there were two buses a day to this mountain, at 8am and 11am. Next morning we woke up a bit later and decided to take the 11am bus. The owner was at the reception when we left at 9.30am and obviously knew that there was no 11am bus and that we missed our only chance to go to Mount Etna). We didn't know this, of course, so we dragged our heavy backpacks with the hiking shoes and other equipment in +30 heat to the bus station, then went from one person to another (for the record, Sicilians don't speak any English and are very rude and unhelpful) for another 30 minutes if not longer, only to find out that the 11am bus never existed. The only bus to Mount Etna leaves at 8am, end of story. We were close to tears to be honest.

So we had to stay in Catania that day and there is nothing to see or do there. At the some point we decided to take the local train ferroviacircumetna which is another waste of time. It takes around 2-3 hours to cover 45 miles and the train literally goes though people's back gardens and piles of rubbish in the streets and fields. Once you decide to get off somewhere, people stare at you like you just arrived from the Moon.

Once we came back from the train trip to the B&B, it was obvious that the owner let himself into our room for reasons that were not clear to me. The bins were not emptied, there was no toilet paper and the sheets were not changed. The pillows were rearranged, so I guess that was the reason to come in.

Overall impression of Sicily/Catania/this B&B - horrible. Save your precious time and money and stay on the mainland Italy. People there are kind, helpful to tourists and almost smiling. Also, they know how to dispose of their litter responsibly.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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toncelli, Direttore generale at B&B da Gianni e Lucia, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Dear Reader
pictures are really bad cause taken at night
what is nice ? that just 5 minutes ago 2 people check out from the same room with a big smile, happy about the room and the service thanking me about all the info i gave to them
B&B da gianni e lucia is a bed and breakfast not a 5 star hotel , the main reason i do this work is to help people that come here
the ast that bring people from catania to etna start the second bus at 11,20 on the 15th june , the guests were here the 11th july so the bus was working , maybe they missed it ???
i'm not sicilian, but i decide to live here cause the people here is historically hospitable and absolutely friendly, when you ask info do not be surprise if the person will offer you a coffe
say that in Catania and in sicily there is nothing to see there is no history and no culture is the biggest joke of the year )))))
thanks
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Gianni bends over backwards to help you with your stay, from calling restaurants to make reservations, to sending someone to open up for me since I booked a room the night before. The room I stayed in was very comfortable and bat of all, had a balcony that opens onto the town square. I watched lots of activity for half the night- couples strolling together, lots of teenagers hanging out, a church group singing and passing out literature - loved it. Highly recommend it if you want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a likely Italian town-- and kitty corner t there an ruins.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Property: B&B da Gianni e Lucia
Address: Piazza Stesicoro 59 | 2nd Floor, 95131 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #122 of 301 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — B&B da Gianni e Lucia 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An incredible place where all is good. Central position, big rooms, all with inside bathroom. INTERNET WIRELESS. KInd and available personnel make the difference. We have 3 rooms on the square with balcony (room for 5 people, or 4 and double) and 3 inside rooms (room for 3 people, double and twin). Tourist information of any kind.Small or continental breakfast served on request. Very close to all. detto da un catanese siamo nel cuore di Catania wi-fi,bagno,aria condizionata e asciugacapelli in tutte le camere 1,1 km dalla stazione dei treni e dei bus 30 minuti dall'aereoportopersonale a disposizione per informazioni di ogni genere cornetti e caffè fresco semplice e sincero il B&B che ti farà sorridere ... more   less 
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