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Via Plebiscito 133, 95121 Catania, Sicily Italy
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#7 of 452 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
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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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Breakfast available
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Clothes rack
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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JezebelBates wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom12 contributions3 helpful votes
Five years after my last stay at 5 Balconi I found it every bit as friendly and stylish as I remembered. Such a great bargain, too – prices are kept down by the shared bathrooms, but on my last visit my daughter and I had two (scrupulously maintained) bathrooms to ourselves, and if you don't want to take the risk you can pay a little extra and reserve one. There's coffee, tea, biscuits and local wine on tap, and Rob and Cristina are such relaxed hosts, and happy to help with all kinds of queries about the city and moving around the island. The breakfasts alone are worth coming for, with fresh fruit, juice and delicious pastries from a nearby stone-oven bakery. Tip – book direct with them to get the best deals.
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Date of stay: December 2019
fiona wrote a review Nov 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
A quirky place with a great location. The owner was friendly, giving his time to advice us where to eat /visit for the one night of our stay.Great restaurant recommendation so thanks for that! On the down side felt that the place needs some attention. overall clean but a few splatters on the walls of the bedroom??? The road is noisy but the traffic noise wouldn't keep us awake, what did however was a terrible noise of a water system coming from near the bathroom or neighbour. It was continuous throughout the night so impossible to sleep.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Jack Dollar wrote a review Oct 2019
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I enjoyed every minute of my stay, from the minute the door opened to the warm colours and even warmer welcome from Rob & Christina, to the last minute when I had to tear myself away. I loved my room with its comfy bed and view out onto the busy street, that the shutters quietened at siesta time! I loved breakfast surrounded by treasures and curios enjoying the perfect espresso! I loved all the recommendations of things to see and places to visit that Rob & Christina shared. I loved it all, and can’t wait to go back.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Emily wrote a review Sep 2019
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I loved 5 Balconi - so colorful and beautiful inside... It is brilliantly situated, we were very warmly welcomed by Rob who made us feel at home right away. Loads of handy tips of places to have a drink eat a bite and places to visit. The rooms - we prolonged our stay so tried two different ones - are very beautiful, each with it's own balcony and a great view of Etna from room 1 and also of Catania free-style driving: an art in it's own right! In the morning we met Cristina who was so lovely, she gave us a delicious and very generous fresh breakfast: fruit, yoghurt, fresh bread, local patisseries, ham, cheese - all you need to get the day off to a good start... all provided with great humour and attention by Cristina - can't wait to go back basically! Great value for money too.
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Date of stay: September 2019
grittl1 wrote a review Jul 2019
Berlin, Germany10 contributions22 helpful votes
I stayed at the 5 balconi again and it is as awesome and incredible as it always was before. Christina and Rob are the perfect hosts. They serve the breakfast with everything you wish for and have tips for nice restaurants and cool bars. The rooms (I stayed in 2 different rooms because Catania was the start and the end of my trip) are very clean and all have air-condition. Also the 2 shared bathrooms are very clean and provide shower gel and shampoo. The street outside is very loud, so close the windows or take earplugs. I love the sound of the street and love to sit on the balcony and watch the Sicilian life... The B&B is in walking distance of all the sights in Catania (fish market, duomo, via etna, castello ursino). If you don't rent a car you can reach the city beach easily by bus and the airport also by bus or by taxi. I really recommend this B&B and hope to stay there again!
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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US$55 - US$64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ItalySicilyProvince of CataniaCataniaCentro Catania
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Frequently Asked Questions about 5 Balconi
Which popular attractions are close to 5 Balconi?
Nearby attractions include A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce (0.4 km), Basilica Collegiata (0.5 km), and Museo Civico Castello Ursino (0.2 km).
Which room amenities are available at 5 Balconi?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a mosquito net, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at 5 Balconi?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to 5 Balconi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Il Gambero Pazzo, Vuciata - kitchen market, and Scirocco Sicilian Fish Lab.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at 5 Balconi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to 5 Balconi?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Piazza Duomo (0.5 km), Palazzo Biscari (0.7 km), and Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena (0.8 km).