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Davis, California
Reviewed 2 November 2015

We began and ended our amazing tour of Sicily by staying with Rob and Christina one night on each end of the trip. They made our two stays the most perfect introduction and subsequent departure imaginable. Their combined warmth and hospitality were akin to being with extended family. The accommodations, we stayed in different rooms each time, were private, charming...

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Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Rob and Christina are the best part of staying in their eclectic and comfortable place. Very friendly and outgoing, with great recommendations on things to do and where to eat. Great breakfasts, too. Loved the location in a working class neighborhood, a short and interesting walk from the major sites (don't miss the morning fish market!). Would love to return...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Christina is a bundle of joy and together with English husband Rob they have created a hideaway B and B on the Piano Nobile (second floor) of a palazzo in not the smartest part of Catania. There is a lift to the accommodation and parking in the street seems fine. The whole place is furnished with individualism and fun and...

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København, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
Reviewed 22 September 2015

This was our best stay in Sicily. Out room was beautiful, clean and amazing with the high skyblue ceiling. Bathrooms are clean and nice. But the best thing of all: the host, Rob, is the best host we've had. He helped with everything from Etna-trip to seafood dinners, and he cooks the best breakfast with the BEST coffee. I would...

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Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Extremely pleasant stay in Catania! Cristina and Rob are amazing hosts, very helpful, knowledgeable and eager to help. The hotel is very cosy, clean and situated close to most of the landmarks. The owners make you feel at home almost immediately and what a warm home it is! One of the best B&B experiences in my life! Kudos for that...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 June 2015

We arrived 5 Balconi just an hour or so after landing in Sicily, and we felt immediately happy to be there. Cristina welcomed us in with coffee and biscuits, and gave us a multitude of wonderful recommendations for places to eat and visit. We were on our honeymoon so were offered breakfast in our room, which was a lovely touch!...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 June 2015

Christina and Rob are the perfect hosts, who embody everything I like best about good B&Bs. They are warm, interested and interesting people who really care about your visit. They are not intrusive at all, but will engage with you as much as you want them to. They have created a beautiful haven, with light and airy rooms that make...

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netherlands
Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

Christina and Rob made the suprise trip that I arranged for my wife fantastic. A perfect clean and welcoming b&b in Catania close to the Centre. Great advise and tips for restaurants and places to visit on the island. I recommend this accomodation!

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Budapest
Reviewed 4 April 2015

You step into a grey courtyard from a bit dodgy street, take the elevator and find yourself in a completely different world - like in a dream. The whole apartment is furnished with lovely little items collected by the owners from their travels. Completely surprising items arranged in a way, that they form a lovely harmony. I just felt immediately...

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 February 2015

What an unparallelled experience in customer satsifaction and personal service. After having to extend our stay from 3 to 4 nights due to a very sick wife catching a local flu virus, the owner pulled out all stops to see to our every need - including haggling for us over the price of an attending doctor and necessary meds. Throw...

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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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about 5 Balconi

Address: Via Plebiscito 133, 95121 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
Price Range: $81 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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