5 Balconi B&B
Cristina (Sicilian) and Rob (English) welcome you to 5 Balconi Bed & Breakfast, a sunny palazzo built in the 1800s with lots of colour, character and charm.
We offer elegant and luxurious rooms, with a single, doubles, a triple (which is a double bed with an extra single bed) and a twin. The twin and triple can also interconnect for a family of up to five people. All have five-metre high domed ceilings and chandeliers, very comfortable beds with mosquito nets, duvets in winter and flowering balconies of iron and marble.
Air conditioning, heating, TV and free Wi-Fi are standard in all the rooms. Tea/coffee making facilities, a fridge, DVD and video player are also available for guests' use.
Our breakfasts are nutritious and delicious and can be taken in your room or in the communal dining area. The breakfast options are fresh juice or fresh fruit (in season); cereal or muesli with milk or yoghurt; freshly baked bread/toast with butter and organise marmalades or Sicilian 'cornetto' croissant; and tea (Indian, herbal, green, mint, etc), coffee (espresso, macchiato or cappuccino) or hot chocolate.
We're only 10 minutes from the airport, a 15-minute walk to a long, golden sandy beach and a convenient base for exploring the eastern side of the island. Taormina, Etna, Enna, Pantalica and Siracusa are all within an hour's drive.
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B&B Facilities & Policies
- Air Conditioning
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast Included
- Ceiling fan
- Child Friendly
- Cots available
- Credit Cards Not Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Free Wifi
- Hair Dryers
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Luggage Storage
- No Curfew
- Taxes not included
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels Included
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Guesthouse InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Check-in: any time. Check-out: 11am, but we're flexible. Bags/luggage can be stored here. Payment is due in cash upon arrival, please. There's no curfew, but keep noise to a minimum from midnight to 8am. No unregistered guests and no candles, for safety. Damages and lost keys must be paid for. We reserve the right to refuse entry or expel disrespectful or unruly guests. From Jan 2012 a City Tax of 1 Euro per person per day, for up to three days, is payable on arrival.
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From the Airport:
Take the orange AMT bus #524 for €1 (the stop & tickets are to the right as you exit the terminal) to the local bus station at Piazza Borsellino (10 minutes). Get off and walk past 'McDonalds' and 'Café Alcala' up Via Alcala. At the top turn right into Via Cristoforo Colombo and then take the 1st street on the left, Via Plebiscito. Walk up the hill and our palazzo is at #133, on the left.
NB: From the bus stop it is a 5 minute walk and the best way to get to the B&B
Alternatively, you can take the 'Alibus' for €4, which runs from the airport to the Central Station. The stop to get off at is as you exit the port by the arches of the viaduct. Walk left down Via Dusmet, following the arches, until you reach the 'fish market' at the end, with 'Bar Etoile D'Or' on your right. Turn left under the arches, following the street 'Via Cristoforo Colombo' and then take the 2nd street on the right, Via Plebiscito. Walk up the hill and our palazzo is at #133, on the left.
NB: From the bus stop it is a 10/15 minute walk
From Central Train/Bus Station (\'Stazione Centrale\'):
Take the orange AMT bus #431 N from the stop in front of the train station.
Get off at the 2nd stop once you have passed the market and the Hard Rock Caf, in Via Plebiscito. Cross over the road and our palazzo is at #133.
NB: There a 2 routes, #431 N (\'nera\'/black) and #431 R (\'rossa\'/red). Both take Via Plebiscito but the black route is much quicker! If you do take the red route, ask the driver for Via Angelo Custode/Via Plebiscito, vicino il Castello and you will still find us easily.
By Car (Also the best route into the city from the motorways A18, A19 and from Siracusa):
Follow the main road that leads from the airport to the city centre (\'Centro\') and the port (\'Porto\'). Continue to the small roundabout by the McDonalds and turn left up \'Via Alcal\', passing Caf Alcal on your right. Turn right at the top into Via Cristoforo Colombo and then take the immediate left into our street, Via Plebiscito.
From \'Piazza Duomo\' (Cathedral Square):
Walk through the big archway to the right of the Cathedral (\'Il Duomo\'), turn right into Via Dusmet and follow the arches of the viaduct to the fish market at the end, passing \'Bar Etoile D\'Or\' on your right.
Follow the road (\'Via Cristoforo Colombo\') left under the arches and then take the 2nd right into our street, Via Plebiscito.
The bell/intercom is at the 1st door on your left as you enter through the big iron gates, named Nunziata/Morgans.
We are situated in the historic heart of Catania, 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 a real Sicilian quarter.