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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Catania, Province of Catania, Sicily

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peter2018...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Nice apartment , centrally located. First impressions can be very wrong!”
Reviewed June 25, 2018 for a stay in June 2018

Our first impressions of Catania and The apartment block were not good. But first impressions are often wrong! Catania is a small vibrant city, cleaner than Palermo and even Syracuse but the graffiti and general decay let it down a little. But there is much more to do and see than we expected! So the street outside the apartment is a bit shabby and scaffolding and the noise of an angle grinder from one corner of the building made my wife initially sigh with disappointment. However please read on.

Marco met us at the front door to the apartment block ( or former palace? ) and warmly welcomed us into the apartment. The apartment is up three large flights of stairs on an impressive private stairwell, several keys are needed for access. It and the kitchen had all we needed for a four night stay. Being English we like a kettle, but we could not find one. Despite everything said above the apartment was very quiet, apart from a little noise from an "hot water on-demand" gas boiler in the kitchen which also serves an adjoining flat too.
The apartment felt safe enough to leave our valuables and the surrounding area and the streets felt safe to walk around even in the evening.

Once the market closes at lunchtime you will not find many food shops. Rather odd for a city of this size! A few food shops reopen in the evening. But you need to walk in the right direction!

So we had a very happy stay in Catania even though we never saw the top of Etna due to the clouds! WE recommend a Taormina day trip, Even the Public Beach at La Playa was passable. Do not miss the Castello, the Benedictine Monastery ( now part of the uni), The Roman Theatre, The Roman Baths . The 1943 Invasion museum ( but get there before 3 in the afternoon!) and a lunch time meal in the Fish Market as well as an evening stroll around the lit piazzas.

We recommend Catania and this apartment to you.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 Jul 2018
Dear Peter, thank you very much for your nice words on the apartment and Catania. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay!
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bwpeter16...
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Exploring eastern Sicily”
Reviewed April 15, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We really liked the apartment for its location in the centre of Catania. It was nicely furnished and was quiet and cool. The charm of being in the historic area of the city definitely added something to our week in Sicily. Thank you Marco.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
17 Apr 2016
Thank you Peter!
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171pam
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A charming historical feel, yet very well equipped, delightful stay”
Reviewed November 29, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

My friend and I stayed for a week in the middle of October 2015. The apartment was utterly charming, my friend and I loved it. It was situated in the middle of old Catania and absolutely handy for everything. Although situated in the middle of the night life, once you closed the doors behind you into the courtyard, you left any noise behind, so the best of both worlds. Situated in the middle of things, yet very quiet.

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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Mary O
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Charming, well equipped apartment”
Reviewed September 18, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

This apartment has everything you could wish for, it has a lovely mix of old and new and is situated in a beautiful historical building that has character and charm. The apartment has also been renovated to a high standard as the pictures show. It is centrally located so that shops and restaurants are within 5-10 minutes walk and other places of interest such as Etna are within easy reach of the apartment via local transport.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: No lift - difficult when you're arriving/departing with heavy cases
Travelling group: Other
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Ardal
Ireland
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic apartment, well equipped in a lovely central location”
Reviewed August 24, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment is lovely, airy and spacious with excellent cooking and washing facilities. It is in the heart of the old city within walking distance of all the sights and surrounded by lovely restaurants. Marco was extremely helpful too.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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lets78
perth
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“Beautiful, comfortable and convenient”
Reviewed September 20, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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The apartment is lovely, as the pictures show. I had everything I needed for my week stay and the owners are very helpful and friendly without intruding on your privacy. Great location for exploring the centre. Very easy to get to the stop for the airport bus, and also an easy walk to the bus stop to get to the sand beaches south of the city. I was very happy staying here.

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Travelling group: Solo
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Margarita...
St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome place to stay”
Reviewed August 31, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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The host's description of this apartment is all true.
This apartment has great location: very close to airport, bus station, sightseeings , shops and restaurants. 10 min walk to the rock beach. The building is just amazing and the interior of apartment is very cosy, comfortable and clean. The mix of old-fashioned pieces of furniture and new ones is great. You may spend quite evenings at small balcony. We really enjoy our time spending in Catania at this apartment. Thanks a lot for the hospitable hosts.

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 18-24
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