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“Perfect Stay in Catania” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Barbero

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Casa Barbero
Ranked #3 of 275 Catania B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Austria
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225 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Perfect Stay in Catania”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

Very personal and friendly staff. Rooms and the complete set up is made with passion and you do feel good being there. It has a quiet patio and is a great place to relax after running around in Catania. Absolutely recommendable. The only thing is that the rooms are all having a door towards the patio and you might happen to have other visitors that are somewhat noisy! Otherwise nothing to complain.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

This is a great place for a stop over in Catania. We stayed for one night after arriving late in the evening. We were collected from the airport and shown to our room by David who was very friendly and helpful. Reception isn't manned all the time so we were given a key and pin codes for the outer doors - all very relaxed and informal. Lovely terrace outside for breakfast which was simple but fine for what we wanted. Antonio was very welcoming and arranged a trip to Etna with Enta Sicily Touring which we would highly recommend. Overall this is not luxury but good, clean, comfortable and honest accommodation which we would definitely use again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

At the end of our week-long travels through Sicily, my wife and I spent our final night at Casa Barbero in Catania. From the moment we entered the b&b's lovely, peaceful courtyard, we were sold. Truly a modern oasis in a great location convenient to the best attractions of Catania's historic center. The room was immaculate and very stylishly designed. Antonio, our host, did a wonderful job orienting us to the city and gave us a great recommendation for a restaurant for dinner that was not in any of the guidebooks. Our only regret is that we didn't have time to stay longer.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

I admit that I've nicked another reviewer's comment that it is an oasis, but that's a pretty good description, of how the B&B relates to its surroundings. Catania is pretty rough and ready, and there's a lot of traffic, so we did appreciate somewhere cool and peaceful to get back to. It's conveniently located, about say 7mins by bus to the centre and Antonio and Monica coudn't have been more helpful.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

My wife and I recently spent more than a week at Casa Barbero.

Following a nightmare pair of flights on Alitalia, we came into Catania very late, close to midnight. Antonio, from Casa Barbero, had made arrangements to pick us up at the airport hours earlier, but good-naturedly waited outside the airport. He greeted us warmly, explained the city a bit on the drive in, showed us the room and loaned us some Euros to get a bite. We were very grateful for Antonio’s patience and help, especially in light of what had been a challenging travel day.

Over the next several days we got to know Antonio and Monica, who are exceptionally gracious hosts. They respect privacy and will afford you as much space as you prefer, but when engaged are ready to offer any help they can provide. Their smiling faces every morning made us feel that we were staying with old friends.

Our double room was fantastic. Comfortable bed, big space, an inviting balcony and simple, tasteful decorating made for a bright, happy vibe. Windows open in several places, ideal for catching cool evening cross-breezes. The wi-fi was reliable and fast – somewhat of a rarity in Italy in my experience. A small refrigerator proved perfect for chilling Limoncino. We loved the room.

The garden at the heart of Casa Barbero feels oasis-like. Largely isolated from the sounds of the city, underneath leaf-filtered sunshine, you forget that you’re downtown. We enjoyed breakfast each and every day in the garden, with vintage jazz playing in the background.

And the breakfast is just right. Fresh, simple, healthy. Espresso made to order (even special requests) and soft, fruit-filled croissants accompanied our choices from the breakfast buffet. There was always ample food to fuel up for a day of big walking.

Throughout Casa Barbero the colors of the walls are cheery, adorned by a variety of photos and original paintings. Valentina, one of the housekeeping staff, did the paintings in our room and they were beautiful compositions. She deserves praise for her artwork and her excellent room care.

Casa Barbero will surprise you with what seems like a contradiction; you are in the heart of the bustling, historic city center but can steal away anytime to this quiet garden retreat. Passing through the massive gate, the city simply falls away. You are in a relaxed, welcoming sanctuary.

We look forward to getting back to Catania, and we wouldn’t stay anywhere else than Casa Barbero.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Barbero

Property: Casa Barbero
Address: Via Caronda 209, 95128 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Borgo-Sanzio
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 275 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,568 - ₹ 6,888
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Barbero 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the city center of Catania, an elegant residence dating back to the early '900 wisely transformed into an elegant and charming B&B. This Bed and Breakfast retains the charm of Art Nouveau that lives through stucco and frescoes, expertly blended with contemporary furniture, all combined with warm colors and quality materials that will make you feel at home. In the centre of the residence and in front of every room, all with ensuite bathroom, a place of great relaxation is at your disposal: a Mediterranean garden where breakfast is served during the warm season or where you can have a break and use our free wi-fi. The B&B is 200mt away from the Borgo Metro and a few steps away from Cavour Square, crossroad of the Catanese autobus service. In a few minuts you can reach the Bothanical Garden, Villa Bellini (the city park), different restaurants, taverns and pizzerie. Via Etnea, Unesco heritage and shopping street, is attainable in 5 minuts. ... more   less 
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