"Superb hospitality in old Catania"
Bianca B&B (Catania): Two night stay during early December 2014. Outstanding, exemplary live-on-site operators, who made a spectacular first impression by saving us from a night in the train station after we missed the check-in time by seven hours. The taxi driver knew the location, three minutes from the train station and ferry port. Promptly met downstairs by smiling and helpful Francisco, who gave efficient instructions and a small city map and later secured us a 25% discount on a big taxi fare. Crisp and clean third-floor restoration in a 150-year-old building in a port-side neighborhood near the old city center. Fast and efficient lift. Big bedroom and tile bathroom, fashionably decorated, with herringbone wood floors throughout. Lots of hot water and towels. TV and A/C. Very serviceable wifi. Bed low and a bit firm, but useful. Some traffic sounds with open doors, but very quiet at night. Three keys for security. Marvelous breakfast around a set table, with red orange juice, ham, cheese, brioche, yogurt, pastries, fruits, cappuccino, tea, three jams with breakfast rolls, olive bread, pizza strips, nuts, cherry tomatoes, olives, and even anise cookies. Lovely high and airy view over Catania rooftops and an old church across tiny Piazza san Placido (pronounced “PLAH-she-doe”). Safe, brightly-lit nearby streets. Musical bells from nearby cathedral. Four units? Accepted cash payment only, but an ATM is ten steps from the front door. Sufficient English.
Fred from New Orleans, La.