B&B Rubens is situated in the centre of Catania and in the busiest street, via Etnea. We arrived around 23.45, I had to ring the bell twice and call the B&B for the door to open; we were greeted by a man with a sad face (probably we woke him up); I do understand it was out of their time but I did give them a call twice from my country to confirm our arrival at that time of the night.
Breakfast is average... costs 3eur p.p. Just once there was fresh bread, the rest was stale and you had to toast it to eat it. There were various pastries, but just once I had a brioche it wasn't bad but not the best. There is also cereal and jam, coffees, pineapple and orange juice, milk and water.
Our room was comfortable enough, there was TV and AC. Unfortunately the mini bar was not equipped (despite having a price list) so after my arrival at night I couldn't drink a nice bottle of water, yet I had to sleep thirsty! The bathroom is quite small, not much room to move around. Unfortunately it was not meticulously clean such as the shower had some black stains and water did pour out on the floor after a shower. The cushion on the armchair also had stains. I do have pictures but I think my critic is already hard enough. For our last night at the B&B the towels where not changed so that was another thumb down!
Despite being sound proof I still could hear the sirens of the police and ambulance at night and our room was situated on the side street. There was supposed to be free wi-fi, but again no one told us the password since it was secured. There was also a small safe but no one told us how to use it.
The lady that was at the B&B in the morning was nice and helpful when I asked for advice but she never introduced herself. It is a pity that there is not enough effort from the owners, because this could be a real diamond since it is so centrally located you can walk anywhere in Catania to visit the most important attractions, shopping and dine in great restaurants. On the bright side this is not the only B&B centrally located as there is another one within the same block and others further up the street.
Finally the other man who neither introduced himself who greeted us upon our arrival did finally give us a smile in the last 2 days. They were kind enough in letting us keep our luggages at the B&B till 20.00 since we had to leave our room by 11.00 and had to depart late at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is ideal for businessmen or tourists right in the heart of the town on the busy main street Via Etnea. The rooms are luminous and equipped with TV – Mini fridge - Telephone - Air conditioning – and shower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rubens Hotel Catania
- Hotel Rubens Catania, Italy - Sicily