We have recently been to Ananda B&B for the second time as Kate our host made us feel so at home last time. This time our visit was to see St Agatha Festival as well as family. We stayed two weeks in our favourite room overlooking the wonderful Mount Etna which was full of snow! Brill! Festival was fantastic! Great views from balcony! And the beautiful roof terrace with lovely views over the city and Cathedral, still beautiful even in February. It is situated close to the Cathedral and city sights,bars etc., great market and 5 minute walk to the lovely Villa Bellini Park and only 30 mins walk to the sea.. Kate our host was very hospitable and friendly. Service was excellent as was the food,with her lovely home cooking. She was also kind to accommodate special diets. The room is lovely and comfortable and the bathroom sumptious! Very clean. This was our holiday base to visit family and ideal as Kate is bi-lingual, speaks Italian and English. All in all 10/10 and we would definately stay there again!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kate, the lovely host of the Ananda B&B. My partner and I were warmly greeted by her on our arrival, and then shown to our room. The room, decorated with a particular attention to detail, was indipendently heated and controllable to meet our needs. The standard was very high with little extras like bottled water in the fridge, a useful kettle and a large selection of teas and instant coffee. Cleanliness was spot on with nothing to worry about, crisp bed linen and soft towels were provided and also our own private bathroom was filled with little extras such as shampoo and conditioner, body wash, hairdryer and more. We were given keys to enable us to enter the building and our room freely. Kate talked through possible places to visit with directions too. She is very chatty and friendly. Breakfast was amazing with so many fresh options: tea, coffee, juices, milk, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, toast, croissant, sicilian specialities and even some cakes directly from the British tradition (Kate speaks Italian and given that is Scottish she also speaks a perfect English, really useful and quite rare in a big and touristic city like Catania). Ananda B&B is also a great value for money compared to the overpriced and impersonal hotels. Furthermore, Ananda B&B is ideally located in order to be able access everything in Catania given the fact that it is a 5 minute walk from the City Centre and its best and most popular attractions. We will definitely stay here again when we will be back next time in Catania, maybe in the Summer when it's possible to admire the outstanding beauty of Kate's garden in her wonderful terrace on the 6th floor. Thank you Kate, you couldn't have been a nicer and a kinder host.
We spent two nights in Catania to Kate B&B and we had wonderful time. The place was super, really well-groomed and clean. Location was just perfect, very closed to everything and abosolutely quiet. Kate is a precious owner, very sweet and kind. I've loved to chat with her.
we visited catania for 4 days in july 2014. two couples. The Terrace, the room,the house everything was amazing. but over all these is KATE. What a woman. i loved her go and stay to this B&B you never forget. costas patsios, greece (also Heleni, Vasiliki, Andreas) Kate we love you !!!!!!!!!!!
Our group of 4 women spent 3 nights and were thrilled in every way. It was the perfect location, the bedrooms were adequate, the views lovely and lots of common space. We had wonderful breakfasts on her beautiful terrace enjoying the gardens and views. Cate is a great hostess and helped us make the most of our stay in Sicily.
I stayed at Kate's place for almost a week. It was very close to almost everything. Via Etna and the Train/Bus Station are within walking distance. Kate's place is on the top floor of a building at the top of a little hill. The room I had was at the corner and had huge balconies with spectacular view of the city and Mount Etna. The bedroom and the bathroom are nicely decorated and the common area such as the living room, the kitchen and the terrace are really nice as well. Kate is a lovely host and her staff are very nice as well. They provide great hospitality and great comfort during my stay at the B&B. I would stay there again when I visit Catania again and I would recommend it to anyone.
This B&B was an excellent experience! I have been there now three times already over the past two years. The location is central and close to all attractions and transportation, it is on a quite street in the city of Catania. The rooms are clean and well maintained. There is internet access, private bathrooms, private TV and A/C. The service is excellent and Kate, the owner, makes you feel at home and will accommodate your schedule; she even let me borrow her bicycle! It was an enjoyable experience, great value, and I highly recommend it for any traveler. ~ Tarek
Tenia reservadas 5 noches y me gustó tanto que quise alargar pero ya estaba todo lleno. Kate es una señora muy amable, el desayuno está buenisimo y su terraza es espectacular. La ubicación está muy bien, es un agradable paseo atravesando Villa Bellini y permite conocer Catania un poco mejor.
I spent two nights in this lovely B&B in Catania. It has it all: great location not too far from centrum, clean rooms, cosy house, delicious breakfasts (plum jam is a must thing to taste). And of course it's hosted by really kind and helpful Kate, who recommended me couple of good restaurants to visit, told me where to buy souvenirs, stamps for etc. And she knows lots from tennis. When I left it I had a feeling "This place is something special, in a good way of course." Jyri, Finland
i'm sure that this is one of the best places to stay in catania. the view from the balcony and terrace is breathtaking. cate is very friendly full packed with informations and never to tired to answer nearly every question. also the breakfast is very delicious in a warmful atmosphere. we felt like at home. bodo and maureen from berlin
Kate is a wonderful host who really made our stay in Sicily special. She not only provides a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere for her guests but is also a very good cook, specially her breakfast cakes! She is also doubles up as a travel adviser and was very helpful in suggesting places to visit etc. We will certainly return when next in Sicily! Sushila & Mick
We have enyoed Kate's hospitality for a short week. Staying abroad can not be better. She has charmed us by her garden, tasteful rooms, kind advices, wisdom of life. Thanks for being our host, Kate! Krisztina, Balazs from Hungary
I have been here for five days and four nights. To all her customers, Cathrene Hume of Glasgow presents the best manner of Scottish people, warm welcoming, being assistant, and friendly good bye. She treats her customers as guests not as strangers. I never felt of being alone in an unknown place. Instead, I always saw myself in a family home of a good old friends. She is very well educated equipped with the rich British culture and lovely morals of Scotland. The details of breakfast serving in the terrace is wonderful where you have a nice view of the see observing big ships moving around reminding you of ‘’The Lady of Shallot’’. The Place is located in the best part of Catania near the Roma Piazza in a very short walking distance from Via Etna, the main street of Catania, and close to shopping centers. There is a nice pastry shop and a bar down the building where you can find nice people with nice little things to eat and drink. The price is the fairest you may expect while the service is the most excellent you may receive in Catania. Ananda B&B is my first choice in any of my next trips to Catania.
We were guests of 14 days Catherene.Sie has a wonderful B & B. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and always sauber.Catherine speaks perfect Italian and English (no wonder she is from Scotland ...) and we were very good and with tips report supplied. The B & B is centrally located in Catania, close to many bus stops. it is a good location for trips to Taormina, Siracusa and andere.Catherene organized for its guests excursions to Etna, which for us was a great help. But the best part is the breakfast on the terrace. Between flowers and small trees can enjoy your coffee and take a look at the Etna. Total is one of the best B & B we have visited
We spent three nights with three persons in this lovely apartment which was clean and comfortable. It has a beautiful rooftop garden where breakfast was served and the balcony of our room had an amazing view of Mount Etna. Our host, Kate was pleasant and f riendly and helped us with general informations and very good tips. It was a wonderful time to stay here. We come back again !! Thank you Kate!
We spent three nights in this lovely apartment which was clean and comfortable It has a beautiful rooftop garden where breakfast was served and the balcony of our room had an amazing view of Mount Etna. Our host, Kate was pleasant and f riendly and helped us with general information recommending places to eat and providing maps of the area. Kate's help was invaluable when we incurred a parking ticket and she translated forms and advised us how to pay the fine.
A good friend recommended this lovely B&B to us and we were so very glad that we followed that advise! The owner of Ananda is a very kind lady from Glasgow, who speaks English, of course and Italian, which made things so much more easy for Tourists, who visit Catania for the first time! The rooms are very nice and have a big private bathroom, aircondition and everything one needs. Everything is very clean and we enjoyed the kind offer to let Mrs. Hume know when we would like to have breakfast. The terrace is huge and has two garden swings and lots of plants and flowers. It is nice to benefit from hints given from a local. Ananda is located a five minutes walk away from the beautiful Bellini Garden, from which the center with the exciting fish market is easy to reach by foot.
If you are looking for a little slice of paradise in Catania, along with lots of TLC, the Ananda B&B is the best place to stay. I stayed at Ananda for 2 weeks and not only never lacked for something new to see and do in the city and in the surrounding area, but was well taken care of by Kate. Wait until you taste her homemade date bread and homemade jams. YUM! Unfortunately I was ill during my stay, and Kate not only brought breakfast to my room, but she also checked in on me later in the day and brought me homemade soup. Who does that?!?! Above and beyond any service you will get from a hotel! My room had 2 twin beds, a dresser, desk, and wardrobe. I also had a desk and Wifi - as I was working in the afternoons. The location is great and from the plant-filled patio you can see water. Everything is within walking distance - with the park only 2 blocks away. You will be delighted with the facility, location, and great hostess - Kate Hume.
We stayed at Ananda B&B for 3 nights in November. Kate, the owner, was incredibly hospitable and made our stay very enjoyable. Relative to all of the other places we stayed in Sicily and Rome, Ananda B&B really made us feel like we were at home. I would strongly recommend this B&B!
I' ve spent one week in november 2011 in this b & b. The room and the bathroom are large, new furnished and clean. Cathrene is able to give you many informations about Catania, Sicily and Italy. Really marvelous is her breakfast. Very rich, varied and tasteful. An ideal b & b above all for tourists, who speak better English than Italian. Eckart from Berlin, Germany
My wife and I stayed for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We wish we could have stayed longer. Quiet for inner city and Kate made us so welcome. She is a wonderful host and extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Ananda B&B just for a couple of nights. The owner was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and in the morning we were able to enjoy breakfast on her very pretty terrace. We would like to visit again! We recommend this b&b! the owner is scottish with a beautiful english accent and speaks italian too. Giorgia e Norman
My girlfriend and I spent one night here in september (unfortunately not more) after attending a wedding in Forza D'Agro, before going back to Norway. Cathrene, the innkeeper, is a lovely lady with a lovely home, it's just one of those places you would like to go back to. The room and bathroom, and the house in general are very clean and nice, comfortable and charming. Most hotels are not as nice as this... As we were late up, we did not get to taste the breakfast but we will next time, because we are going back down to Catania as soon as we can. The terrace is outstanding, she has a small jungle out there and it is very tidy and well kept, the perfect place to chill out with a cold beer in the evening and study all the lovely plants (if you are a gardening enthusiast like me it's awesome :-)). We highly recommend Ananda B&B, if you choose to stay at her place you will not be disappointed! Trude and Amund
It was a real pleasure to spend five nights in June 2011 in Kate's wonderful B&B. The rooms were lovely and sparkling clean. A view to mount Etna from the balcony - what more could you possibly want in Catania... The location is perfect, everything you need is in walking distance. Breakfast is served on a beautiful terrace where you can hardly squeeze in a table between all the flowerpots ;-) And what a breakfast! Maybe you could find similar places in town in terms of rooms, balconies, or breakfast locations (though I doubt it). Ananda, however, is unique and special because of Kate, the soul and heart of this B&B. Friendly, warm, helpful, witty, knowledgeable, and charming she is the best landlady ever. I can only recommend Ananda. Relax, enjoy, and return!
My partner and I have recently stayed for 6 nights (June 2011) at Ananda's and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Having stayed at B & B's in the UK Ananda's sits at the top end of the market. It was clean, quiet and had a beautiful terrrace where breakfast was served. The Owner would change the breakfast menu daily to give us a true taste of Sicily.The cleansiness of the rooms and bathroom was superb. The Owner was very friendly and warm and able to offer a lot of advice with regards the city and local areas - such as which bus to catch where, what to see, etc. The Owner also made us feel that we were an extention of her family - and even went as far as to supply plasters & talc (for aching sore feet) and spray for bites. Ananda's definitely raises the bar when it comes to B and B's. A TRULY WONDERFUL experience.