9 Affordable B&B & Airbnb Deals Around Messina’s Waterfront, In Italy - Updated 2024

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Messina is a harbor city the third biggest city in Sicily, after Palermo and Catania. In the northeast of the region, separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina, it is the place where rail and car travelers first set foot on Sicilian soil. Accessible by long-distance buses and trains from Rome and Naples, this transit city is also known for its Norman Messina Cathedral, the Piazza del Duomo, its astronomical clock on the bell tower, and many other monuments and places worth visiting.

From the simple passage to the longer stay, the city is worth finding good accommodation to fully enjoy it. And what’s better than a wonderful view of the harbor, the Strait of Messina and mainland Italy from your balcony? In this article, we’ll look at the different affordable accommodation, nearby the Messina waterfront.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status. recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on January 31, 2024.

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Airbnb accommodation near the Messina waterfront:

1. Gioela's mini apartment (from 52 USD)

Overlooking the sea, Gioela’s apartment is located in a historic building, in the town center, two minutes from the Duomo. You’ll enjoy gazing at the incredible scenery of the Strait of Messina, from the apartment’s large terrace. This comfortable accommodation is also located in a strategic position, allowing you to reach Messina station in just a five-minute walk, from which direct trains and buses are serving most Sicilian tourist destinations.

Furthermore, for those who would like to see more of the city, you can reach the major Messina attractions, from the cathedral to the central square, by a quick walk or by tram (the tram stop is a few meters away from the entrance). Hosting up to four people, the renovated apartment displays a living area with kitchenette, a wardrobe, two bathrooms and a double bedroom, for a comfortable and pleasant stay. Finally, you’ll appreciate Gioela’s friendly advice about the best things to do in this sunny city.

Centralissimo mini appartamento

Price: from 52 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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2. Antonio's apartment (from USD 65)

Just a short walk from the historic center, Antonio’s 140 square meter (1507 square feet) apartment can host up to 10 guests. This massive accommodation is restructured and fully equipped with four bedrooms, a large living room, a semi-kitchen, two bathrooms, a balcony and a closet, which makes it a great bargain at only 32 USD, per person. In addition, Antonio will be pleased to provide you packaged foods for meals, bicycles, short boat trips, disabled facilities, and plenty of other welcomed services.

Furthermore, thanks to its location in a quiet and safe neighborhood, the apartment is the ideal starting point to discover all Messina attractions: the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, the Duomo, the bell tower, the sanctuary of the Madonna di Montalto and the Zaera market are reachable within a few minutes’ walk. Antonio’s apartment is definitely a great offer, for your stay in the city.

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Messina, Sicilia, Italy
451 meters (0.3 ft) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina
102 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 9 Beds 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
his home has a very local feel with typical furnishings simple but comfortable
the 2nd bathroom was a bonus as there were 7 of us
two bathrooms were very useful for our big family
the apartment is huge clean with very comfortable bedrooms and a full equipped kitchen
wifi 2 bathrooms great kitchen clean and big
the house is huge clean and the hosts were very nice
it is very nice and beautiful apartment fine location very quietly very clean and comfortable
antonio was very friendly and was ready to solve any problem
a perfect host and so helpful
he is a really nice and kind host and was eager to help us since we contacted him
antonio and his wife gave very good advice for the city which was very helpful
antonio and his wife were very nice and accommodating
the apartment is located a 10 minute walk to all major attractions in messina
centrally located and perfect to explore messina by walk
very interesting for us it is a short walk up a cobbled hill
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3. Giovanna's private room (from USD 25)

For an incredibly cheap price of 15 USD per person, Giovanna’s house, near the waterfront and the historical center is one place worth looking at. Hosting up to 2 travelers, this spacious and bright accommodation is close to all city amenities and just a five-minute walk away from the station, which makes it a good opportunity for travelers passing through Messina and continuing their trip further in Sicily.

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Messina, Sicilia, Italy
1.31 km (0.9 mi) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina
232 reviews   Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

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Amenities & Room:
nice place very large room with balcony kitchen 2 bathrooms and everything you need
giovanna and her brother's apartment was perfect for my short stay in messina
communication with giovanna was easy and fast kitchen is very well equipped and you can use everything
the room was comfortable
large bedroom nice kitchen and bathrooms
super clean spacious rooms kitchen
clean room and access to kitchen
the apartment was clean and big
the room and the whole appartament was clean and not abandoned
the hostel is very clean and convenient
local tips by the host was helpful
very friendly host and helpful too
although arriving late at night the host was ready to receive us
great hosts wonderful conversations
the host where very friendly and hopeful
the location was perfect for our needs and close to public transport and shopping
the location is close to the station and easy to find
everything was great good location in the city center everything close
excellent stay a 10 minute walk to the main station and just a few minutes from the main street
excellent stay a 10 minute walk to the main station and just a few minutes from the main street
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Bed & breakfast near the waterfront:

4. Gaetano's B&B (from USD 54)

For passengers or solo travelers, Geatano’s B&B is the perfect place. Close to all the city’s amenities and attractions, the accommodation is still a peaceful and quiet place, suitable for solitary adventurers or business travelers. Near to all the public transport, guests will enjoy moving easily through the town and having a comfortable and well-equipped nest for an honest price.

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Messina, Sicilia, Italy
671 meters (0.5 ft) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina
34 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in bed and breakfast 1 Bed 1 Guest 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 1

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clean room in the centre of the city
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5. La Casa di Fata Morgana (from 82 USD)

La Casa di Fata Morgana B&B is a beautiful 70 square meter (754 square feet) apartment, large and full of light with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. Set on the Messina waterfront, less than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Duomo Messina, the Church of the Annunciation of the Catalans, the Sant Elia Church and the Regional Museum of Messina, this accommodation offers good views of the city skyline. Up to 5 guests will enjoy staying in this little “art gallery”, displaying numerous pieces of art, antiques and designer objects, for a peaceful and cozy stay.

La Casa di Fata Morgana

Address: Via Pasquale Calapso, 3, 98121 Messina, Italy (see map)

Price: from 82 USD

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6. The B&B Caronte Messina (from USD 50)

In front of Tirreno Beach, from where you can enjoy the Strait of Messina scenery, B&B Caronte Messina offers well-equipped rooms that perfectly fit families staying in the city. This spacious and comfortable place will let you enjoy a walk on the beach before going on to discover the Regional Museum and other city attractions, as it’s at a fair, walkable distance.

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B&B Caronte Messina

Wifi Available

Address: Viale della Libertà,151
2.02 km (1.3 mi) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina

Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Heating WiFi Available Free WiFi

7. The B&B Antonello da Messina (from USD 43)

Perfectly suited for solo travelers or couples discovering Sicily, the Bed & Breakfast Antonello da Messina is 300 meters (984 feet) away from the city Cathedral, 700 meters (2296 feet) from Sant'Elia Church and right in the town’s center. Guests will appreciate the beautiful balcony views of the city monuments while enjoying the comfortability and the calm of the accommodation that offers high-quality service and amenities in the private rooms and the shared areas (living room and kitchen).

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B&B Antonello da Messina

Wifi Available

Address: Corso Cavour 156
278 meters (0.2 ft) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina

Bar Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Barber/beauty shop Family rooms Internet services Safety deposit box Hiking

8. The Garibaldi B&B (from USD 79)

The Garibaldi B&B is located in front of the Messina harbor and features amazing views of both the waterfront and the city skyline, that you can enjoy from the room windows or the private balconies. Starting the day with the sweet and savory breakfast, you’ll be able to access all the city attractions within a few steps, while the beach of Tirreno is only one kilometer (0.6 miles) away. This is a great offer for solo tourists or couples looking to rest while passing through Messina with the ferries to or from mainland Italy.

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Garibaldi R&B

Wifi Available

Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 108
236 meters (0.2 ft) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina

Parking Pets allowed Room service Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services Laundry Dry cleaning

9. The Ciauru Design B&B (from USD 72)

Displaying stunning views of the Strait of Messina and mainland Italy, the Ciauru Design B&B offers its lucky guests a private beach area, water sports facilities (the area is famous for windsurfing), spa center, restaurant and many other services. The tourist looking for sightseeing can either hire a bike at the B&B or walk to Messina places of interest, less than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away. The adventurous traveler, looking for further experience in Sicily, can also hire a car to travel to other locations, such as the city of Palermo, Trapani and Mount Etna.

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Ciauru Design B&B

Wifi Available

Address: Viale Della Libertà 251
2.38 km (1.5 mi) from Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina

Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre Laundry

Enjoy waterfront scenery on a budget while staying in Messina

Messina is the obligatory stop for rail and car travelers when they first arrive in Sicily. Whether you are passing through or looking for a longer stay, travelers will often have to stay in the city. These nine affordable B&B & Airbnb deals around the Messina waterfront offer you the chance to fully enjoy your stay in the Sicilian city and to appreciate all the city attractions while taking in the magnificent view of the Strait of Messina. Check them out the next time you visit Messina.

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