The hotel proudly advertised as an elegant villa as much stands out in the Palermo typical street view and its immediate neighboring buildings, as it simply does not seem completely ruined and even manages to make some slightly noble impression. The hotel part of the “Villa” is on the 1st and 3rd floor. Once you've managed to squeeze yourself and your luggage into the tiniest elevator you could've seen in you life, you are advised to call at the reception in the 3rd floor to get introduced into the amenity.
I was given a single room close to the entrance at the 1st floor (room no 141). Despite I had asked for a quiet room, this one was exactly the opposite. The fact that it could've been the only (free) single room does not pose any justification, though.
First, the room displayed no window, whatsoever hence no daylight; another bad issue was its size – some 3 by 3 meters. This all made you choose between claustrophobia and depression. The worst thing, however, was the constant noise of the slamming entrance door to the floor, as well as all other noises coming from the floor through a completely not soundproof room door. In general, when spending a night in an establishment carrying three stars (!!!) I rather expect some more comfort than that of a nicely furnished prison cell.
Indeed, the room displayed a modern flat screen tv, hanging just opposite the bed at some 2 meters height. To watch it you had to stand on your bed and keep this position while watching.
By the way: where is any wardrobe to put things to?
The bathroom was all right, if it only had hot water in the evenings to be able to shower after the whole day...
The breakfast room was all right, nicely placed on a sunny terrace overlooking a typical run down neighboring house. The breakfast itself was all right with the right variety of food, however, for some reason, they missed to have some ordinary bread “on offer”.
All in all, quite a disappointing experience, regarding the fact this villa-hotel bears three stars. Maybe good as some kind of bed&breakfast establishment, the Villa can hardly seriously match the standards common in reasonable European three star hotels.
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