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“Central location; good value; a real four star hotel (but not five)” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via dei Cartari, 18, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 99 Hotels in Palermo
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“Central location; good value; a real four star hotel (but not five)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Centrally located on walking distance to all major city sights (although the area is not really attractive). Impressive atrium. Nice room, not very large but with contemporary comfort and amenities. Friendly and helpful staff. Initially the room airco was not working, but one call to the reception solved the problem. Excellent breakfast (certainly compared to the regional standards). Good, but not very sophisticated, meals.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Forres, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This hotel is a haven, and well worth the money - for my family and me, it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime stay to be welcomed into such a beautiful building. For the sleep quality alone, it is priceless: the beds are ultra comfortable, and most probably uniquely in Palermo city, the hotel overlooks no busy roads, as it nestles in a square just off the principal streets.

Handy for everything, you can find sights and attractions, and restaurants from 'posh' to 'popular', all within a very short walk. Don't miss hanging out at the bars in the 'squares' at night: the market piazzas heave with good-natured crowds, music, street-cooked seafood and thousands of scooters! The little gathering squares are lively - and noisy! - until sometimes 5.00am, so it's a real comfort to know your own bedroom doesn't overlook them.

The staff were so welcoming and helpful, I can't understand why anyone could find anything to complain about. Breakfast was beautifully fresh and varied - on-the-bone cured hams, fresh cheeses, and other continental delicacies (best go elsewhere if you want monster-American or English fried breakfasts!).

I will definitely return to this hotel.

Room Tip: The hotel does not overlook any really noisy streets, so I reckon most rooms are restful. Some rooms...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This hotel was absolutely beautiful. Great location for walking to the historial area of Palermo. The room was excellent, and we enjoyed the open air lobby with the retractable roof for enjoying drinks after a day of touring. The staff was polite, and very friendly, and service was quick. Our breakfast was delicious and dinner excellent. Great place to stay for visiting the sites in Palermo!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palos Verdes Estates, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed here in January, when most hotels were closed. The buffet breakfast each morning, included, was EXCELLENT. Really amazing. The room we had, was really 2 rooms. A sitting room and a bedroom, with a 3 area bath area. Very clean, easy access to the city...well you are right there afterall.
Palermo is rough around the edges...but so interesting. My husband could not wait to turn in our rental car....crazy tiny streets. We had to park finally in a square, and pay some dummy a couple of Euro to 'watch' our car, while we walked to find the entrance to the hotel!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trieste, Italy
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This hotel's location is perfect to visit the historical area of Palermo: close to the central via Vittorio Emanuele, via Roma, via Maqueda, and a few minutes from the seafront, the city's main attractions, the Opera house and other venues. The hotel entrance is on a small lane which may look seedy at first sight but is not; police cars patrol the area which is actually safer than most places.
The rooms are very large (larger than the Italian average), clean, comfortable and well equipped; so are the bathrooms. My room (on an upper floor) was very quiet.
Breakfast, though not extraordinary, is a on good standard (cakes, croissants, cereals, jams, yoghurts, hot eggs and sausages, a selection of cheeses, parma ham and salami); it is served in the large restaurant salon. The hotel is very ample and has a wonderful inner patio (formerly the cloister of a 16th-century convent); it is wi-fied on the ground floor for free; complimentary newspapers can be found in the many sitting rooms; there's also a fitness center. The hotel restaurant serves good food, yet there are many excellent restaurants in the area that can be visited first.
There is no hotel garage; so if you arrive by car, parking in the vicinity may be complicated (perhaps it' d be good to contact the concierge for advice beforehand).
The hotel's managers and personnel were courteous and helpful (I do not agree with some of the reviewers who lamented the porters' lack of politeness).
In my opinion, the hotel fully deserves its four stars.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I thought it hotel was unique..with its open air lobby and interesting rooms. It seemed in a gritty location but was actually very convenient to many Palermo sights..and good restaurants. Actually one of the nicer areas of Palermo.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Palermo is a tough city. Not for sissies, and by "sissies" I mean anyone who doesn't really want to be there. Reminds me a little of NYC in the old days (1970's "Taking of Pelham 123" etc) All the big hotels in downtown Palermo have very mixed reviews. Borsa has a pretty good location if you are interested in walking and sightseeing. We were in two different suites. THe first one was huge but extremely noisy - a political concert and rally right outside our window on Friday October 26. When it finally stopped around 1-2 in the morning they spent the rest of the evening dismantling the aluminum staging for the rest of the night. Can you say "cranky?" Moved to a courtyard smaller suite - much more basic but a bit quieter. Plumbing etc very comfortable and modern. THe front desk very nice if a bit quick to hide. No concierge. Breakfast quite nice. If you are easily spooked by dark alleys and garbage, the entrance to the Hotel may be a bit of a turn off, but I don't think it is particularly unsafe and certainly the hotel is very clean inside. I agree with those who said do not drive to this hotel. Unless you learned to drive in Palermo, I think this is good advice. Teeny tiny alley with blind corners and cars and taxis blocking and double parked all over. Palermo is an experience. If you are staying at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa you will be fine, but it is unlikely to be a relaxing effortless 5 star experience, so keep your expectations down a bit and you may have a really great time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via dei Cartari, 18, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo > Tribunali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Palermo
#7 Luxury Hotel in Palermo
#7 Romantic Hotel in Palermo
#15 Family Hotel in Palermo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4*
Number of rooms: 126
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