I’m not sure who the Italian Jane Austin is or was. But whoever they are, or were, any number of their novels could have been set at the Grand Villa, Igiea, Palermo, Scilly. The gorgeous sand-stone palazzo dominates the harbour and surrounds. A beacon of romance and luxury.
When you enter through the arch-doorway, immediately you expect to hear the giggling of the “Bennet” girls, as they spy from the top of the spiral staircase on the new arrivals. Look to your left or right upon entry, and your eye races down the two ornate corridors aching with history and possibility.
Check in is friendly without being fussy-and so the rest of the hotel. There is a distinct kind of Italian- detachment about the service. In no way is it rude or standoffish, more measured and tailored like a sharp well-made suit.
My room was on the 3rd floor and again was Victorian in aspect and impression. The dark woods, coupled with the period light fittings imbue a feeling of clam relaxation. Just one thing about the bathroom- if you have any mobility issues, it is quite a step into the bath for a shower as both are combined.
Despite all this talk of Victorian romance, I was in fact there on business, and unfortunately only had two nights at the hotel. But that small entre into Italian history was enough to make me hunger for more.
And if you are hungry, then the food at the hotel is fantastic. I ate breakfast on both days and dinner on one evening. All meals are served in the hotels only restaurant- which sits on a lovely terrace overlooking the bay. Prepared with the freshest of ingredients, each meal was well and truly savoured.
Having read other reviews I am sure there are cheaper places to both stay and eat in Palermo. But for me, I would come back here in an instant-
However, if there are any women who read this review and are looking for their, “Signor Darcy” then you may need to stay a little longer than two-nights to find him.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 5-STAR PALACE ON THE BEAUTIFUL COAST IN PALERMO The Grand Hotel Villa Igiea brings you a 5 star hotel experience in a sumptuous villa right on the Palermo coast, the historical capital of sun-soaked Sicily. The villa, restored by renowned Art Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile at the end of the 19th century for the Florio family, still has its original frescoes, decoration and furniture. We have added state-of-the art facilities and gastronomic restaurants for a sublime stay in Sicily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hotel Palermo
- Hilton Palermo
- Palermo Hilton
- Villa Igiea
- Grand Hotel Villa Igiea - MGallery Collection Palermo, Sicily