Grand Hotel Villa Igiea is some way from the 'walking areas' of Palermo - maybe that is part of its charm!
My stay was on business, just for one night, three days before Christmas, so out of Season... (perhaps that explains the only Christmas decoration being the solitary tree in reception). I was given a very nice luxury room, with balcony overlooking the harbour and the bay. My reception was friendly and welcoming, and I was portered to my room and given a demonstration of the facilities.
The bar itself is co-located in the centre of the dining area which seemed a little out of the ordinary, but, suitably 'armed' with a drink, I met my colleague in a pleasant undercover seating area in the adjacent conservatory (warmer days would enable this to be taken outside on a very pretty verandah).
The food in the restaurant was ok, although the beef fillet, cut into strips (!) and ordered medium/well, arrived rare - not unusual in Mediteranean countries.
Breakfast again was fine, if a little limited in variety, but service was prompt and respectful.
First visit to the bathroom upon waking in the morning, revealed three cockroaches 'captive' in the bathtub. These were quickly depatched down the plughole with the shower attachment and normality returned..........
Yes - would definitely stay again in a similar harbour facing room. I would relish the chance to investigate the hotel grounds and the locality in the spring/summer, & when I had more time (if only).
- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hotel Palermo
- Hilton Palermo
- Palermo Hilton
- Villa Igiea
- Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo, Sicily
- 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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