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“Nice apartment, bad neighborhood” 3 of 5 stars
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Casa Orioles
1.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Via Alla Piazza dei Tedeschi 4, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)   |  
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Ranked #132 of 346 Palermo B&B and Inns
Milan, Italy
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Nice apartment, bad neighborhood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

The neighborhood, which seems like it should be nice based on the vicinity to te cathedral is shockingly dirty and noisy. The apartment however was very nice and large. But make sure you have everything you need before you take the keys because it's hard to get a hold of the host again, even for toilet paper, and no one comes in to clean the rooms.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Geneva, Switzerland
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10 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

In a rather typical part of the old town, close to the cathedral, palazzo dei Normanni and Ballaro market. Big spaces, no elevator, kitchenette where one can prepare one's own breakfast or other meals, in a neighbourhood made up of a few ruins, some unrestored and an increasing number of restored buildings. Neighbours can be noisy until late at night, at other times kids try out their motorcycles in the surrounding streets. We had no problems with security although people warned us about avoiding dark alleys at night. Police headquarters are close by. Definitely a special experience at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brescia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

I booked casa orioles because the comments on booking com. were "favulous" I think if you really want to give your oppinion so other persons can trust , you have to be really impartial. In fact, the owner was very polite and nice, but the B &B was not the favolous I would have expected..
First of all it is located in the Ballaro area.. very old and ruined. you have to arrive walking. Close enough to the cathedral, but the whole area is not characteristic or nice at all..
At night it is not easy to find a nice restaurante close by.. The first night we were recommended one . Very good although not cozy. The seccond night we walked for about an hour finding abbsolute NOTHING .
For breakfast you can find mermalade, butter and "fette biscotate" In a small fridge water ,milk and pear juice .
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There were also tea bags and "coffe" that you had to prapare in a Moka express. The problem was that the electric boiler was broken and dirty and the electric grill was not warm enough to make coffee.
Having stayed at other "B@B of this kind, where you have cheese, yoghurt, fruit, lots of different bisquits and crakers ,.I found this "breakfast" really poor

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

We were first attracted to Casa Orioles because of the size of the rooms and the competitive price. We only intended to stay one night before moving on to other pastures but after arriving at Orioles decided to book another 2 nights immediately!

This place reminded me of a Moroccan Riad. It's beautiful, full of antique furniture and more than enough room to swing several cats. They provide comfy beds and adequate bathrooms.

The only quarm I had here was that nobody was around at breakfast, just a few rolls, jam and coffee making facilities were available for you to tuck into at your leisure, this didn't hinder us in the slightest but a friendly face might have been a nice touch.

We will most definately be back to this hidden beauty. Counting down the days already!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sicily
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

Seriously... don't forget to stock up on earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones if you plan to stay here.

Having said that, the advantages of being right in the middle of one of the liveliest and most characteristic neighborhood in Palermo are countless.
Plus, the B&B is impeccably, very tastefully furnished and has excellent price/quality ratio; the owners are extremely friendly and helpful... and the free wi-fi actually works.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

Having returned from a three week tour of Europe this was the only place to which we would never return! On arrival at the apartment we discovered that instead of two bedrooms my sister , my husband and I were expected to sleep all in the same room with the one double bed as per picture and a single fold-down bed provided! The woman who met us agreed to move the bed into the dining/ TV room and my sister had three uncomfortable nights sleeping there. We were awoken in the morning to the noise of horses and men yelling. Discovered the stables below! Next the builders next door commend work. Noise of cement mixers and banging. Beware this building will be going on for some time. The apartment is near a corner and at night the noise of motor bikes goes on endlessly. Beeping of horns and reving of engines. Despite being assured by the landlady that she would be on hand to help and trying to seek her out in the office several times, we only saw her once during our stay. Most of time the office looked empty. When we finally made contact in person with another lady in the office we were told that the internet in our room was not working ( the system was down) and there was no printer that we could access to print our next hotel booking.
Admittedly the apartment was very clean and there were plentiful supplies of packaged muffins, jams etc. But if you want a good night's sleep, a helping hand and local advice do not stay at this apartment!!

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Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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pascale1964
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2010

This hotel is located in a popular district of Palermo, surrounded by rubbish and very noisy neighbours. Actually the noise was such that I am wondering if people in this city are actually sleeping at all; the fact is that we didn't. Double glazing could be a good investment for this hotel. There is air conditioning, which works, but makes more noise than a jumbo jet landing. The price was not so cheap for the quality provided. For breakfast it is best to go to a nearby bar as the one you are asked to prepare yourself in the hotel is barely eadable.
The good point was that the owner and the girl in charge were very friendly and helpful. The room was big (but cold).

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Alla Piazza dei Tedeschi 4, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo > Palazzo Reale
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #132 of 346 B&Bs / Inns in Palermo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Casa Orioles 1*
Number of rooms: 5
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