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Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

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Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Hi everyone, i came across this great thread from 1.5 years ago where wonderful Vagabonda gives some hotel neighborhood advice. I wonder if this is still true now?

We will only have two full days (including a Sunday) and was planning to book Ambasciatori but after seeing this post wonder if we should re-consider. We want to be best positioned to enjoy our wanderings around Palermo -- seeing the markets and sites on Saturday, enjoying the pedestrian-free area on Sunday, etc.

The rooftop terrace and breakfast does sound inviting, but don't want to feel we are in a less lively (or "dark") area evenings or Sunday.

Thanks for any updated input!

<<There are two convenient areas to consider in Palermo – The area around Politeama square, or the area closer to the historic centre near piazza Marina.

The Politeama square area is lively, well situated for public transport (including the airport bus, but also the bus to the train station), restaurants, and nightlife, and it’s attractive with squares, wider streets, and shopping.

Consider Hotel Garibaldi, Hotel Plaza Opéra, Hotel Wagner, Mercure Palermo Centro, or Maxim B&B in this area.

You would probably prefer this area!

Gentrified piazza Marina is another lively area with restaurants and trattorie, and it’s slightly closer to Palermo’s historic sites, but not as convenient for public transport.

Consider Hotel Porta Felice, Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Falkensteiner Hotel Palazzo Sitano, B&B (boutique) Allakala, and Butera 28 (apartments) in this area.

Hotel Ambasciatori is located in Palermo’s historic centre and it’s convenient to the train station, the airport bus stop, the historical sites, and it’s reasonably priced, but via Roma is dark and quiet at night when everything is closed.>>

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1. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Hi. the situation is still as described, not much has changed in the last 2 years. there are a few new places open near via Roma, and the side strees are just a bit more lively, and that's it

The advice is still fully valid.

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2. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Hi everyone! What do you think about the neighbourhood where Hotel Garibaldi is situated? The street address is Via Emerico Amari, 146.

Is that a good location?

Thanks!

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3. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Yes absolutely, it's the Politeama square area mentioned above.

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4. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Hi alison18losangeles,

Hotel Ambasciatori is lovely, reasonably priced, and convenient for exploring Palermo’s historic centre.

biondo offers more information here.....

21+ Days in Sicily - Where to stay?:

tripadvisor.com/…39099619

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5. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Ciao Vagabonda and biondo,

Greetings from Sydney.Hope you are both good

I am so happy to have been asked by friends travelling to Sicily to help them with their travel plans, hotels , restaurants. Tours and guides etc.Have been able to recommend almost everything except a hotel in Palermo as we were only there for a day including a morning walking tour.

They are wanting a luxury , preferably boutique hotel in a good position where they will be able to enjoy walking to historical sights and restaurants at night.

....please help!

Wish it was me coming back!!!!!

Grazie

Robyn

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6. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Ciao shats,

Thank you – All is well and glad to hear you are well too, even if not returning to Sicily!

First your friends should decide between the Politeama area and Palermo’s historic centre.

Palermo isn’t so much a boutique hotel destination, and even some of the newer and more boutique hotels are modern in décor, but consider BB22, Hotel Palazzo Sitano, Hotel Porta Felice....

All the best -

Vagabonda

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7. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

hello all, we are arriving in palermo on 12th november and staying in palazza bruniccini. have you any advise for the area we are staying, i have read it can be quite dawnring on an evening and rather a run daown are. thanks Dawn

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8. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

The palazzo itself is very beautiful. It's located in an alley near Ballarò market and casa Professa church, and could be very hard to find, not knowing the area. It's right in the old center, and while some parts of the neighborhood are restored and active at night, there are other parts still rather run down, and dark at night, it's very mixed.

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9. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Certainly not an area for everyone, and perhaps consider transport by taxi.

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10. Re: Palermo Hotel neighborhood advice

Dear Vagabonda,

Given you are the expert on Sicily. Which aerea/hotel is better, "Hotel Garibaldi" or "Ambasciatori"? Taking into consideration that we will have a rental car.

thanks in advance!

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