Step inside the Quitocanto and you would be forgiven if you forget where you are -at the heart of one of the busiest crossroads in Palermo. Quintocanto is a welcoming calm sanctuary from the heat and hustle of the main streets outside. Ideally situated in the old town but within walking distance of everywhere including New Town and beyond. We walked to all the main attractions without problem and there are plenty of great shops, markets, restaurants and cafes within yards of the hotel. Top marks for superb location.
This modern boutique hotel is set within an old building and maintains some of the original features. From experience the room are of varying sizes. The first room we were shown was long and narrow and lacked natural light. However, we were moved to another very nice room without hesitation. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and decorated in neutral colours, with all the amenties and facilties one would expect-fridge, airconditioning (which was absolutely superb given the heat and humidity), cable TV (although limited English channels-always makes me chuckle why hotels seem to think english speakers are only interested in the news whilst on holiday!), rain shower, comfortable bed. It is not as luxurious as some of the boutique hotels we have stayed in but it was in keeping with charm of the building. Overall no complaints but it did lack the wow factor one would expect from a boutique hotel.
During our 3 night stay, the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. One lady in particular whose name I have disappointingly forgotten was brilliant. We had many a conversation about Palermo and other things and she was genuinely interested in what her guests had to talk about. She always took time out to smile and ask about our day, giving plently of hints and tips along the way. We did not have time to take advantage of the free hour sampling various amenities in the Spa therefore cannot comment on this aspect of the hotel.
Overall we had a lovely stay and would recommend this hotel. As mentioned by other reviewers, for us, the only let down was the breakfast. It was nothing to write home about and very basic- Italians love their sweet breakfast- cakes and pastries dominate so don't expect to find much else. Coffee was great! Breakfast was included in the price of the hotel therefore I am not going to grumble but I would not pay extra to have breakfast here as the choice is extremely limited in comparison to what we were offered at other hotels during our trip around Sicily. Offering some healthier options considering it is a Spa hotel might attract positive feedback regarding breakfast from reviewers.
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- Quintocanto Hotel & Spa Palermo, Sicily