We spent 2 nights here at the end of September - at the end of 2 weeks in N W Sicily, and I have to say it was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.
Sure, it's a bit past its best, and has seen better days, but that only added to its charms for me, as I hate ultra modern, steel & glass hotels.
The public areas were amazing - very opulent, the room was very good, and the staff were very pleasant, efficient and helpful without being 'in your face'.
And I got a very good price online by booking a month in advance, so all in all very well pleased.
Maybe they could make a bit more of their long history though, maybe by giving out some info/leaflets in the rooms.
One of the city sightseeing tours actually passed the hotel, and told us quite a lot about it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LOCATED IN THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF PALERMO, SICILYFounded in 1874 and renovated in 1907 by one of the great masters of the Art Nouveau Style, Ernesto Basile, the exquisite Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes hotel exudes historical charm. Grand decor of marble floors and antiques combine nicely with very latest technology to make your stay a memorable one. The recently restored restaurant, bar and banquet room can host all your personal and professional events in great style turning them into unforgettable moments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Palermo
- Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes Palermo, Sicily