Before talking about the hotel, a question ... Why Palermo? Our advice would be to stay outside and visit as we found it oppressive with not much to see. OK for us as we used it as a base, but a hotel outside town might have been better.
Grand Hotel et Des Palmes was once magnificent. It is still very impressive but its glory is fading, and quickly. That said our stay was very pleasant, staff friendly and helpful. Restaurant OK but breakfast great and varied choice. We were upgraded to a De Luxe room - which makes me think the Standard must be pretty small - and we were more than satisfied although some might find the decor disappointing. It looks like this grand old place just about grinds along and it gives the impression of almost grinding to a halt. But it's so charming.
We were blessed with a comedy performance when we had dinner. Served in an enormous room, with only two tables occupied, the waiter had to walk (shuffle) the whole length of the room with our food - we nicknamed him Mr Overall. That said the food was excellent.
If you're fussy you might be disappointed though.
- 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