A lot has been said about the fact that this wonderful old hotel needs an infusion of cash for a major update/renovation. We just spent three nights there, and simple loved it. Yes, the windows were shedding paint like crazy; yes, they were replacing carpeting but had not reached our fouth floor corridor; yes, only one elevator was working, and it's small. But those trivialities aside, it's simple a grand (in the old sense) hotel, with lovely high ceilings, sculptures in the lobby, exquisite breakfast rooms (yes, plural) with the best "free" breakfast we've ever experienced. It was like returning to the late 19th century, and we adored it. It's locating is a bit west (outside) the old city center, but it's within a block of the "sightseeing bus" tour stop/start, and that's a smart way to see the city. And just a block or so away is a perfectly wonderful restaurant, "Ristorane a'Cuccagna" which is a great way to finish the day.
- 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