Stayed for one night as a stopover. My fault - but didn't pay attention to how far off the main road the hotel is - and quite complicated to get to. That might not have mattered if we had been greeted with warmth - or even courtesy - on arrival. But rude, disinterested staff seem to be a specialty here, especially the barman who seemed to think it was above him to serve us, and the porter who watched me haul four bags to the car without lifting a finger!
Room was stuffy and the aircon didn't work and there was a broken spring in the bed which came through the mattress! And it was sharp! This wasn't just inconvenient - it was dangerous!
On the positive side, the gardens are pretty; the view is nice; breakfast on the terrace is lovely.
And the pictures on the walls from c.1908 are interesting. But methinks its heyday was 1908.
Avoid: overpriced; awful service; uncomfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 5-STAR PALACE ON THE BEAUTIFUL COAST IN PALERMO The Grand Hotel Villa Igiea brings you a 5 star hotel experience in a sumptuous villa right on the Palermo coast, the historical capital of sun-soaked Sicily. The villa, restored by renowned Art Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile at the end of the 19th century for the Florio family, still has its original frescoes, decoration and furniture. We have added state-of-the art facilities and gastronomic restaurants for a sublime stay in Sicily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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