After staying at the Timeo in Taormina, we went up to Palermo for three days and stayed at the Villa Igiea. What a "let down." The rooms were clean but decor not to our suiting -- clearly a personal issue.
however, the quality of the cuisine for dinner was average at best and the service -- basically non existent (in terms of a 5 star hotel).
Breakfast buffet was fine and the women waitresses who handled this service were very good. They should let them work the dinner shift.
Overall, grounds were not well maintained and the hotel looked "tired." A local relayed to us that the local Italian group that owns this hotel plus several others in Sicily (including the San Domenico in Taorma) is facing financial challenges. It was evident something was "afoot" here.
However, there aren't many great places to stay in Palermo. If we should go back, we would likely see if there is a more upscale resort nearby Palermo since sightseeing in Palermo proper can be done within 1 1/2 days if not one day.
BTW, when we asked to schedule massages at the same time for both my wife and I, we were advised that the hotel only had one massuere!!!! 5 Star hotel -- "not"
- 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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- Hilton Palermo
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