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“Stunning little oasis in the middle of Palermo”

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Il Giardino di Ballaro
Ranked #14 of 473 Palermo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
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191 reviews
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“Stunning little oasis in the middle of Palermo”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We chose Il Giardino di Ballaro as the first stop of our visit to Sicily and it was by far the best place we stayed.
Arriving by taxi where we travelled down narrow streets, this lovely B&B is barely noticeable however once you are buzzed in you are greeted by Ludovica and Angela who are both warm and inviting and exceptionally helpful.
The premises are stunning, beautifully furnished and the rooms are huge, wonderful for families as they provide two separate bedrooms and two separate bathrooms.
Whilst the Hotel is well priced the inclusive breakfast and free Wi-fi are great bonuses.
Although some travellers may find the area a little out of the way if they are looking to discover Palermo to it's fullest, I would definitely list this wonderful B&B as one of the loveliest we have stayed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Although I stayed only one night, I would recommend this B&B to anyone who visits Palermo. The staff, Ludovica and Angela, were very helpful and extremely gracious. I have stayed in hotels in Palermo in the past, but should I return there again I would only stay at Il Giardino. My single room was quite adequate in size, and the bathroom was very spacious. The breakfast was quite good.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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München
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights with our son (seven months). It’s a truly family friendly place; we could use the kitchen to prepare the meals for the baby at any time. The staff and the owner are very helpful and friendly.

The B&B is centrally located in the Albergaria area with easy access to all sights within the center of Palermo. The Ballaro market is just a few minutes away from the B&B. Yes, there is street noise if you have one of the rooms facing Via Porta di Castro (that’s the trade-off for staying in the city and closing the window helps a lot). It’s rather difficult and confusing to get to the place if you are arriving by car. Parking on the street seems to be save – at least we parked car with foreign license plate on the street for four days).

Rooms are modern, clean and nicely decorated. You can enjoy the excellent breakfast either inside the nice breakfast room or outside in the garden. The garden is a quiet oasis and a per-fect place to relax with a glass of wine or a beer after a long sightseeing day.

No doubt, we would stay at the Il Giardino di Ballaro again. Great value for the money!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed two nights as our honey moon across Sicily was coming to an end. The place is very close to Ballaro' (hence the name), which is the most active and genuine street market in Palermo. Although the area is super lively day and night the place was surprisingly calm and cosy. The room was very spacious, the bathroom clean and modern. The hall is very impressive and the inside garden where breakfast is served quite atmospheric. Breakfast was good. The staff excellent, professional and very helpful. The B&B is never left unattended. On our arrival, one of them even came to rescue us lost somewhere nearby in our car unable to make sense of Palermo's maddening one way system. Recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edegem
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Fantastic B&B in the middle of Palermo. Nice room and lovely decorated. Nice inner garden where they serve breakfast. Very nice host and receptionist. A place to recommend in the middle of this dirty but nice city. Wen you arrive in the neighborhood you think you made a mistake but there is nothing to be afraid of. Very good price-quality!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I stayed in this delightful hotel for a week at the beginning of September with seven friends who were visiting Palermo on an art appreciation trip. It was clean and easy to find and we were welcomed like old friends having emailed the hotel before our arrival to check details of our booking when they were most helpful and happy to communicate in English or Italian.

The garden is a simply delightful oasis in a very busy district on the edge of the Ballero market. Despite the busy street life around the hotel the rooms were very quiet and peaceful. I shared with a friend and we had a room that led onto the garden and had the benefit of two bathrooms and plenty of space for us not to fall over each other in the room. Breakfast was served from 7.30 - 10.30 and was a mixture of fresh fruit cold meat cheese fresh bread and pastries and some days we had home baked lemon cake. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. All variations of coffee and tea were provided and when I asked for lemon in my tea Angela went off to pick a fresh one from their tree.

Lovely reception area with comfy sofas where we met before going in search of the best restaurants for dinner each evening. The staff were so friendly and accommodating in all matters -maps were produced and restaurants recommended and we were never disappointed.

Do ask the staff to book your taxi to and from the airport as we paid 60 euros when we arrived and went to the taxi rank - instead of 40euros to the driver booked by the hotel to take us back to the airport when we left.

No lift in the hotel so you need to be able to manage the stairs.

Value for money was outstanding.

Location was perfect just a stone throw from the Duomo and most of the other major sites.

A recently renovated building in very good condition. Very elegant.

Lynda Nunn
London

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Stayed here just one night. Located in the old town, it is a welcoming oasis when you walk through the door. Peaceful lobby area with WIFI and great clean rooms. We were very pleased with this establishment. What really made it though was Ludovica and Angela! Very helpful and charming. Thanks again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Il Giardino di Ballaro
Address: Via Porta di Castro 75/77, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 473 B&Bs / Inns in Palermo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Il Giardino di Ballaro 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ai piedi di Palazzo Conte Federico, nel cuore del centro storico di Palermo, nel mercato di Ballarò si trova il B&B di charme “Il giardino di Ballarò”.Il restauro, terminato nel luglio del 2011, ha portato alla luce elementi architettonici che danno a questa dimora storica un fascino ed una particolare atmosfera; infatti sia gli archi in pietra secolare del XVIII e XIX secolo, che i colonnati di ghisa testimoniano vari interventi nel tempo.Il boutique B&B dispone di ampie camere elegantemente arredate e corredate di vari servizi (televisione, aria condizionata, riscaldamento, bagni in camera, asciugacapelli, WiFi).Le triple e le quadruple hanno doppi servizi, la modernissima cucina su richiesta è messa a disposizione degli ospiti dalla padrona di casa.Questa dimora è completata da un’antica corte che custodisce un giardino e da una terrazza solarium sui tetti.Durante le belle giornate si potrà fare colazione all’aperto in giardino, all’ombra degli agrumi. La colazione offerta è ricca di specialità siciliane e non solo.Ampi saloni con camino sono a disposizione della clientela. Il giardino di Ballarò si trova a cento metri dal mercato arabo di Ballarò e duecento dalla Cattedrale, Cappella Palatina, Chieda di San Giovanni Degli Eremiti, Casa Professa e cento metri dalla Torre di San Nicolò, da cui ammirare i tetti della vecchia Palermo.A 350 metri parcheggio custodito. Trasferimenti per aeroporto, porto e stazione. Babysitter, massaggi rilassanti e noleggio carrozze siciliane su richiesta. ... more   less 
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