The Hotel Principe di Villafranca is great for a short stay in Palermo. The lounge area offers a quiet, comfortable space for relaxation with many Italian magazines. A list of available bar drinks would have been useful, as the bar was not tended all the time, though Gaetano, the porter, was very helpful and made us feel very welcome, running us through the wine choices and bringing us some aperitive snacks.
The bedroom was a good size, decorated in a minimal, modern style and the bathroom was nice and new, however the shower head could not be fitted to the wall which make showering somewhat more challenging. The room had a flat screen TV, though mainly Italian channels. Internet was not free, £4 for one hour or £7 for 4 hours - the timer only counts down when you are actually connected so you have to log in and out every time you want to use the Internet.
The continental breakfast was fresh and the waitress was lovely and friendly. There was not a restaurant at the hotel so we had to go out for dinner every night, not that we had any problems finding restaurants in Palermo!
Overall, I would recommend this clean, modern hotel which is in a quiet area of Palermo, with lots of lovely staff work hard to make your stay enjoyable. Unfortunately, one member of the reception staff was somewhat dismissive of my efforts to speak in Italian, replying systematically in English, which I found quite disrespectful. Also, when we checked out, (having paid in advance online), the receptionist tried to charge us the full amount again and when we corrected her that we only needed to settle the bill, she dismissed it as a minor error, without even an apology!! So check your bill carefully!!
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- Also Known As:
- Principe Di Villafranca Palermo
- Principe Di Villafranca Hotel
- Hotel Principe Di Villafranca Palermo, Sicily