The hotel is not in downtown Palermo, but high above the city in a residential area with fantastic views. We first booked an in-town hotel, but after reading other reviews describing the city as "filthy" and "scary", we decided to stay outside and were very glad we did. Driving to the hotel from the airport in a rental car was a challenge on narrow, winding roads, but the garbage in the downtown streets and numerous wild dogs eating from the piles, confirmed our decision. Parking is the number one problem at the hotel. There is very limited space and you must leave your keys at the desk, so they can move cars to get hotel guests and restaurant patrons in and out. It is a very uncomfortable feeling to know that you would be responsible for damage to your rental car caused by a driver not on your contract. Cleanliness is a priority for us and Hotel Bel 3 met that requirement, plus the view of Palermo and the sea is wonderful, but the furnishings are "budget basic". After securing a parking place and finding the hotel isolated from anything, we ate dinner in the hotel dining room on the outdoor patio. The food was OK, but the service was terrible and our waiter basically ignored us. The breakfast buffet is setup in a room with spectacular views of the Sicilian landscape and downtown Palermo. The buffet included fruit, assorted meats and cheeses, breads, juice, coffee and the wait staff was constantly replenishing the table. Breakfast on the patio was the highlight of our stay. Staying at the Hotel Bel 3 had it challenges, but we were glad to be outside of Palermo. Unlike many Sicilian towns, Palermo does not seem to see the value of encouraging tourism.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 67 rooms offer the best comfort to you. All rooms have tv, WI-FI connection, air conditioning, telephone, personal safe, minibar, hair-dryer and large balconies with a beautiful view over Palermo.The Bel 3 Hotel has a restaurant which offers a delicious local and healthy cousine, there are also two swimming pools, one of them with jacuzzi, two free internet points, billiards hall, conference room, gym, bus shuttle on request, free internal car park and your pets are allowed.Services: free parking, free internet WI-Fi, typical Sicilian restaurant, free access to the swimming pools, Laundry Service, 2 free Internet points, and special prices in agreement with taxi Trinacria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel 3 Hotel
- Bel 3 Palermo
- Hotel Bel 3 Palermo, Sicily