Very mixed reactions to this accommodation. The pros are its location, which is perfect for exploring central Palermo; its charming tiled kitchen; and its large two-level terrace, which is bordered by a beautiful container garden.
But there are several negatives as well. Larger groups should be aware that there are only three bedrooms, one of which is so small as to induce claustrophobia. Another had much of its floor space unnecessarily taken up by a large playpen. The chimney for the wood stove on the floor below passed through the attic bedroom and, when the wind blew (which, in Sicily, is most of the time), something loose inside rattled and banged, making sleeping impossible in that room. There were at least two other beds, and what seemed to be a pull-out futon, but they were in open areas with no privacy.
The apartment is on two floors, but neither contained the sitting room shown in one of the photos on the website. We spent our common time either in the kitchen or on the terrace. The bathroom on the main floor was also not as photographed.
There was no light switch at the bottom of the stairs from the street. If you are coming in, you cannot turn on the lights till you are already above the second floor, and the stairwell is dark and winding.
Unfortunately, it is necessary to mention the very inappropriate behaviour of our host. Sara was not there when we arrived, even though we had agreed on the time. We waited for about 15 minutes in the dark in the narrow alley outside of the building. When she finally showed up, she was clearly frazzled. While showing us around the apartment, she twice blew up at one of the persons in our group, and for no good reason – the first episode arising from an inadequate explanation on her part, the second in response to a request for a receipt for our deposit towards heating. She acted very badly, ranting, making nasty remarks, and throwing the deposit money we had given her down on the table. We were all stunned, particularly my friend who was the main target of this display. Anyone can have a bad day, and we would have been inclined to excuse this highly unprofessional behaviour had she apologized at some point. However, we didn’t hear from her again during our stay, including our “check out,” which we can only assume should have involved a final tally of heating costs.
Under other circumstances, we would have given this apartment an "average" rating, but the actions of our host make it impossible for us to recommend it.
we have loved this place. it is a special house,where time has stopped.it looks a bit like a swiss cottage,wood and old furnitures.charming interiors.the appartment is big,we were 8 friends and had room for all,although the best has been the terraces where we could sunbath and barbeque.the owner was Always very helpful.50 meters from the house the town appears full of life and even chaotic.the market is across the square,the busy via roma is few steps away.but we could not hear any noise from the inside.the area is safencause it has become pedestrian and has many cameras.
the only bad point is the lack of an elevator
Me and my girlfriend had an absolutely lovely time at Sara's place. It's cosy, in the heart of the city, full of charm and you'll find everywhere you need there. Bonus : Sara's so helpful and nice.
Definitely worth a stay !
The flat is situated right in the centre of Palermo with all the sights and historic parts within walking distance. It is easy to get there by public transport, you just hop off the bus on the via roma. Next to via roma, in a small lane, a narrow flight of stairs leads up to a spaceous, bright appartment on the top floor.
Even though the flat is right in the middle of noisy Palermo, it is rather quiet up there - so we slept very well. It is an unconventional flat with charming Italian tiles in various parts. There is a large, homely kitchen well equipped for cooking. And we just loved having breakfast and other meals on the terrasse full of flowers.
The owner is a very reliable, helpful lady full of information and good advice.
In the heart of the old Palermo, the apartment is big, unusual and has a lot of charm. Very quiet, and the terrace is wonderful. Sara is a very friendly host. We will gladly stay there again.
We stayed for just over 1 week in Sept/Oct and really enjoyed our holiday. The apartment is well laid-out/comfortable, is really bright and airy, and has some lovely touches such as the old-style tiles in the bathroom.
The rear of the apartment has two balconies facing onto a lovely quiet courtyard - it was a real pleasure to have breakfast there in the morning with the sun streaming through the trees.
Palermo is a fairly busy and noisy town, and although the apartment is very close to the amenities and transport links on Via Roma, it is actually on Via Antonio Gagini which has been closed to through traffic so noise is less of a problem.
In general, public transport in Sicily isn't great, but the apartment is so well located that we were able to use buses and trains for day trips to Cefalu, Mondello, Monreale, and even Agrigento. Most of the old town is within walking distance from the apartment - we went on several shopping trips by foot to the street markets at Bollaro and Capo, and the Vucciria market is just a few minutes walk away. The kitchen area in the apartment is ideal for cooking the excellent fresh produce from the markets.
Sara is very pleasant and is willing to chat about the apartment and what Palermo has to offer. In fact we had a very enjoyable and in-depth conversation with her on our last day - it was a good way to round off a great holiday!
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