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“Splendid view over Palermo”
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Ambasciatori Hotel
Ranked #9 of 98 Hotels in Palermo
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Nice hotel. Specific selling point is the beautifull roof terrace to enjoy a relaxing breakfast and diner with a magnificent view over Palermo.
Good situated in the centre of town.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The hotel was full so I booked one of their apartments instead. It was in an apartment building round the corner and for a very reasonable price we got 2 double bedrooms, a small living room and a kitchen & bathroom. We were charmed with it - such a shame we didn't read the booking blurb and see it was situated in 'a lively area, with bars and clubs'! I stuffed my ears with cotton wool and got a good night's sleep anyway, but despite the excellent price and location (and the lovely hotel roof terrace where you get a free welcome drink on your first evening) - I'm not sure I'd risk an apartment in Santa Cecelia Pallazo again - but I would definitely try to book into the Ambascutori hotel itself as it's location seems quieter.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

A lovely Hotel in central Palermo,well situated to see all the main sites by foot. The hotel is easy to reach from the station and the rooms extremely spacious, very clean and fresh, and with traditional decor. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food delicious.... There are Striking views from the terrace of the city... There really wasn't anything I found to fault this hotel. A very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LisaLush
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StaffAmbasciatori, Staff at Ambasciatori Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dearest Guest,
many , many thanks from all the staff!!
Our objective is to make our customers feel good and with our warm welcome we want you to feel at home!!
See you again
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Great place to have a drink when the sun sets. The view is absolutely breathtaking. Dinner is average, a bit overpriced. The swordfish is very nice though! Service was a bit disappointing.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

The Ambasciatori Hotel is very centrally located however the main reception is situated on the 5th floor of a fairly old building with internal access via a flight of stone steps or a ancient single Otis lift capable of carrying a maximum of 4 people.
This is not a hotel for senior citizens, families with very small children who need buggies or the disabled.
During our three night stay, the lift was often in use by others (cleaners, deliveries etc.) and on more than one occasion, it was inoperative due to previous passengers not having closed the internal double doors or gate properly. With the hotel bedrooms rooms situated on the 3rd, 5th & 6th floor this often meant a tiring walk up or down the stairs.
Due to a delay with our flight from London, my wife and I arrived at 9:30pm. We were warmly greeted by the staff and taken to our room on the 3rd floor.
Unfortunately this room proved unacceptable due to construction work being carried out on the adjacent property. We were unable to open our windows in the morning as scaffolding had been pinned across and we were woken early the following morning at 7:30am by the sound of Kango drill hammers being liberally applied to the structure. In addition the bathroom shower was faulty, the room safe didn't work and the whole room had a sense of being tired and drab with ripped upholstery and peeling wall paint in the bathroom.
Ironically we had booked a 'quiet room' but clearly this message was lost on the staff allocating the original room.
In the morning we spoke with reception who were very helpful and by lunchtime had relocated us to a 5th floor room. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable albeit the bathroom were very compact with just a shower and no bath. The in-room TV service did not provide any English language programmes however I did find one French news channel amongst the myriad of Italian shopping programmes. There was also no hotel documentation in the rooms regarding facilities or services available.
Free internet access was provided via one PC workstation located in the stair lobby and all worked fine.
The breakfast/restaurant dining area was located on the 7th floor accessible only by a narrow staircase. Due to poor weather we were unable to eat outside during our stay. The roof terrace had incredible views over the rooftops of Palermo and is the main benefit of staying in this hotel.
Breakfast was as expected with minimal hot food but plenty of fruit, yoghurt and croissants on the menu.Toast was not available but the coffee was excellent.
Evening dinner was served in the same covered area with booking essential when the weather was poor due to the limited space. In general the quality of the food was good if a little expensive. The choice of wine was excellent with generous measures provided. All the staff were very attentive and genuinely seemed willing to assist.
Undoubtedly the thunderstorms and heavy rain we experienced during our stay in Palermo had a detrimental effect on many city venues including our hotel with little in the way of live music available due to cancellation and various restaurants and shops suffering leaks or minor flooding.
The view from the terrace of the hotel was spectacular particular after the storm when a most beautiful rainbow could be seen over the city.
To conclude the Ambasciatori Hotel was very reminiscent of other Italian city hotels located in older properties. The staff were generally most helpful however if a little more attention was paid to the service in general, I can't help but think this would be an even better hotel.

Room Tip: Specify a 5th floor room for convenience and facing the main Via Roma road for the best rooftop view...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I was very surprised about Palermo. Its bad reputation is totally undeserved and I found the people friendly. The city is extremely beautiful and felt safe, with a lot of old fashioned charm.

You won't find a better value place to stay than Hotel Ambasciatore. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are large, clean and comfortable and you'll always hear an intake of breath from people who have stepped onto the rooftop terrace for the first time. Despite being located on a main road, we weren't bothered by noise and were very grateful for the air conditioning.

We enjoyed our breakfasts at the hotel, and not just because of the view; there was a lovely selection and we were pleased there were local cakes to try - you are on holiday after all! We also ate in the hotel one night and the food was good.

You'd struggle to find bad food in Palermo, and we tried every local delicacy we could get our hands on. More popular street snacks include; arancini (fried, stuffed balls of rice) and pannelle (chickpea fritters served in a sandich, sometimes with potato croquettes and aubergine slices). Try Antica Focacceria di San Francesco, nearby - you wouldn't think you'd enjoy tucking into a spleen and ricotta sandwich, but you will! There were plenty of other great places just a short walk from the hotel if you fancy dining out at night. The hotel staff will advise or you can just go for a wander.

Palermo is a great city for wandering aimlessly in, but some good places to visit are the Capuchin Catacombs (don't expect to sleep much afterwards!), the Cappella Palatina (stunning 12th century Norman chapel) and Mondello beach, which is a 20 minute bus ride from town - buy a ticket from a tobacconist, hop on the number 806 and remember to validate your ticket once you're on the bus. (You'll know when the inspectors are getting on as everyone else will jump off!)

Also be sure to visit some of the local food markets - very colourful and you'll wish you could fill your bags with fish!

As a female I'd be happy to travel to Palermo alone - like much of Italy, if you can put up with a few friendly shouts of appreciation and a whistle or two, you'll be fine.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Set in the heart of the city, the hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms with a very pleasant deco, The staff are friendly and very professional; however the real highlight is the roof terrace overlooking the city with a wonderful view from Monreale to the sea. The perfect place to start the day with the breakfast and finishing it with an aperitif or dinner.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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StaffAmbasciatori, Reception at Ambasciatori Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Guest,
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We hope to see you again!
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Additional Information about Ambasciatori Hotel

Address: Via Roma 111, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo > Tribunali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Palermo
#8 Luxury Hotel in Palermo
#10 Romantic Hotel in Palermo
Price Range: $68 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ambasciatori Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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