I wanted to try to photograph the gritty side of this once great city, and BB22 placed me on the edge of Vucciria, La Kalsa and the centro storico. The hotel readily arranged for a taxi to meet me at the airport . The company is a husband and wife team , both of whom are friendly and informative, reassuring me that it was safe to wander in the areas i wished and that there would be no contact with the Cosa Nostra; in fact , perversley perhaps, they would ensure I was fine! The road from the airport has the famous 'No Mafia' sign, lit up at night close to the monument to the sadly departed anti-mafia judges Falcone and Borsellino. The hotel itself has few rooms but once inside one could be in Milan; cool and spacious accomodation, a roof top lounge and a wonderful hostess, Patrizia, and staff. 2 minutes from the hotel is La Rinascente, which like its sister stores in Milan, Florence etc has a wonderful alfresco restaurant on the roof serving the best mozzarella and views of the city to the mountains in the distance. Vucciria is decrepit but fascinating for being so. The smells can be a little ripe, the architecture still bomb-damaged from the 1940s, and the alleyways dark , but the people are friendly and one quickly loses any sense of danger . This area and others such as Borgo Vecchio are run down, they are not pretty. This is not Florence or Turin. It is a city just holding onto its past grandeur, but it merits your time and reflection. There is more colour in a single street in Palermo than the whole of Verona. And at the end of a long day walking the city , BB22 and a glass of vino rosso whilst reading a book about Italian style in the rooftop lounge nicely completes the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BB22 is a bed & breakfast/boutique hotel, located in the centre of Palermo, behind Piazza San Domenico, on Largo Cavalieri di Malta. A unique and distinctive location: in the heart of Baroque Palermo, inside the guest quarters of the Pantelleria Palace, a 15th-century building that has recently been renovated. Guests will find themselves in a very special setting, in a place of great charm, where a love for details and a passion for interior design come together in a warm Sicilian welcome. BB22 is a special place for visiting Palermo. The rooms, refined and elegant, offer comfort and style. BB22: The bed & breakfast has 1 Suite, 3 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Superior Rooms and 1 Standard Room. Inside the Pantelleria Palace guest house, the seven rooms, all different from each other, furnished with passion, originality and taste, welcome guests into an elegant atmosphere where designer furniture and lighting blend with unique curios. A covered terrace and a living area offer guests a comfortable space for breakfast, for quiet reading or for a pleasant aperitif. We also provide guests with quality amenities: each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar, hair-dryer, LED TV, safe, heating and free WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bb22 Hotel Palermo
- BB22 Charming Rooms & Apartments Palermo, Sicily