If you are looking for a good value on a hotel in the heart of Palermo, Nina Suites is a great choice. The location is unbeatable in terms of proximity to restaurants, trendy boutiques and Freddo ice cream. We found the staff, which is mostly made up of college student types in their early 20's (as are most of the people we saw in this part of Palermo), to be very friendly and helpful. Jessica especially was very sweet in helping us to navigate the buses and public transport system during our stay.
The room was fairly spacious and had a mini fridge, TV and safe (although we couldn't get ours to work). The breakfast was good, with media lunas, coffee, cereal and toast; again Jessica was very helpful putting breakfast together, allowing us to just relax.
The highlight for me was the comfort of the bed, very soft and comfortable, a definite plus when you are exhausted from sight seeing and tango dancing and looking forward to a good night's sleep!
So why only three out of five? There were a few things that could have been better during our stay:
--We found the wi-fi only worked in the lobby, when we were in our room (103), the signal was too weak to connect.
--While the bedroom was mostly renovated, the bathroom was not, including the minuscule shower that had no shelf space for toiletries and the shower door was semi-broken in terms of getting it open and shut.
--Although house keeping came every day, the room never felt totally clean, there were always dust bunnies and hair on the floor. I know it is difficult when all room is full of hard surfaces, but a little extra elbow grease would have been appreciated.
--While we were there, they were demolishing the building next door, this meant construction noise every day starting at 8am. While I'm assuming the building is now demo'd, they are probably replacing it with another building, so you might want to ask about construction noise before reserving your room.
We booked on Travelocity and were able to get a rate of $60 a night because we stayed for 4 nights (stay 3 get one free), a pretty good deal for this area of BA.
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