Though this review comes about a month after our stay there (5 days in mid August), I don't want to miss the opportunity to wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful hotel for anyone intending to stay in or near Monreale. Having read excellent reviews about Palazzo Ducale here we booked a suite -amazingly for the price of a room, in fact we initially thought there might have been some mistake!) which upon arrival proved even more spacious, spotless and tastefully furnished than seen in the photos! It is not often that you get first-class accommodation (and a whole suite too for that matter!) for the price of an average double room, so we were very pleasantly surprised. The only thing missing was a fridge but welcome drinks were awaiting us upon arrival nonetheless, and quite frankly we were too stunned by the beauty of the room and building in general to be bothered by this.
Our room looked out on the tiny, picturesque street where the Palazzo is located, right opposite a bakery from which the delicious smell of freshly baked bread greeted us each morning. As for location, this place is IDEAL: right in the picturesque heart of Monreale, minutes away from the Duomo (the Cathedral, a must-see by the way) , restaurants, bus service to Palermo (not ideal, but that's another story) and characteristically Sicilian fruit vendors and loads of other shops. We had rented a car and so upon arriving from Catania Daniele (who runs the Palazzo ) kindly maneuvered the car into their parking lot (as indicated by others here, parking can be an issue as the hotel is housed in such a tiny street but they will park the car for you, no worries). For the rest of the days we chose to park the car just a few streets away outside the hotel but you can have your car parked there for 10 euros per day. Daniele, and the service in general , was superb- very professional and yet very very friendly.Oh and have breakfast on the balcony if you go there in summer..wonderful.
So Daniele (and rest of staff)..well done, grazie mille for everything and many greetings to Monreale (particularly the fruit vendor on the corner and the bar right around the corner where we'd have coffee and an 'aperitivo':-) - we hope to be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the historic centre of Monreale, in a small block of flats 200 metres far from the Cathedral, there is "Palazzo Ducale Suites." The strategic position of our hotel allows you to live the historical centre and the atmosphere of the town, and to savour our traditional dishes in the nearby typical restaurants. Thanks to the closeness to Palermo (4 km far) our guests will be able to discover its art treasures while benefiting by a stay far from the town chaos. Staying at Palazzo Ducale Suites includes a large breakfast with the typical dishes of our land. Each room is well furnished, equipped with the following: bed and sofa bed, private bathroom with shower, bidet and washbasin, complete set of bedding and towels, hairdryer, television, Sky, WiFi, Internet point, supplying electric energy, cold and hot water, heating, air conditioning, independent entrance, daily cleaning. Moreover we provide a large indoor parking area. The level of the equipment and services is comparable to what you can find in a four stars hotel or boardinghouse, but the terms are definitely cheaper. Palazzo Ducale Suites is easy to reach from the motorways, the railway station and "Falcone Borsellino" Airport (PMO). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Ducale Suites Monreale, Sicily - Province Of Palermo