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Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

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Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Will be in Palermo for a week in March, 2011, will not be on an escorted tour so on our own to tour around, WILL NOT HAVE A RENTAL CAR, so depending on either taxi, shuttle, bus or train service---Would like advice on where to stay---WOULD LOVE TO STAY AT THE Hilton Villa Igiea Grand Hotel but don't know how we will get around to different places (hotel shuttle does not run in March??)---or should we just stay in center city Palermo, or one night in Palermo, one night in Monreale (where is good?), one night in Cefalu, etc.??????? will definitlely be spending time in Monreale (meeting relatives) what is the best place to stay in Monreale without a car??? ANY HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED?

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1. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Welcome to Sicily clmjrm!

The area around the Hilton Villa Igiea is not attractive and this area is a very inconvenient location without a car.

You could base in Palermo for visits to Monreale and Cefalù - With mid-day closing and afternoon check-ins, one day at each destination really wastes time. Each time you would change hotels, you would lose half a day prior to check-in at your next hotel. Usually two nights in each destination (one full day) permits time for touring and exploring.

What are restaurant, store and museum hours like?:

http://www.bestofsicily.com/faqs.htm#hours

Stay in Palermo and take the local AMAT bus from Palermo to Monreale – Monreale is also not the most attractive town (with the exception of the magnificent Duomo) and Monreale lacks good hotel options.

http://www.amat.pa.it/Le_Linee/389.htm

Expect to pay around 30,00 euro each way by taxi from Palermo to Monreale.

http://www.seepalermo.com/monreale.htm

And certainly your family will probably offer to drive you....

You could also easily take the train for a day trip to Cefalù.

www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

Best Wishes!

Vagabonda

Edited: 10 November 2010, 11:16
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2. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

still looking for a place to stay in Monreale

within walking distance of everything

do not want something in the out of town area

want to be able to walk around during the day and evening

we are two older ladies and it seems that the hotels are a bit out of town

any recommendations???

planning to stay at the Hotel Wagner in Palermo

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3. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Ciao clmjrm – Exactly why the recommendation to stay in Palermo.

Monreale doesn’t have a train station and lacks good hotels, and there’s also not much happening in Monreale at night – It’s not the most attractive town.

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g666663-Monreale_Sici…

The Domus Notari is a B&B in Monreale’s centre…

http://www.domusnotari.it/

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g666663-d109192…

The Hotel Wagner in Palermo is a lovely hotel and conveniently located for public transport.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187890-d968639…

Buona Fortuna!

Vagabonda

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4. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Dear Vagabondo,

We would like to stay in Monreale for a bit as we would like to be close to some relatives we are meeting. The Domus Notari seems rather austere??? Larger establishments don't seem within walking distance for two older ladies. Considering the Trogoletto, Cassa Rossa and LoCanda Re Ruggeo.Any suggestions??? Took your advice (see above) on location of the Hilton Villa Igiea and will be choosing the Hotel Wagner in Palermo instead.

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5. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Dear clmjrm,

The type of accommodations you are finding speaks volumes about what Monreale is like – There just isn’t the type of more luxurious accommodations in the centre that you would like.

Trogoletto and LoCanda Re Ruggeo are near the Duomo and possibilities, but Bed & Breakfast CasaRossa’s location isn’t as convenient.

You could base in Hotel Wagner the entire time and just take the bus to Monreale.

Vagabonda

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Does anyone know anything about a bed and breakfast in Monreale named Trogoletto near the Cathedral---would appreciate any information. Thanks.

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7. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

There are no hotel reviews anywhere, but its wine bar is well reviewed….

Il Trogoletto Ristorantino. Located right behind the cathedral and town hall along the street for Palermo, this is an exceptional little restaurant and wine bar with a good selection of Sicilian specialties and wines, as well as assorted cheeses and salames to accompany the latter if you're visiting just to try a Nero d'Avola. Very nice, intimate setting. From €25. Lunch and dinner. Via S. D'Acquisto 28, Monreale.

http://www.seepalermo.com/restaurants.htm

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8. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Dear Vagabondo,

Here is the web site for Trogoletto

www.trogolettomonreale.it/affittacamere.htm

I have not be successful in translating it into English

what do you think for three nights in Monreale???

we will not have a car

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9. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

Ciao clmjrm,

Il Trogoletto enjoys a very convenient location in Monreale and since you’d very much like to stay in Monreale, you would probably find staying here convenient.

Do a Google search and enter Il Trogoletto Monreale in the search box. Then click on ‘Translate this page’ for an English translation.

Best Wishes!

Vagabonda

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10. Re: Where to stay??? Palermo, Monreale or both??

You would take the AMAT bus between Palermo and Monreale - Monreale doesn't have a train station.

http://www.amat.pa.it/Le_Linee/389.htm

Vagabonda

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