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Butera 28
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

For winter break we wanted to head south to warmer weather without breaking the bank. A survey of airfares pointed us to Palermo. And then a visit to Trip Advisor led us to Butera 28. We took two apartments, for our family and another for friends, and made it our base.

The apartments were very different in configuration but they both easily handled our families. They had their own kitchens that Nicoletta has furnished well to enable visitors who cook in the ability to shop at the nearby Carrefour market -- or closer sidewalk fruit stands and mini- markets -- to purchase the recipe ingredients without having to purchase other items like can openers, cork screws, and some ingredients, like butter or jam.

The decor was a little eclectic. For the most part, the furniture was traditional. Bright tiles in often busy patterns and configurations abounded on floors and walls alike. It was old enough to be comfortable to live in -- not so high-end that it seemed stuffy, not so lacking in quality as to be tired and shoddy. Considering the cost of our rentals, we viewed the furnishings and decor to be a big plus.

Access was labyrintine. Guests enter by walking through a small door cut out into the garage door; finding their way to the small lift (or walking up several flights of stairs, which we preferred over the plodding lift) then mounting another flight of stairs, with doors to pass through at either end of these final stairs. It was no trouble at all, really, but it would be a deal breaker to someone with mobility issues or confined to a wheelchair.

The immediate area is very scenic as it is at the waterfront and at the end of the old city. The restaurant across the street was fabulous. We went there the first evening out of convenience. We returned for our final night as a huge treat to ourselves. Nicoletta gives you coupons (that they honor even if you leave them in your room as we did both nights). We also were very appreciative of the transportation services that she recommended for our airport transfers, as we used them for two additional excursions that we arranged on-line from our rooms.

The best part of our stay in Palermo was the day we spent cooking with the duchess. We did it as two couples. Our daughters joined us for the meal at the end. What delightful people to spend a day with...and it was very much like a taste of Downton Abbey, with a Sicilian twist.

Room Tip: Ask Nicoletta for advice; she'll fix you up with the best room for what you seek.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank DyerMaker
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We spent a week in Apartment 12 on the 3rd floor. The rooms were huge and very clean and tidy, we had a very well appointed kitchen (which I did not use - except to store fruit in the large fridge). Alison was very helpful and always seemed to be around to answer all our questions. The appartment had a very comprehensive folder with lists of recomended restaurants, bars etc which was very usefull when visiting a new city.
The taxi transfers to and from the airport were arranged for us and were very good, again nice to feel in safe hands when you arrive in a strange place.
I am sure we will be back in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

we have loved it in 2010 - unforgettable summer and particular hospitality of Nicoletta. we're planing to return this summer. can hardly wait for the fun of having a fantastic meal, just butera's next door - reasonable prices

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

We stayed in apartment 17 which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, It looks out over the street and can be traffic noisy. It is more than 150 square metres and has good kitchen facilities W e were given milk and other things for the first breakfast snack The owner is polite charming and helpful and speaks many languages including English (she used to live in Scotland))
Palermo is dirty and frenetic and although Butera28 s a bit less so,don't expect a quiet Italian city street.. If you can manage without a car it may be better although parking on the street is OK with a bit of juggling. Visits to Agrigento , Monreale and a day in Corleone were superb although the mafia museum is closed on Saturdays. Don't waste Time and money on the Catacombs

Room Tip: Apartments with a sea view would be quieter
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jon234
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights as the 5th, 6th and 7th day of our Treasures of Italy tour with Esplora. The other reviews say it all - this place is amazing! On our first full day we did the 'cooking with te Duchess'. We started by preparing the anti pasta and te dessert as they ended to set. Then we set of with the Duchess to go round the market. As it was on a Monday we couldn't go to the fish market so settled for the closer market to get some meat and vegetables for lunch. We were with a group of 9 people. 6 from the UK, 2from Austalia and 1 from New Zealand. We were joined for the day by 4 Americans and then a French journalist together with another journalist from Lonely Planet.
We picked some herbs from the Duchess' garden and prepared te rest of the meal.
The Duke joined us for lunch and it was all served in regal fashion on a massive banquet table - what an experience!
Out apartment (no12) was possibly as big as our house - the wardrobe in the bedroom was 18 - 20 ft long! I think if we ad brought all our clothiers from home we would still have had difficulty filling it!
There is great wifi in each of the apartments which was really handy and lots of power points so all electronics could be charged easily.
As the apartments are all self catering our tour guide delivered warm croissants first thing in the morning and we made our own coffee so we could enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
All in all a truly wonderful (not to be missed) experience

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Duffer56
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