We stayed at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa last month for one night at the conclusion of a tour around Sicily. We found the hotel staff to be cordial, efficient and helpful in all ways. Because the structure combines several old buildings, our room was on the floor 3A, a half flight above the regular 3rd floor. The elevator included these half-floors so there was no hassle. Also, remembering the financial past of the building, a clever wheel-chair ramp through what must have been a strong room vault including safe-deposit boxes, led up the few steps from the lobby to the elevator. Our room was extremely comfortable; quiet and well furnished. When I phoned the front desk to enquire about wireless access I was informed that it was available only in the lobby (a grand atrium with comfortable chairs and--if required--bar service). If I had a cable and a regular laptop, a hardwire connection WAS available in the room. With a small tablet this was a non-starter. However, after spending some time in the lobby catching up on e-mail, I returned to the room and discovered that I was still able to pull in the wireless signal. So, at very least guests could have a go at wireless in their room before repairing to the grand lobby.
Breakfast was served in a large dining room clearly also used for other meals. The choices were excellent and the coffee service was prompt. One sensed being in the 'big city' after stays in smaller hotels around the island--the waiters were clearly professionals.
Along with being conveniently close to the "four corners" center of the old city, the hotel is also not far from Palermo Centrale railway station.
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