this B&B is an intersection between the modern & ancient. Allesandro has done a wonderful job preserving the medieval walls and facades while adding his own design element. Think byzantine sculpture next to a flat screen tv.
-- Very nice host. He promptly brought us some snacks and coffee/refreshments when we checked in at 2 pm; he didn't need to.
-- Breakfast was great with paninis, fruit, fresh cappucino, croissants. We got to try 'pistachio nutella' croissant made w pistachio cream instead of usual chocolate hazelnut.
--Location is near Barrolo area; immigrant community from South Asia and Africa have moved in here. 10 mins away, at night, there are bars and gets boisterous, but the b&b is quite and serene. It is not a wealthy area, which is on the other side of town. At the same time, I didn't think our safety was compromised. It's a matter of personal preference-- I like living in posh areas and my wife likes this type of scene.
- Very close to train for transportation to/fro Airport.
-- Internet reliable.
-- 15-20 min walk to tourist sites on main road.
-- I would give it between 4 & 4.5 stars if possible on tripadvisor. 4 stars because bathroom was one notch below my standards. Shower stall narrow with some areas peeling off. Shower drain not draining properly on the last day, although we were so busy, we couldn't report it. Some of the bathroom accessories & soaps are mediocre grade. Mattress could be improved.
Overall, good value for price and very gracious host.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B Porta di Castro, una prestigiosa struttura... l'eleganza e il comfort di una suite nel cuore del centro storico di Palermo... al prezzo di un B&B... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- b&b Porta Di Castro Hotel Palermo
- Bed And Breakfast Porta Di Castro
- B&B Porta Di Castro Palermo, Sicily