I have just returned from a 3-day stay here – I travelled with my daughter. I read the comments of others on Trip Advisor before I left and so was well aware of what to expect.
The hotel itself is clean and safe. The public areas are nicely furnished and comfortable – while the rooms are a bit behind in décor and comfort. Mattresses are a bit hard and small pillows. I wasn’t concerned about the TV station options – we were not there to watch TV. The pool area was great – good views.
We took the advice of others who had been and those who were staying there at the time – and did not use the restaurant – except for breakfast. If breakfast was anything to go by – then we made the right decision. No effort seemed to be made. A collection of sweet pastries, cereal, coffee and juice machines and cheap cold meats and cheeses. There were also fresh apples and canned peaches and pears. This was very disappointing. The walk up to the hotel and all around the markets were full of fresh peaches, melons and lovely looking fruit. To use canned fruit was just lazy! (we bought the peaches from the markets – highly recommended) There are a couple of nice and very cheap places to eat just outside the hotel and a supermarket is also very local.
This hotel is not located in a very smart part of town – in fact it is very grotty! We sacrificed a central city location for a sea view. However, to be fair, many of the inner city hotels were surrounded by run down and unmaintained built up areas also – so I don’t think it is fair to criticise the area the hotel is in. So much of Palermo is in need of renovation – and this hotel is an island of calm surrounded by projects needing to be undertaken. There seemed to be a rubbish collection problem affecting the whole of the city, not just near the hotel. It took us 35 minutes to walk to the hotel from the main train station. It was easy to find.
We used the open top tourist bus, which picks up not far from the hotel. It was a great way to get an overview of Palermo. We then walked the whole tour – which took the better part of a day – but was worthwhile. Doable from the hotel – but you have to be up for it.
The local boast is that time does not matter – no one is in a hurry. That is, unless they are in a car. Crossing any road, regardless of lights or pedestrian markings – is to take you life into your own hands.
Overall I have based my rating on ‘value for money’ you get what you pay for – and this was just about right. Knowing what to expect helps you enjoy your break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary High-rise Hotel situated overlooking the sea, between Capo Zafferano & Mount Pellegrino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Paolo Palace Palermo
- San Paolo Palace Hotel Centro Congressi Palermo, Sicily