What a beautiful hotel this is. When you walk around in the various halls and rooms, you see portrets of famous guests, among them the former king of Greece and meglia. The room is grand, the bed (boxspring) is a bit hard but OK. The airconditioning is loud, and blows directly over the bed, which is not nice. We had to let it work all the time, most of the days it was abt 30 degr. C.
There is a wonderfull outside terrace, also one by the swimming pool, amazing views over the bay towards the old city.
Negative were the prices. For a hamburger 24, for a glass of wine, 8, and a complete dinner costs more then 200. Also the prices of the minibar are far too high. Negative also is the extreme high price if WiFi, because we both have an iPad we paid twice 9 @ a day, 90 @ for 5 days! We have been in many hotels in Europe and the most have free WiFi.
Taxi to town, there is a shuttle, but it doesn't function well, especcially on the way back. Taxifares: cheapest was 12, the highest was 30! Never accept the meter, allways try a fixed price of max 20.
Traffic in Palermo is a disaster, but we managed the keep our hired car undamaged.
OK, breakfast is delicious, various fresh drinks, champagne, lots of sweets, you ask, you get.
The meals in the restaurant were good, but not fantastic. The chateaubriand a bit dry, little contorni, wine very expensive, though beautiful wines.
Tip for the pranzo ( lunch) when you have it outside at the pool: take just one and share it.
No welness or fitness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 5-STAR PALACE ON THE BEAUTIFUL COAST IN PALERMO The Grand Hotel Villa Igiea brings you a 5 star hotel experience in a sumptuous villa right on the Palermo coast, the historical capital of sun-soaked Sicily. The villa, restored by renowned Art Nouveau architect Ernesto Basile at the end of the 19th century for the Florio family, still has its original frescoes, decoration and furniture. We have added state-of-the art facilities and gastronomic restaurants for a sublime stay in Sicily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hotel Palermo
- Hilton Palermo
- Palermo Hilton
- Villa Igiea
- Grand Hotel Villa Igiea - MGallery By Sofitel Palermo, Sicily