Villa Igiea is located a couple of minutes from the port in a very quiet spot and overlooking the sea. Welcome was extremely warm after a highly recommendable 20 hours ferry ride from Genova (www.gnv.it - book the "presidential" suite).
The outside of this classical castle like building may look somewhat worn to our North American friends, but the inside has obviously been refurbished to highest standards and I guess they will be soon member of "Leading Hotels of the World" after the owners (who own also San Domenico Palace in Taormina) gladly kicked out Hilton from this very "un - Hilton" place.
Our room was "deluxe terrazzo" and had only a quite weird side seaview, but which finally was very romantic with views over the well kept gardens and the lovely turreted building itself.
In Italy you are treated for how you behave and how you approach people. The restaurant manager and all staff were extremely kind and professional and the food quality of the young chef aspires to a Michelin star. For the quality served and the ambience on the outside terrace prices are extremely reasonable.
Room service breakfast was not set up as carefully as one would have expected. Napkins and cups were missing, but the quality was OK.
A must stay when in Palermo with secure parking and a lot of enchantment and romance.
- 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