It's with a little poetic licence that you could associate this place with a palace. It is located near the harbour/docks area, next to the fruit and vegetable markets that were in full swing from the early hours each morning. Other residences around could not be described as high class.
I stayed there for 3 nights and constantly found the lobby busy with bus tour groups, other travellers and shipyard construction workers. My room on the 4th floor had recently been tastefully renovated, with a new bathroom and new furniture and fittings throughout. The cigarette ash and butts and pigeon poo that adorned the balcony railing and floor when I arrived was cleaned up on the 2nd day of my stay. The hotel corridors seem to be one part of the place not yet updated - they are very drab, with badly stained and dirty carpet.
Meals in the dining room were very good. I had the buffet dinner with an excellent variety of hot and cold fresh local food, and also the breakfast with lots of breads, croissants, cakes and hot food. There's a small supermarket just up the road for water etc, but little else of value to the traveler nearby. I was advised by others not to walk around the streets late at night, so the hotel dinner was very handy. It's a €12-15 taxi ride into the city/old town area. Don't forget to agree on the fare before you get in the cab.
Free room safe, free wi-fi in the lobby and a very helpful reception staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Astoria Palace Hotel is an impressive building of 320 rooms situated at about 500 meter from the harbour of Palermo. The distance from the centre is of only 1,5 km easily reachable by several public buses or simply walking for 15 minutes about. The near subway allow you to move toward all points of the city and it is also a good transportation to the airport situated at only 25 km from the hotel. Finally, a public bus will take you to Mondello, one of most important beach of the city. The building almost fully restructured in the year 2009 will offer you different services: 4 excellent restaurants, one bar in the main floor and one in our roof where you can enjoy of a wonderful view of all the city, 8 meeting- rooms (from 10 till 650 seats with all high tech facilities for demanding business guests) , gym, health area, reception open 24 hours room service, laundry service FREE PARKING AND FREE INTERNET CONNECTION. All the rooms very cured in their furnishing offer all the comforts of a four stars category: Air conditioning, heating, digital tv, Wi-Fi connection, safety box, phone, minibar, hair dryer. Reserve your stay at Astoria Palace Hotel and enjoy of our staff’s attentions ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Palace Palermo
- Hotel Astoria Palace
- Astoria Palace Hotel Palermo, Sicily