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“Another enjoyable visit to delightful Ai Cartari”
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Ai Cartari B&B
Ranked #124 of 488 Palermo B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We have stayed twice at Ai Cartari, in September 2012 and again in September 2013, and we love it. The building is a medieval paper factory, converted to a modern dwelling that preserves much of its original character. The rooms are huge and spectacular, tastefully furnished in a style sympathetic to the antiquity of the place. Rosi is friendly and accommodating, happy to adapt to your requests for sleeping arrangements and breakfast hours. She speaks enough English, but enjoys a longer chat in Italian if you can manage this. Ai Cartari is located in the historic centre of Palermo, 15 minutes easy walk from the train and bus station. It could not be more convenient for seeing the sights, and there is an excellent restaurant and self-service cafe just round the corner. We will definitely stay here, for preference, any time we come to Palermo.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Our family of 6 booked two nights at Ai Cartari, based on the reviews here. Sadly, our experience didn't measure up. When we arrived we were greeted, not by the owner, but by her assistant that spoke no English. My wife and I were staying on one side, our family on the other. She showed us to our room first and then our family to their room. Soon after, my daughter comes in and says that she was handed a phone by the assistant and spoke to the owner. My daughter came and told us that the owner was out of town and wanted us to pay in cash. We could email with questions, rather than call. So I sent off an email to get clarification because at no point had a cash payment been discussed, and we were limited in the amount of cash we carried. I never received a response to my email. We had issues with the locks in both doors, and it would take a while to get them to open. The AC wasn't working and it was sweltering inside. On the plus side, the property is beautifully restored and conveniently located, you are a two block walk from the market or the beach. There are two great restaurants right next to it. We decided to cut our trip short and left after one day. I can only recommend staying here if the owner will be there during your stay, I believe the lack of a present owner contributed to our experience being less than positive.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

This was our first night on holidays, arriving late in Palermo, the B&B (once we found it !) was a really amazing place. The main room is spectacular, a huge space filled with Art and fabulous furniture. The room we stayed in was super. A double bed and 3 singles with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen and dining corner if required.The children found it fascinating. Rosi is a lovely hostess. Bereakfast included homemade apple cake ...tough!

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

I must agree with all positive reviews that this place is a little gem in Palermo. We stayed for two nights and it was very enjoyable and well looked after by our lovely host.

The suite was very spacious, clean with wifi connection. There is a separate entrance to our suite, so we were free to come and go during our stay without disturbing others. We felt very safe and comfortable in the area. The location is convenient with most sightseeing places within walking distance. Restaurant next door is worth trying and local bar nearby is a great place to meet some interesting locals.

I would recommend this lovely place for anyone who wants to have a nice time exploring Palermo.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

I thought places like this no longer existed. . . a lovingly appointed, elegant, spacious flat in the heart of Palermo, tended by caring and intelligent people. We stayed in July with our three kids and felt safe and cared for, a quiet oasis at the end of full days of sightseeing. We could not be happier with our choice.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Central, safe, spacious and nice accommodation in Palermo. Very pleasant host. We stayed here June 2013 with our 2 kids. The only issue was the late PM and early AM noise from the motorcycles parking and leaving the piazza that the bedroom window was facing.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Our Ai Cartari B&B experience was exceptionally good. Our room was enormous and lavishly furnished and the independent entrance a boon for a retreat in the heat of the day. Be warned to expect too much breakfast in the form of a pastry-shop full of sweet things.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ai Cartari B&B

Address: Via Alessandro Paternostro 62, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo > Tribunali
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #124 of 488 B&Bs / Inns in Palermo
Price Range: £52 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ai Cartari B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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