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“A good option if you have a car”
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Hotel Bel 3
Ranked #16 of 98 Hotels in Palermo
Reviewed 7 November 2012

I stayed here four nights in early October, 2012. It is a good choice over the expensive hotels in the grid-locked city of Palermo. This hotel is on a steep hillside outside the city. You enter the reception area on the first (top) floor. The hotel has seven floors, with the second floor one level below, etc. Luckily, they have a good elevator and stairs. Each room faces Palermo and has a terrace with great views. The rooms are comfortable and well-equipped. The restaurant is quite good and not overly expensive. Of course, breakfast goes with the room and is adequate. Parking is a major problem, with a small lot far too small for all the cars, and you will have to surrender your car keys to allow the staff to get hemmed-in cars free, a minor annoyance. The staff is short on English, except for the head waiter who is very helpful and friendly. I’m glad I chose Bel Tre, although I was surprised after having read the description of the place. For example, the swimming pool is little more than a wading pool, perched on the edge of the hillside.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We spent 3 noghts at this hotel. The service was absolutly wonderful! At the reception they spoke English and were very helpful and informative. The room was very comfortable with a balcony and a view of Palermo. It was cleaned daily and was very comfortable. The breakfast is the best we had in Sicily, including cheese, Yogurts, fresh bread an dbuns, jam etc. We truly enjoyed it! The restaurant in the hotel has wonderful food at a reasonable price and we ate there every evening. The service in the restaurant was wonderful as well and the staff spoke English. If I visit Palermo again I will stay there! The location is really good (it's best to use the public transportation and leave the car at the hotel parking).

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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bel32010, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Bel 3, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2012

Dear Guest
thank you very much, we are very glad that you have enjoyed our services like the breakfast, the restaurant and your spacious room.
Hope to see you again
best regards
Giorgia

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Reviewed 4 October 2012

Hotel itself is really nice; rooms are spacious and clean, it has two small swimming pools with lovely views over Palermo towards sea and staff is really helpful.
But; as we did not want to drive our car into Palermo city centre, getting to centre with two busses took about 1,5 hours to get into Palermo and 1,5 hours to get back. Specially getting there seemed to take ages, as we had to wait for the first bus for 55 minutes (they should run every 20 minutes according to timetable, but they did not).
There is a restaurant in the hotel as well, and we ended up having our dinner there, hoping for a lovely view, but unfortunately views from restaurant are only bushes (one floor up, from breakfast room there are lovely views) and food was nothing special (compared to many other Sicilian restaurants).
Whether this hotel is good for you or not, depends much on what you are looking for. Free parking space, lovely view and spacious rooms are on the plus side, but if you want to get into Palermo centre without car, prepare yourself for a slow bus ride.
And another plus for the hotel: you can buy bus tickets from reception!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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bel32010, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Bel 3, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2012

Dear Guest
your review is very appreciated.
it's true that to reach the center you get two buses but usually the run is every 20 minutes according to timetable if that day you have waited more time it's depend by the public transport.
Thank you very much
best regards
Giorgia

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Lovely hotel with a beautiful view of the city, bay and mountains. If you want a central location this is not the hotel for you, but the journey to the centre of town only takes about ten minutes by car (dependent on traffic flow and insane Palermitano drivers!!!) and the views and tranquility make this the perfect place to unwind.

All the facilities are well maintained and perfectly adequate, but for me the best feature of the hotel is the staff, who were all consistently and unfailingly courteous, friendly, polite and helpful. Certainly the nicest people I've stayed with and the next best thing to staying with family!

I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. In fact, the next time I go to Palermo this will be my first choice.

Room Tip: All the rooms have panoramic views.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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bel32010, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Bel 3, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2012

Dear Guest
we are very proud to have given you a good service and hope to see you soon.
Thank you and best regards
the Staff of Hotel Bel3

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Reviewed 28 September 2012

we found this hotel in Tripadvisor after 3 hours of bad traffic and parking problems while trying to find a hotel in Palermo itself. the hotel is about 10 minutes from the city center, with free parking. if you are travelling with a car, this is the best deal. the hotel itself is nice, the bathroom was completely new and modern and the room itself is standard but very clean. great view of Palermo. breakfast was a disappointment.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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bel32010, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Bel 3, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2012

Dear Guest
Thank you for your good review about the hotel and its room, we are very glad that you've enjoyed the new bathrooms.
Best regards
Giorgia

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Reviewed 25 September 2012

The hotel is difficult to find in the labyrinth of the Palermo road system if you have no GPS. The elevators have a strange logic programmed into their function, but the view across the city of Palermo is stunning. Try to get up for a sunrise...!!!

Gym room is well equipped. Breakfast offers a varied selection to suit most tastes. Rooms are comfortable - free internet is a bonus if you are fragile enough to depend on it.

Best suited for a one-night stop-over and not a prolonged stay.

Car parking is a mystery.

Room Tip: Chose a room overlooking the pool for a spectacular sunrise unless it is cloudy.....:-)
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Via Ruffo di Calabria 20 | sul navigatore impostare come prima tappa Via Castellana e poi Via Ruffo di Calabria, 90136, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Palermo
#17 Business Hotel in Palermo
#18 Romantic Hotel in Palermo
Price Range: £41 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bel 3 3*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 67 rooms offer the best comfort to you. All rooms have tv, WI-FI connection, air conditioning, telephone, personal safe, minibar, hair-dryer and large balconies with a beautiful view over Palermo.The Bel 3 Hotel has a restaurant which offers a delicious local and healthy cousine, there are also two swimming pools, one of them with jacuzzi, two free internet points, billiards hall, conference room, gym, bus shuttle on request, free internal car park and your pets are allowed.Services: free parking, free internet WI-Fi, typical Sicilian restaurant, free access to the swimming pools, Laundry Service, 2 free Internet points, and special prices in agreement with taxi Trinacria. ... more   less 
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