Very conveniently located in the centre of Palermo and so easy to get to from either of the airports (Trapani or Palermo). We travelled from Palermo airport taking the airport bus, it costs €6.10 for a single ticket which you can buy from the kiosk next to the bus stop, which as you exit arrivals turn right and walk along the building and you will see a bus stop and kiosk area. The closest drop off point to Hotel Elite was Politeama Square which is next to Teatro Massimo (which resembles London's Royal Albert Hall) so you can't miss it (and also the driver calls out the stop name). It's a five minute walk around the corner (check out the trip advisor photos of the external entrance for the hotel or check out Google Maps Street View so you know what to look out for as the entrance is for multiple hotels).
So, about the hotel - a comfortable 1 nights stay (as we were picking up a chartered yacht from Sunsail in Palermo marina the following day). We had a large double room on 5th floor (same level as reception). You can either walk up the stairs or use the cosy lift to get to it. The lift worked well for us with all our luggage but it looks a bit cranky when you first see it. The room had the basic amenities that suited our short stay, we didn't need the tv or the fridge or the wardrobe but all worked and were well appointed.
We had a very warm welcome from the receptionist on our arrival and to thank us for the 10 minute wait we were treated to a complementary coffee/espresso. Breakfast was great, lots to chose from and quick service from staff in bringing tea/coffee.
The negative - there was a strange unpleasant sewage smell in our bathroom, if we were staying longer I'd have reported it to get it fixed or asked to move rooms. We kept the bathroom door closed and after a while it went away (room 504), the night receptionist smoked so the corridors were very smokey. I've since seen the manager's comments on other Trip Advisor reviews regarding guests smelling cigarette smoke and that it is a non smoking hotel - I didn't comment at the time as I thought perhaps it was a hotel that allowed smoking.
Overall a good value hotel in good decorative order. It's very central, easy to get to, walking distance from all the main tourist attractions. Staff very friendly and helpful.
I would recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Palermo's elegant shopping district, 500 metres from the city's port, Hotel Elite offers air-conditioned rooms decorated with frescoes showing various Palermo landmarks.Rooms at the Elite Hotel come with a minibar and a TV with satellite and pay-per-view channel. Your day begins with a buffet breakfast that includes a variety of healthy food as well as fresh fruit.Guests can enjoy a drink at Elite's bar before dinner at a local restaurant, recommended by the hotel staff.Teatro Massimo and Politeama Garibaldi theatres are both just a 5-minute walk from the hotel, which has excellent public transport links around Palermo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elite Hotel Palermo
- Hotel Elite Palermo, Sicily