We spent three weeks in this Palermo hotel, mainly to escape the English January/February weather. We had a mezzanine room (23, I think), which was a good size. There are two big "juliet" balcony windows which, when the shutters are open, let in a lot of light, although the views were only of alleyways with flats and a glimpse of Montepellegrino in the distance. We found the accommodation fine, with a very comfortable large bed (on the mezzanine floor), tables, chairs, cupboards, etc. Bathroom's ok with a (slightly small, but hot) shower. As we were there for a while, we cooked a few simple meals and breakfasts. The kitchen area was very basic and could have been improved very easily with simple things like a chopping board, good knives, sieve (for pasta), etc. We had to ask for a kettle, which was supplied instantly and cheerfully. Wi-fi was free and quite fast and reliable. The common areas are pleasant with many nice paintings by the owners' daughter. Other reviewers have mentioned the family who own the accommodation. They are very friendly, without being imposing, and helpful if you need any information. Not all speak English, but we got on very well using Google Translate on the owner's computer!
The hotel is between the Port area and Politeama Square, which is lively and attractive and a good place to start exploring the city. The road that the hotel is in is scruffy with some litter and cars, trucks, scooters, etc. double and triple-parked. Shops range from grocers to motor engineers to bars, betting shops. There many stalls selling fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, bread and other food. It is very lively. We did not at any time feel threatened or in any danger. Generally, there was no problem with noise; one evening a small cafe below our window was a bit boisterous, but not a problem. This was Winter, though, could be different in Summer with open windows, etc. Our more-or-less complete inability to speak any Italian was treated with good humour and a patient smile. However, this is a city and sensible precautions should be taken, like anywhere else, to avoid pick-pockets and camera/phone snatches.
We walked all over the city, and walked, from the hotel, up Montepellegrino and similar distances. The road from the hotel to the base of Montepellegrino is typically scuffy, but the mountain is fantastic when you start up the well-marked paths and start to appreciate the views. The Santa Rosalia Sanctuary is surrounded by tacky souvenir shops, so don't worry if you don't get that far. Also, buses stop just up the road going to the pleasant seaside town of Mondello. Also by bus is the hill-top town of Monreale, well worth a visit. Bus times and details from the Tourist Information Office.
If you don't mind immersing yourself in the rough and tumble of a very mixed city you'll be fine with this friendly hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 5 minutes walk from Politeama Theatre, the very heart of Palermo, this is truly a gem in the heart of the city. Featuring 10 fully refurbished, modern apartments with all the amenities you need, we are sure you will be delighted from the first moment of your stay! Established in 2005, our central location right in the heart of Palermo enables our guests to truly immerse themselves in the city’s thriving cultural landscape. Piazza Politeama, the sea, and the historic market "Borgo Vecchio" are all within a few minutes' walk. Its proximity to a major bus hub also allows quick easy transportation anywhere in the city and its surroundings, airport included. Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, and we are sure that our city will charm you with its many boutiques, quaint cafes that make espresso to write home about, and restaurants that will make you want to return again and again -- all within a short walk from your doorstep! Whether you're visiting Palermo for business or pleasure, our luxurious apartments are the ideal place to rest your head at the end of the day - though you may like them so much you'll not want to go out! Each apartment is unique, yet all have all the comforts you would expect from a first-class establishment, such as free, fast Wi-Fi, Comfortable beds, bathrooms with showers so lush they'll make you turn up late for your appointment and, of course, a fully functional kitchen with cooking hobs, oven, microwave, and fridge, for when you're able to resist the allure of the restaurants nearby ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Politeam Affitti Palermo
- PoliteamAffitti Palermo, Sicily