This was my first trip to Palermo and didn't really know what to expect. Hotel was easy to find form the airport bus which drops you in Politeama Square.- its only a couple of blocks away. upon finding the building - a residential block also housing another hotel - we were confronted with a lift and stairs but no signage indicating what floor the hotel Ariston occupied! So we got out on the wrong floor and ended up walking up to find the hotel. A discreet sign inside the lift could fix this.
Speaking of the lift it was temporarily out of action during out stay but as we were going downstairs wasn't too much of an issue.
The hotel itself has minimal but clean and bright décor with white walls and arts prints. Room was big, bright and clean with a good firm bed. There was a coffee machine (bit temperamental) tv and fridge stocked with free water, soft drinks, fruit and yoghurt which was a very nice touch.
However the freebies in the fridge seemed more of an apology for not being able to provide much in the way of breakfast.
Breakfast is served in which presumable used to be the living room of the apartments before it was converted into a hotel - it does have a balcony and view of the street below. which is nice in the morning before heading out to explore this fascinating city. Not so nice was the cold "coffee" (frothed up lukewarm milk with a tiny bit of expresso) and cheap tasting shop bought sugary croissants and juice drinks with melba toast and processed cheese. Every day. This had an impact on my digestion. Just providing some decent hot coffee, museli / cereals along with "real" bread and less sugary juice would have made a real difference. Cooked breakfast was obviously not an option as there didn't seem to be a kitchen as such.
This was my only real gripe with the place. One other thing was that if you come back late the "nigh porter" ( a relative) has to wake up and let you in. I guess its the nature of this not being a big budget hotel with a manned reception desk but it was a bit guilt inducing to keep having to wake the guy up if you came back late - which with the variety of interesting bars and restaurants in the old town we tended to do.
Wi_Fi works but is a bit sporadic.- maybe only on during the day.
The owner Guiseppe is very helpful and makes you feel welcome
I would stay here again if in Palermo but would maybe go out for breakfast to a local café....
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