The Best Hotels to Book in Palermo, Italy

Make your Sicilian stay memorable in Palermo
Make your Sicilian stay memorable in Palermo | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Luca Pinelli

As the capital of Sicily, Palermo is often a city that tourists bypass on the way to the airport. However, it’s home to thousands of years of history – from royal tombs in the city cathedral to the giant neoclassical Teatro Massimo, known for its opera performances. Join the bustle of the Ballarò street market or embrace the city’s slow-food renaissance. These are the best hotels in Palermo for every traveller, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Quattro Incanti

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A balcony area with tables and and chairs and views of a nearby mountain at Quattro Incanti, Palermo
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Surrounded by the historical sites of Palermo – from ancient monuments to baroque churches – the Quattro Incanti lies just steps from the Quattro Canti, where the city’s oldest roads meet. This hotel will give you a taste of multicultural Palermo, where centuries of invasion and trade have given rise to a unique Sicilian culture. The rooms feature nods to the island’s traditions, from brightly decorated Sicilian carts to glazed pottery, immersing you in the history of the city before you’ve even left your hotel room.

2. Harmony Hotel BB

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Light-filled and modern lounge and dining space at Harmony B&B Palermo.
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Stay in a true slice of medieval history in the heart of Palermo. Harmony Hotel BB sits inside a restored early-15th-century building, nestled in the winding streets of the city’s historic centre. Behind the façade lies a friendly bed and breakfast with comfortable rooms and all-inclusive snacks, drinks and coffees. A genuine, warm Sicilian welcome awaits you here.

3. Grand Hotel Wagner

Luxury

Opulently decorated double room at the Grand Hotel Wagner in Palermo.
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Named after the German composer who lived on the street in the 1880s, the Grand Hotel Wanger is a masterpiece of sumptuous 19th-century elegance. Chandeliers light up palatial rooms filled with gold, marble and antique paintings. After a day exploring the cultural sights of Palermo, revive yourself in the spectacular American Bar, with a classic Sicilian cocktail in hand.

5. Casa Nostra

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A double room with balcony and city views at Casa Nostra, Palermo.
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Brimming with charm, this boutique hotel is just a short walk away from the imposing 12th-century cathedral and the eclectic must-see sights of the historic centre. Refined rooms are tastefully understated and come complete with balconies with sweeping vistas over the Sicilian capital. Soak up the Mediterranean climate at Casa Nostra’s courtyard terrace, or hire bikes to explore further afield.

6. Artemisia Palace Hotel

Hotel

The exterior of Artemisia Palace Hotel in Palermo.
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The four-star Artemisia Palace Hotel lies in central Palermo, near Piazza Politeama, the vibrant main square of the Sicilian capital. With 18 double rooms and just one junior suite, the hotel offers a lavish accommodation to couples who want to splash out and eat breakfast in bed amid this ancient city.

7. Villa Esperia Hotel

Hotel, Villa

Simple and modern double room at Hotel Villa Esperia in Palermo.
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Near the renowned beach of Mondello, a few kilometres outside Palermo, Villa Esperia Hotel has a range of rooms, from singles to triples, with garden or sea views. After checking out the beach, you can tuck into traditional Sicilian pizza downstairs at the hotel’s pizzeria.

8. Alma Hotel

Hotel

Double bed at Alma Hotel in Palermo.
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In central Palermo, Alma Hotel is a modern boutique hotel with simple but spotlessly clean rooms. Owners Paulo and Antonella are on hand with top recommendations for places to visit and restaurants for dinner. Breakfast is served in your room or the downstairs dining room; the sweet Sicilian almond cakes are an absolute must-try (Antonella will even make a gluten-free option if requested), alongside fresh meat, bread, fruit and, of course, coffee.

9. Palazzo Brunaccini

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The exterior of Palazzo Brunaccini Hotel in Palermo.
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Palazzo Brunaccini used to be a palace belonging to the noblewoman Lucrezia Brunaccini (as the name suggests). The lavish hotel is now decorated with Chesterfield armchairs, contemporary artwork and Sicilian ceramics. Each room has its unique quirks – from private terraces overlooking the ancient city rooftops to Jacuzzi baths. Just behind the ancient Ballarò street market, the hotel has a restaurant, Da Carlo a Palazzo Brunaccini, serving arguably the best fish dishes in Palermo. Try the swordfish, served with sweet onion marmalade alongside caper-almond pesto.

10. Marbela Apartments and Suites

Hotel

Modern and spacious suite with a desk, double bed and ensuite at Marbela Apartments and Suites.
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For those looking for a little more room, Marbela Apartments and Suites offers spacious accommodation options, from cosy studios to one-bedroom apartments. Each one has a full kitchen and dining area so that you don’t have to eat out three times per day. Grocery deliveries can be organised to your apartment door on request. It’s a 10-minute drive into Palermo, and prices reflect this, making it ideal for budget-conscious travellers.

11. Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Hotel

The exterior of Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa in Palermo.
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Built in the 16th century, this four-star hotel still has original features, including the spectacular cloister with an indoor fountain. Rooms are spacious and air-conditioned, while downstairs, you’ll find the hotel restaurant, Kemonia, named after a river that flows under Palermo. There is also an entire floor dedicated to the hotel spa, complete with a Jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna, along with massage services on request.

12. Hotel Bel 3

Hotel

The rooftop pool and terrace at Hotel Bel 3, offering impressive panoramic views of Palermo.
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Hotel Bel 3’s elevated position, a 20-minute drive from Palermo, is reason alone to stay here. It offers incredible panoramic views from the rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi, towards the city, sea and surrounding mountains. The modern rooms are clean and simple, with options to upgrade to a family suite with a balcony. Work out in the on-site fitness centre, or spend the evening thrashing your travelling partner at billiards.

13. Albergo Athenaeum

Hotel

The lounge at lobby at Albergo Athenaeum Hotel in Palermo.
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Boasting 80 rooms within walking distance of the old town and the Ballarò street market, this hotel has a strategic location for tourists who want to explore the city on foot. Albergo Athenaeum also offers private parking in a secure area, and the downstairs bar is ideal for a late-night limoncello before retiring to bed.

14. Hotel Porta Felice

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

The bar and restaurant at Hotel Porta Felice in Palermo.
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Close to the sea, this four-star boutique hotel is in the old area of the city, slightly further away from the main tourist sights. In contrast to the ancient streets outside, inside, you’ll find red, modern interiors with industrial beams and leafy foliage. Thoughtful features in each bedroom include robes, slippers and a flat-screen TV. Upstairs is the roof terrace, ready for your morning pastry and coffee. Cake for breakfast is a “thing” in Palermo – try the ricotta cheesecake and pistachio tart. Downstairs is the Turkish-style spa, where you can enjoy a hot-stone massage, a sauna, a steam room and a Jacuzzi, right in the centre of the city.

15. Hotel del Centro

Hotel

A cosy twin bedroom at Hotel del Centro in Palermo.
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Hotel del Centro lies on one of the busiest, noisiest streets in Palermo. However, each room is soundproofed and air-conditioned, creating an isolated atmosphere that overlooks one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of the Sicilian capital. Breakfast is served each morning, complete with those indulgent Sicilian pastries.

To explore more of Italy, check out the best hotels in Naples, and the best boutique hotels in Palermo. These are bookable with Culture Trip. During your stay, explore the best hiking trails in Sicily, and discover the top 10 things to do and see in Genoa. Make sure to also book a table at at least one of the best restaurants in Sardinia to sample some delicious Italian dishes.

Additional reporting by Lorna Turnbull.

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