Palermo is a wonderful city in Sicily, Italy, where the sea and the land create incredible harmonies and have witnessed different civilisations who left visible marks throughout the territory. It is now one of the most beloved destinations in the land, riddled with fine accommodations to boot. Here’s a list of ten hotels every visitor should look out for.
This four-star hotel is located in central Palermo, in particular near Piazza Politeama, the vibrant main square of the Sicilian capital. With 18 double rooms and just one junior suite, Artemisia Palace Hotel offers a lavish accommodation to couples who want to splash out and feel some romance amidst this ancient city. Artemisia was the name of a Spanish noblewoman who was famed for her hospitality, her grace, and her fairness – these are all the qualities which lie at the heart of this hotel.
Located near the renowned beach of Mondello, a few kilometers outside of Palermo, Hotel Villa Esperia offers relaxation to all those who pass its way. The villa was designed and built in the Liberty style and comprises 22 rooms which cater to different needs. The décor, whilst being functional, reminds guests of old times and creates a very memorable atmosphere. There is a breakfast buffet every morning as well as a fine restaurant to enjoy.
With 18 beautiful rooms, this boutique hotel offers a wonderful opportunity to experience Palermo thanks to its central location. It used to be a palace belonging to the noblewoman Lucrezia Brunaccini, but was later renovated and now combines an ancient taste with a more modern design. The rooms and suites are lavish and refined, with beautiful Chesterfield armchairs and luxurious furnishings.
This modern-looking hotel and residence is located just outside the city centre of Palermo, thus enabling the families and couples based here a relaxed environment where they can enjoy quiet yet still be able to get downtown in less than 20 minutes. Marbela Residence offers both double rooms and one to two-room apartments for those who want to do a family holiday in the Sicilian capital.
This four-star hotel originated in 2005, when some locals decided to merge three adjacent buildings into one in order to create a lavish hotel. The building itself dates back to the 16th century; nonetheless, what remains of it are mainly porticos and the structure itself, as everything else has been renovated in the last few years, thus guaranteeing every guest a special treat of comfort and luxury.
Located on Baida Hill, Hotel Bel 3 is a 20-minute drive away from the centre of Palermo. Thanks to its elevated position and its terraced building, it is possible to enjoy an enchanting panoramic view of Palermo from the swimming pool and Jacuzzi of the hotel. There is also a smaller swimming pool for kids as well as rooms that are specifically tailored to the needs of families. Alternatively, there are standard, double, as well as economy rooms which cover every group of travellers in town.
Boasting 80 rooms within walking distance of the old town as well as to Ballarò, one of the best-known markets in Palermo, this hotel has a strategic location for tourists who want to walk around the city. Albergo Athenaeum’s staff are friendly and accommodating, coming from a training in hospitality that is both traditional and attentive to contemporary needs.
This wonderful four-star boutique hotel is located in the heart of Palermo and boasts, amongst other things, a wellness centre which is open to the public everyday from 1 to 9pm (10am to 9pm on Saturdays). There are several beauty packages on offer, alongside massages and personalized beauty treatments. With discounts of up to 50%, this spa hotel is arguably the finest spot in town for a bit of pampering.
Hotel del Centro is situated on one of the busiest and noisiest streets in Palermo, but fear not, each and every room is soundproofed and air-conditioned, thus creating an isolated atmosphere which overlooks one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the Sicilian capital. The bar is open 24/7 and breakfast is served each morning with those indulgent and delicious Sicilian pastries.