Centrale Palace Hotel
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... contest • destinations talk •Brasserie lunch with made to order salads •purchase extremely overpriced nail polish • manicures of ourselves on the windy upper deck •sunbathe on the less windy lower deck •5pm stretch and relax class in gym .walk the ship's perimeter on deck 5 •work out some more then hot ...
... a carrot glaze which just melted in your mouth, followed by a pasta dish, followed by a veal dish with small roast potatoes. Dessert was fresh fruit. The toilet in this restaurant was wonderful as well with candles and rose petals everywhere. It was so good I took a photo of it!!! We then said goodbye to the tour group as we won't see them in the morning and headed back to our rooms. It was a great tour but we are looking forward to sleep in ...
... the shops.
After a late lunch we headed back to collect the car and queue for the ferry to Naples. We bought ourselves a lovely picnic bread from the bakers, cheese and ham from a specialist shop and fruit and tomatoes from the green grocers; individual shops are still the norm and they do sell lovely food. We ate our picnic on deck as we sailed into the sunset, washed down by local wine before going to sleep early in our comfy cool cabin.
After a very nice night in the hotel with an excellent meal we set off early to see the 'Valley of the Temples', which is really odd name since the temples are set of a ridge? Agrigento is not very exciting but in its day it was a major Greek city with many temples dating from the 5C BC. The site is large, 3km in total, so it was rather a long hot walk and we were pleased to ...
... long… I didn't bother reading anything -- they were either in Italian or Latin anyway. It was worth the 3E entrance nonetheless.
Socialising - Palermo Style
First day. Pepe brought me to watch Italy soccer match. The way Sicilians drive is not a myth. Pepe drove us around like a maniac! We went to a square at a park where people congregated and watched. It was fun watching the spectators as much as the game. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Centrale Palace Hotel Palermo
We stayed here a couple of nights at the end of our two week holiday in Italy, starting in Rome and ending up on Sicily and Palermo.
Scary area of town
The hotel itself is quite nice. It's a restored palace, although even the Neo-Classic rooms (which are more expensive) are nothing special. Bathrooms are modern and clean. Breakfast room is gorgeous. The problem, however, is that the hotel is in a terrible area and you cannot go outside at night. Everything is shut down and it's dark, dingy and scary. The hotel rooftop is a quaint restaurant and a lovely place to be, except the food is lousy and expensive. The service is fine, but all in all, we left 2 days early because the area was so desolate.
My husband son and I spent two nights at the Centrale Palace. OUr room was a junior suite and certainly big enough, but faced the back of the hotel. Although quiet, it looked out run down buildings. Although the location is supposed to be central, if you take one wrong trun out of the hotel you are in truly scary areas of Palermo. There are bums that hang out at the Quatrro Canti with their dogs which make it unpleasant to go to and from the hotel. The service is average, the rooms rather dark and not all that clean(do not walk without shoes).
We have just returned from a three night stay in this bustling, noisy, and it has to be said, dirty Italian city. However, it is architecturally beautiful and has a charm all of its own. We stayed at the Central Palace Hotel in Palermo for three nights. If you are allocated room 336, small and dark...refuse it. (Or another other room facing the back of the building.)
Beautiful restored palace
We loved this hotel. Restored with great care - the marble and chandeliers have to be seen. The refurbished neoclassic rooms are classy and worth the extra money. Unbeatable central location.
We stayed there for 27 nights during a business trip. We switched from a standard room to a Neo-Classic room the 1st day. Things you should know: contrarily to their web site, there was no gym and no ADSL service during our stay (we left April 9th 2005). Although a standard room (old linens/mattresses, 2 single beds, small shower) may be "ok" for 1-3 nights, one should consider the "Neo-Classic" room for more "north-american comfort", with hardwood floors, private safe & king size bed, but still somewhat small. For short business trips, the junior suite seems roomier and nice with its own little terrace (slightly more expensive). Bathrooms are very nice, spacious and clean. Ours included hairdryer, bidet, towel warmer, telephone and bathrobes.
As another Trip Advisor reviewer noted, the location of this hotel can't be beat, steps from the Quattro Canti. The main tourist sights are all within walking distance: turn right out of the hotel, and the Norman Palace with its Palantine Chapel are within one-half mile, the Cathedral even closer. Next to the Norman Palace is the square where you can catch a bus to Monreale. Turn left out of the hotel, and you can walk to the Kalsa, the open-air markets, the main shopping streets, and most of the important churches and museums.
Magnificent entry that was mirrored throughout the entire hotel. Clean, sparsely but beautifully decorated rooms with updated bathrooms. Good breakfast and dinner on the 4th floor restaurant was excellent. Franco and Dominga the wait staff were delightful and made us feel at home. Close to city center and most popular spots. Lots of noise from the street but double pane, double windows and shutters kept it to a dull hum. Internet access for a fee, front desk staff a bit stand offish, but willing to help with restaurants and cabs. Driving in Palermo is a night mare.
Best hotel in Palermo
We stayed here for 3 nights, including New Year's 2003, and it is an excellent hotel. From the hotel we were able to walk all over the city, and the hotel was a wonderful place to return to each night. The staff, from the front desk to the excellent restaurant upstairs, were friendly and helpful. When we come back this is the hotel where we will stay.
One of the best hotels in tourist Italy
First, it has the best location in Palermo as it is in the dead center of the city at the four corners near all the monuments, the opera, etc. Secondly, it is one of the cleanest, most luxurious hotels to be found. All the guidebook reviews of this property are understated -acres of marble, quality linens, breakfast with views, great staff, and warm, comfortable rooms. I have stayed in average tourist hotels and five star grand hotels in my lifetime and this one ranks near the top. A price steal and quality, quality, quality. Don't be thrown by the "Best Western" label which means a great deal more in Europe than in the US where it is quite average. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.