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Historical Traveler Reviews Centrale Palace Hotel Palermo
Excellent and spectacular!
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.
The trip couldn't have ended better, staying here. We got a Suite with bathrobes and slippers waiting for us, with a nice intimate terrace (which we did'nt expect in the MIDDLE of everything, in Palermo center). The Suite was to the back of the hotel, so we could have the windows and doors open, and couldn't almost hear a thing form the quite noisy main street at the front of the hotel.
The Suite was a Neoclassic Suite, elegant and exclusive in light colours and brown modern leather chairs, ofcourse with a well functioning Air Condition, \ safe ecc... The bathroom was large and nice (with all sorts of extra complimentary stuff), and in the evenings we had a Nightcap on the intimate terrace.
The entrance and hallway in the well maintained hotel is trully spectacular!!! With marble all the way, and nice sitting areas, bar ecc. On the rooftop there is a nice restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. It was very nice og cousy.
The breakfast was trully the best one on our entire trip!!!! It was set in a spectacular restaurant on the 1. or 2. floor, and included absolutely everything and more than that!!! "The 400 Euros a night for a Suite, and not woth the money" Villa Ducale in Taormina boasts of their breakfast, but it wasn't even close to this one!!! Far from it!
And the best for last; we only payed about 230 Euros each night for a lovely Suite, terrace in an excellent hotel, with a spectacular breakfast, and the final touch; the bathrobes, slippers and the complimentary stuff... These were extra things that put the hotel "up there" for us!
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).
Avoid the back rooms like the plague!!!
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.)
The room was heavily shuttered with curtains drawn when we first saw it. On opening the shutters our gaze fell on what was either a building site or a builders yard. We were prepared to overlook this, however we were rudely awakened at 6.30am the following morning with an unbelievable amount of noise. An articulated lorry was offloading veritable mountains of concrete. This continued for the next two hours along with the noise of generators, not to mention Italian builders!
On complaining we were switched to a smaller room with only a shower and no bath, we were advised that there was no reduction in the room rate of almost £200GBP per night, (it is hard to argue in a foreign language.)
The female receptionist was perfunctory in her duties but I would say on the verge of'surly'. The gentlemen were courteous.
I felt that the rooms, and the hotel in general, is dark and in want of natural daylight.
The breakfast was lovely although the juices were disappointing.
The hotel is in an ideal location.
There is a little Trattoria, full of locals, called Il Proverbio, just around the corner from Pizzeria Bellini....the food was really delicious.
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.
A-1 Location for tourist, very good staff, but very noisy.
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.
I definitely recommend the 4th floor restaurant: excellent service and good prices but closed during off-peak season it seems. Please DO NOT leave tips in Palermo! We enjoyed having breakfast in a genuine castle setting and appreciated the excellent service and little attentions of the staff. During our month stay, camp fires (in the historical district!) were almost daily next to the hotel (don't forget the windows opened!). Construction work started at 6:30am to end around 7pm on the vacant lot next to the hotel... and they have just started! Some nights, expecially weekends, loud music in the hotel area may prevent some from sleeping.
Tour groups regularily stop here for 1-2 nights. If you plan to stay only for a few nights as a tourist and want to walk to all major attractions, this is where to book your stay my dear! As for us, if we go back to Palermo, we'll choose another hotel, probably Grand Hotel Villa Igiea for more comfort, tranquility and farther from tourist attractions since we've done them now.
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.
The hotel itself is perfectly fine--we had a standard double, which was small but not unusually small by European standards, and comfortable. The bathroom was a nice size. The hotel has a comfortable bar/lounge with a very pleasant and accommodating bartender. The only negative note was the concierge/front desk services: they did not seem to be very knowledgable about performance/opening times and, in handling restaurant reservations for us, they seemed to be more eager to earn brownie points with their friends in Palermo than to respond to our preferences. As we were there a little before the season (mid-March 2005), perhaps they weren't yet up to speed. However, this did not take away from the overall experience and I would enthusiastically recommend this hotel.
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.