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... show me the places she had discovered last night. So we just wandered around at our pace, bought a couple of things and eventually ended up at McDonalds for lunch. Some other people from our tour were also there enjoying a taste of home. We were back at the hotel by 1.00 for our 1.30 optional tour. Just as well as there was a long queue for the ladies toilet. It's the same the world over. Our tour took us to the old part of town. Palermo ...
... toured three of the City's markets (Vucciria, Capo and Ballaro), where we bought fruit and olives. We ate lunch (insalata di mare and friutti mare) in the Albergheria quarter. This is the former Arab quarter and the oldest part of Palermo, where p Pheonicia once had a city. After lunch we returned to the Piazza Independencia to visit the Palazzo dei Normanni (Norman Fortress). We arrived at 2:55 to find a sign posted saying they were closing at 2:45 today instead of 5:45. For ...
... With texts and assistance from the carribinerie, a gas station attendant, and two gentlemen with a broken down car, we finally found the guest-house where we were staying for the next two nights. The apartment we had booked was wonderful. The entire upper floor of a duplex, it had a full kitchen and living room, along with three bedrooms and a lovely veranda off of the kitchen. Fausto, our host, greeted us and gave us tips ...
This morning Peter, Joe and I were to be ready by 7.00 am as our private driver was taking us to Palermo. Our tour guides was Santo whom Joe met at the airport. We were to be escorted to and from Palermo in an air conditioned Mercedes Benz.
The trip to Palermo took 2 and half hours.
Palermo is the capital of both regions of Sicily and ...
... hopped on without getting a ticket, worked so perfect!) already sweating my ass off, this wasnīt meant to get better once I arrive in Palermo, backpack with a weight of 25 kg on the back black leggings (donīt ask why the hell I was wearing black leggings to walk around in the beating sun.
Anyway once I got off the bus the temperature was shown as 30 degrees in the shade, great. Tried to find a coffee shop for about an half an hour until I gave up and sat down in ...
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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.