Hotel Principe di Villafranca
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... 1/4 so we could each try a little bite. The meat was cooked in pork fat, so since Tom is allergic, he opted out. (how convenient!) It actually wasn't that bad, kind of tasted like Steak Ums. Salvatore also took us to a popular place for the younger crowd and we got a typical after dinner drink. It was a mix of marsala wine and some other wine. It was very loud and crowded-thirty years ago we would have fit right in! He also took us ...
... class. We also made swordfish rolls. These are very popular in Sicily and we saw them throughout the markets. The recipe says to ask your fishmonger to slice the swordfish as thin as possible. Don't think this is happening in Asheville! (Notice the picture of the swordfish being sliced. ) The bell pepper, caper and black olive salad was good. We baked the peppers in a very hot oven until they were blackened on all sides and then covered them with plastic wrap to make moisture. ...
... laws. They drive wherever they please, and zip in and out of traffic at a moments notice. Some stop signs appear to be optional. The roads are very narrow and parking is a problem. We got a ticket in Trapani and we saw no signs saying no parking or anyplace to pay money. It appears many people don't obey no parking signs, but I think police target rental cars. Even though we didn't get to do the sailboat we had planned we still had a great ...
... all marble basins, nymphs, gods and sea monsters it was created by the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani in 1554 it's amazing how used to amazing things one can become, the fountain was a massive work but is deminished when there is so much else to see. I very much enjoyed just walking through the city there are beautiful buildings every where, there are city gates, dozens of churches.
Lastly we went to see the Royal apartments, Sala di Ruggero, which ...
... 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 Hotel Principe di Villafranca Palermo
This hotel itself is a charming hotel with wonderful seating areas in front of a fireplace where you can sit and relax with friends. However, the only downside to our trip was the staff was not very friendly or helpful. We felt somewhat unwelcome. The hotel is very clean and bright although the rooms are very small and it is quite overpriced.
Following the recommandations read on Trip Advisor, we made a reservation at this hotel for our last night in Sicily in September 2004, and we were very pleased! The staff was very kind, the room was extremely comfortable, the bathroom was spacious and the breakfast was delicious! What else can you expect?
Great Boutique Hotel
We stayed here for 3 nights over a weekend in July 04. Our rooms were very clean and comfortable. The modern rooms and bathroom are fitted out to a high standard, with nice furnishings and decoration without being too fussy. Well located for great restaurants and shops in a nice neighbourhood in Palermo. The tourist areas are still quite accessible. The hotel staff were nice and helpful.
In Dec. 2003 we spent 2 weeks in Sicily. Villafranca is really nice, but not in an A+ location. The help couldn't have been any more accomodating. Breakfast is served in a pretty, elegant room. We were with kids (11 and 8) and felt very comfortable. Our Jr. suite had gorgeous fresh flowers and a bowl of fruit. Unfortunately, the facade of the hotel was under renovation, so the windows were closed and there was construction noise. WHen in Palermo again, we plan to stay at the Villafranca.
A charming hotel
The hotel had a great deal of charm, there was a lovely lounge with comfy sofas and a fireplace. The rooms were a bit small but nicely decorated. The bathrooms were modern but the keyboard didn't work for the internet access through the TV and the mini bar was very old fashioned (60s)
The staff, although seemingly polite and efficient, lacked any real warmth. When we asked for a restaurant recommendation we were directed to one that was closed, I think a better service would have been to phone to check this!
The maids/cleaners made a lot of noise in the corridors early in the morning shouting to each other, so not a place for a lie-in.
Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Palermo
This upscale Sicilian boutique hotel is located in the best area of Palermo, near all the shopping in a quiet residential area. We were warmly welcomed by the staff, and able to check into our room early. The room is huge, modernly decorated, with built-in marble desk, fabric decorated headboard, recessed lighting and marble bathroom. The hotel is decorated with wonderful Sicilian art; especially the fireplace, where you can get wonderful drinks. The staff was great at pointing us to the Le Volte ristarante - great food. The buffet breakfast caters to Western tastes - donuts and scrambled eggs available (only hotel to offer this that we saw on our trip even though we didn't touch it, we preferred to stay true Sicilian as long as possible), as well as, pies and cakes, fresh prisciuotto and melon, and a wide variety of juices - pear, pineapple, apricot, orange and grapefruit. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Well located and elegant
Given some of the dicey neighborhoods in Palermo, it is a pleasure to stay at this very upscale, dignified hotel. While the regular doubles are of average size and the furniture pedestrian within the rooms, the lobby, public areas and hallways are charming, the hotel staff incredibly helpful and informative as well as very fluent in English. It was particularly nice, at the end of a long day of walking and touring, to be able to dine within blocks at numerous good restaurants, strolling over and back on safe streets. The neighborhood, while only blocks from the beginning of center city, is charming and residential but with elegant boutiques on the major streets. I might recommend upgrading here to a deluxe double or a small suite. The bathrooms are all modern and spacious.
Very nice city hotel
We liked this hotel very much. We had a corner junior suite for 240 euros, which was spacious and homely. The staff are very attentive. It is located off Via Liberta, so not in the historic centre. But this meant it was quiet and near the best shopping and restaurant streets.
We stayed at the Hotel Principe di Villafranca at the beginning and end of a two week trip to Sicily last October.
The service was excellent, refined. The staff was quite adept at giving advice to keep us away from tourist traps, steering us to local favorites and special out-of-the-way treats.
Mario, the manager of the bar, tutored us in a Sicilian card game that kept us occupied every evening of the two week trip.
Rooms are comfortable and bathrooms are spacious and modern.
A real keeper.
Winter weekend at the Principe Di Villafranca
We had a very comfortable stay in this hotel. It was about 10 minutes from the historical centre so quieter and very untouristy. The rooms were servicible if a little dull but had wood floors and marble bathrooms. The fire in the drawing room was a treat. Very much like a home. Everyone very helpful and polite. The doorman gave us excellent restaurant reccommendations each night of our stay, local trattorias used by locals-delicious food and excellent value.