Hotel Principe di Villafranca
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... Monreale and Palermo. After a brief trip to scope out Monreale, the cathedral closed early for the angelus, we stopped at the grocery store before returning to our apartment for the evening. The bread bakery at the foot of our driveway doubled as the local pizzeria, so we had pizza and wine, along with olives for dinner. We watched from the veranda outside our kitchen as evening descended and twilight filled the hills across the ...
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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.
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.