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It was a long flight from San Francisco to Philadelphis where we met Tom. A manager at USAir got us seats together for the rest of the trip or it would have been even longer to Rome. The 4 hour layover in Rome nearly wiped us out though. Not long enough to go in to Rome but too long to be entertained by an airport. Finally we crammed ourselves into …
... big white cliffs by the sea. After looking at the map we found that they were only 10 minutes away so we headed there for a look see. The sea cliffs were at a town called Realmonte and the cliffs themselves –Scala dei Turchi – turned out to be solid white rock protruding from the coast line and forming a giant ramp parallel to the sea. We had a bit f a climb around on them and got blasted by the wind!
The time had come to continue our ride to Trapani where ...
... and narrow cobblestone streets to negotiate. This small medieval town was founded in 415 B.C., and renowned in ancient times as an important sanctuary of Venus. Although we are told it is often shrouded in mist due to its hilltop location, today Erice offers splendid views of the sea and Egadi Islands under clear skies. The haze on the lands below partially obscures what would be an otherwise amazing view. It seems to me that the Sicilians ...
... nerve wracking but after awhile, it became very freeing. Drive like you have always wanted to and no one seems to care.
Once we made it out of the city, we drove up into the surrounding hill country. The landscape is not nearly as lush as the area surrounding Rome. It is much more arid with not a lot of trees except for olive oil trees and there were not many of those. One of our destinations for the day was Corleone. Yes that Corleone as made famous by ...
... mosaics in the central apse of Cefalų Duomo but here the whole is a golden, glittering picture gallery with major tales from the Bible and racks of saints, described by tiny squares of colour and gilt. The main figure of Jesus seems more forlorn than Cefalų's though.
A staircase and tight passageway (€2 entry) leads to a view over the cloisters (€6 entry) and entry to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Joli Palermo
Great location, Comfortable Room, Helpful Staff
Just returned from a great trip to Sicilia. Other than some lost luggage problems (!) we did have a wonderful adventure.
The Joli is very close to the Politeama section of town (it is next to Piazza Florio). Major bus lines run/stop near the hotel (The #506 to Mondello leaves from the west end of Via Roma not two blocks from the hotel.)
We stayed at the Joli both on our arrival and our departure from Sicily. The rooms were very clean and pleasant (extra-firm beds). Small but clean bathrooms with shower. Breakfast was standard Italian/Euro breakfast but we mainly just had a cappucino before heading out into the city for more local fare.
The staff was a mix, some spoke only Italian, others spoke some English. Still very easy to communicate, even if our Italian was a bit limited.
Nice hotel, strange city
This is a nice hotel if you can ignore the furnishing - not everyoneīs into pink walls and flower design and that kind of stuff. However, itīs very neat and thereīs everything you need. Donīt go for the rooms on the ground floors as they are kind of noisy and donīt benefit from the nice balconies the building has.
Breakfast consists mainly of those Italian cookies and crackers - that may be fine for the Italians who arenīt keen on breakfast anyway but for the rest itīs a bit insufficient.
In general, do choose this hotel. But donīt stay too long in this strange city - unless you like developing world feelings.
Really liked this hotel - had a lovely well sized room with a balcony to the street and wasn't at all distrurbed by the traffic despite being worried at first. Breakfast was magnificent and service overall good. One of the best things though was the location....absolutely perfect for us and would recommend to anyone wanting a good medium rate hotel. Oh yes....and there's a nice terrace overlooking the sqaure that's reached via the first floor.
OK Hotel in a So So City
Reasonably clean hotel w/indifferent service for the most part. While the hotel is certainly reasonable for the price, I would not use Palermo as a long-term (i.e more than 2 days) base for traveling elsewhere. This is a strange city! I'd base myself in Taormina and do all the excursions from there.
A quit place in a noisy city
We stayed there in June 2004. It was a very good adress, not so far from the center of town, but with a romantic terace. We sat there every evening, before going to bed.
Nice Hotel & Staff
We stayed at Hotel Joli at the beginning of Sept 2004. Nice hotel with friendly and helpful staff. The room was a fair size, and looked onto Piazza Florio. The bathroom was kind of cramped - the bidet nearly blocked the toilet and you almost had to climb over it to reach the toilet. The shower was a bit small. The mini-bar had pretty good prices, and the bed was comfortable. They advertise ADSL, but really it's just a phone line for dial-up service, not ADSL. Pretty good continental breakfast. The bus from the airport stops a few blocks away, and there are close by bus stops. Some of the sights are within walking distance. Nice hotel, would stay there again.
Nice low cost option
highly recommended - agree with all preceding comments. clean, reasonably priced, and in relatively tranquil area but with good restaurants etc nearby. also handy for airport bus + local buses to palermo sites. the bus service is surprisingly efficient - indeed found most of our stereotypes of palermo to be out of date, location and special sights apart it seems much like other Italian cities.
Very good budget Hotel
Joli is a very pleasant centrally situated budget hotel in the centre of Palermo. We spent a week touring and this hotel was a very goood base.
We paid 98 Euros including breakfast- continental only. A/C very good, friendly staff do their best to help. We would definitely return.
Local family run restaurant Al Cancelletto, two blocks away do an excellent dinner with very good wines at a give away price.
Last year, first visit and will not be the last. We will return and stay at your hotel again. Made for a beautiful first trip to Sicily. Remember the name Asaro? I am Marie Asaro. My father Andrea Asaro. Beautiful accomadation's and service.
Ciao, Marie Asaro
The Joli is a fantastic choice for the adult budget traveler (ie you don't want to stay in hostels but you are avoiding the big chains). The location is fantastic, right around the corner from Teatro Massimo and the much more expensive Grand Hotel et des Palmes. You can walk or catch a bus to just about anywhere in Palermo from the Joli. The rooms are fairly small but clean and modern with TV/updated bath. Breakfast was included and there is a nice little patio to sit on outside. The neighborhood is reasonably safe and lively and the staff at the hotel is quite friendly as well. A great place I do not hesitate to recommend.