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... desert, fresh cannoli where they fill it when you order. Yum! It was a great tour. Salvatore was a knowledgable guide about Sicilian food and spent almost three hours with us. We learned he was also a lawyer, doing commercial law with a big international firm. He just did these tours on the weekends so he could share his passion about Sicilian food with others.
Heading back to Catania tomorrow for a few days.
... 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. ...
... started in 424 BC, but was never finished. We also hiked to the top of the hill to a Greek Theater for a terrific view of the hillside and the sea. After Segsta we headed to Marsala. Tom had found a winery that made marsala wine, which is a sweet desert wine. In the U.S, we mostly use one variety of it for cooking, but there are some very good drinking wines as well. We had a tour and then a tasting. We continued on to Trapani, a busy port ...
Today, we knew we were going stir crazy and longing for the hectic pace of our lives at home when we scanned the cruise daily newsletter searching for activities to occupy every last hour of our day. Our agenda for the day looked like this: •late breakfast with made to order omelettes • Eternal Rome enrichment lecture • watch ...
... his Vespa. I loved the ride!!!
Palermo Centre Pepe gave me a map and showed me what I could visit for the afternoon. It wasn't much fun walking under the scorching summer heat in Palermo. I started at the Massimo Theatre. After going to Quatro Canti (four corners), the grand Fontana Pretoria, and the Norman Church of San Cataldo built in 12th century, I took a break for lunch at the rough neighborhood of Ballaro. The streets were ...
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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.