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... contest • destinations talk •Brasserie lunch with made to order salads •purchase extremely overpriced nail polish • manicures of ourselves on the windy upper deck •sunbathe on the less windy lower deck •5pm stretch and relax class in gym .walk the ship's perimeter on deck 5 •work out some more then hot ...
... day tools! We arrived back at the hotel about 6.30pm and had to get ready for dinner by 7.30pm. My hair has not been doing the right thing since having it cut in Florence so one of the ladies on the tour named Rosemary offered to do it for me with her hair straightener and it looked so much better. We walked to the restaurant and had a lovely time full of laughter with everyone. The meal was fantastic. We had a zucchini & potato ...
... symbols and was gorgeously decorated, it was completed in 1142. In between times I had a look at the ceramic shops there are some rather wonderful flower pots, they are of three heads two are a king and queen and a third is of a very swarthy Arab. According to one of the shop keepers the King and Queen beheaded the Arab and in turn they were beheaded. The ceramic heads were rather beautiful but the ones I liked were about 250E and would not fit in the car, still I enjoyed ...
... brown limestone but then they were covered with white marble and must have been suitably impressive for the worshipers. The other temple we liked was the Temple of Zeus which had massive figures holding up the roof, two of which are still there, obviously lying down and in pieces, but them must have been a terrific sight when in place.
Late morning we set off to ...
... Nice to see chivalry still alive. The parents were in the middle of preparing lunch when we arrived. It was very interesting to see them prepare the meal, especially to see how sardine was cooked, a local delicacy. There were appetisers, prima plati (first plate) of pasta and rice, secondi plati and finished off with cafe.
I felt lucky and privileged to be part of the day-to-day Palermo social life, made my travel all the more special. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Joli Palermo
Just returned from a great trip to Sicilia. Other than some lost luggage problems (!) we did have a wonderful adventure.
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.