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Via Porta di Castro 223, 90134, Palermo, Sicily Italy
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#26 of 723 B&Bs / Inns in Palermo
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B&B Porta di Castro, una prestigiosa struttura... l'eleganza e il comfort di una suite nel cuore del centro storico di Palermo... al prezzo di un B&B...
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Free public parking nearby
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Non-smoking hotel
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Audrey W wrote a review 9 Sep
Greenford, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
We recently stayed in this excellent B and B in the historical centre of Palermo. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was huge and the added bonus of access to cold still and sparkling water throughout the day was welcome after a day sightseeing. It is close to the cathedral and the many street markets.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gladys63_10 wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom29 contributions17 helpful votes
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I stayed in this hotel when I was organising a nature tour in Sicily for a group of English people, and I will definitely stay there whenever I visit Palermo in the future. It's an extraordinary building - an old church that was abandoned for years and has been lovingly restored by the owner, Alessandro. He has an amazing imagination and has introduced glass floors and a glass lift shaft and decorated the entire hotel with interesting antiquities, art, vespers, bicycles and Sicilian knick-knacks. The bedrooms are comfortable and the bathrooms have antique sinks and are decorated with old Sicilian tiles. Breakfasts were lovely - as much coffee / pastries as you could possibly consume and a lovely side plate of fruit on every table. All the staff were warm and helpful, and, as other reviewers have mentioned, they're in touch with a team of people who can drive you to sites or to the airport and who are all professional, calm and reassuring. Alessandro himself is quite charming and he tells me he may be opening a sauna soon so look out for that! The hotel is right in the centre of town, near the Palazzo dei Normanni, which houses the Capella Palatina (unmissable) and regular exhibitions of modern art, and is a short walk away from the Cathedral and the pedestrianised Via Vittorio Emanuele. The hotel is in an old side street so there isn't a huge amount of light - but don't be put off by that because the location and ambience is perfect and you can dowse yourself in sunshine all day when you're walking around town. I highly recommend Porta di Castro. Thank you to Alessandro and all the staff for a very special stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Shargos wrote a review Aug 2022
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This is really a fun little place and in walking distance from the cathedral and palace . My main problem with it was the horrible smell in the bathroom. I also think the bedrooms could use a tweak to make them as fun as the downstairs area .
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Alessandro Valguarnera, General Manager at B&B Porta di Castro
Responded 23 Aug 2022
Thank you for choosing our structure. we apologize if you have had any problems in the bathroom , we will be more carefull. thank you.
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AxelitaG wrote a review Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom74 contributions56 helpful votes
We stayed at Porta di Castro for one night in Palermo after a holiday week in Sicily. The B&B is centrally located and despite being in a narrow street is accessible by car and offers a car parking service. The interior design is quirky in a charming way. We travelled as a family and as we needed to share a room with our two young children we were a bit limited in the room choice. Our room (number 6) was tiny and had no window to the street, just a small window to the tiny inside patio. As a result it was very dark and felt really stuffy. I am not usually claustrophobic but I really struggled to sleep there. A shame we got the short straw as we were travelling with another family who had the same room category (4 people) and got a much bigger and nicer room with a balcony overlooking the street and also had a mezzanine. In my view our rooms were not worth the same despite having the same rate. We managed to sleep ok with the basic air conditioning unit and to leave on a happy note thanks to the lavish and delicious breakfast served by incredibly friendly staff. So overall a great accommodation option provided you don’t get room number 6!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Avoid room #6
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Magdalena wrote a review Jul 2022
Stockholm, Sweden1 contribution
This is a fantastic little gem! A boutique hotel right in the middle of the town. History mixed with modern fun details. Rooms all different. We stayed in a family room which was great. Best of all was the passionate and dedicated owner. He gave us a tour of the neighbouring sites where he is developing a spa on the one hand and a small outdoor pool area on the other side with a wine bar. All in historic sites where you will see the ancient tiles etc. Probably finished in September or October this year. He was very lovable! Can recommend this unique boutique hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Farah A wrote a review Jun 2022
Dublin, Ireland21 contributions29 helpful votes
Nice friendly quirky pension. Good location and decent sized rooms but a bit noisy at night. Breakfast is fruit, juice, coffee and lots of pastries. Friendly enough hotel, although I wouldn't say I was welcomed with open arms. My door was a big tricky to open with a card and a key to navigate. Throughout the night I kept hearing the front door slam and other doors closing which was a bit sleep jolting. All in all good for a two day stay in Palermo.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: If you are gluten free there are no options at breakfast other than fruit.
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Julia wrote a review Jun 2022
Aiken, South Carolina50 contributions12 helpful votes
Located a few steps from the Norman Palace and Cathedral of Palermo, the Porta di Castro is conveniently situated in the Ballaro district where you will also find a lively market on most mornings. Check in was easy and the staff even parked our rental car for us. The hotel staff is very friendly, especially at breakfast time when they put out mountains of fresh local pastries, fruit and coffee to order. The term continental breakfast doesn't begin to describe the volume and variety of cornettos, filled pastries, cakes, breads and spreads, fresh fruit and other local delicacies that we were offered! The rooms are elegantly appointed and each have their own unique charm, but all featured modern baths, luxury linens and climate control. Look no further, this is the place to stay in old Palermo!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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TheSalmon86 wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom47 contributions53 helpful votes
Would 100% recommend this hotel. We arrived late at night and were greeted with cakes, chocolates and drinks. Such a lovely warm welcome! In fact everyone working here was very friendly and helpful! The B and B itself is really charming. Full of interesting features but with modern amenities. The rainfall shower in the room was particularly great and the beds were very comfortable. Breakfast is amazing too. Lots of Sicilian sweet treats and lovely fresh fruit. They also don’t mind what time you come down for breakfast which is appreciated. The location of this b&b is perfect as it’s a short walk into the main sights. The hotel organised a cab for us to and from the airport and that was €50 each way. While in Sicily we also went to Uditore parkrun. Again the hotel organised a taxi to take us there and back and that was €15 Euros each way. The driver was going to wait for us but then he decided to get out the taxi cheer us on, even took some pictures of us and then brought us home. We had such a laugh with Maurizio. Grazie!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Alessandro Valguarnera, Direttore generale at B&B Porta di Castro
Responded 24 May 2022
dear guest, thank you so much for your review, your opinion is so important for us. hope to see you again BB porta di castro staff
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Michael W wrote a review Mar 2022
Ware, United Kingdom13 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely hotel in a prime location. Everybody involved with the hotel have been very friendly and welcoming. The airport transfer was stress free and quick, we had a room upgraded a complimentary breakfast sent to our room on our first morning there.(which was a lovely surprise). In terms of looks the hotel is stunning and very unique. Also excellent rates for rooms with such a high standard in such a perfect location. Couldn’t be happier with our stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Darcy J wrote a review Jun 2021
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I have been around the world traveling for more years than I would like to admit to, and never have I ever had such amazing service as was provided by Alessandro and Matilda at Porto di Castro. There is a reason there is so much gushing and mentioning Alessandro by name in the reviews. He and his team are utterly delightful. When we arrived, we drove b, y accidentally, and Alessandro hopped on his motorbike and found us. He left his bike and drove us back to the hotel, which is astonishingly beautiful, creative and comfortable. He provided us cold water and a delicious plate of yogurt and fresh cut fruit. In the morning, the staff served us a breakfast I will never forget, with many mouth-watering local specialties. This was especially meaningful to us, because we only had one night in Palermo. Alessandro even kindly gave me a momento from the building to take home! When it was time to leave, Alessandro drove us to the highway entrance. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and absolutely stunning. The hotel is in a perfect location to see everything Palermo offers. My 12-year-old daughter and I were blown away. Our only regret was that we only had one night to spend. Mille grazie, Alessandro!!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about B&B Porta di Castro
Which popular attractions are close to B&B Porta di Castro?
Nearby attractions include Palazzo Conte Federico (0.3 km), Chiesa Inferiore (0.2 km), and Museo Diocesano (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at B&B Porta di Castro?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at B&B Porta di Castro?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at B&B Porta di Castro?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at B&B Porta di Castro?
Yes, free public parking nearby, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to B&B Porta di Castro?
Conveniently located restaurants include MEC Restaurant, Ai Normanni, and La Galleria.
Does B&B Porta di Castro have airport transportation?
Yes, B&B Porta di Castro offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at B&B Porta di Castro?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at B&B Porta di Castro?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to B&B Porta di Castro?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palazzo Conte Federico (0.3 km), Palazzo Drago Airoldi di Santa Colomba (0.5 km), and Oratorio di Santa Cita (1.3 km).