I stayed here with two girl friends for the weekend. I was anxious reading the reviews. I’m glad to say I found it clean with friendly staff. It’s a basic hotel which comes with a budget price tag. It’s about a 30 minute walk from the train station of Palermo Centrale. The old streets are not meant for pulling along my little wheeled cabin bag, best to get a taxi. It’s about 15 minutes into the hustle and bustle of the main city.
The rooms are large but basic. Cleaned really well. The beds are firm (which is my preference). The side tables are on an angle so you quickly learn not to put on your glasses or phone as they slide off. The bathroom is well stocked, shower gel, shower caps, intimate wash (to use with the bidet I guess), towels aplenty, and shoe shiner. The shower was ok, difficult to get the right temperature. We overlooked the port, not pretty as such but fascinating watching the ferries and cruise ship. It was relatively quiet apart from the odd emergency vehicle (which seem to struggle to pass the cars, they don’t move!). The A/C is as strong as a gnats fart. It was fine in the 22c of November but I wouldn’t imagine it’d do much in the hot summer. Having said that there were renovations happening in the hotel whilst we stayed.
We had a warm welcome from all of the staff who were just lovely. Greeted by their events manager. Be aware there is a city tax to pay on checking out; I paid €6 for 3 nights (I hadn’t expected this).
The buffet breakfast had a good range of foods and good coffee. Tried my first persimmon. Great to use the balcony too.
If you’re a runner it’s worth knowing that there’s a Saturday morning parkrun a mile away at Foro Italica at 9am. A safe run as a solo female runner to and from the park.
We had a mixed experience of food and drink in Palermo, avoid the touristy restaurants. Do your homework on where to eat. We had an amazing lunch at Antica focacceria san Francesco, best Aperol spritz I’ve ever had and a wonderful swordfish pasta. Be aware that many restaurants charge a €2 for each cover. The better restaurants are generally booked up, so prebook for sure.