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Reviewed 27 May 2016

We stayed on first floor in May. Local area interesting and safe especially the piazza at intersection with Via Principe de Scordia, where the locals hang out in the evening. Lots of eating places, supermarket etc very close. Couldn't master the bus down Via Roma to central Palermo, so walked each day and not really a problem. Apartment had perfectly adequate kitchenette with all necessary equipment, two balconies and clothesline and pegs on one of them. Best of all, there is a lift to take baggage upstairs. Owner is a very pleasant gentleman and employee went out of his way to help us.

Room tip: Our room faced the street. Sleeping with windows closed was sufficient to eliminate most noise.
Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Julia I
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Reviewed 14 September 2014

Spacious mezzanine apartment (no.23) which was clean and quiet when the shutters were closed - as this was in a busy side street close to the docks. The large bathroom is good although the shower is quite small. The only down side was the kitchen which housed a very precarious hob and very basic utensils. Not too far from the centre, and bus terminus and airport shuttle. The Manager was very helpful as when we first arrived there was no wi-fi but this was soon sorted. The stairs are steep but there is a lift. A residential area that we felt safe in. The price probably reflects the area and lack of views. There was supposed to be a weekly clean and change of sheets but we stayed 9 nights and this did not happen. We didn't use a car but parking might be difficult.
We would certainly recommend this property for those on a strict budget.

Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank besthorpe
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We spent three weeks in this Palermo hotel, mainly to escape the English January/February weather. We had a mezzanine room (23, I think), which was a good size. There are two big "juliet" balcony windows which, when the shutters are open, let in a lot of light, although the views were only of alleyways with flats and a glimpse of Montepellegrino in the distance. We found the accommodation fine, with a very comfortable large bed (on the mezzanine floor), tables, chairs, cupboards, etc. Bathroom's ok with a (slightly small, but hot) shower. As we were there for a while, we cooked a few simple meals and breakfasts. The kitchen area was very basic and could have been improved very easily with simple things like a chopping board, good knives, sieve (for pasta), etc. We had to ask for a kettle, which was supplied instantly and cheerfully. Wi-fi was free and quite fast and reliable. The common areas are pleasant with many nice paintings by the owners' daughter. Other reviewers have mentioned the family who own the accommodation. They are very friendly, without being imposing, and helpful if you need any information. Not all speak English, but we got on very well using Google Translate on the owner's computer!

The hotel is between the Port area and Politeama Square, which is lively and attractive and a good place to start exploring the city. The road that the hotel is in is scruffy with some litter and cars, trucks, scooters, etc. double and triple-parked. Shops range from grocers to motor engineers to bars, betting shops. There many stalls selling fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, bread and other food. It is very lively. We did not at any time feel threatened or in any danger. Generally, there was no problem with noise; one evening a small cafe below our window was a bit boisterous, but not a problem. This was Winter, though, could be different in Summer with open windows, etc. Our more-or-less complete inability to speak any Italian was treated with good humour and a patient smile. However, this is a city and sensible precautions should be taken, like anywhere else, to avoid pick-pockets and camera/phone snatches.

We walked all over the city, and walked, from the hotel, up Montepellegrino and similar distances. The road from the hotel to the base of Montepellegrino is typically scuffy, but the mountain is fantastic when you start up the well-marked paths and start to appreciate the views. The Santa Rosalia Sanctuary is surrounded by tacky souvenir shops, so don't worry if you don't get that far. Also, buses stop just up the road going to the pleasant seaside town of Mondello. Also by bus is the hill-top town of Monreale, well worth a visit. Bus times and details from the Tourist Information Office.

If you don't mind immersing yourself in the rough and tumble of a very mixed city you'll be fine with this friendly hotel.

Room tip: Some rooms have only skylight windows. Front rooms have a view of the street, other rooms only of the alley. If you have a problem/need when you get there the owners and their staff are happy to help if they can.
Date of stay: January 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Burlington_Wolfie
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

The friendly and very sweet owner is the only real perk of this accommodation. The apartments are very old, with furniture to match. The bed in the apartment I stayed in was a sofa bed with a rock-hard mattress, and I doubt I would have dared to cook in the corner kitchen which consisted of two hotplates. Location-wise, it is in the middle of nowhere - you need to walk quite a way on either side to get to the hotspots of Palermo. It is close to a central bus stop.

Date of stay: August 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank MelieL
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The area is great, you get a feel of the 'real' Palermo, street bbq's, cheap street food and markets, friendly, cheap shops and cafes. Very close to the centre still. The owner was very pleasant and kind, this was why, being typical British, we didn't complain, so I must stress that as he didn't know there was anything wrong, he didn't have the chance to do anything about it. I think we were unlucky in our room allocation!
There was no balcony and only a couple of small skylight windows. This made the room feel very claustrophobic and was a shame as it was so lovely and sunny outdoors. The bed was an incredibly uncomfortable sofa bed that didn't seem to be quite horizontal! This wasn't good enough, we barely slept and had backache. They need to replace this with a proper bed at the very least. One night there was a heavy storm and because we were in the roof, the rain caused a very loud noise all night that ear plugs didn't block out.
The decor was nice enough, bathroom was fine and everything was clean.
The air con leaked all over the wardrobe and made our clothes wet.
We couldn't get wifi signal in our room.
I'm not saying don't stay here, just don't stay on the top floor! Ask for a balcony or at least windows and make sure you get a bed not a sofabed. The area is a bit rough but this does add to the atmosphere, it felt more 'real' than other parts of the city.
The city of Palermo was great, would go back but if we stayed here it would be in another room on another floor!

Room tip: DON'T STAY ON THE TOP FLOOR! Ask for a bed instead of sofa bed and balcony.
Date of stay: September 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Sarah J
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