Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes
What We Love
- Classic grande dame with Old World interiors
- Richard Wagner finished his Parsifal in one of the suites
What To Know
- The Belle Epoque breakfast room is studded with chandeliers
- Free WiFi is available in the the hall and bar but there's a fee for use in guest rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In Palermo’s historic heart, between the city’s 12th-century cathedral and the harbor, the Palms, as it’s affectionately known, is as grand as its name suggests. Built in 1856 as a patrician house, it was converted into a hotel in 1907 by Ernesto Basile, a master of Art Nouveau style. The Old World interiors feature marble floors, chandeliers and stucco columns, and the 98 guestrooms are traditionally styled, with dark wood furniture and a soft beige palette. The intimate 30-seat Il Gattopardo Bar & Restaurant serves upscale pasta, or you can head to the ground-floor Palmetta Restaurant for lighter bites and fresh grilled fish. Breakfast is served in an impressive Belle Epoque room studded with chandeliers. Former guests include French writer Raymond Roussel and composer Richard Wagner, who finished his Parsifal in one of the suites.
In the Area
Palermo’s 12th-century cathedral is a striking example of the Arab-Norman architectural style unique to Sicily. For an art fix, see works by Sicilian painters at the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, housed in a 15th-century palazzo, or for contemporary works head to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna. See a performance at Teatro Massimo, a neoclassical opera house that was featured in the last scene of The Godfather: Part III. Mercato di Ballaro is the city’s busiest street market, a great place to stock up on Sicilian produce and vintage clothes.
How to Get There
We made reservations over 6 months ago and paid a deposit. However, when our driver came to pick us up in Taormina he advised us that the hotel was sold and it is now closed for renovations. No one from the hotel reached out to us to say that they were closing and we should find another hotel. Our driver was able to find another hotel for us. Lucky for us, it was not a busy season
Gave this a hotel a poor rating because they emailed me 2 weeks before my stay to say they are renovating the property. we were already on our European holiday so finding another hotel was stressful. why did they take bookings when they knew works were going to start? While in Palermo we did walk past the hotel and it looks amazing would have loved to have stayed. Will be a wonderful hotel to stay in once completed. Very elegant.
The hotel has real history with beautiful features in entrance and dining rooms, however rooms are shabby. Staff are friendly and helpful. No parking at hotel, but have off site valet facility costing Eur 25/day. Also be aware parts of city have a congestion charge zones, which I unknowing entered getting a admin charge form 'Italy Car Rental' Eur 60 plus the fine from the Police Eur 90.
a lovely historical hotel maybe needing a little TLC. Grand dining room made breakfast a treat. The Concierge was very helpful in getting us round Palermo sights restaurants etc. Rooms very comfortable and relatively quiet considering the bustle of Palermo which can be like New York at night. Would certainly visit again. Good location near bus stops for airport and relatively easy walks to all the central sights
The worst hotel I have stayed It should be closed and go under full renovation Sad, dirty, falling apart....terrible bed, bad shower, dirty carpet, bad breakfast leaking ceilings all over the place I would not walk bare foot in the bed room