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
- 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
Surly and unhelpful young concierge. Older guys were much more helpful. Clearly fading facility. Don’t try to try to park with them on Sunday. Attacked by bed bugs our one night there. We stayed in another place earlier in our trip and wished we returned there. Though Des Palmes was cheaper we now know why.
We loved staying in this historic property. Yes, she is showing some age, but patina is the beauty of experience. Perfectly placed, warm, kind staff, very nice breakfast,. Wonderful time, we will be will be back.
Ok, first, you need to know something before starting this review. We are talking about an hotel funded in the late 1800. Yes, It’s a classic. Big rooms, high ceilings,a roomy bathroom. But unlike others hotels, this has been adapted trough time, It’s well kept. The staff is nice and kind, breakfast it’s good and served in a classic late 1800’s saloon, It was a nice experience.
Upon our arrival we we kindly greeted, given our rooms and to our surprise a nice bottle of wine with a welcome letter was waiting for us along with plush bath robes and nice slippers. The room had a wonderful view with 2 balconies. One facing the mountains, the other facing the sea. The hotel is very clean with spacious rooms & bathrooms & even a doorbell! The breakfast is in a grand dining area where you have your choice of just about anything to eat. The staff is amazing and very helpful. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel if you are heading to Sicily. There is a great restaurant directly across the street called Kliko. Very small, family type place with AMAZING FOOD! This hotel is close to lots of shopping and dining. Book NOW!
The Grand Hotel is anything but Grand, rooms disappointing, carpets dirty, paint peeling off the walls, scuff marks everywhere, lifts in shocking condition. When using the shower it would suddenly go cold and we had to wait a while before hot water came back. When reporting this to the staff we were dismissed and told there was nothing wrong with the hot water. Talking about the staff they were tired and disinterested. The only plus point about the hotel was that it was central.