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
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
We thoroughly enjoyed spending three nights at this beautiful hotel. Our room had been updated and was large and comfortable. The breakfast was included and very nice. The location is ideal for exploring the historic center of Palermo.
This hotel is absolutely amazing. Very historic and has so much charm. It is very old and can use some updating. The restaurant was unfortunately closed which we did not know until we got there but they did have a wonderful breakfast. The staff was very accommodating and helpful.
We chose this hotel because family had stayed and described an experience that we couldn’t resist trying ourselves. This grand old hotel is obviously past its heyday and the decor is tired in parts, but it is still a comfortable and interesting place to stay. Perfect location. Our room was very clean and the beds very comfortable (although the drains did sometimes pong). These features were especially appreciated because when we arrived we were getting over colds and having a room that was nice to convalesce in was perfect. The staff was helpful and the breakfast room is a real treat. Palermo is great. Wonderful food. A visit to Monreale is a must, although a wander on the Cathedral roof will also give you some perspective on how vast and varied the city actually is.