Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Stunning Art Nouveau decor throughout
- Two restaurants offering Sicilian specialties and gourmet tasting menus
- Sweeping views of the Bay of Palermo
- In-room spa treatments are available
What To Know
- Free parking and WiFi
- Free shuttle bus to/from Palermo city center
- The swimming pool is typically open between May and October
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Overlooking the Bay of Palermo, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea MGallery is one of the finest examples of Sicilian Art Nouveau architecture on the island. The villa was restored by modernist architect (and Palermo native) Ernesto Basile in the early 1900s, and its Old World charm is alive and well today. In the elegant guestrooms you’ll find lofty ceilings, floral walls and fabrics, gold framed prints and dark furnishings. Each is individually designed, and some offer views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or the Pellegrino mountains. Spend lazy days lounging by the outdoor pool or strolling through the extensive palm tree–studded grounds. In the evening sip a prosecco on the terrace overlooking the harbor before dining on Sicilian specialties at the Donna Franca Florio restaurant or sampling the gourmet tasting menu at Cuvée du Jour, a fancy fine dining room strung with chandeliers.
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 III. The 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
The aesthetics of Hotel Villa Igiea have all the cool creepy feels–you can definitely envision the major parties that took place here in the many salons around the impressive property. But while the main common areas feel regal and historic the bedrooms feel much more creepy and old than charming. Our room was laces with years of smoke and the fabric wall paper had turned black and stained in some areas. It was hard to sleep, was eager the whole night to wake up and get out of the bedroom. The breakfast was delicious + gorgeous and I hope they make the proper updates to make this beautiful space as regal as it once was!
oudated Hotel, used to be a majestic building but rooms are worn-out and so is the staff.
at check-in not welcomed as a platinum member ( had to remind the staff regarding a possible upgrade and welcome drink voucher ), rooms are ok but could use some renovation ( see pics ), escpecially the bathroom ( molded shower ).
was after reminding the staff upgraded but got a room where at 07.30 am construction works were taking place just beneath the bedroom window..great way to have a wake-up call...breakfast buffet ok, but smoothies/fresh juices charged at an extra € 6,- each. terrace overlooking the harbour, great for an eveing drink, small meal but heavily understaffed, resulting in stressed service.
my son left his earpods in his room at check-out, so we contacted the Hotel ( by phone and mail ) to request them to check the room as he exactyly knew where he left them...after 24 hours we received a mail back that these were not found...
basically an ok hotel with pool and sunbeds ( no lifeguard after 19.00 hours ) but many sunbeds with towels placed on them whilst not being used.
hotel provides a shuttle to the city centre ( not walking distance ) which needs to be reserved up front.
LeClub points were only credited after contacting Accor regarding missing points.
Very nice place and friendly staff. Location on the edge of the city also gives you some calm after a day fighting your way through the streets. If I dare make a less positive comment, I would suggest better beds (can't stand soft spring boxes) and for sure limiting the number of cats in the parc (and ultimatley miowing under your table). Never-the-less, I would return and hope that by then minor flaws have been taken care of.