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
- 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
This was an excellent classic hotel on the water in Palermo, Sicily. Excellent and accommodating staff, great restaurant. Just a classic five star hotel. Hotel room was large, large bathroom, overlooking water.
Lovely, historic property, it is quintessential Mediterranean. Hotel overlooks the harbour with beautiful views. Pool, terraces, grounds all well maintained. Very nice and peaceful, compared to staying in downtown Palermo, its worth it to stay here and take their shuttle in to the city centre. Maybe the rooms are a bit dated, but the architecture of the place takes you back to a time of elegance. Rooms have small refrigerator and hot kettles, they provide daily bottled water, and good AC. Wifi was decent, even at the end of a hallway. Staff could not be more friendly and helpful.
This hotel is very nice. The food at the restaurant was good, and their dessert was good as well. The rooms were nice and were a good temperature. There is a park about 8 minutes away that is perfect for jogging. The pool and restaurant are very nice and the restaurant adjacent is very nice, and It is more than a typical poolside restaurant. The service is very quick. The dock is on the hotel and renting a boat is very convient. If for some strange reason you have to go to Palermo, this is the best hotel there is!
very professional staff, curteus, polite. 3 places to eat with good menus and very good food and selections.superb grounds, overlloking marina, and exceptionnal views.
rooms a bit "oldish" but i liked that aspect, so different from the grey and cold decors of new modern places. everything worked. good wifi.
location not in center of town but good shuttle to there from valet.
Spent a couple of nights recently. Our room was large with view to harbour & also to side where the pool was on the 2nd floor. Clean & staff very friendly. Safe in room, air-conditioning, bed comfortable. Free wifi. Food was good and enjoyed sitting on balcony overlooking the harbour. Pool area was great. Although hotel is old it is well maintained. Small lift. Hotel not near town centre but they do provide a free shuttle service into town which must be booked.