Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes
Why We Love This Hotel
- This historic palatial property is in the city centre
- Famous past guests include Richard Wagner & Arthur Miller
- The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the opera house & seafront
Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes Palermo is "one of Palermo's most historically fascinating hotels", says Lonely Planet. This palatial hotel dates from the 19th century, and its famous guests include Richard Wagner, Renoir and Arthur Miller. The property was renovated in Art Nouveau style in 1907 by Ernesto Basile, the architect of the Massimo Theatre (Palermo's opera house).
The hotel is on the Via Roma in the city's shopping and dining district, a 10-minute walk from the seafront. It is close to the narrow alleys of the historic centre and a 10-minute walk from the opera house. Palermo Cathedral, which has a glittering mosaic interior, is 20 minutes' walk away, and the Arab-Norman Palazzo dei Normanni (Royal Palace) is a 30-minute walk or a 20-minute taxi journey.
The hotel's three restaurants offer Mediterranean cuisine, and a continental buffet breakfast is laid on in the former ballroom. There's also an atmospheric piano bar in the lobby.
Rooms are very traditional, with antique furnishings, high ceilings and marble bathrooms, and have free Wi-Fi. Deluxe rooms are better by two categories than the standard Classic Rooms, and have a separate living area.