A stone's throw from Palermo's main historic sites, the Centrale Palace is the only hotel in the heart of the centro storico that was once a stately private palace. Built in 1717, it weaves old-world charm with modern comfort like few establishments on the island. The "classic" rooms have antiques and well-chosen reproductions, while the slightly pricier "neoclassic" rooms are done in a more modern style. The young, welcoming staff provides professional service, and the
rooftop restaurant serves creative Sicilian cuisine.
May 22, 2005
I would say the location is more than a "stone's throw" away from many of Palermo's main tourist sites. It's not that the hotel is located far from most of them, but if someone has trouble walking or is in a wheelchair, for example, the Opera House, Palatine Chapel, bus station (to go to Monreale)etc. are not just around the corner from the hotel. The Duomo & some other churches are fairly close by. I would not rec. the restaurant. We went for dinner
(had reservations) at 8pm. We received our first course w/i a reasonable amount of time. However, after waiting an hour for the second course we got up & walked out. We were talking most of that time so we just figured they didn't want to rush us. However, when my husband mentioned the situation to the maitre d', he apologized & said he would bring it right out. When it still didn't arrive, we told him we were leaving. There was no bottle of wine (never mind a bottle, how about even a complimentary glass of wine - house would have been fine -) offered. Of course, they charged us for our 1st course. Also, one of the desk clerks was not very pleasant & seemed to have an attitude. Not a good job for him.