5 Best Hotels in Palermo, Sicily

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

$$$ | Via dei Cartari 18, Palermo, 90133, Italy

Cleverly converted from three historic buildings—a bank, a palazzo, and a monastery—this hotel is ideally located in a quiet corner of the old town, just off the central axis of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It's an elegant complex, featuring vaulted ceilings and an expansive, airy courtyard lobby with a retractable glass ceiling that's open in warm weather, plus a beautifully designed restaurant. While guest rooms don't quite match the splendor of the public spaces, their soothing mint-green-and-beige color schemes and comfortable beds ensure a good night's sleep. Parking costs €18/day.

Pros

  • Quiet but central location
  • Interesting architecture
  • Wellness center with fitness equipment, rare for Sicily hotels

Cons

  • Somewhat indifferent staff
  • Some noise issues in rooms
  • Building feels a bit sterile
Via dei Cartari 18, Palermo, 90133, Italy
091-320075
hotel Details
127 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Le Terrazze

$ | Via Pietro Novelli 14, Palermo, 90134, Italy Fodor's Choice

Although just steps from the bustling Cattedrale area, complete calm envelops this small, beautifully restored B&B, named for its five lush roof terraces, all with sublime views. When you're not on the roof taking in the vistas and admiring the owner's green thumb, you can pore over the collection of books about Sicily in the sitting area. Guest rooms, furnished in period style, are a major draw. The hotel offers a discount for stays of four nights or more.

Pros

  • Convenient location
  • In summer, breakfast is served on the glorious rooftop
  • Period-style rooms

Cons

  • Parking can be difficult
  • Books up quickly
  • Wi-Fi sometimes patchy
Via Pietro Novelli 14, Palermo, 90134, Italy
091-6520866
hotel Details
2 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Massimo Plaza Hotel

$$ | Via Maqueda 437, Palermo, 90133, Italy

Small and select, this hotel enjoys one of Palermo's best locations—opposite the Teatro Massimo, on the border of the old and new towns—and has guest rooms that are spacious, comfortably furnished, and well insulated from the noise on pedestrianized Via Maqueda. The service is personal and polite, with breakfast served in your room or in the lounge, which has limited capacity. Book in advance for one of the seven rooms that have theater views.

Pros

  • Central location
  • Low-season bargains
  • Tasty breakfast made to order

Cons

  • 21 steps (no elevator) up to the rooms
  • In pedestrian zone, so vehicles have to keep their distance
  • Cheaper rooms have no views
Via Maqueda 437, Palermo, 90133, Italy
091-325657
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Palazzo Pantaleo

$ | Via Ruggero Settimo 74, Palermo, 90139, Italy Fodor's Choice

Accessed from a quiet courtyard situated between Palermo's two great theaters, with large, airy rooms and a charming host, this top-floor apartment is part of a beautifully renovated palazzo dating from the mid-19th century. Everything is clean and tidy, the bright, high-ceilinged guest rooms are well-equipped (including mini-refrigerators), and the bathrooms are spacious. Generous buffet breakfasts of pastries, cannoli, hams and cheeses, and fresh orange juice are served in a conservatory area. There's an elevator, too.

Pros

  • Free private parking
  • Pleasant and welcoming host
  • Very close to airport bus stop

Cons

  • A little hard to find
  • Occasional noise intrusion from other guests
  • Often booked up
Via Ruggero Settimo 74, Palermo, 90139, Italy
335-7006091-mobile
hotel Details
7 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Villa Igiea

$$$$ | Salita Belmonte 43, Palermo, 90142, Italy Fodor's Choice

Following a magnificent renovation by the Rocco Forte group, this Art Nouveau fantasy created by architect Ernesto Basile for the Florio family at the turn of the 20th century has been restored to its original glamour and glory. Set on the edge of a beautiful bay, a stroll around the tropical gardens reveals such relics as an ancient Greek temple-folly at the water's edge, while the jewel in the crown of the interior is the gorgeously frescoed Basile room. Rooms are large, and lavishly appointed, and many have balconies. A spacious and highly rated restaurant and bar unfold onto a panoramic terrace. Superb cocktails as well. 

Pros

  • Secluded setting
  • Historic building with lots of atmosphere
  • Free shuttle to city center in the summer

Cons

  • Price range out of reach for most
  • No amenities in the nearby area
  • A bit far from Palermo attractions
Salita Belmonte 43, Palermo, 90142, Italy
091-6312111
hotel Details
100 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed early Nov.–mid-Mar., Free Breakfast

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