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The Centrale Palace occupies a 16th century noble Palermo palace.  Records show that it was converted into a hotel in 1872, making it the oldest hotel in the city.  The newly renovated Centrale Palace is a hotel that offers everything we needed to enjoy Palermo – comfortable amenities, courteous service, a generous breakfast buffet that fueled us for a day of sightseeing, and best of all is its central location in the very heart of Palermo.  Since the dense and chaotic traffic of the city prohibits driving around, we appreciated the hotel’s private and secure parking.  We easily walked to most of the sights, and when we were tired we used the public bus that passed right in front of the Centrale.

Our room was spacious and the muted colors of it décor were soothing.  It had its own small terrace that faced the inner courtyard of the building, hence very quiet.  A nice place to read and have a glass of wine.    

Their restaurant “Ai Tetti” has lovely views of rooftops of the city and is where we had breakfast, as well as dinner.  Their young chef, Massimo Mangano, uses the freshest ingredients to prepare mouth-watering reinterpretations of some very traditional Sicilian dishes.  Guests should plan to dine here at least once during their stay.

February 2006

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Centrale Palace Hotel

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 327, 90134 Palermo ~ Sicily, Italy

View from the Centrale Palace Restaurant “Ai Tetti”~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson