“A well-priced, well-placed B&B, with 5 stylish rooms and elegant décor; the perfect antidote to vibrant, gritty Palermo”
Calm, understated elegance is the theme in the 5 rooms, mostly decorated in muted taupes and greys with white wooden furniture, large windows and gauzy linen curtains that let in plenty of light (there are blinds, too, to ensure a good night’s sleep). Dotted around are vintage mirrors, potted plants and tasteful prints.
We stayed in Room 4, the only suite. As well as a double bedroom, it had a lounge with a double sofabed, a shower room, a separate toilet, and a hallway with plenty of storage space. It was a lovely cocoon away from the bustling city, and we slept soundly in the comfy bed.
The other rooms are all standard doubles. Our favourites were Rooms 3 and 5, both of which have four-poster beds. The former is a soothing beige affair with abstract art, cacti and French doors opening onto a Juliet balcony; the latter is the smallest room but also the most colourful, with cherry-red walls, pretty toile de Jouy linen and framed sketches of ballerinas. Rooms 1 and 2 come with sleek leather beds and black and white photography, and can be set up as twins on request; both can take an extra bed, and Room 1 has a balcony.
All have air conditioning, safe boxes, WiFi, flat-screen TVs and minibars stocked with soft drinks (you’ll find glasses in the breakfast room, along with wine, liquors, tea and coffee). Bathrooms, decked out in beige or black mosaic tiles, have walk-in showers (no tubs), glass sinks, slippers, shampoo and hairdryers, plus coloured chromatic lighting that you can change to suit your mood. You also get in-room music systems playing pre-selected chill-out tunes, with speakers in both bedroom and bathroom; the only things missing are full-length mirrors and instructions explaining how to use the various gadgets.
A simple buffet is laid out each morning in the small breakfast room. It’s a typical Italian spread, with a selection of pastries, cakes and jams, plus yoghurt, cereal, fruit, salami and cheese, and bread to toast. Cappuccinos, espressos and teas are served at your table.
No other meals are available at the B&B, but there’s an honesty bar with wine and liquors, plus tea and coffee which you can help yourself to at any time. And there’s no shortage of restaurants nearby: we wandered around the corner to contemporary wine bar-cum-trattoria Vino e Pomodoro (Via Principe del Belmonte), where we dined on delicious platters of grilled vegetables and caponata, followed by spaghetti with a creamy walnut sauce.
If you want to splash out, head to Gagini (Via Cassari, near the seafront) for a romantic candlelit interior with exposed stone walls. The short, seasonal menu focuses on delicately cooked fish and seafood; the ceviche-like trio of marinated swordfish, tuna and prawns is highly recommended, as is the linguini with clams.
Also worth trying are Il Mirto e la Rosa (Via Principe di Granatelli) and Cucina Papoff (Via Isidoro La Lumia), both a couple of minutes’ walk from the B&B and offering typical Sicilian fare. And for drinks and light meals served up with lovely views of the San Domenico church, head to the roof terrace of the La Rinascente department store, a 5-minute stroll down Via Roma.
Children of all ages are welcome.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
The suite (Room 4) is best suited to families as it has a separate lounge with a sofabed that can be used free of charge. Baby cots can be added to all rooms, and Rooms 1 and 2 can take an extra bed for a supplement. Note that all rooms have showers only (no tubs), and there's little communal space.