Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel

Palermo, Sicily, Italy Book from Book from £108 per night

A stylish boutique hotel set in an 18th-century townhouse in central Palermo, with 9 charming rooms, outstanding service and great prices
In the 18th century, prolific Sicilian writer Luigi Natoli built a sumptuous abode in which he penned his most famous works. Like much of Palermo, it fell into decline until local architect Floriana resurrected it as a townhouse for guests to witness a new chapter in the city's revival. Slap bang in the pulsing heart of Palermo, you can enjoy this gritty city from the comfort of Palazzo Natoli's 9 sumptuous rooms. Newly opened in 2018, it's modern first and foremost, with plush beds and Apple Macs, but tasteful antiques and gilded mirrors give a nod to former grandeur. There's nothing historic about the bright cafe, however, which pays homage to local organic produce.

Palermo is shaking the dust off its recent past and this is clearly embodied in the optimistic energy of the city. It has the history and grandeur to match any other in Europe, but there’s something a little different in the air. Pop-up bars and galleries breathe life into crumbling palazzi, and a hodgepodge of influence from all over the Med creates a surprisingly offbeat atmosphere on the street. It all feels like a work in progress, and the staff's positive energy about this fabled city is infectious.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.


  • Location! You can roll out of the door straight into the historic sights but are peacefully tucked away off the main thoroughfare
  • Great value: Rooms have smart and stylish décor; some have chandeliers and frescoed ceilings echoing its illustrious past
  • Genuine effort goes into lavish breakfasts (extra kudos for the local produce)
  • You're near Palermo’s 3 best markets: The souk-inspired Capo market, the huge Ballaro market (where you’ll hear the famous abbanniate (vendors’ cries), and the vibrant Vucciria food market
  • The staff were exceptionally helpful and are a wealth of local information, helping you to get under the skin of the city


  • Lacks communal space or a roof terrace to relax on summer evenings
  • The décor is polished and smart, though lacks a little bit of colour
  • The Classic rooms are a bit small, but the balcony lets in plenty of natural light
  • While children of all ages are welcome, it’s probably best suited for couples
  • No lift

Best time to go

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October) are the best times to visit, although the weather can also be splendid in winter. Summer (June-August) is generally hot and sticky in this chaotic city.

Our top tips

Make sure you try the local cannoli – there’s a string of excellent places just outside the hotel's front door to tempt your sweet tooth. You pick the filling and they'll freshly create it in front of your eyes.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 9
  • Breakfast + light meals (restaurants nearby)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The 9 rooms of all shapes and sizes are spread over 2 floors. White walls and muted greys run throughout, with refurbished antique furniture adding character - some have extravagant carved headboards, others frescoed ceilings. You get all your mod cons, flatscreens, Nespresso machines - plus an Apple Mac in the Superior Deluxe. We loved the gift of local frutta di Martorana, presented under a cloche, giving a whimsical feel.

Our Classic room was cosy and stylish, but it’s worth paying extra for a Deluxe room for extra space and natural light. For something really special, go for the Superior Deluxe, which is bathed in light, with a chandelier and 2 balconies overlooking Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Luigi Natoli wrote his famous novel I beati Paol from this very room. The Superior Apartment is a little plainer in style but ideal for families (it has a sofabed for kids), with lots of space and a fully equipped kitchen.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Nespresso
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


Breakfast is served at onsite Caffe Natoli – preferably alfresco on the street in summer. It’s a treasure trove of flamboyant Sicilian style and produce – glass shelves lined with bright local porcelain provide a pretty backdrop to a buffet heaving with local organic produce. Beautifully displayed organic jams, local cheese and salamis, pastries and homemade cakes tempt you to overindulge.

Headed by chef Marco Piraino, the cafe also offers lunches and dinners with an emphasis on the 'slow food' ethos of traditional cooking with local-sourced produce. A selection of local wines and Sicilian craft beers accompany regional dishes, along with local cold cuts and cheeses.

There are also enough eating options within a 5-minute walk to last a week. Staff will point you in the direction of their favourite patisseries, Arancini stalls or hidden bistros. Palermo covers all budgets with aplomb and this is a great city to eat out. We strolled to nearby Bisso Bistro for traditional dishes in a funky old bookshop at bafflingly low prices. The fresh pasta with fried aubergine was delicious, but one word of warning – come hungry: These are nonna portions (large dishes an Italian grandmother would serve!)

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Stroll around Palermo - a fascinating city of crumbling palazzi, glittering yachts, Baroque churches and flagged alleys worn smooth by the centuries. It was once a flagship of Arab culture, then the seat of Norman kings; today it’s a melting pot where you can dine on everything from pasta to couscous, and admire stunning architecture in varying states of repair
  • Visit the Norman Palace, now the seat of the Sicilian Regional Assembly. Wander through its arcaded courtyard and stately rooms, and admire the Palatine Chapel, whose Arabian carved ceiling and bejewelled arches will take your breath away
  • Browse Sicilian art at the Palazzo Abatellis art gallery, or view the classical marbles at the archaeological museum
  • The Vucciria, Ballarò and del Capo street markets are a must, as much for the people-watching and atmosphere as for the chance to buy exotic fruit and veg
  • Escape to the long, sandy beach at Mondello for a swim

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming


There are no facilities for kids as such, but there are baby cots and sofabeds. Truth be told, it's very hushed and more of an adult place.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

One of the Deluxe rooms and the Superior Apartment both have a sofabed for 1-2 extra guests. The Superior Apartment has a full kitchen, too.

Kid Friendly:


Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel is located in the very heart of old Palermo, overlooking the main pedestrianised thoroughfare of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Most of the main sights are within walking distance, so footwear will be your best transportation.

By Air:
Palermo (34km away) is the nearest airport but if you're touring the whole of Sicily, you might fly into Catania (210km away) or Comiso (232km away).

You can take a taxi from Palermo airport or, if you're feeling energetic, hop on public transport. The airport bus runs every half an hour or so and takes 40 minutes; it drops you off around a 7-minute walk from the hotel.

By Car:
If arriving by car, try to get a city map (and a good navigator!) in advance. Finding your way around the centre is tricky. There is no parking at the hotel but staff will meet you and take you to a nearby private carpark (extra cost). If you want to hire a car, see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Sicily and getting around


  • Palermo Falcone-Borsellino 34.0 km PMO
  • Catania Fontanarossa 210.0 km CTA


  • Beach 15.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We absolutely loved this hotel, probably the best city-based hotel we've stayed in recently (and we've stayed in a good few). With only nine rooms, there was no hint of the impersonal. Staff were friendly and attentive. The room was comfortable, well equipped and with a balcony over one of Palermo's main (pedestrianised) streets. The breakfasts were a particular treat with a plenitude of (mostly locally sourced) options for all tastes (e.g. mine and my wife's).
Its central location meant one could walk everywhere, including to all the top 'sights' and an enormous variety of eateries. A highlight was a tour of the Palazzo Conte Federico, just behind the hotel. When we visited, the 'tour guide' was the Contessa herself, a beautiful Austrian, who had married the Count at the age of 18 and been swept off to a crumbling palazzo in Palermo, which she set about restoring to its former glory. Our best meals were at the fairly new Aj Mola (seafood), in a somewhat seedy (but up and coming) street just back from the water, and Ristorante Ferro, not far from the hotel, where a small menu delivered unbelievably tasty results - and not too expensive either.
On our last day, we took a day trip to Cefalù, an hour by train along the coast and a lovely place to wander round (and bathe from its long sandy beach, though not when we were there in February).


Beautifully appointed room in a superb location. The staff were outstanding - helpful, knowledgeable and delightful. I would highly recommend and would definitely return.


A beautiful private hotel just off the the main boulevard in Palermo. Big beautiful maintained rooms and bathrooms. A delicious breakfast is awaiting you every morning. Even though this is in the heart of big bustling Palermo, the room is very quiet. The employees are very knowledgeable about the city and very cheerful. This is quite a find.


Location was perfect for a short break; it's in the middle of Palermo and you can walk everywhere. Loved anitpasti at “Pizzo et Pizzo “


Lovely, clean accommodation in a central location; Andrea and his team provided outstanding service, both before and during our stay. Detailed advice was given on transfer options from the airport, a taxi booked to meet us and a fantastic restaurant booked for us, following discussion, on our late evening arrival. Further recommendations enabled us to make the most of our time. Nothing was too much trouble - highly recommended.


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