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  • The grandest hotel in the city, converted from a Victorian palazzo.
  • Haunt of great writers, musicians and politicians for over a century.
  • Outstanding public rooms including the art nouveau Sala Specchi.
  • In the centre of Palermo's baroque streets and medieval monuments.

The history here is as dazzling as the art nouveau interiors. German composer Richard Wagner completed his final opera Parsifal in one of the suites in 1881. Decadent poet Raymond Roussel died here after a drug-fuelled stay in 1933. U.S. colonel Charles Poletti made it his administration headquarters in 1944. And in 1957 Sicilian mafia bosses staged a legendary summit with their American cousins that clinched their links for decades to come. All of this took place among the marbled halls, glittering mirrors and gilded chandeliers that make The Palms the most sought-after venue in town. 

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Today this is a four-star hotel set in the old heart of Palermo, between the opera house and the sea. Just a walk away are the new marina with its trendy bars, the medieval castle with its Norman interiors, and the magnificent cathedral, one of the glories of European architecture. Via Roma is a prime address, bustling at dusk with the passegiato promenade as townsfolk turn out to see and be seen, to browse the many restaurants, or to visit the largest opera house in Italy.

The hotel interiors are sumptuous. Notable is the Sala Specchi restaurant with its painted ceiling and pillared walls. Extensive conference facilities mix grandeur with modernity, while the event rooms have inlaid ceilings and crystal chandeliers. These have made the hotel a favourite for weddings and fashion shows.

The 98 bedrooms and suites are more restrained in style, decorated in a range of neutral beiges and filled with traditional dark-wood furniture. Senior Suites feature private balconies or terraces and can accommodate a family-size party. Meanwhile the elegant La Palmetta restaurant on the ground floor offers a wide selection of classic Mediterranean cuisine, enriched with international flavours.


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