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Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Palermo, Italy

Arguably Palermo’s most iconic hotel, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea was once the home of the Florio family, one of the richest families in Italy, and part of the renowned Marsala wine dynasty. The property was designed in a lavish Art Nouveau style by Ernesto Basile, the same architect responsible for Palermo’s grand Teatro Massimo, and occupies an elevated position on the coast. The hotel boasts wide sweeping staircases, long marble corridors, and a terraced garden and swimming pool.

The rooms are particularly spacious, with high ceilings and large windows. All are sumptuously furnished in a rich, classical style, with large, well-equipped bathrooms. 

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Rooms

All the rooms at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea are spacious, with high ceilings and large windows. Each is sumptuously furnished in a rich, classical style with thick carpets or parquet flooring and comfortable beds. The large bathrooms are well equipped and offer bathtubs or showers, depending on your preference. Some rooms offer views across the bay towards Palermo, and a number of others also have their own balcony or terrace. While there are only a handful of directly interconnecting rooms, a good selection of adjacent rooms with a shared entrance are available for families or groups.

Location

The Grand Hotel Villa Igiea is a ten-minute drive north along the coast from central Palermo. Overlooking one of the city’s private marinas, the hotel boasts views across the water from its grand palm-lined terrace. A complimentary shuttle runs into the heart of Palermo throughout the day and into the evening.

Food and Drink

A buffet breakfast is served each morning either in the elegant ground-floor dining room or outside on the terrace. During the day, there’s a pool bar and grill for informal dining. There’s also a terrace bar, an à la carte restaurant, and a gourmet restaurant, which offers a tasting menu.

Facilities and Activities

There’s a wealth of facilities on offer at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea for guests to enjoy, from a swimming pool that is nestled in the terraced gardens, to the small beauty corner and outdoor tennis court. The concierge can also arrange sunset boat trips from the marina below, as well as cruises across the bay and access to the Villa Airoldi Golf Club.

Our opinion

Offering excellent levels of refined indulgence, we find the Villa Igiea to be one of Palermo’s most impressive hotels.

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