Charming haven close to Palermo's heartbeat
PALERMO CRACKLES WITH LIFE. Narrow helter-skelter streets crammed with age-worn buildings give way to squares and piazzas filled with grand mansions, palazzi and cathedrals. Hotel Letizia is in just the spot if you want to stay close to the city’s heartbeat
without spending handsomely.
Simple elegance is the Letizia’s hallmark
, and pleasing cheerfulness is the message. Reception areas are burnished with mahogany antiques, gilt mirrors and Persian rugs. There’s a lobby lounge and bar overlooking a small sun-drenched courtyard
(great for sunny start-the-day cappuccinos) whose whitewashed walls have been livened up with arty murals.
Hotel Letizia's airy bedrooms (most having been recently renovated) have antique wooden headboards, free-standing wardrobes, polished wood floors and – in some – jacuzzi baths for two. Listen out for the church bells.
Hit the Spot
In a pleasing little spot close to Palermo's pulse.
Bedrooms – some with balconies – have an intimate and nostalgic feel.
There are five floors here – so plenty of stairs to climb.
A charming haven in heady Palermo.
Staff at Hotel Letizia are engaging and helpful; they’ll be happy to tell you where to eat, people-watch and bar hop after the sun goes down. The hotel can also arrange candlelit Sicilian dinners out
in the evening.
Nearby is bustling Corso Vittorio Emanuele (lined with posh shops) and Piazza Marina, rated one of the city’s most romantic spots and minutes from the big cultural sights. From here, you can clip-clop around old Palermo in a horse-drawn carriage
; go cultural and study the fabulous gold mosaics in the cathedral; get spendy in the shops along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, or swim and sail on nearby Mondello beach.
Hotel Letizia was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Hotel Letizia serves breakfast only
Being in the heart of Palermo’s centro storico
you are spoilt for choice with great restaurants all within walking distance. Expect freshly caught fish, plenty of spices (Sicilian cuisine is heavily influenced by their one-time Arab conquerors) and lots of capers and olives. Sicily is perfect for those with a sweet tooth – try a refreshing granita (crushed ice - lemon flavoured) and delicious cannoli pastries
See & Do
Breakfast is a treat, with freshly baked tarts and pastries
You'll want to sit out in the pretty courtyard
Sicily is steeped in history and its many rulers have all left their mark. Do go and see the fabulous cathedral and the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, and make time to wander the city's warren of squares and alleyways strung with washing and teeming with little markets. A horse and buggy ride makes a pleasant way to take in the sights. It's worth going up the valley to see the dazzling Byzantine cathedral at Monreale, while further afield, a trip to Taormina and Mount Etna – all fiery sparks at night – will be a highlight.
Palermo boasts all the Italian designer boutiques you’d expect to find in Milan, as well as tiny shops selling everything under the sun. You'll hit the big-name stores along corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Palermo comes alive at night and there are plenty of bars to while away the hours in. You could always warm up at the atmospheric Enoteca Cana, with its array of Sicilian wines, or check out the city's theatre and opera.
Easter is big in Palermo – come and see the huge parade and re-enactment of the last supper.
Parades and other festivities mark the Festival of Santa Rosalia, a 4oo-year-old celebration of Palermo’s patron saint.
Via Bottai, 90133 Palermo
There is free guest parking. But we suggest you don't drive in Palermo unless you love life in the fast lane with none of the rules!
Palermo central station – 15 minutes
Around EUR 10 from the station, depending on traffic
Palermo – 30km
Rooms and suites
12 rooms, 1 suite
Rooms are attractively done out with all the comforts you'd expect
The hotel is well located for city-centre sights and has an appealing little courtyard
EUR 100 - 200
Open all year
Minimum night stay?
Buffet breakfast is served until 10 am
Available during the morning
Small dogs only.
Italian, English and French
Letizia Rusignuolo – owner