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Hotel Cristal Palace: Palermo

During our trip to Sicily, a last minute change of plans had us spending 24 hours in Palermo. There was little time to look for accommodation and we needed a hotel that was relatively inexpensive but comfortable. Since we were arriving by bus from Mazara del Vallo and there was a stop near Teatro Politeama, we were a little limited in our search criteria.

Hotel Cristal Palace is located at Via Roma, around the corner from the bus stop, making it a convenient spot only a short walk away with our heavy suitcases.

The hotel building is not difficult to find from the distance. With our booking pre-paid, we soon find ourselves in our room unpacking the bare essentials.

The room is spacious and basic with minimalist furniture. The king sized bed still leaves room to move around and is quite firm and very comfortable to sleep in.

Hotel Cristal Palace Palermo

There is a small desk near the window and a good sized wardrobe.

Hotel Cristal Palace Palermo

The view from the room offers glimpses of the nearby mountains and this cute building with shutters and little balconies.

Hotel Cristal Palace Palermo

The bathroom comes with modern fittings and by European standards it is considered to be of a decent size .

Hotel Cristal Palace Palermo

The shower screen is tiny in comparison and what you normally expect to find in Italy. It can be a challenge to move inside it if you are a very large person. However, the shower head with massager makes for a nice long shower.

Hotel Cristal Palace PalermoHotel Cristal Palace Palermo

Downstairs, the lobby has a modern look and while the staff are welcoming they can be a little reserved at times. The hotel seems more geared towards business travellers and those with short stays. Wifi is available at extra cost. Free internet can be accessed in the lobby though we had no time to use it.

Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is what you would expect from the standard continental type with pastries, jams, toasts and coffee.

We spent one day in Palermo and visited many of the sights easily by foot. A taxi rank around the corner from the hotel makes it convenient to get around if you need it. There is a good choice of restaurants around, including Taverna Siciliana where had a fabulous meal (review to come).

For a short stay in Palermo with basic accommodation in a handy location, Hotel Cristal Palace offers good value.

Hotel Cristal Palace Palermo

Cristal Palace Hotel
Via Roma 477/D
Palermo Sicily


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.