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Where to stay in Palermo?


We will be in Palermo for 3night in September. Looking for accommodations with and without breakfast. Thinking of renting a car is that necessary or can we just walk around to see things? After Palermo for sure we will be renting a car heading toward Catania.
Any suggestion would be great!

Thank you,Barbara

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Do not rent a car while in Palermo.
We used to find our hotels.

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Just a few posts up from this Zoe wrote about her trip and recommended B&BDelle Vittorie.
Otherwise I use and read their reviews.

I am going to Palermo in a few weeks so can't yet offer specific recs of my own. But the one thing that has been consistent is that everyone agrees that one does not want or need a car in Palermo! It's a big city so just like in NY or Rome you wouldn't be able to drive and park at the sights and parking is expensive. Walk or take a bus. More a
specific to Palermo, people tell me the traffic is very difficult. I can't say for sure, but if it is like Rome or Naples...driving is aggressive. Get the car when you are done with the city. I am ending in Palermo - I am driving to multiple other places in Sicily and will drop off the car, spend 4 days in Palermo, and fly home from there.

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We've stayed at the Hotel Ambasciatori several times, and love it. It's on Via Roma (#111), an easy walk from the train station, which is the terminus for the airport shuttle bus. The staff is great, breakfast is served on an amazing rooftop terrace with fantastic views, and the neighborhood is interesting.

And it's a bargain as well, although evidently it's not difficult to find inexpensive places to stay in Palermo.

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In my report, I mentioned the free minibus that goes through the historic center. I think the original idea was to get people around without having to park a car. I am in Trapani now, and they have a free bus, too, that ends its route at a parking lot, so locals use these free buses, too.

In Palermo, B&B Delle Vittorie, about €100. A splurge for me, but worth it in a city that can tire you out with so much to do.