Rooms under £100: Palermo

Hotel stays are a steal during October when the crowds have thinned and long, balmy evenings prevail in the historic Sicilian capitalSunday, September 6, 2015

By Julia Buckley
Palazzo Brunaccini

01 Palazzo Brunaccini
In the rabbit warren of alleyways around the melting-pot Ballarò Market, Palazzo Brunaccini has updated a historic building with an almost Nordic design: crisp white walls, chic beamed ceilings and pale wooden furniture in the vast rooms. Don't miss the on-site Slow Food restaurant. Doubles from £54.

Ambasciatori Hotel

02 Ambasciatori Hotel
An old-school hotel rejuvenated with parquet flooring, pastel
walls and the odd leather headboard. But you don't stay at the Ambasciatori for the charming decor; you stay for the rooftop terrace offering some of the best views of the city centre. Doubles from £53.

Casale del Principe

03 Casale del Principe
Up in the hills above the city, near the Norman Cathedral of Monreale, this upmarket agrirelais (hotel on a working farm) has breathtaking views of Palermo and the Conca d'Oro basin, beautifully rustic rooms, and even a spa. What could be better? The homegrown fruit, olive oil and wine, maybe. Doubles from £71.

04 Alma Hotel
Small but perfectly formed, the family-run Alma has the feel of a B&B (just seven rooms on the third floor of a block of flats). But the style's far from fusty, with feature walls showcasing Sicilian photography, scarlet beds and a bright breakfast room where your host, Antonella, cooks every morning. Doubles from £64.

Published in the October 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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