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After we left Susafa (full review here), we drove to Palermo. The city, surprisingly, does not have any hotels where I earn and redeem points (Hyatt, Marriott, or Hilton). I found the Alma Hotel last year and had a good stay. We decided to return this summer and it’s still the quiet, comfortable, centrally located hotel we enjoyed in the past.
Anthony’s Take: The Alma Hotel offers friendly service, comfortable rooms, a decent breakfast, and a great location. It might not be luxurious, but for our two-night stay it perfectly fit our needs. It’s also a bargain and can often be had for under $200 a night.
The room was booked on through Hotels.com for $421 plus tax. I chose the Deluxe Suite. The Alma Hotel includes free breakfast.
Transportation to/from the Hotel
We drove from Susafa to the Alma Hotel. It took around 84 minutes to drive the 97 kilometers to the hotel. After our stay, we went from the hotel to Palermo Airport (PMO). That trip took around 30 minutes.
The Alma Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from the main pedestrian street of Via Maqueda. Piazza Politeama, the Teatro Massimo, the Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, the Martorana, Piazza Pretoria, the Palatine Chapel, the Palazzo dei Normanni, and the popular markets (Ballarò, the Cape and the Vucciria) are all nearby. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops around the hotel. The hotel occupies part of the third and fourth floors of a nondescript building. Reception is on three along with some rooms and the rest are found on the fourth floor.
We arrived around 3:00 PM. The front desk was staffed and we were quickly checked in. Our passports were still on file from May 2022. We were given the code for the Wi-Fi and asked if we’d prefer breakfast from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM or from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. They handled getting our car parked and we had the key to our suite in minutes. Everyone at the hotel is friendly and willing to help in any way that they can.
There aren’t any common areas to hang out at the Alma Hotel. The main room on the third floor serves as reception and the place for breakfast.
After taking the stairs or the tiny elevator to the fourth floor, you’ll find an outer door. Inside are several of the hotel’s rooms and our suite.
Deluxe Suite (9)
There are 12 rooms and suites at the Alma Hotel. We booked the Deluxe Suite and received the same one we stayed in last year (9).
When you enter the suite, you’ll find the living room to the right.
There is a couch, side table, TV, and dining table here.
Along the left wall, you’ll find cabinets with a refrigerator, tea kettle, and trash can. I liked the giant clock wall art.
The refrigerator is stocked with complimentary soft drinks that are refreshed daily.
Next to this cabinet is an open closet. There is space for luggage and a safe.
The bathroom is straight ahead. It’s on the small side, but functional.
It has a toilet and bidet.
The vanity holds a single bowl sink.
Extra towels and a blowdryer were found next to the sink.
Terra brand toiletries were packed in a small box. A bar of soap was also provided. They had a mild, black pepper scent.
The shower is tiny, but the water pressure and temperature were good.
The bedroom is next to the bathroom. It has a queen-sized bed, side tables, a TV, and a good number of outlets. The air conditioning worked well and kept the suite cool.
There is another open closet in here. Slippers and an extra blanket are provided.
Breakfast is served in the main room. It offers a continental mix of pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt, fruit, and more. I love the homemade cakes and pastries on offer each morning.
There are plenty of tables. Staff quickly clear and reset them during breakfast.
Pastries and cakes (including my favorite: cassata).
Oatmeal and bread
Meat, cheese, and bread
A toaster, yogurt, and a microwave for guest use.
Juice and coffee machines
Overall Impression: The Alma Hotel has become our spot in Palermo. It’s clean, comfortable, has great air conditioning, offers a nice breakfast, has a friendly staff, and is centrally located for exploring the city. We’ll be back.
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