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Albergo Athenaeum

Via Luigi Giannettino 4, 90128, Palermo, Sicily Italy
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Welcome to Albergo Athenaeum, your Palermo “home away from home.” Albergo Athenaeum aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Palermo, Albergo Athenaeum is located a short distance from Chiesa del Gesu (1.3 km) and Il Castello della Zisa (1.5 km).

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the hotel.

Athenaeum Palermo Hotel features a concierge and room service, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts free breakfast. If you are driving to Athenaeum Palermo Hotel, free parking is available.

Palermo has plenty of cafes. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like Pasticceria Cappello, NonnAnge Bakery & Coffee - Palermo, and Antico Caffe Spinnato, which are serving up some great dishes.

If you’re looking for something to do, Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel (0.6 km), Catacombe dei Cappuccini (1.3 km), and Cattedrale di Palermo (1.1 km) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Albergo Athenaeum.

Albergo Athenaeum puts the best of Palermo at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Free breakfast
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L1049 wrote a review Sep 2023
Luton45 contributions17 helpful votes
We stayed at the Albergo Athenaeum for several days mid-Sept 2023. The hotel was chosen for its proximity to the E90 autostrade, 10 minute walk from the airport/main station railway line, and good-sized underground car-park (very important!). It's about 20 mins walk into the city - very straightforward once you get the hang of how to cross the roads. We were apprehensive about driving in Sicily, but we survived unscathed 1000 miles of driving in 8 days; the route from the hotel out to the autostrade involves crossing a busy three(ish) lane road, making a U-turn, and coming back in the other direction. When motoring here, you learn new driving techniques.... But the hotel's great position means that you're well away from the ZTL and the manic roads nearer the city centre. Good room with all that you'd need, comfortable beds, well serviced and good bathroom. The area where the hotel is located is a fairly typical Palermo side-street, lots of rubbish, cracked pavements etc; this is fine, just accept and go with the flow. Greet the locals, they are friendly! Reception staff, with just one exception, are friendly and helpful (take a bow, Salvo!). The exception could do with some training maybe. We thought the breakfasts were very good - loads of carbs, pastries, cake etc (typical Italian), fruit, and of course coffees of all types. We ate dinners in the hotel when we were too tired to walk into the city. The evening food is adequate (this is a 3* hotel, not a restaurant). All-in-all this hotel was fine, and a good base for our trips. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Sicily, lovely country and people.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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lily b wrote a review Jul 2023
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wouldn’t recommend if you are english speaking only!! we booked this as they advertised as being english speaking and we struggled the entire week to order food and ask w questions at reception. when checking out one of the reception workers tried to charge us €100 euro and didn’t tell us while, when i asked what for he started arguing and shouting at me in italian, this was my first time aboard as only 18
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Paul wrote a review May 2023
Namur, Belgium2 contributions
First of all, I’m a student and I come from Belgium with my school to end our childhood. I also think that is useful to say that we are 17 to 19 years old and globally not very tall. I’m currently in the hotel and I can say that the night was difficult cause beds are uncomfortable and the bedroom is small for four people… The bathroom is old but I have hot water ! Maybe it’s the only good point I can give us. About food I don’t know where begging. The first night we had pork and potatoes … Where is my Sicilian food ?! And for the breakfast we didn’t have as food as necessary to feed all the students. We asked for more food and after receiving industrial bread they disappeared… To conclude my experience I’m still waiting the hotel who looks like the pictures on this app… Nothing is real ! The view is also not like they say.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Don’t go with big group of people !
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justin85pl wrote a review Mar 2023
Inverness, United Kingdom11 contributions7 helpful votes
We just came back from our family trip to Palermo (travelling with infant), and I need to say that the hotel was quite disappointing. To start with, no travel cot in the room (decided not to bother asking as the bed was big enough for me and my boy). The biggest issue was no kettle in the room to boil some water (especially for his feeds at night and early morning). I asked for it, but in the whole hotel they had NONE! During breakfast, there was not even one high chair available for my little one. He had to stay in a buggy all the time. Breakfast itself was very poor - not much choice apart from sweet pastries. And the room itself - the size was great and the housekeeping really good. I could not fault them one bit. However, the shower was not sealed properly and literally flooded the bathroom everytime we used it. When we reported the fault.....they offered us some extra towels!!!! Some of those things, maybe not a biggy when you travel just with adults. However, being there with a little baby was not made easy. I would definitely not recommend that hotel for families with little kids.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Radu Toma wrote a review Jul 2021
Palo Alto, California57 contributions27 helpful votes
While the hotel is about a mile away from the heart of the city, at $80/night including free parking and breakfast, with clean rooms with AC, a fridge and a quiet balcony, one can hardly go wrong. Competent, pleasant staff who speak English. I'd go back anytime.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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sam wrote a review Jun 2019
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The hotel is really well located itsa short walk 15 mins to the attractions of the city.Staff were really helpful giving us directions and even printed usa train timetable. The hotel is clean and well worth the money. Breakfast has a large selection.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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acatius2005 wrote a review Jun 2019
Budapest, Hungary6 contributions1 helpful vote
Located in a not too elegant corner of Palermo, the Albergo Athenaeum was according to expectations, especially for a visitor who had business with the university and stayed there for a couple of nights. Room and service (with the exception of an elevator problem that was solved relatively quickly.) as well as price were in harmony, so that a hotel that can be recommended without any special remarks.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Kenneth S wrote a review May 2019
Seattle, Washington65 contributions31 helpful votes
This is a nice inexpensive hotel near the university, and near many of the tourist attractions. It is not on a main street, so it is a bit more quiet. The rooms were moderately large, and the breakfast was better than average. The staff people were helpful and informative. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Roedig wrote a review Apr 2019
Stellenbosch, South Africa1246 contributions284 helpful votes
Yes the hotel is situated in a typical side street of an Italian city. Expect the neighbors to have washing hanging from the line. It offers all the comforts, sizable rooms with balconies, fast internet and free parking. Where it lost the fourth star is that the breakfast room on Sunday morning had no clean tables and everything had to be re-brought. No cheese. No bowls for fruit. The air conditioner didn’t work either. Otherwise centrally situated.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ReesF wrote a review Oct 2018
Winchester, United Kingdom73 contributions8 helpful votes
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Being half-Sicilian I’m always going to be biased about this place. Despite coming here as a child every summer and more recently twice in close succession, this is actually my first visit to Sicily’s capital. This is the start of a nine day holiday to the island that commenced with two days in Palermo. Travelling with my parents in law, my wife and eight year old son, we collected our Fiat 500 (L - this big one) and set off for our Mediterranean Adventure. The plan is to circle the island counter-clockwise taking in Trapani, Marsala, Sciacca, Agrigento, Syracuse, Taormina and Cefalu. We are going to the sites, little ports, temples, theatres, mosaics and sample as much food as our bodies will allow! Back to the hotel for a second, it is easy to find from the airport, there is a large underground car park (which is great because you almost certainly risk your Insurnace excess parking on the street)... Palermo could be translated to Dented-Panel-City!!! The hotel itself is then walking distance to the northern quarter and roughly 15/20 minutes from the Ballaro Markets. The hotel is perfect, large rooms with balconies, adequate bathrooms with a great shower. You’re provided with an abundance of towels everyday! The beds are comfy and the air con is effective, quiet and simple to use. Fallen in love with the staff here - Pipo and “Lorri” in particular have made our stay really special. Our son is not fussy about food but like most eight year olds does prefer chips or penne with a ragu and Parmesan to anything else - and there was never an issue asking for these even if off the menu. Nothing was too much bother and the service is excellent. The food is superb, a simple four courses with three options per course. We’ve enjoyed a tomato and fresh ricotta salad, farfalle pasta with salmon, chicken escalope, spaghetti with olive oil and chilli, local fish, Saltimboca and all this washes down beautifully with local red wine. Five of us eating, four courses including a pudding to die for was 60€...bargain! Breakfast is equally simple and sublime with a vast array of cakes and pastries - our son enjoyed the donuts with nutella (so did I in fact). Referring back to my title of six lanes into one, I was referring of course to the driving style... I’m still not sure how many lanes are in one road, at one point I’m sure there were six lanes of cars and busses meandering round parked cars and scooters whilst avoiding a woman arguing with her partner on the side of a motorway junction (pulled over as you do). It is bonkers. However just go with it, push out with conviction and spot the tourists - we are easy to spot as the only ones using indicators. Rear view mirrors are really there as target practise for scooters / just assume there is always a scooter or car on your backside and you can’t go wrong. It was brilliant, chaotic and yet somehow refreshing to just go where you want, when you want and how you want - I think my father in law got it when we had to move over in the path to allow an impatient Vespa rider avoiding traffic caused by a bin lorry by riding down the side walk!!! Hilarious!! Anyone who has recently seen Jamie Oliver’s Italy show will know that Sicily is famous for its location in history as a spice merchants trade post. The desserts here are famous as a consequence of Millenia of Arab, Roman, Norman and Greek ownership. The markets are full of this unique history with spices, fruits and veg from pomegranate to peppers, vanilla to vermicelli. It’s all here... six cultures and histories into one three sided island. Just lovely 😊 Lastly, bit of advice, always carry some cash and change on you, there are so many stall holders with fresh prickly pears “Figo D’india” (literally figs of India) that they lovingly cut the needle covered skins three ways - top, bottom and down the middle to reveal a stunningly refreshing pink or yellow fruit / a must do. We leave Palermo today for the coastal road to Marsala Via Trapani so will post again later. Ciao for now
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Albergo Athenaeum
Which popular attractions are close to Albergo Athenaeum?
Nearby attractions include Palazzo Conte Federico (1.0 km), Chiesa Inferiore (0.7 km), and Museo Diocesano di Palermo (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Albergo Athenaeum?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Albergo Athenaeum?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Albergo Athenaeum?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Albergo Athenaeum?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Albergo Athenaeum?
Conveniently located restaurants include MEC Restaurant, Ai Normanni, and Cotto E Bollito.
Are pets allowed at Albergo Athenaeum?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Albergo Athenaeum offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Albergo Athenaeum?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Albergo Athenaeum?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palazzo Drago Airoldi di Santa Colomba (1.3 km), Oratorio di Santa Cita (2.1 km), and Palazzo Steri - Chiaromonte - Carcere dei penitenziati (2.1 km).
Is Albergo Athenaeum accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.