Hotel Porta Felice

  • City Breaks, Italy, Palermo

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Hotel Porta Felice is set in an 18th century palace in the very centre of Palermo, making it easy to explore the city including its famous botanical gardens, which are just a short walk away as well as the grand Cathedral of Palermo and many shopping districts. The traditional Sicilian markets nearby offer a glimpse into the past, in particular the ‘Capo’ market which found its roots in the 11th century and is still influenced by many different cultures.

The Hotel Porta Felice offers comfortable and sleek interiors inside ancient and embellished palace walls. A rich continental buffet breakfast is served each morning with homemade pastries and cakes. Breakfast service can be taken either in the dining room or on the rooftop terrace which offers unrivaled views of the Palermo skyline.  A lower ground floor spa takes heavy influence from the Arabian history of the city with its stone floors, intricate wall murals and steam room, Turkish sauna and hot tub. There is also a broad array of spa treatments for which you can book and pay locally.

Transfer time: approx. 40 mins by private car

Added value

Stay 4 nights and pay for 3 nights or stay 7 nights and pay for 6 nights between 01 Apr - 31 Oct 10

  • No. of rooms: 33
  • Official rating: 4


Classic Rooms are spacious and include air conditioning, TV, wifi, safe, minibar and hairdryer. They can sleep up to two adults.

Superior Rooms offer a bit more space and have a balcony. They can accommodate up to three adults.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Gloriously unconventional and slightly disheveled in a charmingly Italian way, Sicily's capital city is a melting pot of cultures and architecture, in fact one saying is that Palermo is 'the most European of North Africa's cities'!. This is a vibrant, colourful and chaotic city full of contrasts, with elegant palazzos, noisy street markets but also stylish modern boutiques. Start with a wander around the old centre, which fans out from the main crossroads of the Quattro Canti, from where the four main quarters of the city begin. There's much to see and do in both the city itself and on day trips out and car hire can be taken for part of your stay. Palermo can also easily be combined with other destinations in Sicily to make a great multi-centre holiday.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Palermo.

Things to do in resort

Cathedral of Palermo

This beautiful architectural monument was built by the Normans in 1184. Today you’ll see the stratification of styles over the centuries from Gothic to Medieval, Arabic to Neoclassical. Marvel at the ornate exterior or head inside to see the precious gold, silver and emerald objects in the treasury, head up to the terraces to admire views across Palermo or visit the royal imperial tombs.

Ancient Street Markets

One of the city’s greatest strengths is its street food. Two of the best and most authentic markets in Palermo are Ballarò and Capo. They are a doorway into the past where you’ll find ancient Sicilian traditions, hear the merchants speaking the dialetto stretto (local dialect) and see all of colorful produce.

Theatro Massimo

This is one of the most important opera houses in Italy, renowned for its perfect acoustics. Performances still take place, from opera to dance. If opera isn’t your thing it’s well worth a visit for its architecture alone. Guided tours run daily and are a great way to discover the hidden gems that adorn the building.


This historic hill-town just outside Palermo is famous for its gold mosaics and beautiful Norman Cathedral. The ornately decorated cathedral dates back to the 12th century and is home to magnificent examples of art and architecture that demonstrate the Byzantine, Norman and Islamic influences that make up the history and culture of Sicily.

Villa Trabia

This 18th Century Villa is located in the centre of Palermo and is surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens with fountains and Mediterranean plants. It’s a little oasis in the heart of the city. Watch out for festivals and cultural events taking place here during the summer months. Head inside and you’ll feel the grandeur of Palermo at the turn of the century. Explore the art library and reading room, before taking a stroll through the lovely gardens outside.

Norman Palace

Palazzo dei Notmanni was the seat of the Kings of Sicily during its Norman domination and became the main seat for the subsequent rulers and remains so to this day.

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 13.3714094
  • Latitude: 38.1179764

For more information on travel and transport visit our Palermo page


Restaurants & Bars

An onsite restaurant offers local cuisine and leads out onto a terrace with city views.


The hotel's wellness centre boasts a sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and a Jacuzzi. Massages and treatments are available and payable locally.

Practical Facilities

  • Free wifi

Buffet breakfast is inlcuded with homemade pastries, fresh meats and cheeses and hot options available on selected days. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 13.3714094
  • Latitude: 38.1179764

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