Grand Hotel et des Palmes

The hotel provides the public with little information about its history. Our team researches the hotel's past, from the very beginning, verifying its exact opening date and providing an overview of its history up to the present day. If you have any useful information and would like to share it, please send it to Thank you This is what we know (attention: unverified history!): The Grand Hotel et des Palmes was founded in 1874. Built in 1856, it was originally the home of the aristocratic Ingham-Withaker family and was linked by an underground passage to a nearby Anglican chapel. After the death of her first husband, Lady Ingham married Giacomo Medici, the Prefect of Palermo and a hero of the Risorgimento. The building was sold to Enrico Ragusa, a local entrepreneur who transformed it into a hotel. In 1907, Ernesto Basile, one of Italy?s foremost Art Nouveau architects, made alterations to the Foyer, one of Europe?s most attractive, and to the "Fireplace Saloon", where the ceiling, inlaid by English craftsmen, is similar to that of Palazzo Montecitorio, the Italian House of Deputies in Rome, also designed by Basile. The hotel has seen several important moments in the history of Sicily. In 1882, the future Prime Minister Francesco Crispi gave political lectures here, while the formidable twelve-course dinner served to another future premier. Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, is still remembered. Richard Wagner and his wife Cosima Liszt were guests from 5 November 1881, and the armchair where the great composer sat while he wrote his opera "Parsifal" is still conserved in the hotel. The Uruguayan essayist and philosopher Jose Enrique Rodo wrote his last pages during his stay here in 1917. The hotel, situated at the heart of the ancient centre of the city, has welcomed many famous and powerful political figures, and momentous decisions influencing the destiny of Sicily have been taken here. In 1943 it was the headquarters of the Allied Forces in Italy, and General Charles Poletti made his official residence here
Richard Wagner, Cosima Liszt, Jose Enrique Rodo,... Here Richard Wagner in 1885 finished his ‘Parsifal'; in 1882 Francesco Crispi taught lessons of politics; Vittorio Emanuele Orlando would often stopover at the Hotel; the french writer Raymond Roussel abided at Grand Hotel et des Palmes, till his death; the General Charles Poletti made it his general head quarters, during the second world war and finally, the Baron Di Stefano ‘the secluded of the Hotel', condemmed to a mafia sentence; death carried out immediately or exile…. chose the seclution at the ‘Palmes' , where he stayed for 50 years, till his death.
Managed by: AMT Hotels
172 Rooms
8 Suites
City Hotel
La Palmetta (grand dining hall, serving mediterranean cuisine), The Bar Il Gattopardo The Wagner Room

Babysitting Service
Child Care Center
Children’s Activities
Children’s Menu
Children’s Video Rental
Day Camp On Site
High chairs
Vacation Station

The Hall of Mirrors can hold banquettes up to 300 guests. Meeting rooms in various sizes for 10-200 peolple, fully equipped
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Grand Hotel et des Palmes
Country: Italy
City: Palermo
Opening date: 1874

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General Manager Pizzuto Giovanni Battista


Via Roma, 398
90139 Italy, Palermo

Tel: +39 091 60 28 111
Fax: +39 091 33 15 45

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