After a hectic week in Berlin, I needed some downtime in Sicily. I was exhausted and desperate for a good nights’ sleep, so found a little bed and breakfast to spend a quiet three nights in Palermo Sicily. Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms was perfect for what I needed, so if you are wondering where to stay in Palermo Sicily, read on for more details about this peaceful hotel in Palermo.
My stay at Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms was complimentary, but my opinions are my own and I maintain full editorial control of this review.
Why Visit Palermo?
Sicily felt different to mainland Sicily, but still wonderfully Italian. Amazing food (and street food), historical buildings, Roman ruins, bustling markets and a beautiful cathedral; Palermo should not be missed when you visit Sicily. Palermo is also well connected with the rest of Sicily, with regular trains across the island to Catania close to Mount Etna, and other cities such as Taormina and Siracusa.
Where to Stay in Palermo Sicily
A central location is very useful when choosing where to stay in Palermo, so you can easily walk to everything you need in the city. Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms ticked all the boxes I was looking for!
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About Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms
The owner of Kalamonjo, Vincenzo named Kalamonjo in honour of his father. Kalamon comes from the town where his father was born, Calamonaci, and Jo from his name, Giovanni. Continuing the theme from his other bed and breakfast in Palermo (La Dimora del Capo), Vincenzo has a strong focus on local produce and materials. He named each of the rooms at Kalamonjo after typical foods from the region, prickly pear, olive, mandarin and almond, as you can see in the logo of the bed and breakfast.
The Location of Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms
Kalamonjo is in a great location, close to the Politeama Theatre, in the main shopping area of Palermo. Around the corner, you’ll find Prada and other luxury brands, as well as more mainstream shops like H&M. It is a short walk into the old town (about 10 minutes straight down Via Ruggero Settimo), and about 5 minutes’ walk to the Opera House, where you can hop on the free Centro Storico bus which will take you all around the historic part of the city.
Getting to Palermo City Centre from Palermo Airport
I took the bus from the airport, which stops at the Politeama Theatre, and several other points in the city. The bus runs every 30 minutes from the airport (on the hour and at half past) and takes about 35 minutes to get to the centre of Palermo. Tickets cost €6 each way or €10 for a return.
You could also take the train from Palermo airport, but they run less frequently and stop further away from Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms.
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Security at Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms
The area around the main street of Via Ruggero Settimo felt very safe, and in fact, Palermo is a very safe city despite its size (it is the 5th largest city in Italy). Kalamonjo is on the third floor of the building, and during working hours you’ll find a lady at the front desk who will direct you to the lift and the 3rd floor. If she isn’t there when you come to check in, buzz on the doorbell. Once inside, take the lift to the left up to the 3rd floor. Once you have a key you’ll be able to swipe it at the downstairs entrance, the door to the apartment and your own room.
Check in at Kalamonjo
Make sure you let Vincenzo know what time you will be arriving in Palermo so he can arrange to be at the bed & breakfast to check you in. There isn’t a 24-hour reception but you can call him if you need anything. When I arrived, Vincenzo showed me my room then we sat in the dining area and he gave me some great tips for what to do, eat and drink in the city. There was also another English-speaking couple there when I arrived, so we had a nice chat!
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My Room at Kalamonjo
I was in the Mandorla (Almond) Room, which was simply decorated in muted colours, white walls and grey accents with a pop of colour on the chair. The bed was massive, there was also a sofa, desk and chair, minibar and a huge TV with Netflix.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean, with a large shower and came complete with hairdryer and toiletries. The only strange thing was that the glass shower formed the wall of the bathroom, so if you were travelling in a couple you could see everything that was going on in the bathroom. As I was alone it didn’t matter, but if you’re travelling in a couple and a little shy you’d have to make a deal with your partner not to peak!
Breakfast is served daily from 8.30am to 10.30am in the dining room, and Georgia lays it all out so you can choose what you would like. Homemade cakes, biscuits from the bakery around the corner, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, toast and a range of jams and spreads as well as fresh fruit juice – it was pretty impressive!
What I Loved about Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms
The location was fabulous, I felt very safe walking around on my own as it was straight down the main road to get to the old town, and close to the bus stop for the airport and train station. (If you take the bus to the station you need to buy a bus ticket in advance before you board the bus).
The bed was really comfortable, and it was lovely to have Netflix when I wanted to chill out.
Vincenzo and his colleague Georgia were both really kind and welcoming, and the breakfast was amazing!
Anything I didn’t Like?
Because Kalamonjo only has 4 rooms, it isn’t the best place to meet other people as a solo traveller – I did cross paths with other guests at breakfast, but if you are hoping to make friends here it really depends on who the other guests are. The first night there was an English-speaking couple who I chatted with, but the other two nights I only saw one other guest at breakfast, and without speaking Italian it was hard to get to know them. That said, this was actually perfect for me as I needed some alone time after a busy week at a conference, and Georgia and Vincenzo were there in the mornings to chat!
I loved having this little haven to come back to in the evenings, everything is within walking distance, including some great restaurants and shops. If you’re looking to chill out in a peaceful, comfortable room in Palermo, then this is the place for you. I would definitely stay here again! If you would like to book a stay at Kalamonjo Suite&Rooms, you can reserve on their website here.
Do you agree? Do you think this would be a good place to stay in Palermo Sicily? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave any comments below.
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