Where to Stay in Sicily

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Updated: March 6, 2023
By Santorini Dave

Best Hotels in Sicily

• Palermo: Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes
• Taormina: Four Seasons
• Catania: Palace Catania
• Siracusa: Grand Hotel des Etrangers
• Trapani: La Gancia
• Agrigento: Villa Athena
• Cefalu: Victoria Palace

Best Agriturismo in Sicily

Poggio Pozzetti
Casa Migliaca
Agriturismo Bannata
Agriturismo Papyrus
Agriturismo Baglio Calanchi

View of Taormina and the Ionian Sea, with Mount Etna in the background

The San Domenico Palace (Four Seasons Hotel) in Taormina, with Mount Etna in the background.

The 10 Best Hotels in Palermo

Best 5-star hotel in Palermo, Sicily.

The 5-star Rocco Forte Villa Igiea near Palermo.

1. Rocco Forte Villa Igiea – Luxury

Seaside resort with pool, spa, and views. 10-minute drive north of Palermo’s Historic Centre. The suites with sea views are superb and ideal for couples or honeymooners.

2. Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes – Luxury

Magnificent and recently updated. Great central location near Historic Centre. The presidential suites are almost the definition of luxury.

3. Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel – Midrange

Sophisticated hotel with a restaurant and bar located 500m from the Ballaro Market and the Cattedrale di Palermo, and a kilometer from Norman Palace. In addition to breakfast available for a fee, some rooms have desks, balconies, and 2 bathrooms, and the rooftop terrace offers panoramic city views.

4. Palazzo Brunaccini – Midrange

Steps to Ballaro Market (100m) and close to Norman Palace (1 km), all rooms at this stylish boutique hotel feature refrigerators, en-suite bathrooms, desks, sofas, and balconies, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs. A full breakfast buffet is served daily for an extra fee, and an on-site restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

5. Massimo Plaza – Midrange

Across the street from Massimo Theater, this hotel provides a complimentary breakfast and offers a 24-hour front desk, en-suite bathrooms, minibars, and some guest rooms with balconies. Many restaurants and attractions are within walking distance including Museo Antonio Salinas (200m), Mercado del Capo (500m), and Quattro Canti (500m).

6. Il Giardino di Ballarò – Midrange

Historic bed and breakfast with a hot tub, garden, complimentary breakfast daily, private bathrooms, and balconies in some guest rooms. Ballaro Market (200m), Cattedrale di Palermo (500m), and Norman Palace (800m) are within walking distance.

7. Hotel Porta Felice & Spa – Midrange

One block from the waterfront and the Foro Italico, this upscale hotel offers free breakfast, a large spa, a fitness center, and a restaurant with a terrace in a completely renovated, historic building. Rooms feature desks and balconies, and the Orto Botanico (600m) is not far.

8. Palazzo Pantaleo – Budget

Charming, pet and disabled-friendly guesthouse with balconies in some rooms, refrigerators in all rooms, and free breakfast available daily. Located just steps to many shops and restaurants, Politeama Garibaldi Theater (150m) and Massimo Theater (500m) are close by, and the hotel offers airport shuttle service and free on-site parking.

9. Stanze al Genio B&B – Budget

16th-century palace converted into a home museum cum bed and breakfast just 500m to Palermo Centrale Station, 600m to the Orto Botanico garden, and less than a kilometer to Ballaro Market. Rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and personal collection of antique decor, and a complimentary breakfast is served on the terrace.

10. A Casa di Amelie – Budget

Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops, this cozy bed and breakfast is a 5-minute walk (400m) to Politeama Garibaldi Theater and a 10-minute walk (700m) to Massimo Theater. All rooms have balconies and private bathrooms, and complimentary breakfast is served daily.

The 10 Best Hotels in Toarmina

Pool with view in Sicily.

The pool and sea views at the San Domenico Palace (Four Seasons Hotel) in Toarmina.

1. San Domenico Palace (Four Seasons Hotel) – Luxury

Fantastic five-star hotel. Pool, views, restaurant, service, and location are all wonderful. This is the setting for the 2nd season of the HBO show The White Lotus.

2. Hotel Villa Schuler – Luxury

Great views of coast and Mt. Etna. Near cable car to beach and central piazza. The one-bedroom apartments have a small but full kitchen.

3. Excelsior Palace – Luxury

Steps to the entrance of Taormina’s ancient city, this high-end hotel offers complimentary breakfast, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a spa, on-site parking (fee applies), and an expansive Beach Club with 2 infinity pools and several jacuzzis. All rooms feature marble bathrooms, some rooms have balconies and sea views, and the hotel sits a kilometer from the Ancient Greek Theater.

4. Villa Ducale – Luxury

Award-winning luxury hotel featuring exquisite views of the sea and Mt. Etna, complimentary breakfast, restaurant, outdoor pool, room service, and complimentary tea and minibar selections in every room. Taormina’s Ancient Greek Theater is 3 km away and the town center is accessible via the free shuttle provided by the hotel or a 25-minute walk (1 km).

5. Casa Cuseni Maison De Charme – Luxury

Historic bed and breakfast featuring spacious rooms filled with vintage furnishings, artwork by famous painters, and sunny windows and balconies. The grounds include a museum, several terraces with views of the water and Mt. Etna, gardens, and fountains; a complimentary breakfast is served every morning, and the town center of Taormina is a 5-minute walk (500m) away.

6. Isoco Guest House – Midrange

Cozy bed and breakfast with a free breakfast buffet located a 5-minute walk (400m) from Porta Messina and a little more to the cable car stop (600m) and the bus station (800m). Guest rooms feature sea views, local artwork, coffee makers, and refrigerators, and the property has a hot tub, library, bar, solarium, and garden.

7. Bel Soggiorno – Midrange

Picturesque cliffside hotel offering a free breakfast buffet, free parking, and a free shuttle to the beach in addition to a 24-hour front desk. Rooms for up to 4 guests are available with en-suite bathrooms, a bar is on-site, and the hotel is located less than a kilometer from the Villa Comunale Di Taormina park.

8. Ariston and Palazzo Santa Caterina – Midrange

Hillside hotel located 500m from Villa Comunale Di Taormina and 1 km from Taormina’s ancient Greek Theater with an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, and 2 on-site restaurants. A continental breakfast is included, some rooms have balconies and/or sea views, and all rooms feature minibars, en-suite bathrooms, and coffee makers.

9. Villa Belvedere – Midrange

Adjacent to the gardens of Villa Comunale Di Taormina, this charming boutique hotel is located just a short walk from the beach, shops, restaurants, and landmarks of Taormina, including the Ancient Greek Theater (750m). The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, a poolside restaurant and bar, lush gardens, and balconies and sea views in some rooms, and parking is available for a fee.

10. Villa Nettuno – Budget

Historic villa converted into a hotel located just steps to the Taormina-Mazzaró cable car stop (75m) and close to the Taormina bus station (400m) and the Greek Theater (500m). The hotel features spectacular sea views from a terrace and some guestrooms, en-suite bathrooms, and free breakfast.

The 5 Best Hotels in Catania

Old Town in Catania, Sicily.

Old Town Catania.

1. Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze – Luxury

Modern hotel with views of Mt. Etna located a couple of minutes from Villa Bellini Park (200m) and Roman Amphitheater of Catania (200m), and steps to numerous restaurants and shops. Hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, a rooftop garden, Turkish bath, gym, and cafe, and rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and refrigerators.

2. Habitat – Midrange

Modern hotel situated just steps to the Bellini Opera House (100m) and not far from the Fontana dell’Elefante (600m) and Castello Ursino (1 km). A free continental breakfast is available daily, rooms feature contemporary decor, and many restaurants and bars are on the surrounding blocks.

3. Crociferi B&B – Midrange

Cozy accommodations nestled between restaurants and historic churches located near Villa Bellini Park (500m) and Piazza Duomo and the Fontana dell’Elefante (600m). Free breakfast with local ingredients is served daily, and all rooms feature a balcony, espresso machine, and kettle.

4. Palazzu Stidda Catania – Midrange

Spacious apartments with full kitchens, living rooms, and balconies, and free parking available on-site. Located close to Castello Ursino (250m) and Piazza Duomo (400m) with many restaurants and cafes on the surrounding blocks.

5. Ostello degli Elefanti – Budget

Historic hostel just steps to the Piazza Universita (50m) with free breakfast, bar, shared kitchen, rooftop terrace, and sundry shop. The hostel is located a 5-minute walk from the Teatro Romano (400m) and the Teatro Massimo Bellini (400m), and private rooms and dorms (both with shared bathrooms) are available.

The 7 Best Hotels in Siracusa

5-star hotel in Sicily good for first time visitors.

The Grand Hotel Des Etrangers overlooking the Siracusa waterfront.

1. Grand Hotel Des Etrangers – Luxury

5-star hotel with fantastic location. The larger suites are perfect for families of four.

2. Algilà Ortigia Charme – Luxury

Historic hotel just steps to the waterfront and a 5-minute walk to the Temple of Apollo (400m) and the Fountain of Diana (300m). In addition to a free breakfast buffet and an on-site restaurant, every room has antique decor and a private bathroom, some rooms have whirlpool tubs, while some can accommodate families of five or six.

3. Hotel Henry’s House – Midrange

Situated just 200m from the Fountain of Arethusa and 500m from the Cathedral of Syracuse, this historic hotel offers complimentary breakfast and a terrace with expansive sea and city views. Many rooms feature balconies, and all rooms have large windows, L’Occitane bathroom amenities, and traditional Sicilian artwork and decor.

4. Mercure Siracusa – Midrange

Upscale hotel located 5 minutes on foot to the Parco Archeologico Neapolis (400m) and the Catacombs of San Giovanni (500m). Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, restaurant, bar, gym, and on-site parking, all rooms have desks and minibars, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs.

5. Domus Mariae Albergo – Midrange

Historic hotel on the scenic waterfront and located not far from the Temple of Apollo (400m) and the Fountain of Arethusa (800m). Hotel amenities include a rooftop terrace with sea views, free breakfast, and a snack bar, and all rooms have balconies, minibars, and private bathrooms.

6. Gutkowski – Midrange

Waterfront boutique hotel offering free buffet breakfast, bicycles for guest use, free beach umbrellas, and some guest rooms with sea views. Located 5 minutes from the Temple of Apollo (400m) and the Fountain of Diana (500m), this pet-friendly hotel also has an on-site restaurant.

7. L’Approdo delle Sirene – Midrange

Waterfront bed and breakfast located 250m from the Temple of Apollo and a 750m from the Fountain of Arethusa. Every room has a private bathroom, kettle, and minibar, some rooms have balconies, and breakfast is served on a scenic rooftop terrace.

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