Ai Lumi: "Trapani palazzo" Top 5 Page for this destination Sicilia Hotel Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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The upper floors ofa 16th century Baroque palazzo (Palazzo Mellili) in the centre of Trapani houses the Ai Lumi B&B, while the ground floor is given over to a restaurant - excellent establishments that gave us a comfortable night's sleep and a memorable evening meal, leaving us with yet another great Sicilian experience. Breakfast was pretty good too, a fine buffet both more varied and substantial than the usual Italian offerings in this price bracket.

We booked a room and were allocated a first floor apartment - a good-sized bedroom, kitchen, small sitting/dining room and bathroom, all furnished with charming simplicity and very good value for 80 euro. The rooms are situated around the palazzo's balconied courtyard, there's no lift and the stairs to the top floor looked both steep and narrow - it's a 16th century building remember. Reception is in the restaurant; if it's closed when you arrive follow the signs through the courtyard to the owner's first floor apartment.

The street outside is a pedestrian zone and that combined with solid stone walls and a huge wooden door ensures a quiet retreat from the city - not that this end of Trapani is exactly noisy anyhow. This is the oldest part of town, a maze of narrow streets, the main one (Vittorio Emenuale) lined with old palazzos, big churches and lots of interesting small shops - just the place for a pre-prandial perambulation, so we deposited our bags, went downstairs to book a table for dinner (advisable, Ai Lumi's restaurant is held to be one of Trapani's best so is very popular - their guests get a 15% discount on the bill).

Breakfast on the street-side terrace next morning was a spread of fresh fruit, bread and pastries baked on the premises, cereals, eggs, ham, salami and cheese, juices, tea and coffee.

Unique Qualities: We were very pleased with our Trapani experience. The owners are very helpful, speak excellent English and are justly proud of their establishment which they run with admirable efficiency. The staff were just as efficient, smiling and helpful - what a pleasure to encounter folk who obviously enjoy their jobs and take pride in what they do.

Clear directions brought us right to the front door to unload our bags- after that, we parked near the port, about 300 metres away and brought the car back in the morning to load up.

Our rooms were fine, very clean and with lovely high ceilings and cool stone floors, making the airconditioning redundant on a balmy June evening - I would imagine it's very welcome in high summer. Extra touches not usually found at this level include cold water in the fridge, tea and coffee making equipment on hand, a hairdryer in the bathroom. Breakfast time finds a local tourism representative on hand to offer information and advice - it seems they've thought of everything.

Address: Cosrso Vittorio Emanuale 75
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Right in the centre of Trapani's historic old town.
Access is straightforward but the streets are very narrow with car access only to drop luggage, parking 5-10 minutes away

Price: US$40-80
Theme: Bed and Breakfast

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 29, 2012
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