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Hotel Bel 3

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel is situated at the top of a mountain overlooking the city of Palermo. The floors actually go in reverse order of what one might expect as the 1st floor is actually at the top of the hotel and the 7th is at the bottom. This is so because the 1st floor is at street level and the hotel is built on the slope of the mountain so all the other floors are lower down the montain. The rooms are comfortable not luxurious but functional and clean. There is a TV, fridge and safe in the room. The pool goes right to the edge property so while sitting in the pool you can look over the edge and get the most fantastic view of the north side of the island and the city of Palermo. Service was as expected and everyone was very accommodating. Since we were not in the city and really didn't like driving in the congestion, we at our dinners every night at the hotel. The menu provided a good selection of items and the food was very good. Our waiter, Salvatore, took a special interest in our group and provided us excellent service. The only negatives that come to mind are that the hotel is off the beaten path. If you do not have a car, it is difficult to get around. If you do have a car, parking is limited and tight. Parking on the street is your best bet, if you can find a spot. We had a car and it was the off season so parking on the road was not a problem. Overall, we loved our experience at this hotel and would return there in the future.

beautiful view, excellent rooms, excellent restaurant with good service the group of 16 did enjoy it very much not easy to reach far from the town and to go outside a little complicated to move inside

Nice hotel, lovely rooms with a nice view at the city. The hotel is built on a mountain, you 'll have to use two elivators to reach the lowest rooms. Breakfast is simple but enough. The pools are most of the time in the shade, so to cold in septembre... The traffic in Palermo is terrible, but the hotel offers a shuttle service.

My boyfriend and I visited Palermo at the end of April this year. We picked Hotel Bel 3 from reading previous positive reviews and the pictures looked beautiful, in addition to the reasonable price for a weeks stay. Our expectations were most definitely exceeded. The staff were so helpful and courteous at the reception desk. There is a restaurant in the hotel where the staff were also amazing. We dined there many times in that week. The pasta dishes that we ordered were so fresh and the pizza is tasty. Everybody does such a brilliant job in hospitality :) For breakfast, ours was included every morning and the variety was great-buffet style. I have a very sweet tooth so I cannot explain the excitement I got having a true Sicilian breakfast full of cake every morning! There are continental and healthier options for those who cannot stomach the sweet foods so early. The facilities in the hotel are great. This includes the pools, small gym and a pool table. The views from the pool overlooking Palermo are wonderful. We tried the pool however it was much too cold in April, but still nice for something to experience one of the mornings. The hotel is about 30 mins drive away from Palermo airport and about 20 minutes drive from the city centre. I would not recommend hopping straight into a taxi to the hotel from the airport because our journey was charged at 60 euro. I was not too impressed, especially when if pre-booked or shared with others, it may well have been cheaper. Although, on our first night we got a taxi in and out to the city from the hotel and this worked out around 20-odd euro each way. During the day time, the best way to travel in is the local bus. It is 1.70 euro for a one way ticket each and you can buy these at the local tobacci which is a 5 minute walk down the hill from the hotel. The locals around the area are very welcoming and there is even a small bar in the shop. They close around 1pm-4ish for siesta. Back to the hotel, the room we were provided was very clean and was cleaned by housekeeping every day. The pool side view rooms appear to be the best as the other side of the building doesn't overlook any picturesque scenery. We really enjoyed our visit to Palermo and so glad we decided to stay here because it was made more enjoyable by all aspects of the hotel. Going home to Dublin was not something we were looking forward to after experiencing the character of Palermo!

very nice hotel with stylishly decorated rooms. Our hotel room and bathroom was spacious and the view was beautiful! The restaurant was good and there was a lovely sun terrace with swimming pool. The staff were very friendly and professional. The breakfast was reasonable but for Dutch terms some summier.

I have just returned from my short holiday to this hotel It was a wonderful break The transfer from the airport ( prebook via hotel ) was a welcome sight - especially for a single female traveller €30 The front desk and all the staff were extremely helpful and friendly The taxi into town ran smoothly And even waited for people who he knew were coming back even though they were late . It drops you right into the city centre . There is a bus service that runs . The restaurant was amazing felt not at all like a typical hotel restaurant . The food was outstanding . And typical Sicilian Plus a wonderful wine list Obviously the jaccuzi pool( and view) is a bonus plus the swimming pool and the children's pool . There are no shops nearby unless you have a car , but you could stock up on your trips to the city . But then it is an out of town hotel My only regret I didn't take a kettle as there are no tea/ coffee making facilities in the room

We chose Hotel Bel 3 because of the shuttle service they offered and to avoid having to go into town and finding somewhere to park the car. Unfortunately, the frequency of the service had been had been cut and made transfers a lot less frequent. This information was not updated on the hotel's website. The welcome desk was not very helpful and we had to struggle to get the information we needed. The rooms were clean and comfortable but hotel Bel 3 is not designed for a longer than 3/4 days stay. It had a small swimming pool with a jacuzzi and view over the city.

We stayed there for a week. And although we faced some issues (poor wifi, not really good breakfast) the overall experience is 100% satisfactory: -Staff was always helpful and nice -Facilities are awesome, specially the outdoor jaccuzzi with a breathtaking view of Palermo -The room was pretty nice -Gym is quite good too -Food at the restaurant was delicious, and the staff there exremely nice and proffesional If you want to go to Palermo (and you rent a car, cause the hotel is not near the city centre) this is the place to stay, 100% recommendable!

This hotel sits in the hills overlooking Palermo. The view from our room was absolutely spectacular. It totally made the hotel. Rooms are fine, staff are generally helpful and a nice pool area, although pool is a bit small and they get carried away with the sat. The restaurant has a lovely terrace and serves great wine but the food is fairly average. The main downside is that the hotel is a bit remote and there is nowhere really to go within walking distance. A car is a must. I would definitely stay again.

Some of the negative reviews on here make me laugh. We almost felt scared of staying here before the trip because some reviews said it was a ghost town, and that it was in a "Ghetto" part of Palermo. That was complete bull, and I am glad we didn't let those comments dissuade us from staying here. Anyone who thinks this is a Ghetto part of town has no idea what a real Ghetto looks like. We spent two weeks here from end of June into July. We had a rental car and drove all roads around the area of the hotel and from both directions on the road the hotel is on. The neighborhood is beautiful and charming and Sicilian. There is absolutely nothing to fear about this neighborhood. Furthermore, if you come during off season (any time that is not summer), of course it will be less populated and services will be more sparse. Sicily is a summer destination for travelers. It is not common to find lots of tourists in Spring, Fall or Winter, so people shouldn't rate a hotel as poor because they came in the off season and didn't have lots of services and a full hotel. Furthermore, the comments about no offer to take luggage to room by porter are a joke. The people at the front desk are not porters, nor are they your slaves. They are front desk reception staff. This is a 3-star hotel, which means you carry your own bags. It really bugs me when people complain about a perfectly good 3-star hotel because they didn't get the 4-star or 5-star service they thought they should get. Go pay $3000 a week at a 5-star beachfront resort if that is what you are looking for. Don't come to a place like this and demean it with negative petty comments about breakfast, room service, lack of bellhop services, and other such nonsense, and make people think it's a bad place. This is an EXCELLENT 3-Star hotel. And as for people who say the front desk staff don't understand English and are not friendly, what world are you in? These were the most friendly staff of any hotel we stayed at, and we stay at plenty. Even the owner and his daughter, Giorgia, went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and special. All the staff could communicate with me in English just fine, as with my husband in Italian. With two weeks in Sicily on our first ever trip here, this hotel was our home away from home. It was a Godsend. The room was super clean and big, we had a great balcony and corner room on Floor 2 perfectly overlooking the jacuzzi and the city. The hotel was nicely decorated, had an adult pool, a children's pool, an adults only jacuzzi pool, sundeck loungers, a gourmet Sicilian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a separate breakfast room, a billiards room and a fitness room. There was adequate room service for a 3-star hotel. There was a fully stocked mini fridge with cheap drinks (€1 for water and €1.50 for soda). The bathroom was large, had a glass and tiled shower and a bidet. Maid service was excellent, and even the maids had nice conversations with us to make us feel welcomed and valued. There was absolutely nothing negative about this hotel or the staff. No matter what time of day or night, someone is always at the front desk and will greet you and have lengthy conversations with you, if you engage with them. If you treat them friendly and respectfully, they will go above and beyond for you. If you are reading this review and you are a member of the LGBT community, fear not! We are a gay couple celebrating our 20th Anniversary. They are very welcoming and accepting of all people. You will not feel uncomfortable here and will be treated with the same respect and friendliness as anyone else. Giorgia even went out of her way to make us feel welcomed before we even arrived as I communicated with her through email. Her and her dad are running a great operation here. If you will have a car, do yourself a favor and reserve a parking spot for your entire stay at the time of booking. Reserved spots only cost €5 per day, very reasonable, and are behind a security gate arm and guaranteed. The free parking is limited before the security gate ATM and fills quickly, as it is first come first serve. Some people complained on here about the breakfast being horrible and only sweets. That is misleading. There are healthy options, such as yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereals. There are also croissants with or without bakes in sugar jellies. Of course, there are also cakes and cookies. But there are even fresh cold cuts (ham and cheese). The variety is good. There is also plenty of hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate from a self service machine as well as two types of juice daily, and Maitre D service for fresh cappuccino/espresso. Of course if you go 10 minutes before breakfast ends, your selection may be limited. Stop complaining for your tardiness. It's free breakfast and it has cutoff hours. It's way better than a Howard Johnson or Days Inn breakfast. To make a very long review short, if you are a reasonable person who wants an excellent hotel at an excellent affordable rate close to the city but far enough away, stay here! It's worth it's weight in gold!

Via Ruffo Di Calabria 20 Palermo PA

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Hotel Bel 3 is located within a few miles (5 km) of Villa Martorana Genuardi and Uditore Park. This 3-star hotel has 67 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Cathedral of Monreale and Zisa Castle and Museum of Islamic Art are also nearby.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 67 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and 22-inch TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bidets. Desks are also included.

Property features

At Hotel Bel 3, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. If you drive, self parking is EUR 5 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 30 per vehicle one-way. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a computer station.

Room options

Standard Double Room, Balcony

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Economy Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Quadruple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 805 reviews