Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Plaza Opera Palermo

The four-star, design Hotel Plaza Opera, with 47 rooms, is situated in the heart of Palermo, in the wonderful Liberty neighbourhood. The hotel has a keen design and art focus, with an abundance of character and unique pieces that complement the hotel's modernity. Local craftspeople and designers have created the furniture and the furnishings. The Hotel Plaza Opera is well-suited to stays of a few nights or more, perhaps as part of a touring holiday of Sicily.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Palermo
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo

Hotel Plaza Opera is a boutique 4-style hotel in an enviable location in the Liberty district of the city. Stylish design, an idyllic rooftop terrace and comfortable accommodation offer a luxurious haven from the bustle of Palermo.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is about 2-minutes' walk from the Teatro Garibaldi

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Palermo Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 30-minutes' drive from Palermo Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Lounge Bar, Solarium Terrace, Room Service, Laundry Service, Business Centre, Breakfast Buffet, access to Hamman and Gym, access to Private Beach area, Tennis Court, Private Garage, 24-hour Reception, Concierge, Babysitting, Personal Shopper, Cooking Classes, Car Rental and access to off-site 9-hole Golf Course.

Land sports

Tennis, Golf.

Out and about nearby

Palermo is home to some of the world's greatest examples of Arab-Norman architecture, particularly the San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale and its striking Cappella Palatina mosaics, and La Martorana. Outside Palermo, Monreale is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily, and houses 12th and 13th century mosaics and cloisters. Palermo is an excellent location in which to try the range of Sicilian wines, with streets laden with wine shops and cellars and vineyards covering much of the surrounding landscape. To get a real sense of the city, perhaps take one of the many themed walking tours: guided by everything from street art, historic cars, fishing history, cemeteries, to gardens. While here, make sure you explore Sferracavallo, Palermo's fishing village, the small temple on top of Monte Gallo, the Mondello city garden, and the port.

Sports nearby

Water Sports, Cycling, and Sailing.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 5 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code EXH2050

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo

The four-star Hotel Plaza Opera is immersed in the bustling commercial district of Palermo, just a stone's throw from the port and waterside. One of the hotel's key features is its design focus, where contemporary style is combined with real Sicilian culture. As you enter the lobby, you will be struck by the impressive antique paintings, the Biedermeier furnishings, and the sleek modern fabrics that inject just the right amount of colour. Unique details are paired with artistic and dramatic lighting. Curved panelled ceilings, rich red feature walls, and smooth marble floors create a real sense of character. On the top floor of the hotel, a terrace lined with flourishing plants and shrubs looks out across the rooftops below towards the mountains beyond. Chairs, tables, and sun loungers provide relaxing places to sit back and enjoy cocktails, light snacks, and breakfasts. Each of the guestrooms has its own distinct style, from cool silvers, browns, and greens in the Standard rooms, to warm reds and navy blues in the Superior rooms. On the walls, figurative paintings form a unifying theme. Large statement headboards blend the contemporary with a grand traditional style, and rich textured curtains add a touch of homeliness. In the mornings, sample the best of Sicilian and international breakfast foods, all created using fresh, local ingredients. For the rest of the day, this room becomes a relaxed, modern Lounge Bar. Spend an hour or two here after a day spent exploring the cultural sights, walking down by the waterfront, or venturing out into the mountains by car. The Hotel Plaza Opera is a contemporary boutique design hotel that is the perfect stopover for a few nights or a week while touring Sicily and Italy.

Room descriptions

Hotel Plaza Opera has 47 rooms with private bathroom, WiFi, air-conditioning, television, telephone, minibar, safe, and hairdryer. Extra beds or cots can be added upon request.

Classic Single Room with French bed and shower
Classic Double Room with option of twin beds and bath or shower
Superior Double Room with option of twin beds and whirlpool
Deluxe Double Room with option of twin beds and whirlpool
Suite with Kind bed, solarium terrace and whirlpool

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 5 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code EXH2050

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Plaza Opera in Palermo, our clients usually fly to Palermo airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price. If you are staying here as part of a touring holiday of Sicily, we recommend that you collect your hire-car at the end of your stay in Palermo, either from a city centre location or the airport.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome at the Hotel Plaza Opera and cots can be provided in most room types for an extra fee. Babysitting is also available.

Special offers

10% longer stay offer 2019 Stay 3 nights or more and receive a 10% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Valid for all seasons except weekends (Friday-Sunday) from 4 November to 22 December 2019. Not combinable with other offers.

20% early booking offer 2020 Book before 31 December 2019 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in 2020. Minimum 2 nights' stay. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

10% longer stay offer 2020 Stay 3 nights or more in 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

15% early booking offer 2020 Book 60 days or more in advance of arrival and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates for stays in 2020. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

10% early booking offer 2020 Book 30 days or more in advance of arrival and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates for stays in 2020. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 5 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code EXH2050

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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