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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Palermo Italy (2024 Updated)

Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily and a few gay friendly hotels Palermo to be booked. The 12th-century Palermo Cathedral houses royal tombs, while the huge neoclassical Teatro Massimo is known for opera performances. Also in the center are the Palazzo dei Normanni, a royal palace started in the 9th century, and the Cappella Palatina, with Byzantine mosaics. Busy markets include the central Ballarò street market and the Vucciria, near the port.

Gay Pride Palermo  is a peaceful march of LGBT people and their relatives and friends, which combines social and political protest with entertainment such as live concerts. It takes place every year in the month of June in Palermo, of of the main destination of Italy. There are more than 90 daily flights from various cities of Europe to Palermo  if you want to attend the parade.

Like most countries in Europe the  city of Palermo has many gay bars, clubs and gay hotels.


What are the top attractions to visit in Palermo?



  1. Hotel Posta Palermo 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo


Hotel Posta Palermo
Hotel Posta Palermo

The elegant Hotel Posta is a former noble mansion located in the historic centre of Palermo, just 300 m from the Massimo Theatre and 1 km from Palermo Cathedral. All rooms offer a LED TV with free Sky channels. WiFi is free throughout.

The rooms feature air conditioning and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some of them include a balcony.

The lounge is complete with a well-stocked library. International cocktails are served in the bar, open 24 hours a day. Breakfast includes fresh and local specialties, including gluten-free products.

This elegant, family-run hotel is steeped in history and character and boasts a fortunate position in the historic centre of Palermo, just 300 metres from Teatro Massimo. Hotel Posta was once a noble residence and is definitely one of the most historic hotels in Palermo. It has been run with love and care by the same family since 1921.

They are always on hand to assist in any way they can and can book excursions, tours, and theatre tickets. You can relax in the lounge with its well-stocked library and enjoy a cocktail in the cosy bar, open 24 hours. In warm weather, why not relax on the sun terrace or take a stroll down to the private beach? Each guest room comes with air conditioning and Satellite TV. Hotel Posta features a private car park and 2 meeting rooms.


he rooms are large and very comfortable with beautiful bathrooms and were serviced to such a high standard every day. There are no views as such, being in a side street behind the main road and there is some traffic noise but not enough to disturb sleep. Although not high end luxury the standard is well above budget hotel. I wouldn’t describe it as trendy either but very pleasant with a smart reception area and bar/dining area.

Breakfast was plentiful, with a good choice of hot and cold drinks and buffet of bread, cheese, ham, cereal, cakes and fruit but if you’re looking for a cooked breakfast, you’d have to eat out.

The location is perfect for exploring the city, just off the main road and about a 20 minute walk away from the main bus and train termini. The nearest beach, Mondello is a half hour bus ride away. (You have to buy your bus pass for just a few euro from any Tabac shop and validate it on board.)

The locality is full of bars and restaurants, so there was plenty of choice where to go in the evenings and the street markets are worth a wander through, if only to see the huge array of fresh fruit, veg and fish on offer.

The hotel is in a great position just off the Via Roma and a few minutes walk from the major sights – cathedral, teatro massimo – and many restaurants. The best restaurant we ate at ( three nights running!) was Il Culinario on the other side of the Via Roma, lovely food and a very hospitable staff.
The hotel is comfortable, staff are very friendly and helpful, breakfast is plentiful though not remarkable. Wifi is available in the lounge area and the hotel is very clean with large bedrooms.

The staff were very pleasant and not at all overbearing. They helped us find the nearby Piazza Olivella on the first night – full of drinkerias, pizzerias & other casual dining spots that keep busy till the wee small hours. The Hotel Posta isn’t luxurious or quaint. It’s simply a well located, very clean and comfortable base for a few days in Palermo.

The bathroom was modern and clean with a fairly small shower stall, although it lacked shelves in the shower and sufficient hooks to hang wet towels although this seemed to be an issue with many three star properties in Italy. Our room was quite large with two single beds pushed together and a third separate single bed. It was more than adequate for two people and would have been fine for a family or party of three.

The room was decorated with white laminate furniture including two large armoires that were low enough for storage above as well as inside, a desk and a dresser. The breakfast was typical of a good three star hotel with cold meats, cheese, cereal, croissants, bread, jams, but no eggs. There was regular tea and coffee but you could request espresso or cappuccino. One of the perks was a lovely roof terrace where you could watch the sun set.

The hotel had a small bar and you could order wine or drinks for a charge although there was a Carrefour and small food shops within walking distance, As with most Italian hotels there was Wifi in the lobby and a small business center with a computer.

The bus to the beach stopped very near the hotel and we were able to walk to several charming cobbled streets full of little cafes and restaurants. Palermo was particularly nice as it is a pretty smaller city that isn’t infested with tourists.

Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo
Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo

How much does a room costs at Hotel Posta Palermo?


Prices start 90$/night for Standard Double Room.The Superior Double Room with Balcony is 112$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

With a balcony, this air-conditioned room offers a LED TV with Sky channels, including free films.

Where to book online – Hotel Posta Palermo   – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo – you can find the best hotels deals in Palermo during The Feast of Santa Rosalia  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palermo on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



2. Palco Rooms & Suites 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo


Palco Rooms&Suites
Palco Rooms&Suites

In the cultural city of Palermo, Palco Rooms&Suites features a bar and free Wi-Fi. An organic breakfast is served daily including local Sicilian products.

Air-conditioned rooms come with a TV and city views. The private bathroom includes free toiletries and hairdryer.

Palco Rooms&Suites is a 5-minute walk from the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, the biggest opera house in Italy. Palermo Centrale Train Station is 2 km away.

Palco Rooms&Suites it’s a new concept in hospitality: Design rooms, organic breakfast, absolute comfort and above all, stay in the center of Palermo in front of one of the greatest opera houses of Europe: The Massimo Theatre.Each room, furnished with specially designed, has the Opera’s names, and provides technology and equipment, such as the desires to Your Home: iMac, iPod and iPhone docking station, shower and bathtub with chromotherapy and, a Iacuzzi in the suite.Some rooms also enjoy the wonderful view of the Massimo Theatre.

The hotel is in fact in an enviable position, in the city center, a few minutes from the historic center and all the main monuments, to live in total freedom your stay in Palermo.Whether you are in Sicily to work or relax, Palco Rooms&Suites is the ideal formula hotel to stay in Palermo

This beautifully decorated B&B has the perfect location in Palermo, literally next to the Teatro Massimo. This gives ready access to all points especially into the old city.

This lovely hotel is in the heart of Palermo, just six steps from the Teatro Massimo and a stroll along the Via Maqueda in the city’s historic center. It has four tastefully-furnished rooms that are small, but not cluttered and along with the breakfast room feature colorful paintings and other personal touches that tell you this is a labor of love by the owners.

Although our room overlooked the busy Via Cavour, it was very quiet and the five nights we spent there were the best of our two-week vacation. What made this stay different, were the owners Stefania and Giacomo. One or the other of them was at breakfast (tasty fresh fruit, cheeses, prosciutto, biscotti, yoghurt, granola) every morning to make us a coffee and chat.

The room was absolutely perfect, large, clean, quiet, with an amazing bed and a warm, beautiful bathtub, just perfect to conclude a trip of a lifetime. We particularly appreciated the customised decoration when we arrived. It is always enjoyable.

This small B&B (6 room) is located on part of a floor of a palazzo with other apartments. The location is very central (15 minutes from everything). The design is all-white with splashes of color, and the entire place is spotlessly clean.

My room, Romeo and Juliet, was very large and had two balconied windows (balconies are not large enough to sit out) and a grand view of the Teatro Massimo and surrounding buildings. A downside for some may be that this is a popular area for strolling and having a drink, so it can be a little noisy in the evening, particularly over the weekend. The balconies do have double doors to block noise.
There is a mini-fridge, safe and coffee maker in the room, but whatever coffee you’d like can be made for you at breakfast.

There is also a full-sized Mac, keyboard and mouse, but I never turned them on because I had my iPad with me. Wi-Fi works very well.

The bathroom is completely modern (The tub and shower combo in this room is huge, and you must step up into the tub. It may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues or who like a bar to hold onto in the shower.). The A/C works really well. Staff are helpful and friendly.

Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo
Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo

How much does a room costs at Palco Rooms & Suites?


Prices start 140$/night for Double Room.The Suite is 268$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Boasting 2 balconies overlooking Teatro Massimo, this large, air-conditioned suite comes with a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and seating area. The private bathroom includes a spa bath with chromotherapy, free “Hermes” toiletries and a hairdryer.

Where to book online – Palco Rooms & Suites   – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo – you can find the best hotels deals in Palermo during The Feast of Santa Rosalia  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palermo on Booking.com or Trivago.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo


Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal
Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal

Situated in the historic centre of Palermo, Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal offers a traditional restaurant and bar. This hotel features spacious air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi throughout.

Rooms at this 4-star hotel come with a satellite LCD TV and minibar. The en suite bathroom includes free toiletries and a hairdryer.

A continental buffet breakfast of tea and coffee, yogurt, fruit juice, cheese, cold meats and font homemade pastries is served each morning at the property.

Situated in the historical center of the city of Palermo, the Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal is ideal resting for the visit of the city. Its intense history passes through civilization and different and conflicting dominations, that have determined the various faces of it: the rich Arab city with the magnificent palaces to the center of luxuriant tropical gardens, the cultured and refined Palermo of Fred II, the Baroque city and the Palermo liberty and elegant.

The hall lounge is very simple, with a minimal style that makes the pleasant structure, adjust to a guest leisure and business and is an elegant place to the demands of the guest. Its restaurant proposes to own guests a various choice of typical and national dishes, as the example of the culinary art of our earth. Our restaurant has an original Menu but also a simple Menu characterized from the Mediterranean cuisine.

It is in a great position on Via Roma, just off Politeama Square which is more-or-less the centre of the city.

Our first impressions were that the building looked a bit dowdy and non-Italian from outside (compared with others nearby) BUT we were very impressed with the hotel receptionist’s friendliness, the layout and cleanliness of the room (double-glazed AND centrally air-conditioned when necessary)

For TV Addicts, there is Italian Sky TV in the room with a handful of English channels and dozens of other foreign language channels. A reasonably-priced minibar, and probably the largest & nicest bathroom I have ever had in a 3 star hotel in Italy.

Breakfast was fine – continental style with cakes, bread, jams, hams & cheese . . choice of ready-made coffee or fresh espresso/cappuccino etc to order (included in cost). There is a small bar area and a single internet station which cost 3€ an hour to use.

Nearby there were plenty of reasonably priced Trattoria & Osteria, a couple of Pizzeria and a Chinese restaurant as well. Well located for the €5.50 bus from Palermo Airport (most people seemed to get off here – ask the driver to point out Via Roma – or find it yourself just behind the theatre on the right hand side) or the railway station (which is a long walk up Via Roma or a 15/20 min bus ride from Stazione Centrale in a straight line from the station).

If you are looking for a decent 3 star gay friendly hotel in a good position, don’t be put off by the modern exterior – it’s perfect inside!

ood location, friendly staff, clean room with everything you need, our room was really spacious too. Ok it’s not luxurious and the view from the room wasn’t great but if you want a place to stay where you’re out most of the day exploring your surroundings then it’s brilliant. Breakfast was excellent– lots of choice, the croissants were delicious! The hotel has a bar and restaurant- there’s also a nice shaded place to sit outside too. There’s a supermarket about 5 minutes away.

Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo
Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo

How much does a room costs at Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal?


Prices start 68$/night for Double Room with breakfast included.

Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs € 20 per day.

Where to book online – Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal   – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo – you can find the best hotels deals in Palermo during The Feast of Santa Rosalia  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palermo on Booking.com or Expedia.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


4. B&B Gallidoro 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo


B&B Gallidoro
B&B Gallidoro

Set 600 m from Palermo Cathedral in Palermo, B&B Gallidoro features free WiFi access.

All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms come with a private bathroom. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Bike hire and car hire are available at this bed and breakfast and the area is popular for cycling.

B&B Gallidoro is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Palermo, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as air conditioning, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the bed and breakfast.

The property also features free breakfast to make your visit even more pleasant.

Nearby landmarks such as Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (La Martorana) (0.1 mi) and Chiesa del Gesu (0.1 mi) make B&B Gallidoro a great place to stay when visiting Palermo.

While visiting Palermo, you may want to try some lobster at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Osteria Mercede.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular architectural buildings such as Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, Palazzo Conte Federico, and Palazzo Mirto.

The B & B is part of an old building but once inside the decor and ambience are super. There is no lift but you always get help with luggage. In fact the team here cannot do enough to help. They are friendly, welcoming and always happy to suggest places to eat, things to do, public transport etc. We tried out several of their recommendations (not there long enough to do/see everything!) and they were all spot on, especially the local restaurants. The other big plus, apart from the lovely room and warm welcome, is the location. The apartment is right in the centre of everything, on the main street through the old town, yet not noisy at all.

A central B&B in the heart of the historical centre of Palermo, just minutes away on foot from I Quattro Canti junction and major sites. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable with coffee and tea making equipment, a small fridge and an AC. Breakfast was continental including a fresh warm croissant, fruit, cereal and cold cuts.

The B&B is run by a family, they practically do everything that’s to be done for the place – and I mean everything (cleaning, preparing breakfast) – personally and they are very attentive to each detail and try always to be helpful. The apartments are situated in an old palermitan house, are indeed renewed, and isolated from the rest of the house with many doors that make the place quite safe. A rich breakfast can be arranged for 3E per person and is served in a common room.

The two owners that we met, Massimo and Alessio, were ready to give suggestions of things to do or places to eat, helped with the baggages, and promptly solved a problem with the drainage of the shower. The rooms are beautifully decorated, are cleaned every day, provided with courtesy set, air conditioning and mini fridge. Wifi speed is good.

Gay Accommodation Palermo
Gay Accommodation Palermo

How much does a room costs at B&B Gallidoro?


Prices start 77$/night for Suite with breakfast included.

Featuring free WiFi and a living area with a flat-screen TV, this air-conditioned suite come with a minibar and electric an kettle. The private bathroom offers free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Where to book online – B&B Gallidoro   – Gay Friendly Accommodation Palermo – you can find the best hotels deals in Palermo during The Feast of Santa Rosalia  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palermo on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



5. Grand Hotel Wagner 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palermo


Grand Hotel Wagner
Grand Hotel Wagner

The luxury gay friendly Grand Hotel Wagner is full of old-world charm. This prestigious hotel set in the heart of Palermo, near the Politeama Theatre, the pedestrian area and many top-class shops and restaurants.

Recently restored, this early-20th century building has exceptional interiors that featured in the famous Italian film ‘The Leopard’. Sit upon antique furniture and take in your surroundings; chandeliers, rare marble, rich carpets and old paintings. Rooms are just as exquisitely decorated.

Sip a cocktail in the elegant American Bar or listen to relaxing music in the Piano Bar.

Finding an ideal romantic hotel in Palermo does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Grand Hotel Wagner, a nice option for travelers like you.

Nearby landmarks such as Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (La Martorana) (0.6 mi) and Chiesa del Gesu (0.7 mi) make Grand Hotel Wagner a great place to stay when visiting Palermo.

Grand Hotel Wagner is a romantic hotel offering a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

The hotel features a 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and room service. Plus, guests can enjoy a sauna and free breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Palermo. For guests with a vehicle, there is paid private parking available nearby.

If you’re looking for a steakhouse, consider a visit to Madreselva – Restaurante Argentino, Tritalo, or Salmoriglio, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Grand Hotel Wagner.

The Grand Hotel Wagner is on a quiet street in a good location, a few short blocks from one of the main shopping and strolling streets in Palermo, near some nice outdoor restaurants and a short walk to the Massimo Theater as well as to the Politeama Garibaldi Theater in the other direction.

At one time it was a very fancy mansion, very much old world elegant, and is quite something to see today. The common areas and the rooms are very comfortable. Our room was very clean with good beds, lighting, a/c, wifi and a safe. The bathroom was quite adequate and the hot water was HOT. You have to seriously be careful with it. The staff was easy to deal with and pleasant.

The Grand Wagner is a nice hotel in the heart of Palermo. Convenient to the main shopping street in the city and easy access to the Duomo and the Palace; which are the highlights of the city.

For those that have not been to Palermo, it’s not an easy task. 5 star hotels are few and far between…perhaps they were 5 star in their day; Villa Igea, Hotel Delle Palme all classic hotels, but dated and tired. We gave this one a try and found the converted office building of the Teatro Massimo a gem. It’s 5 years old and beautifully painted and appointed. The rooms are large, although the closet/armoire is all you get. Yes, the shower has a mind of its own, deciding whether to scald you or freeze you, but one can overlook it since there are many other wonderful amenities.

The breakfast buffet was very good with a nice selection of fresh fruits, breads, meats, cheeses, scrambled eggs, etc. The staff was very attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very good service. The front desk staff very helpful and friendly as well.

How much does a room costs at Grand Hotel Wagner?


Prices start 120$/night for Classic Double Room with breakfast included.

Featuring a flat-screen interactive TV with satellite channels and internet access. Courtesy bathrobes and slippers are available in the en-suite bathroom.

Where to book online – Grand Hotel Wagner   – LGBT Friendly Hotels Palermo – you can find the best hotels deals in Palermo during The Feast of Santa Rosalia  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palermo on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.