My F&W
quick save (...)

Grand Hotel et Des Palmes

398 Via Roma
Palermo , Italy

For gravitas, it’s hard to beat the Grand Hotel et Des Palmes in the center of old town Palermo. Built in the 1850s, the hotel has seen sensational murders, suicides, dangerous liaisons, and diplomatic intrigue, especially in 1943, when it served as allied headquarters. Today, the hotel’s 177 rooms and six suites offer a palatial accommodation full of antique furnishings, thick curtains, stucco ceilings, and parquet floors. Gala events and conferences take place in the grand salons — replete with marble sculptures, massive chandeliers, and gilt mirrors.

You might also like
The Dish
Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.