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Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying that the apartment wasn't fantastic because it was, but it's position in the centre of old Palermo was the key to our enjoyment. We stayed there for six days and it is situated only a few steps from the Quattro Canto the beating heart of the old city. We were met by Andrea, Elena's charming nephew who quickly showed us how everything worked and gave us some great local restaurant recommendations. We had a car but Elena arranged a secure reserved space for us in the basement of the building for an extra €10 per day. Do note that the apartment is in the ZTL (Zone of Traffic Limitation) and you have to pay €5 a day if you want to drive in the ZTL during the week - weekends free. You can buy ZTL scratchcards from most tobacco shops and then text the code to a central number. The air conditioned apartment is on the top floor, is accessed via a lift and has views east across rooftops. It has all the expected facilities to suit a couple but can sleep four at a push. Everywhere is walkable and we only used the car a couple of times to visit Monreale and the coast at Mondello. Don't hesitate to stay at L'Penthouse 261 if you're in Palermo - you'll love it.
We arrived in Palermo in the pouring rain, but Francesca, the owner, had already arranged to pick us up from the bus station, for which we were very grateful as otherwise we would have walked. The apartment itself is huge, both bedrooms are very large and well thought out, with air-con in one, and a fan in the other, and both with balconies, as has the kitchen-diner. There was more than enough space for just two of us. Francesca also checked in advance whether we were a couple or friends - which meant the apartment was set up for us (unlike other owners who assumed we were a couple and then didn't have the bed linen ready). The shower worked well, with lots of hot water. The location was great - plenty of local life, some of it just below the windows! But the double-glazing kept the noise out when required. There was plenty of info/maps available in the apartment, and Francesca was very attentive on advising of things to do. La Kalsa has a touch of edginess, but no worse than other areas of Palermo that we wandered through. We loved Palermo, and would definitely re-book this apartment for our next stay.