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What does the word welcome mean to us? Offer our guests something that goes beyond the simple hotel room and has the flavor of an experience. You will stay in the heart of the historic center of Trapani, a stone's throw from the sea, a sea that represents the heart of Mediterranean history.
We have entrusted to the wise local craftsmen the realization of the most significant details, such as the wooden toilet that you will find in every bathroom or the decor of the breakfast room. Each room has been studied a specific combination of colors that is developed through hand-made fabrics made specifically by skilled artisans of Anatolia, but includes all the furnishings, up to the tiling of the bathroom, the famous CemenTiles by Bisazza collection.
But the most interesting work concerns the preservation of some details that are part of the history of the building, such as the old ceramic tiles, used to decorate the paving or the large tufa arch we rebuilt and stand above the hotel lobby . We also wanted to recover a historic element such as the ancient stone staircase that represents one of the priceless crafts of Trapani, in use for centuries throughout the Italian territory and invented by the masters of our city.
In a city like Trapani, hospitality has the flavor of history. Hotel San Michele was born within the walls of a building that for centuries has preserved one of the many souls of this territory. The rooms of his oratory, from 1700 up to the middle of the last century, hosted the statues groups of the Mysteries, the traditional Good Friday procession which, with its more than 400 years of history and its 24 hours of performance is one of the events most evocative of Europe.
To allow you to live fully our city and our territory we have prepared a range of opportunities and services. We have selected for you restaurants, clubs, patisseries, but also characteristic places that will give a different flavor to your stay in Trapani.
Information and services that you can access thanks to the rich documentation that you will find in your room and that you can deepen by consulting the reception that will always be happy to give you a new idea to know some hidden foreshortening of Trapani or some characteristic flavor of this part of western Sicily.
Between technology and tradition
Building a modern and functional hotel in a historic building is a fascinating adventure that we share with you. Our architects have thoroughly studied the warmth of this treasure chest of history within the historic center of Trapani and have redesigned it to combine tradition and modernity. A wide use of local craftsmanship to create comfortable and welcoming environments, the harmonization of colors and shapes of each room and the search for those precious details that make the difference between any room and a place to live intensely your own living room.
modern because the reception is also functional and aimed at a single goal: your relaxation.
The attention to detail led us to choose the skilled hands of local craftsmen for the realization of the wooden cabinets of the rooms, made specifically for our hotel. Just as the woodwork is strictly hand-crafted that unite with the mighty and ancient walls of our hotel to help us enhance your stay experience.
A building valuable
The interior of the Hotel San Michele
We are among the remains of an ancient church, originally built in 1436 as evidenced by a relief in tuff depicting San Michele, now located in the entrance hall of the Bishop's Palace. The building lives its evolution in full renaissance when it was expanded to become the seat that, in the rest of the year, would host the "vare" that, in the Easter of Trapani, make up the spectacular Procession.
The church, in Renaissance style, presented for the first time in Trapani a domed vault built according to the Arab-Byzantine technique. The entrance was preceded by a courtyard in Via San Michele; entering on the left there was a chapel with the white marble statue of the Archangel. The dimensions of the church were rather small, 6 meters wide and 12 meters long.
The powerful Brotherhood of St. Michael the Archangel wanted to build a large oratory precisely for the custody of the groups of the Mysteries. The project, entrusted to the architect Giovanni Biagio Amico, was realized with the proceeds of the sales of the Brotherhood's assets, and led to the construction (1712 - 1749) of an Oratory 11 meters wide and 15 meters deep, with a characteristic horseshoe shape. Along the perimeter were built glass chapels to preserve the Holy Groups, which were granted directly to the workers.
The bombing of 1943 and post-war urbanization had buried and left behind a fragment of history that today becomes the place to live your stay in Trapani.
Unfortunately, time and disinterest have destroyed most of the architectural and historical beauties of the ancient building. But in the reconstruction we have tried in every way to preserve the vestiges of that time and, on the contrary, to enhance them by embedding them in the functional and welcoming architecture we have chosen to build the hotel. Among the most evident details are the remains of one of the arches of the naves, which stands out in the atrium, or the inserts of ancient ceramics that we have used as "carpets" and also as inserts on some ceilings.
And then there are the ancient stairs of Trapani, real masterpieces of the "master masons", pride of the workers of the city of Trapani.
Suggestionof the ancient neighborhoods
Hotel San Michele is not just inside an ancient historic building.
It is also in the heart of the historic center, teeming with life, history and tradition.