What does the word hospitality mean to us? It means offering our guests something that goes beyond the simple hotel room and that has the flavour of an experience. You will stay in the heart of the historic centre of Trapani, a stone's throw from the sea, a sea that represents the heart of Mediterranean history.
We have entrusted the realization of the most significant details to skilled craftsmen, details such as such as the wooden toilets you will find in every bathroom, or the breakfast room furniture. In each room a specific colour matching theme has been studied which is developed through the handmade fabrics specially made by the skilled craftsmen of Anatolia, but includes all furnishing accessories, up to the bathroom tiles, created by the renowned CemenTiles by Bisazza collection.
But the most interesting work is the preservation of some details that are part of the property's history, such as the ancient ceramic tiles used to decorate the floor or the large tuff stone arch we rebuilt which rises over the hotel lobby. We also decided to restore a historic element that is the ancient stone staircase that represents a source of pride for the craftsmanship of Trapani - they were used for centuries throughout Italy but were invented by the craftsmen of our city.
In a city such as Trapani, hospitality has the flavour of history. Hotel San Michele was born within the walls of a building that for centuries has kept one of the many souls of this area. The rooms of its oratory, from the 1700s to the middle of the last century, hosted the Misteri statues of the traditional procession on Good Friday which, with its over 400 years of history and its 24-hour duration, represents one of the most suggestive events in Europe.
To enable you to fully experience our city and our territory we have set up a range of opportunities and services. For you we have chosen restaurants, pubs and bars, pastry shops, but also characteristic places that will give your stay in Trapani different flavour.
Information and services that you will be able to access thanks to the rich documentation that you will find in your room and you will be able to find further information by consulting reception who will always be happy to give you a new idea to help you discover some hidden glimpse of Trapani or some characteristic flavour of this part of western Sicily.
Between technology and traditionRealizing a modern and functional hotel within a historic building is a fascinating adventure that we have the pleasure to share with you. Our architects have thoroughly studied the warmth of this treasure chest of history in the historic centre of Trapani and have redesigned it to combine tradition and modernity. A wide use of local handicrafts to create comfortable and welcoming environments, the harmonization of colours and shapes of every single room and the search for those precious details go to make the difference between any other hotel room and a place where you can really experience your stay.
The flavour of the past, the comfort of the present.
We have integrated our services with the most modern accessories so that our hospitality is also functional and aimed at one objective: your relaxation.
A prestigious building
Inside Hotel San Michele
We are within the vestiges of an ancient church, originally built in 1436 as evidenced by a tuff relief depicting St. Michael, now located in the interior of the Bishop's Palace. The building experienced its evolution in full Renaissance when it was enlarged to become the place that would, for the rest of the year, host the "vare" (the bases with the statues) that, in Trapani at Easter, make up the spectacular Procession.
For the first time in Trapani, the Renaissance-style Church had a dome built by the Arab-Byzantine technique. The entrance was preceded by a courtyard in the Via San Michele (St Michael); Entering to the left there was a chapel with the white marble statue of the Archangel. The church was quite small in size: 6 metres wide and 12metres in length.
The powerful Confraternity of San Michaele Archangelo wanted to create a large oratory in which to keep the Misteri statue groups. The project, entrusted to the architect Giovanni Biagio Amico, was made with the proceeds of the sales of the Confraternity's goods, and led to the construction of an 11 metre-deep and 15-metre deep oratory (1712-1749) in the characteristic horseshoe shape. Along the perimeter, glass-enclosed chapels were built to preserve the Sacred Groups, which were granted directly to the guilds.
The bombings of 1943 and the post-war urbanization had buried and left to neglect a fragment of history that today has become the place to enjoy your stay in Trapani.
Unfortunately, time and disinterest destroyed most of the architectural and historical beauties of the old building. But in its reconstruction we always tried to preserve the vestiges of that time and, indeed, to enhance them by including them in the functional and welcoming architecture with which we chose to build the hotel. Among the most obvious details are the remnants of one of the aisle arches that surrounds the atrium, or the inserts of ancient pottery we used as "rugs" and also as inserts on some ceilings.
In addition there is the ancient staircase of Trapani a real masterpiece of the “master builders” and the pride of the craftsmen’s guilds of the city of Trapani.
of the ancient quarters
Hotel San Michele is not only within an ancient historic building. It is also in the heart of the historic city centre, bursting with life, history and tradition.