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Domina Home Piccolo
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Duca degli Abruzzi, 31, 16034 Portofino, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Portofino
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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6 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic hotel for the money and location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hotel is in a perfect spot to enjoy Portofino and comes with enough little extras to offset some minor inconveniences. We loved the overall decor, size of the room and bathroom and the access to it's private beach lounge area. We spend lots of time idling the day away on that beach and even though it's rocky the view and the swimming just couldn't be more perfect. Occasional road noise since the road winds around the hotel and our room was airy and near and exit but it's not like there's a lot of traffic there. Immediate access to the walking path for the short walk into town or over to the neighboring towns. The staff was warm and friendly to us, they took care of the parking and any questions quickly and pleasantly. The bed was a little stiff as others noted but for a reasonable price to enjoy a place in the heart of a dream location like Portofino I was very pleased with this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wollongong, Australia
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stayed here 4 nights but could have stayed longer. Excellent location with a pleasant off road laneway walk into Portofino town. We did not use our car once here and chose to just relax and enjoy Portofino and walk everywhere. The hotel staff parked our car in a local parking station.

The beach is lovely even though it is all pebbles (bring reef walker type shoes). There are sunlounges on terraces surrounding the beach and also tables and chairs on a dining terrace where your lunch or drinks can be served.

The hotel as a character exterior but a very modern interior. The hotel restaurant served excellent food at a reasonable price. Some of the restaurants in town were quite expensive for the poor quality of food we received.

I agree with other contributors that it would be preferable for the hotel to advise you to park at their rear door while your luggage is unloaded. Only negative for us was the very very hard bedding. We woke in discomfort and ended up laying pillows over the mattress to help with this problem. Even with this issue we would still stay here again and would recommend it to others.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Italy
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37 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

On the 25th of December, we fulfilled our dream to spend a night in Portofino, even at a reasonable price, so I shouldn't complain... however some things can be improved; the room was very spacious (probably we got a free upgrade to a superior room), it looked very nice and tidy at first sight, but bed sheets weren't very clean and with some hair on them. Breakfast is not 4-stars-level. There was much noise of running water in the room, probably due to people having showers in neighboring rooms. The staff was nice and helpful. The location is superb, of course, but they should advice people to go out from the back door, because the front door is right on the main road and cars pass by very dangerously.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

I was here for a business meeting during winter. I was lucky to pick a sunny weather so that my white furnished room was illuminated with warm Mediterranean sunshine. The rocky beach was a few steps down the road that frankly at this time of the year was really solitary. To wake up and open the window and viewing such Portofino sea view is a gift of life. Hospitality is very accurate and the hotel is very pleasant. It is an old hotel completely modernized but still maintaining the flavor of an Italian ligurian residence.

Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Gothenburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We spent 3 nights there. The rooms were spacious, clean, nicely furnished, and a seaview was an advantage. The beds were rather hard. The staff felt somewhat chilly, yet it was no problem to change the room when it appeared that the shower did not function properly. Breakfast was a bit disappointing: scrambled eggs were over long before the end of breakfast-time, and coffee/tea was to be served by the waiter; and it was not always easy to get his attention. Occasionally you could feel the scent of cigarette-smoke in the room.

Room Tip: The rooms without seaview are more quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We spent two nights at Domina Home Piccolo in September. We found the hotel to be good value for money compared to some of the other hotels in Italy. Even though Portofino is an extremely expensive town, we did enjoy our stay. The hotel it self is clean and we asked to be upgraded to a room with a sea view which was great. If we ever go to Portofino again we will return to the Domina. If you ike running or hiking while on holiday we will definately recommend, as there are a number of running trials available. Breakfast was ok and typical of what you would receive in most European restuarants.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed two nights at this hotel and it rained both days. Unfortunately, the hotel had no bar or pool to spend time in while the weather was bad, so you end up in the room. The room was large but the bed was very squeaky. It meant that your sleep is disturbed as you are woken up every time you move. The bathroom was a shower room, which for me is a definite "no, no", I bathe not shower.
The room was on the first floor over the road, which was fine but probably very noisy in peak season. The hotel corridors & dining area were not air conditioned and so very hot and the room air conditioning was not very effective, so may not cope in mid summer.
The restaurant though hot, was very good. We dined there both evenings and it was very good home cooking with good wine. Service was superb. Breakfast was limited but ok.
It was difficult to locate the hotel on arrival as the road is so narrow and there was no where to stop. We finally managed to locate it after our third attempt. The car was taken from us and parked 10 mins away and it was brought back on departure.
The hotel has a good deck across the road or sunbathing and a private pebbly beach. As the weather was bad, we couldn't make use of it. We used the short cut pedestrian route into the port which is behind the hotel and takes only 10 mins .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Domina Home Piccolo

Address: Via Duca degli Abruzzi, 31, 16034 Portofino, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Portofino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Portofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Domina Home Piccolo 4*
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