We had an excellent 6 day stay during which the staff could not do enough for us. The hotel is located on the edge of town, which is a perfect location as the traffic and footfall is light but you remain within a hop skip and a jump from the many restaurants and bars of the town centre and the walk into town if a level one! You are also on the local bus route to Portofino et al - it stops almost right outside.
The hotel is indeed grande with a long history. Its major claim to fame is that the first microwave transmissions were actually sent from its front terrace, but has also hosted film stars and other famous people in its time.
Our superior room with a sea view and balcony was definitely the one to have. It appeared to have just been tastefully redecorated and was very well appointed with an enormous bed that was very comfortable. The bathroom was also very nicely appointed and the room was kept immaculate and turned down for us every night - with a chocolate on the pillow - silly really, but a nice touch all the same.
The hotel really oozes old world charm from the moment you enter with an elegant reception, grand great rooms and two lovely bars. The pool is large, immaculately presented and absolutely fantastic, but when we stayed the water temperature was rather cold and the pool really ,needs to be heated. I guess in high summer the sun does that job at no cost but heating for the out of season travellers would make it perfect. The wooden decking that surrounds the pool was a nice design feature, which enabled you to dip your toes in the water as you drank your generous gin and tonics that were ably served by white suited waiters while you overlooked the beautiful coastline from a slightly elevated position. The grounds that surround the hotel were very well appointed and presented and a tribute to the groundsmen.
The dinners were first class and exceptionally well served again by white suited waiters (such a nice touch) and the Head Waiter really looked after us at breakfasts and dinners.The concierge was very helpful in providing suggestions and booking taxis and check in and out was very professional. We especially appreciated the patrons kind gift to my wife of a silk scarf and a promise to take personal responsibility for our next stay - which will not be long in coming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Miramare stands in the heart of the Italian Riviera amidst the hills and the sea. The drive from the Genoa airport to Santa Margherita Ligure will only take 40 minutes while enjoying wonderful views of the area. Overlooking the promenade to the beautiful village of Portofino, this 100-year-old, family-owned hotel is one of the region’s most exclusive venues. Its elegant ambience, impeccable service and culinary delights attract an international clientele who appreciate a comfortable blend of traditional style and modern amenities. For guests’ free time, the property offers a sea water outdoors swimming-pool, a Mediterranean garden, a beach with space reserved for hotel guests and E’SPAce, the hotel’s wellness centre where body treatments and massages can be enjoyed. The “Barbecue Pool Restaurant” opens for buffet lunch during the summer season; “Les Bougainvillées” offers Italian and international cuisine and is open year-round; Bar “Le Colonne” with its Liberty-style interior and outside terrace and the “Barracuda” piano bar for fun filled evenings. The Miramare Convention Centre offers 7 multi-functional meeting rooms in various sizes and layouts, holding a maximum of 380 delegates in theatre style and offering a variety of audio-visual equipment. The setup is also ideal for cocktail parties, private functions, product launches and wedding receptions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Santa Margherita Ligure