We stayed here for four nights in late June in room 507.
Our room was on 5th floor at top of hotel facing the sea with beautiful views across the bay. The room was large and had a small bacony with a table and a couple of chairs. It was decorated in whites and blues with a dark hardwood floor and loads of cupboard space. Very clean and bright. Bathroom was straight off the bedroom separated by a sliding door - it was spacious and modern but the hairdryer was pretty dire - bring your own. Shower not fantastic. The bathroom window was actually on the next rooms balcony so although it had frosted glass I felt obliged to shut the window and close the (electric) shutter to offer some privacy for both them and us!
The hotel is wonderfully situated on the edge of Santa Margherita looking out to sea on the road leading out to Portofino. A short ten minute walk into the town and hrbour - 15 minute walk to the ferry boats. I should imagine the road gets pretty busy in high season but it wasn't busy in June and didn't bother us at all when we were there and in the rooms the electric shutters and double glazing cut out any noise and keep the rooms blissfully dark.
It has an extensive beach area across the road with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas on man made sunbathing terraces off a small pebble beach. There are pontoons to jump and dive off with steps. They have some inflatable sea toys anchored in the bay; a large donut trampoline and banana thing! There are also diving/bathng pontoons moored just a little way off beach. You have restaurant, lockers, showers and toilets, mirrors, haridryers etc both on the beach and by the gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous sea water pool in hotel garden. The (unheated) pool does have a shallow section for children but otherwise it's very deep with no depth markings
Take your camera when you stroll around the hotel garden and make your way up to the viewing platform for some spectacular views of the bay.
Breakfast is on taken on terrace at front of hotel and is usually included in room price. Terrace can be a bit noisy with road noise. Breakfast selection not bad - usual fruits, yoghurts, cereals, sweet pastries,breads and some hot food like scambled eggs, musrooms, bacon etc, juices, tea, coffee, prosecco even. You can ask for meats to be brought out to you (also included in price) and selection of a la carte breakfast items available at extra cost. We didnt dine in hotel restaurant so can't comment on that. We did have buffet lunch in pool restaurant (39 euros a head!) and that was very, very good. Huge selection of food and then you can just sleep if off lazing on your sunbed.
Hotel decor we found pretty much on par with most seasde Italian hotels we've stayed in - rather old-fashioned kind of 60's feel with lots of chintzy flowery decor and crystal chandeliers. A designer boutique hotel this ain't but it's got a lovely feel to the place and the staff are on the whole friendly and professional.
I loved the hotel and would definitely stay here again but only in a room with terrace/balcony with sea view, I wouldn't want to face the garden as some rooms do although the garden is beautifully kept (very steeply inclined though).
You can walk to Portofino (took us an hour but we stopped for a drink on the way!) but I imagine in high season it'd be very hot and busy and the road has no pavement in parts although you can join a pedestrian trail part of the way along that goes through the woods (a lot cooler) and offers you spetacular views of the coastline. It definitely wouldn't be safe to walk along wthis road in parts at night - too many blind bends and mad motorists. There are frequent buses to Portofino and you can get the train and boats in Santa Margherita to travel to/from the Cinque Terre villages
Portofino is tiny and very pretty - avoid weekends when it is bursting at the seams. We found a lovely, tiny little wine bar on the harbour to left of steps where you walk down into the harbour where we had a half bottle of Prosecco and were presented with a enormous platter of olives, meats, cheeses and breads (at no extra charge) - heaven - sipping wine, good food with waves lapping and boats bobbing and a gorgeous view of the bay.
Il Faro - good family restaurant in Santa Margherita - exquisite food - so much better than the meal we had at Hotel Splendido and at a fraction of the cost. Go to the Hotel Splendido in Portofino only for drinks on the terrace - worth it although wildly expensive just for the amazing views. The taxi fare from Santa Margherita was off the scale at 33 euros (one way!) Skippers also good restaurant in Santa Margherita with nice views over harbour.
Don't miss Santa Fruttuoso (lovely pebble beach and stunning bay with old monastery) and Camogli another lovely harbour town - both well worth the boat trip
- 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