From the exterior, this looks like one of the Grand Old Dame hotels of another era with a great central location just on the beach at Santa Margherita. The inside has been redone in what I'd call Scandinavian businessman: modern, rectilinear, hard surfaces. However the staff are friendly. For a start, they have a bell hop to help with luggage--which I haven’t seen in years!
We were in Room 208, a junior suite, split level, which looks out over the palm trees, beach and the lovely harbor. It has a small “Juliet” balcony, but some rooms have bigger balconies where you could sit out and enjoy the view.
Furnishing are sober and functional—no nod to romantic Italian Riviera holidays.
Double glazed windows ensure that the street noise isn’t disturbing. There is a small refrigerator and the free wifi worked well. Like other reviewers have noted, the heating system seemed fiddly, our bedroom was a bit stuffy and the bathroom is cramped. The hotel has a strange interior layout with terrazzo steps leading up or down into every room—so perhaps unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems.
They have a deal where you leave your car at a locked garage nearby which--in our case, off season--was included in the room rate. As the marathon had just been canceled due to poor weather, we were lucky to get a room for about 94 euros including breakfast. The room rate can go up to 420 euros!
Breakfast was a big buffet—including good fresh fruit and excellent cappuccino.
Didn’t enjoy the décor, but the location, the price and the friendly staff made for a good stay. Recommended.
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