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“Awesome, Relaxing, Great Food!” 5 of 5 stars
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Royal Sporting Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via dell' Olivo, 345, 19025 Porto Venere, Italy   |  
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Ringgold, Georgia
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Awesome, Relaxing, Great Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I stayed at the Royal Sporting Hotel on March 27, and 28, 2013 while visiting the Cinque Terre by train. What a welcoming treat at the end of wonderful ten day spring break holiday to France and Italy. The hotel is located across a very small street from the bay. Our room had french doors that opened on to a balcony that overlooked the pool and the bay. It was so restful. The room was tipically European, a little small, but very, very well maintained. The hotel is a short half mile walk from the quaint little village of Portovenere.... so Italian!
Since we were staying here with a group of students from the states, two of our dinner meals were served in the dining room. They were both amazing! The food was truling outstanding and the service impeccable. Our two breakfasts were served there as well, and were equally impressive and delicious. The buffet spread was wonderful! The grounds were beautifully kept also. I would highly recommend this hotel.
If you want a beautiful, relaxing, get-a-way, on the Italian Riviera, this is the place. Thank you Royal Sporting Hotel for a truling wonderful stay!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The staff/employees/owners at Royal Sporting Hotel are absolutely the best! My daughter stayed at this hotel and left my very sentimental and expensive ring in her room. She was already on her way to her next destination before she realized it. But no worries! The amazing and honest staff had already found the ring! They graciously helped me arrange shipping back to the USA!
It was so inspiring to work with such honest and helpful people!
My daughter loved this hotel and said the views were spectacular!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed 3 nights, beginning of Oct. 2012 in Royal Sporting Hotel.
Very practical hotel: Tennis, nice swimming pool, Garage (without it, parking is very challenging!) Very genuine and helpful staff. Rooms are very compact. Breakfast was very good. My favorite was a fresh fruit salad. Dinner was very tasteful, fresh local pasta and fish dishes and very good service! This time of the year the town was quiet and during the night the traffic didn't woke us up.
We had a nice and relaxing holiday!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The hotel was hard to find - nobody in town knew where it was, not the busdriver, not fellow passengers, not the shopkeeper at the bus stop! So in the beginning it was all a bit confusing. However, once I entered the lobby I knew I was in good hands. I was given a warm and efficient welcome, I had a lovely room with balcony overlooking the Golfo dei Poeti and enjoyed a swim in the pool before dinner in town. I couldn't understand why my legs were floating so high in the water before I tasted the water: salty! And very nice! The bed was comfortable and it was wonderful to fall asleep to the splosh, splosh of the sea outside. Nice breakfast, too. Only negative point is the silly wifi-charges. I would love to come back to Portovenere and to stay in this hotel!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

As other reviews have noted, this hotel is well situated, with beautiful views--but badly in need of a facelift. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay, and loved Portovenere. The hotel is a bit removed from the town, but still walking distance to shops and restaurants, and the remains of the ancient St. Peter's church and Doria castle. We enjoyed the breakfast, but didn't try the restaurant for dinner. The room itself was dark and uninviting, but the comfortable balcony overlooking the water made up for it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My Husband & I visited Royal Sporting again after 5yrs. This place is so quite & peaceful and of course very beautiful
The staff are very friendly, but I must say when we were there before, the breakfast is still the same buffet as before. It gets a bit boring every day with the same. But an ample choice for everyone. You have to pay an extra €4 if you want an egg!!

We really love Portovenere, and glad that we went back again.It was just what the doctor ordered.

Lynn

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Spent two days in this hotel. Nice view from my own terrace, and ok quality. I picked it for the location, and was not disappointed.
Small swimming pool on the premises, most for children. Access to beach, wi-fi and parking are all extra. In my opinion at least the two first should be included in a hotel in this price range.
Breakfast next to the pool. 15 min. walk to Porto Venere center.
Will probably stay there if I come back to Porto Venere, but I will probably select a quieter area with less tourists, wi-fi and beach access for hotel guests.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Royal Sporting Hotel

Address: Via dell' Olivo, 345, 19025 Porto Venere, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Porto Venere
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Sporting Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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Also Known As:
Hotel Royal Sporting
Royal Sporting Portovenere

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