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“Overpriced for average hotel” 2 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Villa Balbi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   V.le Rimembranza, 1, 16039 Sestri Levante, Italy   |  
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Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Sestri Levante
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“Overpriced for average hotel”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Rooms were pretty small and bathroom a bit old fashioned. Breakfast was included but no choice and very bad quality. Swimming pool is nice and relaxing and service at the pool was excellent. All together an average hotel for a sky rocket price

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Stayed 6 nights at this peaceful and very comfortable hotel where the staff are really lovely. The location is fantastic - right on the sea front and close to the town centre. Breakfasts were delicious and served outside on the terrace surrounded by ancient trees set in the pretty gardens. The rooms are well furnished and have wonderful views of the mountains and the sea. However, felt let down by the dilapidated bathroom such as peeling enamel, shower doors don't close properly and the hook for the shower head doesn't work so you have to hold the shower in your hand - felt like an amateur plumber had tried to fix it and failed.But would stay here again because of the location and level of comfort of other aspects.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bra
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

If you love to live an experience as it was travelling in the fifties when 'noblesse' loved to spend some days around the Tigullio Gulf. Don't miss the Baia del Silenzio too, but stay here. Spend two nights at Villa Balbi. We went there for 10 years and all the time we find excellence both with congress service and for family holidays. The rooms are really amazing and the garden is lovely. As we return here every April we saw also years after year that they spend time energy and money to update provide excellent service to customers. You will love it and come back. The restaurant is Italian style so perfect and if the weather allows you can eat in the garden by the pool. What else? Unplugge yourself and spend a very relaxing time here at Villa Balbi.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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13 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

I was in this great hotel in the summer 2011. Located in one of the most breath taking place in the world, sestri levante, the hotel puts together confort and class without being snobby and too modern. A park, a nice pool, the walking distance to the beach and the town center does the rest.
Few km away you find the cinque terre on one side and Portofino on the other.

Paradise? Almost.


On the cons side, we were disappointed by the fact that drinks can only be served in plastic glass near the pool.

Room Tip: Sometime little things, like showers, can be improved
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Swtizerland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

I start saying I am Italian despite I am leaving as expect since may years. I know very well Sestri Levante and the Villa Balbi, I started to be a guest since I was 5 years old!
The old villa and the reception/entrance has a lot of charm, unfortunately this is not for the rooms, because most of them are really horrible and old (few have been renew recently).
I am surprise of the reviews I read about this hotel: some reviews are very positive while some are very negative
I explain this only in one way: at this hotel you can book throughout travel group and spend one third of the normal price!
That means if you spend 100 euro for a night you have sort of expectation, while if you end up spending over 250-300 euro your standard of a good hotel is different!
I do not understand why the hotel has this policy. That means also the guests of the hotel are very different
But I disagree totally with the bed comment about the food, especially the breakfast that I found amazing, with 5 different selection of cakes, brioche, cheese and ham.
Please remember you are in Italy, we are not so used to serve for breakfast salt food, but I really think the breakfast of this hotel was one of the best aspect of staying there.
At the end in Sestri it is still one of the best place where to stay. (I would recommend even more the Miramare)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Thame, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

We've just returned from 14 days staying half board at the Hotel Villa Balbi and we were very impressed with the standards of service, accommodation and food. All the staff worked hard to make our stay enjoyable and problem free, particularly in reception and the dining room. We lost a jacket on the airport bus and the reception team called the transport company and arranged repatriation a few days later. The hotel provided a good choice of food based on a set menu with additional daily variations. All the food was well prepared and presented and generally we were not kept waiting, even when being served in the garden, weather permitting. The rooms were spotless and of a good size & standard for Europe. The hotel has it’s own private beach just across the road and a modest pool in the gardens, both well worth using after a long day walking!

The town of Sestri Levante is a beautiful and interesting town with plenty to see and places to go, including two excellent beach areas and a small harbour. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and a good range of places to shop for all the usual tourists need, though it didn’t look like a Mecca for those that want to buy Italian high fashion! For a holiday destination it is ideally located for visiting towns within 50k north or south, using the excellent railways and by regular boat trips. We visited & walked the wonderful Cinque Terre region as far down as Portoverne over five days; took in several trips to Santa Margherita / Portofino peninsula; and other interesting locations in between. Make sure you visit the CT it is amazing and the small boats are good value, but you have to get to CT area to pick them up, through there are a few trips a week directly from Sestri, this is an expensive option. The only disappointment was the hotel quoted price for car hire, at 120+ Euros a day we stayed on the train, but didn’t manage to get inland to some interesting rural towns and villages. The only problem was mosquitoes, not the hotels fault but not an issue we’ve found to the same extent in Italy before, even around the lakes; we put it down to the autumn season and a few damp days.

Room Tip: Our room was in the modern block at the rear of the hotel garden. It was quiet but ddin't have m...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

The hotel is located close to the beach, the park in the back is nice, the old villa atmosphere is charming, our room in the old villa was large, classically furnished and really worth the money. Parking is reasonably safe. The hotel is frequented by tourist groups, the breakfast is modest and hectic. The entrance/service at the private hotel beach across the street has to be paid extra.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: V.le Rimembranza, 1, 16039 Sestri Levante, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Sestri Levante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sestri Levante
#8 Luxury Hotel in Sestri Levante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Villa Balbi 4*
Number of rooms: 105
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