So there is a really good reason why this hotel is on the top of Trip Advisor's list in Santa Margherita Ligure: it is everything that all the other reviewers have said, and more. Our family of five took three rooms here for six nights from September 1-7. We unanimously agreed it was our best family vacation.
Sandro and his mother, Danielle, are incredible hosts. They give each guest individual attention. They never seem to tire of the questions they get from their many guests. They slip easily from Italian to English to German to French. They had infinite patience and graciousness to direct us to the train stations, and to the many options for reaching the Cinque Terre, or Genoa, or Portofino, Parragi, or Rapollo or Camogli.
Add to this (and included in the room rate) the most amazing breakfast buffet you will ever see. Sparkling fresh fruits, fresh breads for toasting, fresh squeezed juices, cheeses, sliced ham, free range hen eggs for soft boiling, a wide array of cereals, and the topper of all: an array of warm pastries made by Danielle. For each guest, she also makes large pots of fabulously smooth Italian coffee with steamed milk. It was heavenly! To make it even more amazing: the relaxing deck where we enjoyed our breakfast on nice mornings. On the rainy days, the dining room was delightful.
The sleeping rooms are immaculately clean, and much larger than I expected. Very comfortable beds, lots of storage space, and very well organized bathrooms with sleek Italian-designed plumbing fixtures. And very nice mountain and village views from each of the room we had.
If you are considering the Ligurian coast, I highly recommend you make Hotel Villa Anita your home base. Although we had a car, we left it in the hotel's parking lot for our entire visit. We walked everywhere, or road the hotel's bicycles, or took the train, or boats or buses. It was incredibly easy to get to town. I also highly recommend the walk to Portofino, and taking the bus back. Don't miss the beach at Parragi, and be sure to visit the bar at the Hotel Splendido for a real treat.
Sandro gave us great recommendations for dinner each night. We were eating very late, so we missed Danielle's dinners at 7:30. But on our last night, we decided to eat on the hotel terrace. Her amazing, true Ligurian and Genovese dishes made us sincerely regret that we had eaten dinner at the hotel only once. A good reason to return, and we will be back!
There is only one caution that I would give: if you have any mobility issues this is probably not the hotel for you, as there are many stairs. It did help us burn off a few more calories, though!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Hotel" Is located in a particularly peaceful area, surrounded by sunny terraces and a beautiful garden covered by different variety of flowers, palms and tall trees. It is very close to the sea and the harbour of Santa Margherita Ligure and it borders on the "Parco Naturale Monte di Portofino" (Natural Park of Portofino). Villa Anita is a refined, homely and tiny Art-Nouveau style boutique hotel, tree star, recently renovated and managed by Tarella family since 1957. Villa Anita Hotel is located in a particularly peaceful area, surrounded by sunny terraces and a beautiful garden covered by different variety of flowers, palms and tall trees. It is very close to the sea and the harbour of Santa Margherita Ligure and it borders on the "Parco Naturale Monte di Portofino" (Natural Park of Portofino). Public areas are comfortable and provided with background music. Free broadband Wi-Fi connection system is available in the entire hotel.... Even outside of it. If you have not your notebook or Smartphone, an internet corner waits for you at the lounge bar. "R&S Area" (Relax & Sport) After a day spent visiting the surroundings or a walking tour on the "Monte di Portofino", enjoy the heated whirlpool bath (30°-32°), a perfect place to relax and drink a good glass of wine or a cool drink. The new Bio Sauna with aromatherapy is waiting for you....But if you prefer, the Finnish Sauna is available upon request. Our small fitness area with Technogym(R) equipment waits for those who still want to do physical activity. "Kid's Area" Children can enjoy themselves in the garden in a playing ground equipped with ping-pong, seesaw and slide ... "Bicycles" If you want to go biking to the town or to Portofino, 6 bikes are available for free. ... more less
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