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“Small family-owned hotel that delivers” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Minerva
Berkeley, California
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Small family-owned hotel that delivers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

We drove into Santa Margherita during a downpour with no reservations. I saw the sign for the hotel and quickly ran up the street to ask if a room was available. I was greeted by the owner, who immediately arranged for me to look at several available rooms. I picked the biggest one I was shown (I believe it was a mini suite), which had a sitting area and two comfortable stuffed armchairs. The owner gave me an umbrella so that I could run back to our car and alert my husband that we were all set with a room. The hotel has its own secure indoor parking garage (small extra fee, but well worth it), which was a bonus as street parking is difficult to find. The rooms have simple, modern furnishings, and each of the rooms I looked at had lovely handpainted murals.The hotel offers free satellite TV and wifi and an excellent buffet breakfast with cappuccino made to order. Weather permitting, you can enjoy your breakfast sitting outside in the garden patio. The hotel is just a few blocks from the coastal road and within easy walking distance of the rest of the town. Because the hotel is set back on a cul de sac, it is very quiet.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Tahoe13
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Orleans, France
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

It is the third time that we stay at the Minerva, so it is about time to write something about this excellent hotel. It is located outside the crowded city center on the slopes of a hill nearby the spectacular Monte di Portofino. The surroundings are quite and the view from the roof terrace lovely. This time, we rented a room nearby the roof-terrace, rather small but modern and nicely decorated in blue-green marine colors. Large double bed, small balcony opening on the city roofs, the Golfo Tigulio and the lower, wooden slopes of the Monte di Portofino, on the right. Wonderful buffet breakfast in a distinguished garden setting (the old family house of the hotel owner's family is on the opposite side of the garden). The director, his daughter, and all the personnel will welcome you in style.
Important: the hotel has a garage which is priceless in such a crowded place as Santa Margherita.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

I absolutely loved my stay at the hotel Minerva. The hotel is couple of of minutes away from the main attraction but don't let this discourage you. It is about five minutes away from the main street and the hotel has a roof top with an amazing view of St. Margherita (and sunbathing). I booked a room with a view, which was spectacular. The room was clean and fresh, the service was superb, and delicious breakfast. I actually extended by stay at this hotel by one night. I highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich, Switzerland
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84 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

Excellent service, clean, renewed and rich breakfast buffet.
Space, modern rooms and A/C.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheZoggs
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Rye, Australia
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

Beautiful small hotel, tucked away in a fabulous location - short walk up a small hill from the water and shops. Very welcoming and friendly staff who make you feel at home. Internet available and wonderful buffet breakfast in a gorgeous garden setting. Room was small, but lovely, fresh decor. Would definately stay again at Hotel Minerva in beautiful Santa Margherita. Tip: Hotel within walking distance of train station, about 15 minutes or so if you don't mind walking.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mars2611
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Oslo
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

The hotel is not located with any ocean view, but then again it was nice and quiet.
We enjoyed the garden where we had breakfast, which was very good!
Nice and modern rooms with a comfortable bed and a nice bathroom.
Helpfull staff and good service:)
Short walk down town with good shopping and dining, and a fine walk to a priceable beach with beachbeds for rent and a taverna:)
Also possibilities for bus or car to Portofino within 20 minutes.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GreteAa
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Zurich
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140 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

We returned the second time to Hotel Minerva, mainly because of the functional rooms with very good value for the price. The standard rooms with balcony are simply furbished, carpet floor, a small bathroom/shower and minibar. The superior rooms are larger (balcony as well!) and come with wooded floors, overall worth the higher price, if you value it.

Service is friendly and suits a 3*, depending on the staff just basic english is spoken. Valet parking available for a modest daily fee. Breakfast buffet is good - consider you're in Italy, where people usually have an espresso and croissant only.

Location is great! Just a stroll away from the port with plenty of restaurants and bars, a 45 minute footwalk to Portofino, or 15 minutes by boat.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aferret
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Additional Information about Hotel Minerva

Property: Hotel Minerva
Address: Via Antonio Maria Maragliano 34/d, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Santa Margherita Ligure
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure
#8 Romantic Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Minerva 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Few steps from the marina. GARAGE, Wi-Fi free, breakfast, sauna, steam bath, relaxing tub ... more   less 
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