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Grand Hotel Dei Castelli
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Sestri Levante
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Montreal, Canada
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11 reviews
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“Spectacular Place to stay”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed at Grand Hotel Dei Castelli in October 2012. The location if Sestri Levante is great if you want to visit Cinque Terre and Portofino. The place is amazing. Old castle with huge rooms furnished very nicely. The staff is very helpful in recommending restaurants and places to see. They are located on the top of a mountain and have an elevator that goes down through the mountain to the town below. The were very helful in giving us a ride to the train station. The breakfast were very good as well. I would definitely l8ke to go back as this is a great place to stay in a great tone to visit.

Room Tip: The few rooms i saw wre all very nice.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Beautiful, unique setting on top of the hill. Public areas look like a private villa. We were with a group, and people experienced a wide variety of room accomodations. Our looked out over a garden and had a sitting area off of the bedroom (I think only a few rooms have this). Staff was helpful and pleasant. Very well cared for and clean. Lovely bathroom. White peacocks roam the grounds.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Let me start by saying I was part of a group tour and this hotel and costs were part of of the tour so I can not judge by way of value. I stayed in the section separate from the main building (old castle) near the restaurant. Our room overlooked the water, was clean, comfortable, and quite. Free WIFI that worked. The staff was helpful and the grounds and scenery are spectacular. Make sure you take the path the winds along the sea cliffs which you can enter from the garden. It was off season and while the pool was open we were too late each day to visit (closed at 630). We could see it from the pathway I just mentioned and it looked nice (a small salt water lagoon actually). The views from the small bar are nice (go outside on the terrace). Very neat elevator entrance through a tunnel to the street. Make sure you try it.We ate a dinner there but it was arranged by the tour, it was good but not really able to rate the restaurant. The prices seemed a bit high on the menu we looked at. Close walk to town with many nice restaurants to choose from. Some Italian only menus but staff was great with my VERY limited Italian. Good location to explore the Cinque Terre area by train but the train station is a pretty long walk. Overall a very good base to explore the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Clayton le Woods, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

My husband and I booked our holiday through Railbookers, UK. What a beautiful hotel. Firstly, the staff are absolutely wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Although they speak English we are great believers in attempting the native language. Our effort was greeted with warmth and appreciation! We stayed in room 208 in the old Castle. It was spacious with our own terrace which was enormous. The cleanliness of the whole hotel was exemplary. We also dined in the restaurant twice. The meals were beautifully cooked and the views from the restaurant are wonderful. The walk around the grounds are breathtaking. There are panoramic views which are so romantic and unforgettable. Sestri Levante is a lovely town. The locals are extremely friendly and always greet you with a smile. Whilst we were staying in Sestri Levante, we also took a trip with Silent Bay Charter on the Catamaran. It was an amazing experience.

We fell in love with this hotel and we will be going back. The only downside was that we didn't stay long enough - 6 nights!! We didn't use the bathing facilities so we cannot comment.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

It is an utterly unique chateau like hotel, set high on a small promontory and surrounded by parkland. You can walk in its own private park, check out the wireless tower where Marconi made his first transmissions and take an elevator down to your private pool in the Mediterranean. From the breakfast room you look north across a harbor and all the way to Portofino. Around to the east you look over the extraordinarily beautiful Bay of Silence. Just being there is an experience in itself made all the more pleasurable with an Aperol Spritz. My room which was deluxe from memory was huge, and the bathroom seemed ever larger. Everything functioned just great including WIFI. Ah for one night I was the Duke!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Sestri Levante is on the rail line, just north of Cinque Terre. CT is a popular tourist area, and although Sestri Levante lays outside of that technically, it is a short, manageable rail ride from the villages. It is, in other words, an excellent base for exploring Cinque Terre and for exploring it own merits. Sestri Levante is a charming seaside town, with some very lovely restaurants and a seaside promenade.

If you speak a tiny bit of Italian, it might be helpful, as it is not a primarily tourist town. But the Hotel and the railway speak enough English to compensate for a lack of Italian, so don't hesitate.

The Hotel is literally a castle, and it sits on the highest ground in the town, between two bodies of water. The Hotel looks over the town far below and the Baia del Silenzio, a most romantic view from the windows facing that direction. The windows have wooden shutters and the stone floors and deep windows of this authentic building take your imagination on a trip into the past.

There is a circular stone staircase, but an elevator as well. There is a restaurant on the premises which serves a very good meal, as well as breakfast. The bath facilities in the room are modern. The accomodations are very grand. The hotel will send a car to collect you from the rail station - I suggest that you accept this service, as the hike from the rail station to the hotel, while do-able, would be challenging with luggage. The hotel does have an interesting elevator on the grounds which goes down through the rock cliff to the seaside promenade. This feature adds romance, especially the walk through the latern lit , moist rock cave to the elevator which takes you up to the restaurant and hotel.

The grounds are marvelous, in a very natural way. Hiking trails for taking exercise and accessing addition views out over the sea. There are formal gardens, which, at the time we were there in late March (2011), had not yet been prepared for the season. THere is also a natural sea pool, which was closed for the season at the time we were there, much to my regret. A return trip would plan to take advantage of that feature as it would be most novel.

In all, a stunning property and one I would both recommend and include on subsequent trips, should my path go that way again.

Romance!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Outstanding decor, spacious room with quality and tasty furniture, great bathroom, nice location, attentive service and concierge service. One of the best hotels I have ever stayed. The only downside was the breakfast which was not at the level you would expect from this kind of hotel: very limited choice of food, so so coffee. Overall will definitely return to this place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Dei Castelli
Address: Via Peninsula 26, 16039, Sestri Levante, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Sestri Levante
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Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sestri Levante
#5 Luxury Hotel in Sestri Levante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Dei Castelli 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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