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Grand Hotel Villa Balbi
Ranked #13 of 22 Hotels in Sestri Levante
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Sacramento, California
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great hotel, great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

The hotel was very nice...located across the street from a nice beach spot...the service was great...the breakfast was great...would def go back, and im picky. i was most impressed by the fact that my teen son left his iphone and when we called the next day they informed me they had already emailed me of the finding and would mail it to us in Milan! Love it!! ;)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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156 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2011

I've been to Villa Balbi for four years and I must say it's a good hotel, though a bit overpriced (they usually are in Italy).
There are three different "areas" in this hotel: the old one, right bove the reception desk, with rooms facing the sea, is what most people imagine when booking here. The second one is the new building, past the restaurant, facing the garden, less charming but still good enough. The last one, are the rooms in this new building facing the backyard, they all have poor light and are less beautiful than the others.
However, most of the rooms are big, with a huge bathroom. The strange thing is, for the same price given, you may end up with a room with three windows and a huge bathroom or a normal sized one and a tiny little shower, not fit for fat people.

Breakfast was good, more Italian than others I experienced in other hotels: cheese, salumi, foccacie were available. Also, fruits, cakes, jam, cereals and bread. I must say I was surprised this kind of hotel didn't have natural orange juice (you can have it, as an extra!).

The reception desk is helpful finding restaurants, trains timetables, excursions or information about paths closed in Cinque Terre.
The bartender, Leonardo, speaks English and is very funny, everybody adores him.

The lunch and dinner buffet are amazing. You'll find different things everyday, Ligurian and others. I loved their Pressata di Polpo, all their Pasta, their Fagioli e tonno, their Vitello tonnato... All so so good!!

I must say I wasn't there for pleasure, but for a conference, and the ambiance in Villa Balbi made me feel like on holidays while working: good food, nice people, great location... That's the way business should be done all year round!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2011

Villa Balbi located in suberb location. Historical looking facade with lovely public areas and great garden breakfast area. Our room for 3 nights was far off in a wing and very, very sparse, but however very clean as well. Shower was extremely small and once inside could not move or bend over. But with all the sightseeing we did, it was a place
( although a pricey one) to lay our heads at night with the windows OPENED! No Bugs in Italy? With just a little effort they could really make all rooms a little more special. Easy walk to train station and to lovely restuarants behind in narrow street. GREAT Gelato back there as well. If you can't stay in Cinque Terre, Sestri Levante is the place to stay. Just beautiful!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank allioops03
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2010

10 years coming to sestri for summer holidays and best forever is villa balbi, where history and modern comfort (wifi, food, decor) melt in one unique flavouring experience. Courtesy, charm and spirit of service are the passwords of the hotel workers, which can't resist in cocooning you all along your stay? Coming to sestri? Get yourself the best memories of your life in villa balbi

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2010

The hotel is luxuriously appointed, spotlessly clean and the staff ver courteous, attentive and friendly. The interior design is beautiful and cleverly executed with many attractive features. The hotel is positioned within walking distance of shops, restaurans and historical center. The food of both of restaurants is absolutely superb! We shall certainly stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zimmermann068
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Thomas Rush
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2010

My wife and I and our three children stayed here for three days in July, 2010. The hotel is fantastic. The food at the free breakfast wasn't that great but the lovely garden breakfast area is really special. One of our rooms was the suite with the rooftop balcony that looks over the beach and from which you may see the beautiful beachfront buildings. The town of Sestri Levante is wonderful, the large property of the hotel has a very nice pool. It is directly across the street from the beach.

You have to pay to use the beach umbrellas and chairs but it's worth it.

The train station is literally ten minute walk from the hotel and a 25-30 minute ride to Chinque Terre. It was a little pricy but everyne in my family thought it was great.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lingfield
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2010

This should have been a lovely hotel to stay in. The position is good and its grand and interesting. However, for value it is awful. Our room at €250 a night had a view of the laundry and empty chemical bottles - not what was promised. The service is just unfriendly - guests are an imposition and very little info on anything was forthcoming. The private beach is a bit of a con - you need to pay €30 for the loungers etc. We suffered from lots of noise in the night from other guests slamming drawers and water works. On the plus side we had the Saturday night buffet at 30 euros a head and it was great - really nice food. Towels were good too. Old ones provided to use by the pool. But for €250 a night B and B we were definitely expecting more.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Grand Hotel Villa Balbi
Address: Viale 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sestri Levante
#7 Luxury Hotel in Sestri Levante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Villa Balbi 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Hotel Villa Balbi is an old aristocratic XVII century villa; it stands on the seafront of Sestri Levante, a few yards only from the beautiful sea of the Gulf of Tigullio, between Portofino and Cinqueterre. Converted in 1947 into an elegant Hotel, Villa Balbi has elegante and rich interiors, made precious by rare and valuable antique furnishings, tapestries, pictures, precious marble, beautiful parquet and finely finished ceilings. The Balbi palace, once the mansion of noble, aristocratic families, site of historical events and abode of famous men and women, still keeps all its charm today. A quiet and very comfortable Hotel, with careful and professional service. With its own pool, private beach, restaurant and parking area is the ideal location to spend a relaxing holiday. ... more   less 
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