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What We Love

  • Rate includes buffet breakfast
  • Gorgeous views of the Golfo del Tigullio and Ligurian coast
  • Old World style and attentive service
  • One of the first Grand Hotels on the Portofino coast that is still family-owned
  • Cooking classes with chef Viviano Panzetta in fall and winter
  • Modern eSPAce spa

What To Know

  • Hotel is a couple of blocks from the center of town
  • The property is right on a busy road; rooms can pick up noise
  • Portofino is 20 minutes away by a windy road or by ferry, and is less touristy than Santa Margherita
  • Beach is narrow and rocky, with deep water
  • Santa Margherita is relatively sleepy after dark
  • Pets are welcome, but for a $13 charge
  • Parking coasts about $30 per day


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

Although its 108-year-old name might not be as well known as George V, the Grand Hotel Miramare is a place that oozes history. Famous visitors have included radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi and honeymooners Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and you might also recognize it on the label of Santa Margherita wines. Yet careful updates in 2007 transformed the property, which was once a private residence, into an effectively contemporary boutique hotel.

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The common areas include the bright Le Colonne “American-style” bar, the more Art Deco–inspired piano bar Barracuda and the elegant Les Bougainvillées restaurant, where guests can participate in cooking classes during the fall and winter seasons. On sunny days the hotel’s most romantic setting is its columned patio, which has great ocean views.

The hotel also offers a lawn with chaises and a seasonal heated saltwater pool overlooking the gulf, as well as gorgeous gardens on the mountain side. Directly across from the front entrance is beach club access, where the rocky shore dips into deep waters. And most recently the property has added the world-class modern spa eSPAce, which offers a wide variety of treatments that can’t be denied after a day in the sun.

It is rare to experience a property at this level that is still family-owned, and the difference is notable, from the charming garden and ocean views to the remarkably attentive service. But from a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World, you wouldn’t expect anything else.

How to Get There

Grand Hotel Miramare
Via Milite Ignoto 30
Santa Margherita Ligure, 16038 Italy


4.5 Very Good 1035 Reviews
Luxuriate in Liguria
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

GHM is outstanding. Rooms are spacious,comfortable and modern Ditto the bathrooms The gardens/pool areas are beautiful. The VIstamare restaurant excellent. The staff top notch. Plus the location in Santa Margherita is a good base to explore Cinque Terre, Genova and Portofino from. No wonder Marconi did experiments here. All these kudos come at a price but the value is well worth it.

An Unbelievable Spot in Santa Margherita
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a top notch hotel in the seaside town of Santa Margherita on the Ligurian coast of Italy. Most of the rooms face the sea, so try and get either a sea view or if you're so inclined one with a balcony. You'll love it if you do. The views from your room are spectacular I can assure you. The rooms are spacious, well furnished (the beds are awesome) along with free wifi, room safe, hair dryer, and a well-stocked refrigerator. The morning breakfast buffet on the hotel terrace is exceptional overlooking the sea. A short walk takes you to the town of Santa Margherita filled with many shops, boutiques and fine restaurants. The train station is a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel where you can catch a train to Cinque Terre. The small towns of Rapallo and Portofino are also in walking distance (about 45 minutes to an hour)...it's worth it. This is a great spot to unwind and enjoy the pleasures that the Ligurian coast offers.

An elegant hotel Santa Margherita Italy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This elegant hotel in Santa Margherita is in a beautiful location with Stunning views of the bay. The service at Reception was particularly attentive and Paola at the front desk saw to our every need. The breakfasts are adequate and the dining staff provided excellent service. If you are looking to treat yourself to a special sojourn on the Italian Riviera, make this hotel your base. It is within in a 5-10 minute walk to the centre of the town and a short ferry ride beautiful Portofino. The local station is a slightly longer walk but very enjoyable to see the town and locals as you walk along the coast. We had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel and intend returning.

Gorgeous property!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful property! Make sure you get a cab from the train station, I ended up getting in late and the walk was very long especially with luggage(Although, everything is pretty much in walking distance.) I slept with the window open at night and there was no noise. The view is spectacular and worth the money alone. As was the breakfast! I received a massage from Jessica that was unbelievable and fell asleep. Portofino is about 15 minutes away and is worth going for the evening(or the whole day!) I definitely like treating myself to a nice hotel, and this was well worth it! Everyone that works at the property was simply wonderful!

Outstanding in every way
Reviewed 1 month ago

Hotel Miramare is rated four stars. However, the experience in every area of this hotel is 5 stars and beyond.

Every staff member and it is impossible to remember all their names, pool, concierge, front desk, cleaning, breakfast, deserve the highest praise.

One example - I went to use the same knife after eating to cut a croissant. The head waiter suddenly appeared with a new knife. I said that it didn’t matter. His reply was no,no, no, you are at The Miramare.

The same, nothing is to much trouble attitude is evident.

The hotel is beautiful and elegant and our room on the top floor had a balcony, with a view over the bay. The rooms are luxurious with high end toiletries. Cleaning and servicing was first class.

Any request were answered and delivered within two minutes or less, every time.

Congratulations to the management and all the staff.

I must also say that Santa Margherita is one of the prettiest towns that we have visited. We definitely plan to return and would not stay anywhere else.