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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


The best hotel in Santa Margherita

A very good hotel with an excellent location. Welcoming staff, very well maintained property with the family owners clearly investing in upkeep and painting the property on a regular basis. A relaxing, classical elegance with a magnificent sea view and lovely common areas both outdoors and indoors. There is a pool but it needs either cleaning or resurfacing. A lovely bar, very well made cocktails and expertly managed spa services. A gem not to be missed. We stayed in 418 a small suite with a lovely balcony. They provide a complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar which is very helpful and daily 2 bottles of water. Breakfast in the restaurant or outside on the terrace overlooking the ocean is always a great pleasure.

One of the nicest hotels ever!

We totally enjoyed our beautiful stay at this magnificent hotel! The lobby bar was so cozy and had great drinks. The included breakfast was a delicious spread of everything you can imagine! No need for lunch! The grounds and view are breathtaking. Gorgeous pool area. Our room was incredible with a sitting area, huge bedroom. large bathroom and 2 separate balconies overlooking the sea. The staff was delightful and it was in a perfect location, close to the shops, restaurants and only a mile from the train station. I can hardly wait to return!! Ciao!!

Iconic looks, great breakfast, nice pool, beach access

Very well located for its sea view, a stroll around the quayside, dining choices in town. Our sea view room wasn't as quiet as my wife needs (but fine for me...); we were moved with minimum fuss to a nice room overlooking the garden & with balcony. Well staffed for your needs to be met, and for me the high point was breakfast with a great range of the choices you want. Passed the croissant test!