4.5
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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

Amenities

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

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1050 Reviews
Tired and overpriced
Geraint1976

We stayed here as a couple for 3 nights in August 2019 with our 4 month old daughter.

The pros:

1. The hotel has a nice pool area which is private from the road and has a lovely view of the bay.

2. The clientele is refined (mainly wealthier Americans and Australians) and there were no noisy or badly behaved children or adults.

3. The pool staff were friendly and helpful.

The cons:

1. Our room (a superior double with balcony) was tired. It had been redecorated fairly recently but the mattress and the furniture were old. The owners will call them “rustic”, but I felt that, for the price charged (EUR 420/night) they need to spend some money on updating the rooms.

2. The service was mixed. As noted above, the pool staff were friendly and helpful. The reception staff were so-so. For example, I was not asked at the end of our stay whether I had enjoyed it. They just said “here is your bill” before charging me almost EUR1500 for 3 nights B&B and parking. On our last day, we phoned the concierge at 11:30am and asked if they could send someone up for our bags in time for the 12-noon check out time. The concierge didn’t arrive but the “Head of Housekeeping” nonetheless knocked on our door at 12:03 asking when we were going to vacate the room.

3. The breakfast was pretty basic. Only continental breakfast was included in the room rate and if you wanted anything like eggs or other hot items, you had to pay extra (and quite a bit extra - eg. EUR10 for 2 eggs).

In short, this hotel was probably very “grand” in its heyday, but it is now overpriced for its mediocre offerings of accommodation and service. I say this even having regard to the fact that, being a few kilometres from Portofino, and it being the peak summer season, this area of Italy is generally very exclusive and thus expensive.

Our stay a few days earlier at the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi was vastly better, both in terms of the standard of accommodation and service, and in value. The Grand Hotel Miramare could take a leaf out of their book. However, given the number of excellent reports on Tripadvisor, I doubt they will, because they probably don’t actually need to try any harder.

Beautiful hotel, great location
Rita B

We stayed at this opulent hotel for 3 nights, truely gorgeous and perfect location. The service is great and the grounds are breathtaking, everything is done with such great style. You have a choice of the pool or across the road at the beach the hotel have designated deck chairs which is what we opted for. The breakfast was plentiful with great choices and sitting on the beautiful terrace made it even more special. The only one thing I would fault is they do not have a iron, which I find annoying! so make sure you take one or you can use their laundry service at a fee.

Beautiful View,classic rooms
Roecoe718

We were upgraded upon arrival to a stunning view with huge balcony. The breakfast was typical extravagant breakfast served with kindness,efficiency & pride. It was easy to get to Portofino on a local bus which stops a short walk from the hotel. The main terrace with offerings of snacks with cocktails was a perfect place to enjoy the view.