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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


Top quality hotel on the perfect spot

A lovely classic hotel with traditions dating back to the beginning of the last century.
Fantastic facilities, rooms and service to enjoy your holiday at maximum. Breakfast is very rich and offers plenty of variety.
The garden is beautiful and the romantic walk offers a great view over the hotel and the sea.

One of the nicest hotels I ever visited in Europe

A fully renovated early 20th century hotel with very clean rooms amazing beds and bathrooms suitable for a palace
The terrace is in front of the beach and the staff very friendly and helpful.
The hotel has a beautiful garden with paved walkways in it as well as a large outdoor pool.
For sure one of the best hotels in the area.

Lovely hotel

My friends and I recently did a girls' trip and spent 2 nights at this hotel. The room was lovely, especially the balcony overlooking the water. Santa Margherita was a good place to stay while we visited Cinque Terre, as it seemed less hectic than the Cinque Terre towns, and it was accessible to Cinque Terre by train (train station is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel). The service at the hotel was very good. The front desk was very helpful in giving us advice on visiting Cinque Terre.