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 1016 Reviews
Relaxing Seaside Vacation
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a seaside view with balcony via leaders club. The hotel was able to offer us a pre arrival upgrade to a full suite with sea view and balcony. It was a very nice gesture, and we really enjoyed the suite! It has a sun room with panoramic view of the sea and is very well appointed. The bathroom is a tad bit small for the size of the room but it did not bother us one bit. We could really just stay in the room all day and take it all in.

The included breakfast was very nice as well with very attentive staff. The concierge offered excellent help and were simply fun to chat with.

Sadly during our visit, the town and the surround region were still recovering from the storm damage. It was still a very nice stay nonetheless. It’s a short stroll away from portofino with lots of nice restaurants in town even in the winter time.

We would most certainly return to this hotel to enjoy the unforgettable Liguria coast. Highly recommended.

Wonderful location
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here in Sept. 2018. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms were very well appointed and the beds were comfortable. The breakfast buffet was well stocked with food that not only looked good but tasted fresh.

Very nice luxury hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

This hotel is a real nice one to stay if you visit Santa Margherita near Portofino
It is an historic well maintained hotel with a magnificent garden and a big pool.
The palace is really impressive and Belle Époque. Our room (507)has an amazing view over the tugullio bay. Probably it could be larger- also we found the toilet abit small -but the bed was very comfortable , the general cleanliness impeccable and -as I said -the view was amazing and the service professional and attentive.
The breakfast was generous and well appointed and the young italian guys there were all very friendly and careful.
They have a bath establishment facility just under the street which is very appreciated in warm days.
It is yes a bit expensive but considering the area -close to Portofino - one of the most glamorous hotspot in Italy is understandable, however I would suggest to the hotel a shuttle service to Portofino at least 3/4 times a day . This might help the guest - expecially those from overseas - who might struggle with the the Italian public transportation services.
Recommended

GRAND stay at the Grand Hotel!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed here during the off season and loved every moment! Beautiful room with a balcony facing the sea and sunrise! Wonderful service, great bar, beautiful grounds! We were traveling with another couple and our friend left her passport in the hotel safe in their room when we left and they called her within a few hours of our departure! Thank you, thank you!

Pass Up their Annex
Reviewed 2 months ago

We have enjoyed our past 3 stays at the Miramare hotel. However when trying to book a room this September, we found that while nothing was available for our dates in the Hotel itself, a double room was available in the Annex. They stated it was located in their park (Not in the main building). We booked the double room for 4 nights (1,324.00 EUR). Upon arrival, we found that the room was in a building with several other units way in the back of the garden and that you had to go up many, many steps to get there. The building was also very close to their laundry/utility site. Once in our unit, we found several areas with PEELING WALL PAPER. I took the long walk down hill to the hotel and complained. I showed their person the problem. They showed surprise, apologized and gave us a different room in the Annex. A few things: This should never had happened. It appears that they gong cheap (the room was not cheap) and are lowering their standards to make some extra bucks. Even disregarding the peeling wall paper, these units are not really attractive and not up to the standards of the main Hotel. We even had a problem with some of the electricity going out on several occasions in our "new" unit. I told them that I thought somebody was pulling the wrong circuit breakers. This whole thing left a bad taste in our mouth regarding a hotel that we previously had loved.