Savoia Excelsior Palace Trieste – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Fabulous velvet chaise longues in the Library
- The Savoy restaurant’s outstanding selection of regional wines, served by the glass in creative pairings
- Sipping a Negroni in the opulent Rive bar while watching the sun set over Trieste’s busy port
What To Know
- The fitness room is open from 6am to 10pm and features high-tech equipment plus a relaxation area boasting a Starpool Sauna System
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast is a little underwhelming
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This imposing palace hotel dates back to 1911 and impresses from the moment you see its monumental white façade of classical statues and towering columns dominating Trieste’s stately esplanade. The lobby is an intriguing mix of Mitteleuropa Liberty style, swirling stucco ceilings and intricate boiseries, alongside subtle modern touches like huge velvet ottomans and brightly striped sofas that were added by Italian architect Elena Carrabs and interior designer Andrea Auletta as part of a major restoration project between 2006 and 2009.
Bed and Bath
All the room categories, from Classic Rooms to Suites, are decorated and furnished with comfy armchairs, Art Deco–inspired desks and vintage images of Trieste from the famed Alinari Collection, as well as contemporary shots of the city by talented local photographer Marino Sterle. Beds are big (up to six feet wide), and guests can choose from a ritzy pillow menu. Classic Rooms look out over Trieste and its surrounding hills, but it’s worth paying extra for a Superior Room; many have cozy balconies with wonderful sea views. The spacious bathrooms are clad in Calacatta marble and have both a large tub and a rain shower, plus a heated towel rack and a range of the hotel’s own Starbeauty toiletries.
The Savoy restaurant is a dramatic venue, especially if you reserve a table with views of the water. Quiet at lunchtime, the place buzzes at night with a mix of locals, business travelers, tourists and yachties. Chef Andrea Stoppare, a Trieste native, creates inventive recipes using seasonal produce: pasta with anchovies, goose breast braised on red radicchio and roasted pine nuts. Don’t miss the cheeseboard, which features unique specialities such as jamar, aged for months in deep caves in the nearby Carso headland. The excellent sommelier, Cristian Vascotto, can suggest wonderful little-known local wines made from unique grapes, like the crisp white Vitovska and the mineral Terrano red.
In the Area
More Vienna than Venice, Trieste is undergoing a renaissance right now. Filled with elegant literary cafés once favored by James Joyce, it’s also home to lively beer halls, vibrant music and film festivals, antiques fairs and the spectacular Barcolana, one of the world’s biggest sailing regattas, every October. Right behind the hotel lies the Piazza di Cavana neighborhood, recently gentrified, a goldmine of hip bars and cool boutiques; check out the fashion designs at Stranomavero and Delikatessen’s fab retro antiques, and get the hotel to book a table at Bagotto, Trieste’s best fish restaurant.
How to Get There
Everything about the Savoia Excelsior, as is in the lovely city of Trieste that hosts her, exudes grace and old world charm. Book a suite with a balcony and have the beauty and majesty of the Gulf at your feet. Breakfast is sumptuous and the croissants are heavenly. The hotel staff are warm, hospitable and ready to please. Kudos go to the Concierge, Stefano, who made our stay at this special corner of the Adriatic, most pleasant indeed.
What not to like? Fabulous location on the waterfront, fabulous buffet breakfast, spacious rooms, excellent front desk and a fantastic lobby for meeting friends and having drinks. Very comfortable stay.
We enjoyed our stay at the Savoia Excelsoir Palace (where Jan Morris also stayed in her fascinating and delightful travel memoir, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere). The hotel looks out to sea, and is backed by a treasure chest of delicious restaurants and cafes and charming shops. The staff were consistently friendly and helpful, and breakfast was delicious. The rooms are spacious and clean; I slept like a baby here. We had a partial sea view, with a sweet little balcony useful for people watching and gasping at the view of the Adriatic.
This was the perfect location in Trieste to enjoy our stay. The Hotel was delightful, grand and overlooking the seafront. The staff from our experience were very helpful. Breakfast was excellent, although gets busy on a Sunday morning. The room was perfect for our needs. We would stay again if back in Trieste. Definitely Recommend.
I've been here for a few hours and as I looked around I noticed lots of cool stuff to not speak about the hotel it has a wonderful gym and library plus an incredible sea view !!! Trieste is fantastic!! I love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well I guess I should go visit now