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
- 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
Was impressed by how spacious the rooms were. Fantastic appointments and fabulous bathroom. Lobby and public areas also impressive and good location on the waterfront. Only quibble was that there are no outlets next to the bed.
My spouse and I were really pleased to spend several days at this hotel. It is right along the road the goes by the waterfront and our view, particularly off of our small balcony, was outstanding. To say that our room was commodious is to understate the situation. This may have been the best room we have had in Italy and we have been to Italy numerous times. The service was excellent throughout our stay and the breakfasts could not have been better. This is a place we will definitely come back to on our next trip to Trieste.
What more can one ask when rooms are spacious, luxurious and well furnished, when the food is prepared by Eataly, and when the common areas are huge, comfortable and sauperlative.
On top, the personnel is efficient and courteous, the hotel is 100% clean and tidy.
We spent a few nights, on a nice suite facing the waterfront, with a small private balcony, personal smartphone with unlimited calls within italy, EU end selected foreign countries, included
This hotel, for its price, punches above its weight. It offers 5 star service and elegant furnishings with generous hospitality.
Particular thanks to Giulio on the front desk and his compatriot Stefano at the concierge for pointing us in the direction of great cafes and bars, and a very euthentic restaurant experience. Rest assured, we will be back.
My mother and I stayed at this hotel when visiting Trieste this summer. My grandfather had served here during WW2 and we wanted to walk in his footsteps. The staff were knowledgable and helped us so much! It was also a relaxing place to stay after the hustle and bustle of Venice. There were plenty of things to do. The hotel breakfast was amazing. Within a 15 minute walk from the train station and close to the marina and harbour it was an ideal place to stay for our trip. Can’t thank the staff enough for making our special trip even better!