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
My family and I recently found ourselves unexpectedly disembarking from a cruise in Trieste owing to an injury that put one of our family members in the hospital. As much of a nightmare as that was, the staff at the Savoia, located across from the port, found us a wonderful room at a price that we thought more than fair. They then helped get our belongings into the room as we began to deal with the emergency.
Our suite was gorgeous, a very nice update to an older building. Our room was large, well appointed and had a spacious bathroom and dressing room. Nice touches included an Illy coffee maker, complimentary water and a spare mobile phone that we could use to make calls, look at maps, etc. It got plenty of use.
The included breakfast provided by Eataly offered a lot of choices — although one could order off of the menu. The staff kept everything looking fresh and tempting, from fruit to croissants to savory dishes. The servers were very attentive and proficient.
All of that pales by comparison to the amazing staff! Knowing that we were spending most of our time at a hospital, the staff did everything they could to make our stay pleasant. Even when it appeared that the hotel was full, they managed to keep us in our room so that we had one less thing to worry about, They arranged cabs to and from the hospital, found wonderful places for us to eat when we returned and handled all of our requests and needs with a pleasant, professional demeanor. We felt that their inquiries into our problem were genuine and intended to be helpful.
I wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Savoia, and I recommend it for a brief weekend stay — or a much longer unscheduled encampment.
This is a grand classic hotel in a perfect location at the waterfront in the citycentre. Perfectly refurbished, but retaining many of the original features. Our room and all public spaces were nice and immacuately clean. The service from all staff was excellent - friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious and had all you could ask for.
This was our first time in Trieste, but not the last, so we will be back!
The hotel makes an unforgettable impression from the outside and the majesty continues inside. 144 rooms have been recently refurbished to provide a special experience in comfort and amenities. Staff were friendly and efficient. Breakfast had everything you could ask for.
The city centre is only 5 minutes walk away. Only disappointment was that there was no swimming pool.