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
We stayed for four nights in a superb suite on a high floor, with a balcony overlooking the sea front - it certainly had the "wow" factor. We would be very happy to stay in this suite if/when we visit Trieste again. Expensive, but well worth the cost. Our only criticism was that although there was plenty of hanging space for clothes, there was virtually nowhere for smaller items - underwear, T-shirts, socks etc. We left them in our suitcases, which we then left open on full view. Normally when staying more than one night in a hotel, we like to unpack, put our clothes away and our suitcases out of sight. Strangely, this was a common criticism of other hotels we stayed in during our holiday in northern Italy.
The public rooms are delightful, as was the excellent buffet breakfast. There is a very comfortable library area on the huge ground floor next to the bar and Reception.
Amazing stay and view, personal super nice and also giving us some champagne to celebrate the birthday of my husband to the room. Absolutely great! Nothing to complain about. Clearly to come again in the future!
We spend one night there and were delighted. The hotel is newly renovated and culd have a better service or management. The luxury rooms are larger than usually a junior suite. With view to the harbor. Free cellphone use for all guests also includes free long distance calls to anywhere in the world. The cellphones are equipped with city map and internet access to use in Triest. breakfast is great. We love the hotel . The price was very reasonable.
Wow great hotel had a mid range room very light spacious great bathroom excellent bed very comfortable really impressed, I would definitely come back for a holiday here just amazing, all the bars are a short walk from the hotel so very amenable too well done all the great staff
We walked from the train/bus station in about 15 minutes. The room was spacious, with a comfortable bed and a view of the water. It was quiet and the bathroom was great. The location allowed walking to all the top sights.