Royal Hotel Sanremo
What We Love
- A five-star hotel along the Italian Riviera, with breakfast, a suite option and moreThe unrivaled position on the Italian Riviera, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea
- Sanremo’s balmy year-round climate, which makes for a pleasant spring stay
- Staying in a Leading Hotel of the World, surrounded by five-star luxury
What To Know
- The spa has a sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath
- It's a 10-minute walk to the beach
- The poolside restaurant is a favorite among guests
Exuding graceful tradition and elegance, the five-star Royal Hotel Sanremo is named after the charming Italian seaside resort in which it stands. This Leading Hotels of the World member and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is an all-white beauty, with green shutters and balconies that gaze out toward the Mediterranean Sea. In between, you’ll find manicured sub-tropical gardens strewn with palms and an inviting heated seawater swimming pool, an imaginatively designed mix of rocks and tiles, arched bridges and a hideaway cave.
Step past two imposing statues through the revolving doors to the lobby, with sculptures, marble pillars and gilt-framed paintings. The refined taste continues throughout the accommodations, three restaurants showcasing Ligurian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Bar delle Rose, with its frescoed ceilings and padded leather stools. Take time off at the contemporary Zen-like spa, where you can pass a pleasant few hours getting professionally pampered, and work off any excess energy in the pool, on the tennis court or in the gym.
How to Get There
We had 10 nights here at the end of June. Due to an early flight, our room wasn't ready but Sarah on reception kindly phoned us when it was ready.
Our room, 326 a sea view room with balcony was quite frankly a disappointment and a bit tired. It was small and at times difficult for two to walk round easily. To utilise some cupboard space easily you would need to stand on a chair which isn't on. Shower was over the bath - I do acknowledge that it is an old building and therefore the hotel is subject to various constraints but the room could do with an update/refurb. I don't think a couple of complimentary bottles of water a day would go amiss.
There were really lovely garden, pool and sea views from the balcony - 2 chairs provided but why no small table - not helpful if you are having a pre dinner drink. If you have booked a sea view room I would check that your sea view will not be obscured by palm trees. The door key was a negative - very heavy - no doubt deliberate so you have to hand it in every time you go out - time to upgrade to card keys. But it is well worth paying extra for a sea view room with balcony.
It was real joy to have a good breakfast every morning on the outside terrace and admire the lovely views. Naturally the hotel doesn't have anything as vulgar as a cooking station for omlettes and fried eggs etc. It was a tortuous process to get two fried eggs - minimum wait of 15 mins - rumour has it that you have to pay extra for anything other than a basic omlette.
We had two dinners in the hotel - one at the poolside restaurant. - Corallina. Excellent service and ambience - you could get a pizza here should you wish but our meal for two came to 147 euros without a starter. The other meal was in Il Giardino - where you have breakfast - again a nice atmosphere and immaculate service but a three course meal with coffee for two will set you back over 200 euros. Domenico who may have been in charge at breakfast and in Il Giardino was very good indeed and always ensured things ran smoothly.
The large salt water pool is actually nicer than it appears in some pictures. The pool staff were excellent, attentive and watchful and I would particularly mention Franscesco and Nino who couldn't have been more helpful. There are plenty of sun loungers and we really liked the hoods on them. Perhaps some of the poolside paving could do with an update but otherwise it was a very relaxing place to spend some of your day. Tellingly, the pool rules were in Italian, English and Russian - the hotel does get a lot of eastern european visitors.The fresh fruit sticks in the morning and sorbets in the afternoon are a nice touch. You have free use of a beach across the road from the hotel.
If our room was disappointing the hotel lounges and general facilities were not - all as you would expect from a 5* star hotel. Really lovely to relax in the large lounge and admire the views. The immaculate gardens were not quite what I expected (that is not a negative) as you have to take into account they are on a hillside so to speak. They are beautifully maintained and provide a riot of colour.
The hotel is about a half hour walk from the railway station or a c 9 euros taxi - hotel reception will get you a taxi in 2 minutes and I mean that. Railtrips to Monaco, Menton and Genoa are feasible but subject to the vagaries of French and Italian railways. There are plenty of restaurants in Sanremo but many are a bit samey - probably best to head for the old port area.
In summary we enjoyed our stay at the Royal and returned with many happy memories.
We have been lucky enough to stay in a multitude of 5 star hotels as a family. On this holiday, we had three nights at the Cipriani in Venice and 2 nights at The Majestic in Cannes. However, in terms of old school charm and service, The Royal in Sanremo beats them all hands down. The staff clearly care deeply about the hotel and it’s customers so the service is wonderful without being over-bearing and suffocating. The sea water pool is an absolute treat although swimming in the sea over the road is also wonderful in the crystal clear waters. The rooms that we stayed in with sea views and balconies (420 and 421) could probably do with a refurb but they are very comfortable and we liked the fading granduer. The food is amazing, especially the buffet breakfast and lunch by the pool. However, as I’ve said, it’s the staff that really set this place apart. One morning, I left the room at 8am to go for a swim in the sea and I met two chamber maids. They were whispering to each other in order not to disturb any sleeping guests. And they whispered ‘bonjourno’ to me. I’ve never felt compelled to write a review of a hotel before but I loved this place so much, I felt compelled to do so
We stayed for three nights this summer. The staff were amazing and could not do enough to help. The food in the main dining room at night was 'adventurous' with some very strange dishes, and those meat dishes that were 'normal' were for two to share, and as my wife does not eat meat, I struggled to get a main meat dish for one person, and the wait to get it served was one hour!
The hotel sits on top of a steep hill, with over 100 stairs to climb or a steep road to walk to get there, so if you are elderly or infirm - beware, there are also a lot of uneven steps from the hotel to the pool area.
the pool staff were great also. Buffet lunch by the pool was very nice. Th hotel is old but still 'grand' we have a sea view room with a balcony that was very acceptable.
Needing a few extra euros, after an extravagant purchase in the shops and my cash card being swallowed but the ATM machine, I asked the reception if they could give me 100 or 200 euros, charged to my room account to give me just a few euros in my pocket, but amazingly they said this could not be done!!!
would we go back - probably not as the walk to/from the town - with the steep hill to climb every time would be a drawback - I suggest the hotel invests in a golf buggy that can be called to the bottom of the hill when required to assist guests back to the hotel?
We stayed here for 3 nights with our two young children. The hotel staff have been exceptional and are so pleasant and ready to help with anything needed. The kids loved the pool with all it’s hiding places and tunnels and diving board, lots of fun. Those reviews saying its tired etc I disagree with, it is indeed an old hotel but I personally loved the grandeur and style of it and felt I had a true “Italian Riviera experience”. The food in the buffet restaurant were divine, even the green beans were to die for! Amazing, would love to come back and will make sure I do.
This was our second visit, I love this place, it’s as if nothing is to much trouble, you want a travel adaptor no problem, WiFi code will send a man up to your room with it, drink make yourself comfortable will bring it to to you, if they could make the sun shine a certain way I am sure they would do that to. If you want old fashioned service in the sun go no further. Breakfast if fantastic and relaxed evening menus elegant in between a lovely calming relaxed environment. Cannot praise the place enough hope I am lucky enough to return.