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
Breakfast is a little underwhelming
Parking on site
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Majestic palace hotel overlooking the Gulf of Trieste with opulent interiors and sublime sea views
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.