Genoa, a large seaport town and the capital city in Italy’s Liguria, is an ideal combination of tradition and modernity, offering wonderful beaches, city life, and an encounter with nature. Check out where to stay in Genoa, no matter whether you crave luxury or are traveling on a budget.
Genoa’s five-star Grand Hotel Savoia dates back to 1897 and is undoubtedly the best and most luxurious hotel in the city. It is here that the noblemen, celebrities, and European royalty would stay during their visit Liguria. The 117 rooms of this hotel are designed in an old-fashioned, classy and beautiful way, à la Belle Epoque, making it easy for the imagination to travel back in time. The hotel’s restaurant Salgari offers sophisticated Italian dishes, particularly seafood specialities. The convenient location by the seafront and near the Aquarium make it a good choice for any kind of tourists.
The second finest hotel in Genoa, the four-star hotel Bristol Palace has an aristocratic feel to it. It is located in the city center, near all the important sites and museums as well as the old fishermen’s port, and particularly close to the Ducal Palace. The 133 rooms of the hotel are spacious and elegant, and often come with an outdoors terrace. They come in three different standards (classic, superior and deluxe), and two additional standards for the suites. The hotel’s Art-Nouveau restaurant, Giotto, serves fine Italian and local Ligurian dishes.
This three-star hotel is situated in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site – Via Balbi – and near the Aquarium and the old fishermen’s port, two of Genoa’s main tourist attractions. Despite its great location and a neat look, the room price is mid-range, ideal for young families. The atmosphere is quiet and calm, guaranteed by the nature of a small family-run business. Some of the 40 rooms offer an astonishing view of Genoa’s port and sea.
The three-star Il Giardino Di Albaro can be found in the quiet, residential quarter Albaro, a few minutes away from the seaport and the old fishermen’s neighborhood. Located in a charming villa from the early 20th century, it offers elegant rooms designed with the use of a classy combination of golden and red. They are well-furnished, featuring an electronic safe, a minibar and LCD television among other amenities. The hotel has its own sports centre Le Piscine di Albar with swimming pools, gyms and tennis courts.
Hotel Nologo is a budget, two-star guesthouse with a modern, artistic touch. The hotel’s interiors burst with colous, energy, smiling staff and a generally positive vibe. The design is focused on musical themes, featuring jazz graffiti, pictures of saxophones, and notes marks. The rooms have been divided into musical themes, too: jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. Each type differs by the artists painted on the walls and the wall colors that are supposed to alter your mood. Out of a large number of youth hotels and hostels, this one really stands out.
This hotel is another low-cost place to stay. Located close to the main railway station and the city center, it is a small family-run business convenient particularly for people who plan on taking one-day trips to nearby towns, such as the iconic Cinque Terre or Portofino. The hotel offers two types of rooms, one of them being specifically for low-budget guests staying for a short period of time. Even though this hotel is a budget option, its rooms are elegant and very comfortable, and resemble luxurious suites.
The Olympia Hotel is a small hotel of nine rooms located in the very center of Genoa, in a charming Art-Nouveau building. The hotel’s fine architecture can be also appreciated indoors, as the artistic common room features ceilings decorated with historic frescoes. The doors, paintings and walls have an unforgettable charm to them, too, making you feel as though you have gone back to the 1890s. The mid/low price range of the hotel rooms, decorated in an old-fashioned and beautiful manner, make this place a great value-for-money deal.