The Best Hotels in Genoa, Italy for Every Traveller

From simple to luxury, Genoa has a vast array of hotels to suit every budget.
From simple to luxury, Genoa has a vast array of hotels to suit every budget. | Courtesy of Grand Hotel Savoia / Expedia
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24 December 2020

Genoa, a large seaport town and the capital city of Italy’s Liguria, is an ideal combination of tradition and modernity, offering wonderful beaches, city life, and medieval architecture. It’s also the birthplace of the famous Christopher Columbus and pesto Genovese. Check out where to stay in Genoa, no matter whether you crave luxury or are travelling on a budget.

NH Collection Genova Marina

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (981 Reviews)
NH Collection Genova Marina
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Majestically rising from Genoa’s revamped Old Port area is the pillared, four-star Genova Marina hotel. It is at the forefront of the updated waterfront area, designed by the famous Genoese architect, Renzo Piano. It’s now a haven of activity with seafood restaurants, modern aquarium and dolphin-spotting boat trips for tourists. Back at Genova Marina, expect hints of nautical chic with wood-panelled walls, shiny brass and splendid marina views. Try tasty tapas and local wines on the port-facing deck as the sun sinks into the sea.

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Meliá Genova

Chain Hotel
4.6/5 (636 Reviews)
Melia Genova
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This boutique, five-star hotel with art deco heritage is located in the swanky, residential district of Carignano. It offers a peaceful stay in a busy port city. Rooms have muted, beige tones complemented with contemporary furnishing and scenic neighbourhood views. The geometric tiled lobby is a standout design feature in the hotel, reinforcing the 1920s character of the building. You’ll also have free access to the wellness centre with hot tub, indoor pool and Turkish bath.

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Palazzo Grillo

Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (154 Reviews)
Palazzo Grillo
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A prestigious, revamped mansion dating back to 1545, many of Palazzo Grillo’s traditional Genoese features have been carefully retained. The hotel is immersed with 16th-century grandeur, including intricate frescoes, marble façade and a historic epigraph. There are, of course, modern amenities to be found across the 25 rooms with Smeg minibars and bluetooth speakers.

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Le Nuvole

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (147 Reviews)
Le Nuvole
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This historic Genoese townhouse has been impressively reimagined as a swish, boutique hotel. The surviving frescoes give Le Nuvole a palatial feel, whilst modern design features bring the residence up to date. In the 15 rooms offered, expect high ceilings and sleek design, alongside slate and marble nods to its Genoan heritage. Breakfast is served across the square at its sister hotel, Palazzo Grillo. In the warmer months, start your day with sweet pastries and Italian coffee on their rooftop terrace.

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Locanda Di Palazzo Cicala

Apartment
3.5/5 (136 Reviews)
Locanda Di Palazzo Cicala
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There are sizable, elegantly furnished rooms in the 16th-century residence-turned-hotel, with original marble doorways and rather immense windows. While the public areas in the hotel are slightly limited, you can relax in their stylish lounge area, with bold flashes of colour and intriguing artworks adorning the walls. You’ll also find an array of galleries, fashion stores and upscale restaurants on the doorstep, making it a rather fancy base for your stay in Genoa.

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Hotel Doria

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
4.3/5 (10 Reviews)
Hotel Doria
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Snug 1950s Hotel Doria is located in the historic centre of the city. Nearby you’ll find the impressive Aquarium of Genoa, Piazza San Matteo and the updated waterfront. Soundproof rooms have been modernised with an understated, neutral design. They are also equipped with premium bedding, smart TVs and a pillow menu for the discerning napper.

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Hotel Continental

Boutique Hotel
4.4/5 (979 Reviews)
Hotel Continental
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Patterned wallpaper and colourful fabrics meshed with marble floors give the Continental Hotel a slightly eclectic feel. Fragrant, fresh flowers in rooms is a welcome extra. This 19th-century hotel overlooks the Piazza Principe with easy access to the train station. Their Trattoria Tralalero restaurant specialises in flavoursome, fresh fish which can be enjoyed outdoors on the shady terrace during the summer months.

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Palazzo Penco

Boutique Hotel
5/5 (1 Reviews)
Palazzo Penco
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This swish bed and breakfast with sea views is ideally located in the centre of Genoa, close to Via Garibaldi and the Gallery of the White Palace. Explore the nearby Genoese carruggi alley roads, local shops and regal palaces. Décor at the hotel is largely neutral tones with occasional kooky touches. Expect white bed linen, potted palms and the odd flamingo decoration adorning the walls. A simple Italian breakfast is served each morning.

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  • Grand Hotel Savoia

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (55 Reviews)
    Grand Hotel Savoia
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    Genoa’s five-star Grand Hotel Savoia dates back to 1897 and is undoubtedly the most luxurious hotel in the city. It is here that the noblemen, celebrities, and European royalty would stay during their visit to Liguria. The rooms of this hotel are designed in an old-fashioned, classy 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 couples as well as families.
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    Hotel Bristol Palace

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (967 Reviews)
    Hotel Bristol Palace
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    The second finest hotel in Genoa, the four-star hotel Bristol Palace has an aristocratic feel to it. It is located in the city centre, 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, many come with an outdoor terrace. Don’t miss an evening at the hotel’s art nouveau restaurant, Giotto, which serves fine Italian and local Ligurian dishes.
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    Hotel Vittoria Orlandini

    Hotel
    4/5 (207 Reviews)
    Hotel Vittoria Orlandini
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    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.
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    Il Giardino Di Albaro

    Hotel, Villa
    4.6/5 (81 Reviews)
    Il Giardino Di Albaro
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    The three-star Il Giardino Di Albaro can be found in the quiet, residential quarter, a few minutes away from the seaport and the old fishermen’s neighbourhood. Located in a charming villa from the early 20th century, it offers elegant rooms designed with the use of a classy combination of gold 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.
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    Hotel Nologo

    Hotel, Guesthouse
    4.2/5 (617 Reviews)
    Hotel Nologo
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    Hotel Nologo is a budget, two-star guesthouse bursting with colours, smiling staff and a positive vibe. The rooms are simply furnished and have been divided into musical themes: jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. Choose from a regular double room to a family suite with beds that fold-down from the walls. Additionally, there’s a rooftop hot tub and play area, plus reasonably priced breakfast basket, complete with a cappuccino, orange juice, fresh bread, yoghurt and fruit.
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    This is an updated version of an article originally written by Olga Lenczewska.

    These recommendations were updated on December 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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