The Best Hotels to Book in Liguria, Italy
The coastal region of Liguria stretches from the towns of Cinque Terre, like colourful Riomaggiore, to the Italian Riviera | © Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo
The coastal region of Liguria, in northwest Italy, is awash with stunning heritage properties and some of the grandest hotels in the country. Here are some of the best, bookable on Culture Trip.
Whether you’re looking for a culturally rich city break or a seaside retreat, the Italian region of Liguria has got it. The wide, sprawling coastal state stretches along the Ligurian Sea, from the western border with France through towns, villages and rivieras to Italy’s Tuscan flank on the east. Glorious Genoa is a culinary delight, with Baroque palaces and a fascinating maritime history, while Savona, La Spezia, the Cinque Terre and the many Riviera towns add up to make the perfect coastal getaway: quintessentially Italian, scenic and relaxed.
4.7/5 (154 Reviews)
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Now from $132 per night
A Genoese palace dating back to 1545, Palazzo Grillo was lovingly restored in 2011. It’s now a boutique hotel with 25 rooms, decked out with sleek and mid-century interior decor. There are original features throughout the entrance hall, and communal spaces are a decadent and ornate journey into the city’s past. There’s an art gallery space and games room with billiards, plus a delicious breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace.
NH Collection Marina Genova
Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (965 Reviews)
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Now from $97 per night
This ultra-modern branch of the luxurious NH Collection is perfectly located for promenade walks and cocktails at some of Genoa’s great waterfront bars, in the Renzo Piano-renovated marina. The 140 rooms and suites are spacious and stylish, full of contemporary tech, and many come with private terraces. There’s a state-of-the-art gym and fine dining at in-house restaurant Il Gozzo, which serves delectable seafood that’s caught daily.
Grand Hotel Savoia
4.3/5 (55 Reviews)
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Now from $426 per night
Hotels don’t come much fancier than this. The Grand Hotel Savoia is a Belle Époque property first opened in 1897, and is considered to be one of the finest hotels in Italy. Renovated to its original splendour, the hotel is in the historic centre – just a couple of minutes’ walk from Principe Station, the city’s main transport hub. Lavish and luxurious rooms are matched by a divine spa, complete with steam rooms and hot pools, along with a gorgeous terrace bar and restaurant where you can enjoy your breakfast and gaze out to sea.
Grand Hotel Alassio
Spa Hotel, Luxury
4.4/5 (279 Reviews)
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Now from $235 per night
Just west of Savona on the dreamy Italian Riviera, the Grand Hotel is a jewel of the region, with a history of hosting royals and celebrities that goes back to the 1870s. The beach-facing, Neoclassical property was restored to its vast former glory in 2010, and now has a huge medical spa that spreads over three floors and includes a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, herbal bath, indoor pool and chromotherapy rooms, all designed to assist guests on their path to wellness.
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort and Spa
4.3/5 (719 Reviews)
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Now from $160 per night
On Rapallo Bay, the Grand Hotel Bristol Resort and Spa is an original resort in the heart of the Ligurian Riviera. The elegant residence is surrounded by typical Mediterranean vegetation and has breathtaking views over Portofino and the Gulf of Tigullio. The wide array of rooms and suites offer a bright sunny palette of lemon hues, mirroring the Mediterranean sun, most with a French balcony looking out to sea. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, fitted with hydromassage and chromotherapy, on the terrace overlooking the sea – with sun loungers to complete the viewpoint.
3.8/5 (197 Reviews)
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Now from $78 per night
Hotel Helvetia sits proudly on the coast in the small town of Sestri Levante, equidistant between Genoa and La Spezia. This is a classic Riviera hotel built for relaxation and rejuvenation. The calming sea views are only heightened by the blue waters of the outdoor swimming pools, where you can float your days away before snoozing on a sun lounger. The rooms and suites with sea or garden views are airy and tranquil, with high ceilings and pastel tones to soothe guests as the days float by.
Villa della Pergola
5/5 (42 Reviews)
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Now from $0 per night
This charming heritage property boasts a rich history. Restored by beloved architect Ettore Mocchetti, the individually designed suites are inspired by fin-de-siècle taste and adorned with watercolours, Victorian and Edwardian paintings, memorabilia and antiquities. The gardens are equally show-stopping, with over 400 species of plants carefully grown to retain the splendour of the villa’s heyday. They’re now considered a botanical marvel, overflowing with wisteria, strelitzia, cacti and lotuses.
Grand Hotel Miramare
4.8/5 (445 Reviews)
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Now from $305 per night
This stunning grand hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure is panoramically placed between Rapallo and Portofino – an idyllic location with incredible views across the Gulf of Tigullio. The unmissable Art Nouveau building, surrounded by rows of lush local trees, was restored using original Ligurian decorative techniques handed down by local painters for generations. The interiors boast antique furniture and sumptuous contemporary art and design features, in rooms that are bright, spacious and heavenly places to spend your days.
These recommendations were updated on September 30, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Lucie Grace