Concierge.com's insider take:
This 84-room white Belle Époque pile stands at the Portofino end of Santa Margherita Ligure's seaside promenade. If you can't afford the rates at the Splendido, the Miramare makes a better alternative than any of the cheaper (but still overpriced) hotels in Portofino itself, which is three miles away and connected by a regular bus service. (It also stays open year-round, unlike its Portofino rivals.) Rooms are welcoming, if a little démodé, with their polished parquet floors, flowery wallpaper, Murano chandeliers, and antique writing desks; most have bathtubs as well as showers. The hotel's trump card is its palm- and pine-shaded back garden, beyond which lies a large pool with a spectacular view down the coast toward the Cinque Terre. There's a small spa, and a generous breakfast buffet is served in the ground-floor restaurant. Be aware that heavy construction going on next to the hotel is likely to continue into 2009. Sea- and park-facing bedrooms are largely unaffected, but the pool terrace is right above the building site.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 86.8
- Design: 84.2
- Food: 81.1
- Location: 92.1
- Rooms: 89.5
- Service: 86.8
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006
Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler ›
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