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Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita Ligure 

30 Via Milite Ignoto
Santa Margherita Ligure
Tel: 39 01 8528 7013
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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:
"The location is wonderful" at this 1903 Belle Époque grande dame. French colonial–style rooms in shades of pink and green come with park or sea views. Les Bougainvillées prepares Ligurian and international dishes; the breakfast buffet is "lovely and wonderful." The bar's atmosphere is "unique and relaxing." One former guest found the staff "unfriendly and not accommodating."

(75 rooms)
—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, Spa

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