Grand Hotel Miramare

Grand Hotel Miramare

In an expansive garden at the foot of Monte di Portofino, right next to the Tigullio Bay, lies the Grand Hotel Miramare. The romance of yesteryear has been preserved in the Art Nouveau building. Over the years, it has also become an accommodation with a superbe reputation. From the large outdoor pool and the cosy cocktail and piano bars to the blissful wellness centre 'e'SPA'ce', all your worries will immediately melt away.


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The hotel is open from the end of March to November.


73 rooms.


Check-in is possible from 3 pm. Check-out is at 12 noon at the latest.


From 820 euros.


  • The tourist tax is 5 euros per person per day. You can pay this on site.
  • Small dogs are welcome for 30 euros per night. You can pay this amount on-site. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurants, beach bar and at the pool.

About the rooms

The Miramare's 75 rooms and suites overlook the beautiful garden or have sublime sea views. They are spacious and decorated in a traditional and romantic style. The high ceilings and light pastel-coloured walls create a unique atmosphere. Also nice to know is that each room provides a minibar with free soft drinks.

Our favourite room

One of our favourite rooms is the Tigullio Suite. The main feature of this suite is the large balcony where you will have a beautiful panoramic view of Tigullio Bay from Santa Margherita to Portofino Bay. In this suite, you have two bathrooms in marble, one with a beautiful bathtub and the other with a separate shower. Of course, all the other sea view rooms are great too. So, it's definitely difficult to choose.

Enjoy a refreshing swim

Enjoy a day in the sun at the large outdoor seawater pool with sun beds. Across from the hotel there is a public beach where free sun beds and umbrellas are available to hotel guests from June to mid-September.

Work out and wind down

Completely unwind at the splendid 'eSPAce' wellness centre. Soak up the soothing atmosphere and enjoy various massages and body treatments. Sports enthusiasts have a wide choice of sports activities here. Sailing, diving or canoeing on the water or golf, hiking, running, tennis and horse riding is possible in the area. Being a hotel guest, you can use the facilities of the Rapallo Golf and Tennis Club. The 18-hole, 110-hectare course is set in a beautiful green area that is home to many bird species. The surroundings are breathtaking, especially on hole 7, with its unique and unforgettable view of the ancient Valle Christi monastery.

Tips for packing

If you want to visit the Cinque Terre from this hotel, we recommend you to put on good walking shoes as flip-flops are not allowed here.

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Food & drink

Dress code

The dress code in Vistamare restaurant is smart casual. We recommend gentlemen to wear long trousers.

Sky blue defines the atmosphere in the Art Nouveau space of Vistamare restaurant. During the summer months, you can take in stunning panoramic views from the terrace. This is the perfect setting to sample the chef's culinary creations. In the mornings you will relish a quality breakfast buffet and in the evenings delicious Ligurian dishes with international influences. Outside the summer months, you can also come here for lunch.

During summer the poolside restaurant is a dreamy haven for a cocktail or summer lunch. The view here includes the spectacular pool, the shimmering sea and the Mediterranean garden in the background.

For an aperitif or snack, Le Colonne is the place to be. The columns from which the bar takes its name are a feature of the terrace area with its white wrought-iron tables and chairs.

The Barracuda Beach Restaurant is the perfect place to try the best seasonal dishes or enjoy a drink. The restaurant is exclusive to hotel guests. A fun fact is that the beach restaurant has been around since 1949. At the time, it was a famous nightclub that hosted the best Italian jazz orchestras.

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Grand hotel Miramare is located in a beautiful garden 100 meters from the center of Santa Margherita Ligure. From the hotel you have a view of the beautiful Bay of Tigullio. The pebbly beach and the sea are within walking distance. Portofino is 5 km, Rapallo 4 km, Camogli 10 km, Genoa 36 km and Le Cinque Terre 68 km.

Are you travelling by plane?

Genoa airport is 36 km away. It is also possible to fly to Nice airport, located in France 245 kilometers away.


A transfer from Genoa airport to the hotel costs 130 euros per journey. This amount can be paid on site.

Do you have a (rental) car?

The distance from Brussels is 1110 kilometers. There is a garage with parking service 50 meters from the hotel, which costs 40 euros per day. Charging stations are also available for a fee.

Worth getting out of bed for

Santa Margherita Ligure and neighbouring towns have several diving centres that offer courses and tours on the beautiful seabeds of the Portofino Nature Reserve.

The shape of the seabed here is fascinating, with sheer walls and an exceptional array of marine life. You will discover a thriving marine fauna, a wide range of animal species and abundant seaweed. This is also home to the remarkable bronze statue of Christ of the Abyss.

With kilometres of trails cutting through 3700 hectares of land, Portofino Park is a true paradise for all hiking enthusiasts. The varied trails offer both relaxing, easy walks and real challenges for avid hikers.

Equipped with sturdy hiking shoes, you will explore wild landscapes and panoramic viewpoints, stunning cliffs and beautiful bays along rural hamlets and coastal villages brimming with art and history. Portofino has a particularly mild climate, making it an ideal year-round hiking destination.

Santa Margherita Ligure has been on the calendars of Italian and European runners and walkers for several years. The 'Two Pearls' International Half Marathon in February and the Portofino Trail in November are staples for running enthusiasts in beautiful surroundings. Jogging along the coastline will reveal why.

Caractère review

It is a truly traditional and typically Italian hotel near Portofino, unpretentious but with an excellent reputation owing to its refined cuisine and professional service. The experience has made this hotel a top class hotel!

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