This iconic hotel is perched on a hillside with incredible sweeping views of Portofino Harbour.
A winding road leads up a hill to this stylish retreat which offers spellbinding views over the sea and yacht-studded harbour from its wisteria-draped terraces. Synonymous with Italian Riviera glamour, this grand dame of Portofino boasts an illustrious history. A former 16th-Century Benedictine monastery, it became a nobleman’s summer residence before opening its doors to guests in 1901. Over the years it has welcomed eminent guests and stars of the silver screen, from Winston Churchill to Ava Gardner – and more recently, the likes of Madonna and Steven Spielberg – but everyone here receives the red carpet treatment.
The hotel oozes old-school glamour and it whisks you away to a bygone era with its classic style and gracious staff. Take a dip in the cliff-edge infinity pool and gaze out over the harbour or relax in the flower-filled terraced gardens and breathe in the sweet scent of jasmine. Make the most of the hilltop serenity with a spa treatment in the open-air gazebo, or enjoy a workout with a view at the small gym which has a glass wall to maximise the incredible sea views. The shops and restaurants of Portofino are just a short stroll or shuttle ride away and there’s a host of activities available locally, from nature trails and ice cream tasting to kayaking and romantic sunset dinners on the hotel’s private boat.
Enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast with freshly baked focaccia, smoked salmon, homemade pastries and made-to-order cooked dishes as you drink in the spectacular views from the terrace. As the evening draws in you can watch the twinkling lights of the harbour as you savour delicious seafood, pasta and local specialities at La Terrazza Restaurant. The stylish cocktail bar is perfect for after-dinner drinks accompanied by music from the hotel’s resident pianist.
The individually-designed rooms are classic in style and feature panoramic views of the gardens or sea. It’s well worth upgrading to a Double Seaview Room with Balcony for the chance to enjoy an al fresco breakfast overlooking the harbour. The Junior Suites offer extra space, a sitting area and incredible views.
On a steep hill overlooking Portofino Harbour which is just a 10-minute walk away
Good to know
A tourist tax is payable locally at the hotel.
70 rooms and suites
• Enjoy a gourmet tasting tour and picnic in the surrounding hills* • Book an excursion on the hotel’s private motorboat* • Brush up on your tennis skills with a private coaching session* • Take in the stunning scenery during a guided cycling or kayaking tour*.
2 restaurants, piano bar
Breakfast at La Terrazza Restaurant
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £109 • Breakfast and dinner at La Terrazza Restaurant
Full Board from £209 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at La Terrazza Restaurant.
*Denotes local charge