This was booked as the highlight and end of our Italy trip, we had stayed in many 2-3 star hotels and wanted to finish on a high.
We arrived by train at Santa Margarita and the taxi to Portofino was e35, just beside the taxi rank we saw a bus and the fare was e6 for two persons......easy!
We rode the bus to the final destination (20 mins), the bus did not stop at the hotel as we passed it on the way in, BUT if you stop at the church bus stop about 250 meters from Portifino there is a walkway that will take you back to the hotel above the dangerous and narrow road back to the hotel.
Arrival at the hotel was low key, we were glanced at and our passports demanded, I think this was because the staff did not speak english to a level where they were comfortably conversant.
We were shown to the room we booked and offered a ocean view upgrade (e50), as we loved the initial room we didn't take the upgrade although it offered great ocean views.
This hotel is GREAT and has access to an amazing private crystal clear beach, super yachts pass as you drink wine, really, really a special area.
Rooms are modern, and have everything except an iron but have not seen one in Italy yet. Breakfast was fabulous, loved it and the reception staff warmed up when I checked out, they wisely pointed out that New Zealand had no good tennis players for Roland Garros, I agreed but pointed out that Italy only managed a drawn against NZ in the Football World Cup.
SUGGESTION: On a guest arrival make them aware of the great facilties the hotel has to offer-beach-restaurant-or anything else.....you will make more money!
BTW: Hotel is below the Splendido so really is the next best thing in our opinion!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Piccolo Portofino is located in a privileged position, set on the slopes that characterize this exclusive stretch of the Ligurian coast overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio. During the sixties this location became very famous thanks to the protagonists of the star system, the nobles and aristocrats began to populate this fascinating locality to enjoy its exclusive parties and its fantastic scenery. The town of Portofino has remained unchanged all over the times, beautiful to live and to see as well. Hotel Piccolo Portofino, surrounded by the typical luxuriant vegetation of the Liguria Riviera, among the crystal clear water of Portofino and the blue sky, is a piece of art of the reception, unique of its kind. A hidden jewel, that has to be searched end discovered. Obtained from a refined period villa, today it is a boutique hotel, and from its generous terraces a breathtaking view onto this exclusive stretch of coast can be enjoyed. Inside, the contemporary design plays on strong contrasts, with combinations of marbles in white and black, and red velvets, crystals and soft fabrics. The set offers sensations of a refined, exclusive equilibrium and a romantic intimacy. Feelings that find their highest expression in the only 23 rooms of the hotel. Here, among all the comforts suited to the modern traveler, the contrasts are reduced, giving way to the softness of pastel tones, the whiteness of beds and enveloping pillows, to the transparency of the curtains behind which the gaze is lost onto the renowned beauty of this location to emphasize the stunning surrounding landscape A superb touch of exclusivity is added since this year to the range of services which Hotel Portofino is proud to dedicate to its guests. Just five minutes from the Hotel there is the legendary Piazzetta of Portofino, for a walk, a coffee or for a moment of pure relax . Or for shopping in the renowned brand stores ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domina Home Piccolo Hotel Portofino
- Domina Hotel Piccolo
- Domina Hotel Portofino