The hotel is about a 20 minute walk to the church in the centre of Santa Margherita, it is the closest hotel in Santa Margherita for the enjoyable walk to Portofino. It is also one of the closest to the Portofino dive centre.
I had a single room which was absolutely tiny with wooden panels. The air conditioning did not function appropriately. I raised this with the hotel and they commented that many other guests had raised complaints. An engineer was called, but the system was still not very effective. WiFi access was free but also intermitent and slow. The room was in a corner next to two other rooms, which made is quite noisy from other guests. The bed was comfortable and the shower was good.
Breakfast was very average, limited selection of food. For dinner service, the food was very average, some dishes were good but surpisingly basic pasta dishes were terrible. One one night I was allowed to order a single glass of wine from the bar in the restaurant, but on another night, I was not permitted to do this and was only permitted to have a small screw cap bottle of poor quality wine! Food and wine was overpriced for the quality.
Staff were friendly but what I would say is do not book a taxi via them. I was made to pay €20 (clearly a made up price) for the 5 minute drive from the hotel to the train station.
I would probably not stay here again unless it was the cheapest option available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure, the BEST WESTERN Hotel Regina Elena is located on the lovely sea road leading to Portofino, with charming panoramic view. The garden leads directly to the nice private beach, with restaurant and bar. This property is open all year round and has a large covered private parking at a nominal fee. Solarium on the roof top (open from May to October), with heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, to ejoy the wonderful view while relaxing under the warm Ligurian sun. Comfortable rooms, most of them with balcony and sea view, free wi-fi connection in the main building and beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Regina Elena Hotel Santa Margherita Ligure
- Regina Elena Best Western
- Best Western Santa Margherita Ligure
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