If it were possible to return to the most satisfying sensations of 1950, this would be the place to do it. From the moment you arrive there is a sense of relief from the pressure of 2012, underscored by both the warm welcome, fresh smells, wide planked hardwood floors, high ceilings, and agreeable antique furniture in the common areas, hallways, and bedrooms. This type of hotel is becoming increasingly more difficult to find, absent any contrivance, it is the real thing. Nothing is over-the top elaborate, it is comfortable and welcoming and perhaps slightly understated. The freshness that is characteristic of the air and flora of Liguria seems to permeate this sweet hotel that by its nature embraces its guests. Hotels in Italy especially pay extremely high taxes and they are under tremendous pressure to cut corners in order to keep their prices competitive. Many do this by eliminate the once sacrosanct breakfast, or worse by serving stale bread, fake sugar-water juice, and instant coffee. The owner of this hotel is under similar pressure but by her nature is determined and committed to being an incredible host whatever the cost. To say the visit would be worth it for the breakfast alone would not be an overstatement. Home-made jams, wonderful breads and pastries, fresh-squeezed orange-juice, and a delicious cappuccino served to you as if you were a family member in town for a visit. I have visited San Remo many times and this is a hidden gem.
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- Hotel Belle Epoque is in the heart of Sanremo, a few steps from the famous casino, the sea, and the popular Ariston Theatre. Services include Wi-Fi access and bike rental. ... more less
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