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Situated in the heart of the Italian Riviera, the Grand Hotel Miramare is a wonderful family owned luxury hotel, just a short stroll from the cable car down to Taormina Beach.
The Fustinoni family have carefully maintained the classic façade of the hotel, with its early 1900's frescoes, alongside a large park, dotted with palms, pines, camellias, and fragranced with lavender and aromatic herbs. From its hillside location, the hotel overlooks the turquoise waters of the Tigullio Gulf, and is sandwiched between the town of Rapallo and the colourful Italian fishing village of Portofino, loved by locals and oligarchs alike.
The 84 guestrooms and suites are classic in style, with polished wood floors, pastel walls, and dark wood furnishings. All guestrooms are air-conditioned, with ensuite bathroom, TV and views of the sea, or the luscious park. Some guestrooms also feature balconies with panoramic views.
Vistamare is the signature restaurant at Grand Hotel Miramare, where traditional Ligurian cuisine is served al fresco on the seaview terrace. Pre and post dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the Bar Le Colonne, alongside lunch and light bites for more informal dining. The Pool Bar also serves fresh salads and pasta's accompanied by creative cocktails. On chillier evenings, retreat to the cosy piano bar, Barracuda.
The E'SPA'CE spa is a haven of relaxation, offering oriental inspired treatments for guests, which can be enjoyed in the spa, or in a private gazebo within the Mediterranean gardens. Guests can also lounge by the salt water pool on summer days, of find a quiet spot on a scenic terrace, or within the fragrant gardens to relax.
For more active travellers, guests of Grand Hotel Miramare have access to The Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo, or can enjoy sailing, diving and trekking in the Portofino National Park. A plethora of quaint, colourful, clifftop towns are within a day trips reach of the hotel, including La Cinque Terre, which is home to the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto - UNESCO Human Heritage sites - a national park, and a protected marine area.
Why we love it
Grand Hotel Miramare has always been a family owned hotel, and it has been under the ownership of the Fustinoni family since 1945, which explains the great service and warm welcome that guests receive.
Victoria, Original Traveller