16 Viale Baratta, Main Hotel, Portofino, Italian Riviera, 16034, Italy
Stunning View,great service
My wife had always wanted to go to Hotel Splendido, Portofino with its picture postcard views. We were lucky enough to spend three wonderful days at this grand lady of hotels. From the moment we entered our room & walked out onto its balcony we were just hypnotized by one of the best views you could possibly imagine.
The room was beautifully appointed, clean & a perfect retreat after wandering around the village all day. The bathroom was lovely, clean & everything you should need.
What ever you do, come down to eat your meals in the terrace restaurant as the ambiance is amazing & you never no who just might be sitting at the next table "we had Mr & Mrs Rod Stewart"
The food was just as you would expect, excellent especially the local seafood.
Don't wander of to bed without popping into the piano bar for a nightcap & joining in with the great singing & music trivia. Two nights running we were disappointed when last drinks were called after a fun night was had by all who wandered in.
Unique Quality: Picture postcard views, excellent food, wonderful musical entertainment, great pool & friendly, personalized service.
The Splendido in Portofino is one of the finest hotels along the Italian Riviera. The rich and famous gather here, and if you have the right change in your pocked why not enjoy the culinary delights of the hotel. Stunning views accompany the five star luxury service, since the hotel is towering on a hill overlooking the Bay of Portofino.
Unique Quality: Even if you do not stay in the hotel go and sit on the outside verandah and enjoy good cuisine with fantastic views over the bay below! You can request a shuttle to fetch you in the Portofino town centre, departure point is in Portofino at the main square.
Directions: The hotel is located just south of the Portofino Bay
When Money is No Object
Originally a monastery, the four-story building was attacked with such frequency in the sixteenth century by Saracen pirates that the monks abandoned it to the sheep that roamed the coastal hills. In the nineteenth century, Baron Baratta revived the wreck, converting it into a family summer house. It had been built on an east-west axis, following the contour of the hill, so that as well as having views of the sea from all its principal windows, it also had the sun all day.
The Duke of Windsor was the first person to sign the visitors' book at the Hotel Splendido in Portofino. His name is scrawled next to that of Wallis, his wife.
In 1952 they were the first in a long list of illustrious visitors who came to cushion themselves against the uncomfortable realities of life.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minelli and Rex Harrison all stayed at the Splendido. In the Fifties and the Sixties, Harrison, who had a villa on the slopes above the Splendido, transferred la Dolce Vita from Rome to Portofino, where he played it out on the hotel's celebrated terrace, at his villa and in the bars and restaurants of the little port.
Unique Quality: Today the Splendido still has a patrician air. It is not a grand hotel in the conventional sense, it has none of the sumptuous fantasy of the Ritz and it doesn't pretend to be a setting for elaborate social rituals. Instead it is quietly democratic. The principal reception rooms are furnished with old looking glasses, gilt console tables and Persian rug, the dining room serves food based on local, even peasant, tradition - fresh fish, home made pasta and lots of local aromatic herbs.
Directions: Set on a hillside in four acres of romantic tropical gardens with superb palm trees, the Hotel Splendido overlooks the bay of Portofino.
More about Hotel Splendido
One of my wishes is to be reincarnated as a very rich Italian with a house in Portofino.... Sure, Portofino is touristy, expensive and crowded. However, get away for the crowds in the main harbor, and wander the little footpaths -- soon Portofino will work it's magic on you.
The higher you climb up into the hills, the more fabulous become the views of the Ligurian coastline. Spring seems one of the best times to visit Italy all around, and Portofino didn't disappoint with lush greenery, flowers in bloom, and trees heavy with lemons. It's wonderful to breathe in the scent of flowering jasmine which seems favored many Italian gardeners as you walk along.
Make sure to stop and tour the Hotel Splendido -- Splendido your bank account would have to be to spend the night here (we found out 1000 Euros a night) -- but walking the grounds and pretending that you are a guest are for free. If you want to splash out without emptying your bank account, have drinks and snacks at their bar overlooking the ocean.
Perched on Italy's northwest coast, Portofino is one of the most perfect, most photogenic fishing ports in the Mediterranean. Portofino means "port of the dolphins". Home to the exclusive Hotel Splendido, Portofino has been a magnet for Europe's beau monde, from Rex Harrison to Elizabeth Taylor, for decades.
The lifestyle is mellow, hang out on the beach, go for a sail or a cruise on your yacht, and take some time to enjoy the local cuisine and wines. Restaurants and bistros dot the streets offering excellent fare for visitors. Take a stroll up to the church San Giorgio for a spectacular view of the harbor. For the more industrious, there are many nearby opportunities for exploring: olive orchards, vineyards, isolated fishing villages, and be sure to walk the spectacular cliffside path to the isolated abbey of St. Fruttuoso, just outside of Portofino.
Cinque Terra Day Trip Question
Q: We are spending four days in Florence/Tuscany & sightseeing and then heading, by auto, to Portofino/Hotel Splendido for three days of doing "nothing." I would like to spend one day in Cinque Terre (day trip) on the way to Portofino.
I understand that Montorossa is the best place to drive and park. Is it feasible to catch the milk run from Montorosso to Vezanno for lunch and sight seeing?
Does any one have an updated train schedule of departure times from Mont to Vezz & from Vezz to Mont on the milk run?
Or should we just be satisfied with strolling, lunch & sight seeing at Vezzano?
Any suggestions for lunch at Vezzano?
Re: Cinque Terra Day Trip Question
Do you mean Vernazza? If so it is very easy to get the trains between all 5 towns. Didn't have lunch in Vernazza but had a fabulous lunch in Riomaggiore.
You'll love it there(Cinque Terre). If you aren't going to spend much time hiking you should at least walk on the via del'Amore, 20 -30 minute easy walk.
Re: Re: Cinque Terra Day Trip Question
Yes thanks, my typing is only slighly worse than my spelling (!). We may try the hike as well.
Thanks for the feedback
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Address: 16 Viale Baratta, Main Hotel, Portofino, Italian Riviera, 16034, Italy