Fodor's Expert Review Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Via Penisola di Levante 26, , Liguria, 16039, Italy

You can see the Baia delle Favole from this castle-turned-hotel on a promontory, and you just might feel you've been transported to a fairy tale here. Much of the stonework used to construct the main building and dining/bar area in the 1900s was sourced from an 11th-century castle that once stood nearby. The spiral marble staircase is impressive, and many of the rooms are regal with mahogany and velvet furniture; the palatial sitting areas have Roman-like statues. There are gardens and walking paths to stroll, and even a “sea pool”—a private inlet with exclusive guest access. Rooms in the main building have more character.

PROS

  • grand setting with spectacular views of the two bays
  • beautiful grounds
  • private inlet

CONS

  • some rooms and public areas have a dated feel
  • steep walk (or slow elevator) down to the beach
  • a bit far from the train station, so a car is best

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical
Sophisticated
Near the beach
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0185-487020

HOTEL DETAILS

48 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar., Free breakfast

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