1 Best Hotel in Sestri Levante, The Italian Riviera

Grand Hotel dei Castelli

$$$$ | Via Penisola di Levante 26, 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.


  • Grand setting with spectacular views of the two bays
  • Beautiful grounds
  • Private inlet


  • Some rooms and public areas have a dated feel
  • Steep walk (or slow elevator) down to the beach
  • Guests are charged for access to private beach
Via Penisola di Levante 26, 16039, Italy
hotel Details
50 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar., Free Breakfast

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