Portofino + the Italian Riviera

Hotels in Portofino + the Italian Riviera

Hotels in the Italian Riviera range from fabulously cushy five-star resorts, to stylish boutique hotels to more affordable, modest guesthouses.

Because the region has long been the playground for the rich and famous, there is an extensive list of upscale Italian Riviera hotels to choose from. Those looking for the ultimate luxurious getaway should check out the Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare. Considered to be one of the best hotels in the Italian Riviera region, the resort frequently attracts international celebrities. Catherine Devenue was a frequent fixture, and more recently, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor vacationed here. Many of the hotel’s rooms include a balcony, and boast panoramic views of the ocean.

Vacationers looking for more affordable Italian Riviera hotels also have a wide selection to choose from. Many establishments offer rooms that can be booked for less than $100 a night. There are quite a few budget motels and hostels where rooms – particularly when booked well in advance, and not during the summer, the region’s peak tourist season – are available for less than $50 a night.

Turn-of-the-20th-century family-owned hotel overlooking the sea with landscaped grounds, 3 miles from Portofino.

Room to Book: Double Seaviews, for their large windows framing spectacular gulf views.

This family-owned hotel (and restaurant) offers an affordable stay in Recco.

More than a few VIP's (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Catherine Deneuve) have signed the visitor's book at this Portofino hotel. Originally a 16th-century monastery, the property was transformed into 69 guest rooms (16 at the more affordable Splendido Mare), three restaurants, and two bars.

Once the headquarters of a steel manufacturer, its rooms are light and spacious and the staff is superb. If you can help it, don’t stay anywhere else.

An haute-design hotel in the city center.

Seven intimate rooms with water views.