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Grand Hotel Portovenere - Portovenere

Via Garibaldi 5 - Portovenere

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The Grand Hotel Portovenere is ideally located in the heart of Portovenere, a fabulous holiday destination of the Ligurian Riviera. Set directly on the seafront, overlooking Palmaria Island and the Gulf of Poets, this 4-star hotel is housed in a former 17th-century convent, and offers a wonderful atmosphere with charming interiors and a welcoming staff.

On-site features are thoughtfully designed for guest comfort and include elegantly furnished accommodations, an excellent restaurant, bar, conference centre with state-of-the-art office equipment, a high-speed Internet Point, a garage and a panoramic terrace.
Recently the hotel has added to its services a Wellness center, that offers to the guests the possibility of wellness packages, day spa, etc...


The Grand Hotel Portovenere is furthermore an ideal starting point for touring the Liguria region, with its impressive landscapes, unspoilt beaches, and plenty of cities rich in art, history and culture. 
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Guest Rating 8.0 Very Good
Based on 246 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

The breakfast was not very adequate. The choice of food was not very good as was ...

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Facilities at Grand Hotel Portovenere

  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Lift/elevator
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Hairdresser
  • Concierge
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • City tour
  • Conference room
  • Meeting Room
  • Hydromassage Jacuzzi
  • Health club
  • Massages
  • Sauna
  • Turkish bath
  • Internet/Email services

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  • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.

Check-in: after 2 PM.

Check-out: before 11 AM.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • No onsite parking is available.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

INCLUDED/NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Use of the Internet Point is not included and costs €5,00 per 30 minutes or €10,00 per hour. Breakfast is included in the price.

Grand Hotel Portovenere is also known as

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Portovenere Grand Hotel

8.6

Clean

9.2

Location

8.0

Quiet

8.0

Spacious

7.9

Service

Grand Hotel Portovenere reviews

9.7 Outstanding!
  • October 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Great location, clean rooms, not as nice as I thought they would be (for the cost, I thought they would be much nicer), the breakfast buffet was great).

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

This was the first time in Portovenere and we believe that the Hotel Grand Hotel Portovenere exceeded our expectations. We loved the location as the view was terrific and location very convenient. We arrive by ferry and the Hotel is just across the street from the ferry dock.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • May 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Switzerland

Excellent location right on the coast of the beautiful Portovenere. Really satisfied!

5.9 Ordinary
  • May 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Luxembourg

Item of jewellery went missing from room and reception staff were unhelpful.

4.3 Ordinary
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

This area is the gateway to the Cinque Terre and so you might expect to pay top prices. The hotel is only 'grand' by name and lacks many amenities that a grand hotel might elsewhere.Perfectly pleasant but not grand

7.4 Good
  • February 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

not normal to dont have wi-fi, and foreigner tv in the bedroom. We are in the third millenium !

9.2 Wonderful!
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This was our first visit and we would never consider staying in another hotel if we returned. The front desk staff members were the absolute best, friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, resourceful, creative and good at solving problems and issues. The view was beautiful. We were in sort of a junior suite, and the only thing more fabulous would have been a terrace from which to view the town. But it was perfect, and this is truly a first class hotel. The breakfast was outstanding, too!

9.8 Outstanding!
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Iraq

We loved the hotel and the area. The price was very good and the service at the hotel top-notch. The breakfast was marvelous and plentiful; and sitting on the large balcony each morning added to the atmosphere. Portovenere is wonderful. The entire Liguria Coast was some of the most beautiful land and water we have ever seen. We are planning to return next year. Friendly and competent staff. Clean rooms. Great air conditioning. Beware, the laundry arrangements could take 48 hours to return clothes and no laundromat in the town. Take enough clothes or wash in the sink. One tip: have parking arrangements made before you drive there or experience the 4 mile round the loop trip that I did. Parking is expenseive and the spaces are few. I would recommend travel by train to La Spezia then a bus to the hotel. Buses run about every 20 minutes. In the town there is a free bus that makes the loop to save you from walking. When it stops just board. However, we enjoyed the exercise and the experience of being outside near the water so we walked a lot.

4.0 Ordinary
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The bed linens and bathrooms were clean. However, the room (mostly the carpets) where not. On both our stays the air conditioning functioned very poorly. While it was very hot during our stay, the other hotels we stayed at had great air conditioning and functioned well. The maid was very rude waking us up by banging on our door to clean our room even though we had hung out a "do not disturb sign." We were sleeping late and throwing her off schedule. Breakfast was yanked away (the bread basket while I was walking towards it to get a serving of bread). The elevator did not work one day. For the price, the value was not there for us.

7.6 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Belgium

There is a real problem of parking in the summer. Once your car parked in a reserved parking area which is in 3-4 km distance from the hotel you´ll be lucky to take a boat from Portovenere to visit Cinqua terre. A view from the terrace of this hotel is really beautifull and a breakfest generous. However, Portovenere is not made for beach lovers. There is no French TV program.

4.5 Ordinary
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Old room and impossible park the car

9.6 Outstanding!
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Australia

A REAL JOY. GREAT LOCATION. OK, SO WE HAD TO HAVE LAST AVAILABLE TWIN ROOM, A JUNIOR SUITE WITH TERRACE AND MAGIC VIEW BUT WORTH EVERY EURO. ALL CINQUE TERRE EASILY ACCESSIBLE AND IN FAR MORE COMFORT AND PEACE, AND WE DID WALK A LOT, I RECOMMEND PORTOVENERE AND THIS HOTEL AS A PERFECT BASE, ALL YEAR.

7.9 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

La posizione dell'hotel è ottima e la terrazza in cui viene servita la colazione offre un panorama bellissimo. Un'unica pecca: la camera non era così spaziosa e ben arredata da essere in linea con il prezzo.

8.1 Very Good
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

First time. Stayed in junior suite.

8.5 Excellent
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

This is right on the port, great access to everything in Portovenere and the shuttle boat to Cinque Terra. To get to the hotel is difficult, we caught bus from La Spezia, but it is meant to be out of the way, so that's expected. Rooms were lovely and the town is even better. This place is a wonderful stay right in the heart of Portovenere, and the breakfast is delicious with all you can eat on the patio outside.

7.8 Good
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Belgium

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à votre hotel, que des bonnes notes. On reviendra, ca c'est sûr.Cette hotel est a recommandé à tous nos amis. Merci

7.1 Good
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Great views & room was clean. Breakfast was poor for a 4 star hotel with sugary fruit drinks no juice & not much fresh fruit

9.2 Wonderful!
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Lovely hotel with excellent views, Friendly staff, The hotel should let know the people who are coming by car that the parking for the hotel is right before you get to the hotel, and also it should have good signs. Since there is one way street around we had to drive about 4 miles to come back and enter the parking. But it is a great hotel.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Grand Hotel Portovenere is an excellent hotel to stay at while in the Cinque Terre area. Portovenere is a charming seaside village with colourful buildings and a great west facing rocky point to enjoy sunsets over the Med. The rooms and other facilities were excellent. Breakfast was extensive and served in a great room with a terrace overlooking the water. The dining room also served great food at dinner. The staff were helpful and professional. While in this area, make sure to walk the Cinque Terre. We took the boat in front of the hotel to Monterosso al Mare and started our walk from there. This way you walk the most difficult part of the trail first. We then took a boat back in Riomaggiore. Another nice daytrip is a to go to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. We took the train from La Spezia and enjoyed the experience. Santa Margherita is a very nice little seaside town. Definitely would recommend the Grand Hotel Portovenere. It is a bit pricey but well worth it for the location and service.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

We had a room with a view to the harbour and the old village - fantastic!! We really enjoyed our stay!!

8.6 Excellent
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

La valutazione dipende prevalentemente da: ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo, ottima posizione, pulizia della stanza molto buona e gentilezza del personale. Nel complesso la struttura non equivale esattamente ad un quattro stelle, l'arredamento non è particolarmente nuovo e curato e se avessi pagato la tariffa di alta stagione non sarei parimenti soddisfatta. Ottimo per la posizione e la vista impareggiabile, il garage è a pagamento ma il personale da gentilmente informazioni per soluzioni alternative. Suggerisco il ristorante tre torri vicinissimo all'hotel: cena ottima e spesa più che onesta. Pesce freschissimo

8.2 Very Good
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

An excellent hotel located in one of the most beautiful places we have ever been.

7.7 Good
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

Had a great stay as it is a in a beautiful location. The room service was amazing - they always did a great job. Room we stayed in overlooked the water and was nice and spacious. The front desk staff were not particular helpful or overly friendly. I saw the front desk lady smile for the first time when we paid the bill on departure. They are ok but you have to push for information, they will not go out of their way to tell you things. On arrival, we were not shown to our rooms nor given help with our bags. They just gave us the key and pointed us the lift. However I would recommend staying here as it was a great location. You don't need to use the front desk staff for too much anyway. Note that it is a bit of a hike from La Spezia to Portovenere. We got off at the train station, then walked to a bus stop in La Spezia (hard with our bags), then got on a bus to Portovenere.

8.0 Very Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Our room was clean and comfortable lollies and welcome nice. We did not have a room with a view which would have been excellent but the location was quiet and very central. Breakfast was comprehensive but looked better than it tasted, I would recommend some product changes.

8.7 Excellent
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

Great hotel, right at the center of Portovenere. Breathtaking view from the room. Personnel was very kind and helpful. It definitely exceeded our expectations.

4.5 Ordinary
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

A wedding party was held the night of our stay, on the outside balcony below our room. We were not informed of the wedding party, but was informed the next morning that it was booking the day before. A live band played until 12:47 in the morning, followed by shouting until 1:15. Complaints to the night mangement were useless. After complaining to the day management we were given a reduction in rate of the room. I would not recomend this hotel due to the lack of concern for their clients comfort and seemingly great concern for the monetary reward they received for the addition of a wedding party.

6.8 Fair
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

While I was parking the vehicle my wife started the check in process. We supplied our confirmation to the receptionist and was told that there would be an additional 60 euro charge for my children ages 11 & 13. I selected a junior suite and paid a premium for that reason. The confirmation included the room charge which was basically ignored by the receptionist. We could have selected to leave the hotel, but we would have been charged the entire amount due to the room guarentee provision. I have filed this exception with American Express. On another note - I parked in the adjacent lot which is run it appears by a third party. I parked for one day only and was cgarged 30 euros. I believe this is somewhat excessive. You would not pay that amount in New York City. I believe the real estate values in Manhattan are a bit higher than in Portovenere! Final Note - I travel extensively both domestically and worldwide. I am also an executive in the hospitality industry and am well versed in the policies and operations of hotels. I understand the need at times to charge for additional occupants, but this should not have been one of those times!

8.4 Very Good
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Canada

Our stay was great (although expensive), rooms were decorated traditionally and the late check out time was appreciated (noon)!

7.8 Good
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Turkey

We stayed just one night in Portovenere with my sister, and this is the place to stay if you're in Portovenere! Lovely town. The location of the hotel couldn't be better.

3.2
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

Absolutely no parking if you arrive anytime before 8pm, then you have to park on the street for the princely sum of 12 euros. The room we had was very old, and clearly hadnt been updated or modernised since the hotel first opened about 15 years ago. The shower was tiny. Walls also quite thin as we could hear people in other rooms and doors constantly slamming. Absolutely not worth the money (we felt sick paying for such a sub-standard room), even though Portovenere is a pretty place, would recommend it as a day trip only.

10 Outstanding!
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

exceeded our expectations --- view from our room was absolutely fabulous!!

8.1 Very Good
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Finland

Lovely view. Excellent location.

8.5 Excellent
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Netherlands

Negatives: the beds could need replacement and the waitressess in the breakfast restaurant could be more alert. Positives: everything else! We will come back!

9.7 Outstanding!
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

The view was spectacular, the breakfast on the terrace was awesome, a great little seaside village,we should have stayed one more night!!!

9.3 Wonderful!
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ireland

This hotel would have to be our favourite that we stayed in during our 3 week holiday across Italy. The Grand Hotel was beautiful and conveniently located right in front of the marina where our boat dropped us off in Portovenere. It is easy to access which is especially convenient if you have heavy suitcases. The views from the breakfast area are magnificent. I would recommend it to everyone and we thought the price was extremely reasonable.

8.8 Excellent
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

Excellent location, we had a sea view which was beautiful. The room overlooked the main restaurant area and a view of the port. The staff gave us good restaurant recommendations which affordable. The rate is more than we normally pay but we cut costs at other destinations and it was worth every penny.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Best location in Portovenere. Staff was very friendly and upgraded our room for our honeymoon. Town was our favorite - we liked it better than the Cinque terra...

2.3
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

This hotel suffered from: - unfriendly and rude catering staff - poor decor - poor food (we had breakfast only) - only marginally helpful front of house staff - grafiti by the lift in the main reception (!) - hot water unreliable The advantages were: - brilliant location Overall, we were really very disapointed with this hotel, which for the price, offered poor value for money. This was in stark contrast to other hotels we stayed in for the same level of rates.

8.3 Very Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

very good hotel

8.7 Excellent
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Canada

We enjoyed our stay very much except for 2 issues which, fortunately, were overcome by the end of the first day. One relates to signage. There seemed little or no indication to drivers that the hotel was where it is: No sign appeared visible from the road and, as the one street is a long one-way loop, with no stopping and, frequently no parking nearby, one could circle many times (as I did) before finding it. Also there is no place to pull off the road to register and get information regarding the parking. Though advertised, the parking arrangements were NOT available and I had to park on the street a mile or two away until a place was available nearer the hotel late in the evening.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Beautiful views nice hotel and an excellent breakfast. We could not be happier with this hotel location and facilities. Super easy to reach the Cinque Terra by ferry in front of hotel.

6.9 Fair
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The layout of the room was a bit odd, but certainly spacious enough. Breakfast was very nice, but hard-cooked eggs would have been a good protein source.The coffee was very good, when you added the hot milk. The lattes were not very hot, so stick with coffee/hot milk combo. Fresh fruit would be another nice addition. Great location and views. Wonderful little town.

8.8 Excellent
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Latvia

It should be mentioned that hotel is located on a pretty steep hill, because it was a bit of a suprise to get the whole way up there.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Finland

Very nice hotel at the heart of Portovenere. Excellent views from seaside room window.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

Hotel clean, quiet (at least at this period of the year ), with large rooms.Beautiful situation, on Portovenere harbour.

7.0 Good
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

Très jolie chambre...mais la clim fait un bruit de soufflerie épouvantable...de nature à perturber très sérieusement le sommeil...Heureusement que nos escapades en journée nous avaient beaucoup fatigués !

9.1 Wonderful!
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

I had a very nice stay in this quaint town!

9.1 Wonderful!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The breakfast buffet was the best we had in Italy. The staff at the front desk was very helpful in answering our questions. They had a computer in the lobby to use for checking email and they did not charge for it.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Beautiful modern hotel, with historic charm. Perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

7.1 Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

This is a good hotel to use as base to visit the surrounding area - particularly the Cinque Terre (ferry is across the road from the hotel). Rooms are clean and comfortable. Satff were OK, but not overly warm and welcoming as we'd experienced at other locations.

8.1 Very Good
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Switzerland

Magnifique terrasse du petit déjeuner avec vue mer

9.8 Outstanding!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Absolutely loved our room overlooking the romantic harbor! Breakfast was very nice. No complaints at all. Would definitely recommend this hotel It's location right on the harbor where the ferry takes you right to all the Cinque Terre towns is fabulous. Train comes to La Spatsia and the bus comes right to the hotel for only 3 Euros for both of us! Very convenient. Loved everything about it.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Canada

This hotel exceeded my expectations. It was clean, quiet, and in a fabulous location. The view at breakfast was wonderful.

8.9 Excellent
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

Portovenere has got to be one of the best places we have visited. it was simply superb; the village itself was like something out of a postcard and a million miles away from the nightmare package resort holiday that we wanted to steer well clear of. It is a fantastic base to visit the cinque terre from and in conclusion- we'll be back! The hotel was spotless. We had a lovely terrace on the top floor (i would recommend staying on the top floor at the back for some peace and quiet if thats what you're after as you still get a lovely view of the sea!)the main gripe we had was a small one- that most of the fruit for breakfast was tinned; the food for the evening meal was passable but we had better meals at a restaurant called tre torri just up the hill.Also the showers were tiny. Overall though, the hotel was lovely; had great character, lovely treatments in the spa and the most perfect location imaginable- totally unspoilt

9.6 Outstanding!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

We only spent two days of our three weeks in Italy at this hotel, but kept wishing we could go back. My kids thought it the best town we visited, and I think we agree with them. The village is beyond charming, and the hotel is perfect.

3.2
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

The hotel is really overpriced for the quality of service, environment etc. Breakfast was rubbish - we stay in many hotels and this was the worst. Everything seemed very old fashioned and in need of a real update. Reception service was fine (not brilliant) but the rest of the hotel felt like a bit of a 70's ghost town. Sorry - but we won't be returning or recommending...

9.2 Wonderful!
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

We enjoyed our stay tremendously. We stipulated a "room with a view," (which we highly recommend), and we got it. After visiting Cinque Terra villages, our initial decision to stay just outside in Portovenere proved to be the smart one. The ferry-boat-to-villages taxi was right outside the hotel.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • June 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The room was great with a view of the bay, although a bit limited with a small terrace and overhang...

9.3 Wonderful!
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This is a great location; it is a two minute walk to the water ferry for the Cinque Terre and five minutes to the "Medusa", a great restaurant. Ask for a room with a window overlooking the harbor and you'll have the best view in town.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Only issue I had with this property was that the website did not explain that they don't turn on a/c until late May. We had a seaside room that had spectacular view but the wind was just not blowing in right direction to get breeze into room. It got quite hot in room even early in May. I told Staff that they should make a portable fan available. They agreed and said they would suggest at meeeting. Food was excellent.

7.3 Good
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

Great location, to visit cinque terra. The hotel however charges an extra 16 euros per day parking, 5 euros for internet use, etc.

5.4 Ordinary
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

This was an unattractive hotel.The lift was tiny and was the slowest ever encountered. As we were on the 5th floor this was a serious disadvantage.Our room was very small even though described as a junior suite. There was another even smaller room with a camp bed. For our last 2 days the lavatory made a high pitched, continous squeel. On our final night we had to be moved down the corridor to get away from it.A very disappointing ,ordinary hotel which is a shame as Portovenere is a gem.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • March 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

This was one of favorite places to stay on our trip to Italy. The surroundings are epic and the people are wonderful. I would definately stay here again.

6.9 Fair
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

The room was a bit pricey for what it was. It was more than adequate, the bed was comfortable, bathroom was nice, we just felt it was probably 10-20 euros overpriced. breakfast was very good with a huge selection.

6.1 Fair
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Japan

Location is very nice.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

This hotel place a close second to those we stayed in during our 2 week trip to Italy, only surpassed by one in Siena. Our view of the harbor and the colorful houses in town was fantastic! We'd say the town of Portovenere is an excellent jumping off point to explore the Cinque Terre, and would recommend this hotel as the place to stay.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

We were 2 adult couples and had the best time. The hotel is great and conveniently located. We had rooms on the 3rd floorand overlooking the bay. The view is stuning at sunrise and sunset. Marina with boats to Cinque Terre and ocal restaurants are few steps away. Highly recommended.

8.6 Excellent
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

excellent location on harbour, staff are helpful and friendly

9.0 Wonderful!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Luxembourg

Restaurant very good

5.5 Ordinary
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Escogimos una habitacion con vistas al mar en el cuarto piso, pero la terraza era pequeña, bastante sucia y llena de humedades y casi cubierta por el tejado que teniamos justo encima. Mejor coger una habitación de la tercera planta con vistas al mar: Me fijé que eran mas grandes y aunque no tienen terraza, sino balcón, parecen mejores. La habitación correcta y limpia y el baño normalisimo, pero en absoluto corresponde con el precio. En resumen, un hotel que tiene el encanto de tener muy buenas vistas (si pides habitación con vistas al mar, claro)y en el mismo centro. Lo mejor para mi, las vistas al puerto en la terraza donde dan el correcto desayuno. El garaje cuesta 15€ la noche, y es imprescindible porque casi no hay sitios para aparcar y en verano esta a tope. La decoracion del pasillo que lleva al ascensor no tiene desperdicio.

7.5 Good
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent time was had by all at this hotel, it may have been because we were there for a wedding which the hotel catered for and did an excellent job,The staff were very helpful and professional ,and the location was supberb

9.1 Wonderful!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Stayed with our daughter & son-in-law for 3 nights in Portovenere. We were off-season so parts of the hotel were closed, but local restaurants and friendly, helpful staff made us feel right at home! Would definitely recommend to friends--especially if traveling in the shoulder or low seasons (I hear it's crazy in the summer!)

4.7 Ordinary
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

Old Hotel, needs revamping.

6.5 Fair
  • April 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Ireland

The location of this hotel is perfect. It's set right on the harbour. We had a room with a sea view which was fantastic. The rooms were very big and cleaned on a daily basis. The parking at the hotel is quite expensive €15 per day, however you can't park anywhere in Portovenere without paying a fee. The breakfast was good, plenty of choice and plenty of food which was served until 10am. I wouldn't consider this hotel a 4 star, the decor of the rooms are quite outdated and the public areas could do with some renovation. Its a great base for visiting the Cinque Terre, the ferries run up and down the coast all day. The cost of the ferries is a bit more expensive from Portovenere - €19 per day for a return trip.

6.1 Fair
  • March 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

This should not be a 4 star hotel. It seems there is a big difference between the quality of hotels on the coast and in the cities. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and breakfast was decent. Our bed was lumpy but clean. Overall, the hotel was fine and the location great, but the room itself left much to be desired.

2.9
  • February 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

siamo arrivati e ho dovuto parcheggiare la macchina in un garage sotto l'albergo(a pagamento!!) piccolo e angusto...ho dovuto aspettare prima che qualcuno venisse a prendere le valigie dato che bisogna salire una rampa ripidissima. arrivati alla reception abbiamo scoperto che il tanto decantato beauty center...era chiuso!!! grazie per averci avvertito...ma i soldi come li hanno voluti!! l'ascensore per fare 4 piani ci mette 18 minuti!!! la stanza è piccola(e meno male che un 4 stelle)..l'unica cosa che si salva è la colazione..ah dimenticavo....alle 9 di sera neanche abbiamo potuto cenare perchè il risorante è aperto solo il venerdì e sabato..ho capito che era febbraio ...ma il prezzo non è stato modesto....sconsigliato!!!

4.5 Ordinary
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

Pulizia delle camere scadente, inoltre l'arredo tende all'usura e andrebbe sicuramente rinnovato. La prima colazione è accettabile. Gli ambienti pubblici non sono consoni ad un 4 stelle. Il garage a pagamento ha accessi stretti e i punti più angusti non sarebbe una cattiva idea proteggerli con della gomma piuma per evitare spiacevoli strisciate delle auto, peraltro abbondantemente avvenute come testimoniano i segni sui muri. Nel complesso un albergo mediocre in un luogo di grande fascino.

7.2 Good
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

We loved Portovenere and the view of the town and port was just beautiful from our room. We were there in August 2005 and it was quite crowded. We truly appreciated that the hotel had parking facilities. The elevator was very slow as others had previously commented, but it did not ruin our stay in the least. I would return to this hotel and reccommend it to others.

6.9 Fair
  • December 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The Grand Hotel Portovenere has a wonderful location across the street from the small harbor, where private boats are docked. A ferry runs daily between Portovenere and CinqueTerra. The standard room we were given was located just under the roof line, which limited our waterfront view. The room was basic, clean and comfortable, but lacked any style. Breakfast was included and they served a good assortment of foods. I would recommend the hotel for its location, ocean view and the ferry to CinqueTerra. The area is beautiful both day and night.

10 Outstanding!
  • December 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

This was maybe the most pleasant and beautiful of any hotel I've stayed at. The reception people were wonderful. The room was absolutely fantastic, looking out at the multi-colored painted old town and the beautiful harbor. The lanai was a real plus.

7.5 Good
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

Ottima posizione, ma puzza di vecchio. Della serie "era bello una volta...". Manca di manutenzione, ma merita una visita. Siete a picco sul mare, a pochi passi dai ristorantini in un'isola felice di tranquillità. Peccato per l'ascensore vecchio e per l'atmosfera retrò...

8.0 Very Good
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • Germany

Fragen Sie nach einem Zimmer mit Blick auf den Hafen! Postkartenaussicht.

10 Outstanding!
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Wonderful stay! Very comfortable hotel right on th water. We had a nice balcony, but no view - oh well! Breakfast was excellent and served on the outside balcony overlookin the bay. Excellent staff with excellent English. Would definately stay there again.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • New Zealand

We enjoyed very much our stay at Grand Hotel and appreciated the assistance given by staff.

8.2 Very Good
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

Nice hotel, great location, nice views if you are in a sea-view room. The elevator was extremely slow.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Spain

Es un hotel muy bien situado. Nuestra habitación daba al mar y la vista era fantástica.Es un lugar ideal para visitar cinque terre, por barco. Habia un servicio de autobús para la Spezia y desde allí también se podia visitar Cinque Terre en tren.El personal del hotel fue muy atento con nosotros y no tuvimos ningún problema.Pensamos volver!!!

9.7 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Canada

Wonderful location for visiting The Cinque Terre. We originally planned on staying for 2 nights over the weekend and extended our stay to 5 nights because we really enjoyed the hotel and Portovenere. Only drawback was the noise from the Weddings at the hotel on Saturday & Sunday night--had to keep our patio door closed.

6.4 Fair
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • United Kingdom

arrived one day earlier than the reservation stipulated, however was requested to pay a higher price for a lower quality room.

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Australia

The rooms I had specifically booked had not been reserved, even though I had booking number etc. Had it not been mid week,we would have been sleeping on the street. Absolutely shattering, as we had stayed here before and specifically wanted certain rooms. Not good enough, as obvious communication breakdown between website and hotel!!!!!!

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Excellent facility, beautiful room with ocean view. Perfect for exploring Cinque Terre. A boat leaves hourly from right in front of hotel to all villages except Corniglia.

6.5 Fair
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • USA

I found the location and staff to be great, my one complaint was the rooms they were not that great.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

This hotel made our trip! The location was just perfect. The pictures don't do this hotel justice. Within one hour of our arrival we asked if we could stay another night. They didn't have an additional night in our current room, but upgraded us the additional night without extra charges and moved our luggage for us. We were very grateful. The staff was more than accommodating and extremely friendly. I was interested in scuba diving and they offered to set the whole thing up for me and did so quickly. The breakfast was more than enough food and very fresh with a beautiful view. When we go back I wouldn't think to stay anywhere else but this hotel. Portovenere is a wonderful place with excellent restaurants.

8.2 Very Good
  • July 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Switzerland

The website does not offer photos of the rooms and lobby therefore it was like a risk when I chose the hotel. Of course we were not disappointed when we saw the real rooms and we would suggest that the hotel puts up photos of their rooms. The hotel has no swimming pool - a disadvantage. However, it is convenient to go to Cinque Terre by boat from here rather than having to go to La Spezia. We loved the atmosphere and the view from our windows. The rooms on the top floor have balconies with view to the harbour while the rooms on the lower floors facing the sea have big windows with great view. The air-con is not strong but cool enough (in early July). We slept with windows open. There was noice from streets but not too badly. We find the promenade and the scenery of this hotel even better and more peaceful than that of Porto Fino. The local supermarket is just 50 meters from the hotel and offers great choices of local breads, hams and food products. Local restaurants were great with seafood and pasta (trenette and trofie) with pesto sauce. We could not be happier elsewhere for our visit to Cinque Terre. Our recommendation is to stay here two-three days max. to visit the neighbouring Five Lands. However, boats from here to Cinque Terre may be disappointing in the sense that it may not be able to stop at all four CT villages as it indicates in the programme (and you have to pay full price for it around 18 Euros for the whole day) due to strong sea/big waves (regardless of good weather and sunshine). You may end up having to get off the boat at the last village of Monterosso and having to take trains to other villages and having to come back to get on the boat at Monterosso again, which is a bit cumbersome. But the view from the boat is magnificant. We do not find the breakfast especially thrilling although there is a great choice. The ham served at hotel was not so good. But, we do love the view from the breakfast terrace. We w

9.7 Outstanding!
  • November 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Astonishing views of the harbor & town from third floor rooms facing towards the sea.A picture postcard.

6.0 Fair
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Perhaps it was the end of the season and the staff was harried, but the front desk and the service people were not very welcoming, helpful or accomodating. The price of the room was high for the surroundings and the service. The cost of laundry was prohibitive ... more than any 5 star hotels I've stayed in around the world. Charging for postcards that advertised the hotel was very tacky. The restaurant was good and the service there was good.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

This hotel was one of our favorites on the trip. We had a two bedroom suite with a lovely bath, overlooking the water. The beds were wonderful, decor lovely, bathroom big and spotless, and on the edge of the water. What more could you ask for!

7.8 Good
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

The Town is beautiful and the hotel is located in the best possible place. The rooms of the 5th floor are a little pricey for their size but all around it was a good stay.

3.8
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Very disappointed in this hotel. So much noise from upstairs and outside it was difficult to sleep. Smallest shower we've ever seen. We would not consider this a four star hotel. Portovenere was beautiful and the food at the hotel was good.

8.5 Excellent
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • USA

A lovely hotel situated in the heart of Portovenere, We wish we could have stayed longer. The ample room had a fantastic water view, Since there were 2 weddings in the hotel while we were there we didn't get full use of dining facilities. Breakfast on the veranda overlooking the boat docks was a dekight.

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Room Details

Grand Hotel Portovenere offers 54 guest rooms with climate control. Rooms open onto balconies. Satellite TV channels offer entertainment at the end of a busy day. Business travelers will have access to safes and direct-dial phones during their Portovenere visit.

Minibars and hair dryers are supplied in each room to facilitate basic travel needs. Additional comforts include air conditioning.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Terrace/Balcony
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Extra beds
  • Direct dial phone
  • Satellite TV

How to reach Grand Hotel Portovenere

By car
From the A12 Genova-Livorno or A15 Parma-La Spezia motorway, take the La Spezia exit and then follow signs to Portovenere for about 7.5 miles/12 km. The Grand Hotel Portovenere is located just before the main square of Portovenere, on the right.

Distances from Grand Hotel Portovenere

Doria Castle - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Church of St. Peter - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
Sporting Beach - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
Museo Tecnico Navale - 5.7 km / 3.6 mi
Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - 5.8 km / 3.6 mi
Church of Santa Maria Assunta - 6 km / 3.7 mi
Ferry Terminal - 6 km / 3.8 mi
Castello San Giorgio - 6.2 km / 3.8 mi
Museo del Castello di San Giorgio - 6.2 km / 3.8 mi
Museo Diocesano - 6.2 km / 3.8 mi
Museo Civico Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana - 6.2 km / 3.8 mi
Cattedrale di Cristo Re - 6.3 km / 3.9 mi
Amadeo Lia Museum - 6.3 km / 3.9 mi
Palazzina delle Arti e Museo del Sigillo - 6.3 km / 3.9 mi
Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve - 6.5 km / 4.1 mi
The preferred airport for Grand Hotel Portovenere is Genoa (GOA-Cristoforo Colombo) - 88.3 km / 54.8 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.