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Grand Hotel Alassio 4.0

Alassio, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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Pros

  • Marvelous beachfront location in the heart of Alassio
  • Contemporary rooms have superb mountain or sea views plus rainfall showerheads
  • Some rooms have balconies or terraces, and large living rooms with sofa beds
  • Lovely private beach with bar and lounge chairs
  • Indoor jetted pool, sauna, steam room, and fitness center at full-service Thalassio Spa
  • Several on-site restaurants/bars with various types of cuisine
  • Free breakfast and 24-hour room service
  • Rental bikes, canoes, paddleboats, and hotel yacht with skipper
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and kids' club

Cons

  • Beach can be crowded and allows non-hotel guests
  • Breakfast can be hectic and meal quality at Passage Restaurant is uneven
  • Daily fee for on-site parking

Bottom Line

The 61-room, upscale Grand Hotel Alassio is a historic and stylish beachfront property with excellent sea views right in the center of the Italian Riviera town of Alassio. Contemporary rooms have light wood accents and a beachy minimalism throughout, plus rainfall showerheads and sea or mountain views. Some rooms have large living areas and balconies or terraces with seating. The stylish, full-service Thalassio Spa offers body treatments plus an indoor saltwater pool, steam room, and sauna, and there are several on-site dining and drinking spots plus a free breakfast. The hotel has a private beach that's open to non-hotel guests for a steep fee, and it can be crowded. Wi-Fi and the kids club are free, but on-site parking costs extra.

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Scene

A polished historic hotel with a modern vibe and amazing sea views

Black shutters adorn the stately exterior of this historic Beaux Arts building that's filled with elegant and modern interiors. The lobby has checkered gray tile floors, red curtains, and gray couches. Original wood features, like the revolving door, stand out next to and black-and-white photos on the walls, and tufted burgundy leather armchairs look smart against the otherwise light and neutral color scheme. However, shadowboxes with jewelry and pet clothes for sale feel a little cheap for a hotel of this category. Passage Restaurant, the fine dining option on site, is a bright space with high ceilings that make it to feel open and airy, while the lobby bar has a comfortable white leather couch and dark wood chairs near the light wood bar. Outside, the Beach Club Gazebo Terrace sits on stilts over the beach and has exceptional sea views. A swirling staircase reaches the three floors of the Thalassio Spa, a chic space with a oceanic theme throughout and light wood accents. Guests at the hotel are primarily couples, though features like a kids' club draw families too.

Location

Excellent beachfront location in the heart of Alassio

The Grand Hotel Alassio is in the heart of Alassio, with the Wall of Alassio (Il Muretto) and the Parish Church of St. Ambrogio a five-minute walk away. The Budello di Alassio, an ancient thoroughfare that runs almost the length of the town and is lined with shops and restaurants, takes seven minutes to reach on foot. The town is most well known in Italy for its Miss Muretto pageant, an annual beauty contest that takes place in town. The Marina di Alassio is a five-minute drive from the hotel, while the Garlenda Golf Club and the Caravel Water Park, great for families, take 15 to 20 minutes to reach by car. The Toirano Caves and Cervo, one of the Italian Riviera's most historic villages, are both about 30 minutes away by car. Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, the closest major airport, takes an hour and 15 minutes to reach by road.

Rooms

Contemporary with tile bathrooms and magnificent sea or mountain views

Contemporary rooms rooms have classic, mid-19th century Italian elements blended with a modern, beachy minimalism. Handsome light wood floors complement soft walnut furniture with simple, Scandinavian lines while sharp blue-and-white striped curtains provide a dash of color. Black-and-white photos add the aforementioned dose of mid-century class, an effect enhanced by white leather chairs with vintage silhouettes. All rooms have either superb mountain or sea views, and some have terraces or balconies with seating or outdoor dining areas. Reading lights are attached to wood headboards over firm beds, while flat-screen TVs hang over desks. Minibars are stored in the closets along with safes, and all rooms are air-conditioned. Suites have large living rooms with couches. Stylish bathrooms are covered in tan tile and have antique-style fixtures, with white bowl sinks, makeup mirrors, and heated towel racks. Bathrobes and slippers are offered and all shower/tub combos have rainfall showerheads. Some bathrooms have large walk-in showers offering windows with sea views and high-end toiletries are provided.

Features

Wonderful full-service spa plus private beach and on-site restaurants and bars

A jetted indoor salt-water pool, a Kneipp bath, sauna, and steam room are offered at the full-service Thalassio Spa. The facilities also include a relaxation zone with herbal tea, sea salt medical treatments, and massages. The spa also includes an assortment of modern cardio and weight machines plus free weights. Guests have access to the hotel's private beach, which has white lounge chairs and outdoor showers in addition to a beach bar with cocktails and beer. However, the beach is open to non-hotel guests too for an expensive daily fee, and it can get very crowded.

Passage Restaurant, the hotel's fine dining venue, serves international and local-influenced menus, though reviews are uneven. Wood-fired pizzas at Grill & Pizzeria Lentini’s are excellent, though, and this more casual dining option serves grilled meats and fish as well. The Beach Club Gazebo Terrace offers cocktails and coffees, and the hotel has an impressive wine cellar. Cocktails and beers are provided at the lobby bar as well. Breakfast is included with room rates and receives mostly good reviews, and room service is available around the clock. Rental bikes, paddle boats, canoes, and the hotel’s yacht with a personal skipper are available, and there is a free kids' club. On-site parking costs extra and car services can be arranged, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Train station transfers can also be arranged for a fee.

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Address

Via Antonio Gramsci 2, Alassio, Italian Riviera 17021, Italy

Phone

39-0182-648778

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