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Hotel Piccolo Portofino 4.0

Portofino, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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  • Historic villa with a hillside location overlooking the sea
  • Garden leading to private sunbathing terraces
  • Some rooms with big balconies and sea views
  • Private rocky beach with drinks service
  • Backs on to ancient Roman footpath to Portofino village
  • Architect-designed room interiors
  • On-site restaurant serving daily catch


  • Some rooms are on the small side
  • Winding roads can be dangerous for pedestrians

Bottom Line

The Hotel Piccolo Portofino is a modernized historic villa perched on a hillside overlooking the Portofino Gulf. This charming property has a garden leading to private sunbathing terraces and its own pebbly beach (complete with drinks service). Rooms are tasteful but can be on the small side; get one with a big balcony facing the sea to make the most of the location. There is an on-site restaurant and Portofino village is only five minutes away on foot, but note that local winding roads can be dangerous for pedestrians. The nearby Grand Miramare Hotel has a pool and more traditionally styled rooms, but lacks a private beach.

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Elegant hillside villa overlooking the sea

The Hotel Piccolo Portofino is housed in an old converted Italian villa perched on a lush hillside above gardens leading to its own rocky beach -- its elegant facade of green shuttered windows and wrought iron railings overlooks the Portofino Gulf. The scene changes in the hotel lobby, where smart yet homey contemporary decor meets checkered stone floors, white button banquettes, and modern wood paneling. From the reception area a soft lapping of the sea can be heard and decorative flourishes remind guests of Portofino's fishing tradition.


Set on the Portfino Gulf, a five-minute walk from the village

Located on the slope of a hill looking out over the Ligurian Sea on the northwest coast of Italy, the hotel is a five-minute stroll from the center of picturesque Portofino. Access to the village is best on foot via an ancient Roman footpath right behind the hotel, avoiding a narrow and occasionally busy road. The nearest airport is Genoa, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) away and 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Santa Margherita Ligure railway station.


Architect-designed rooms with modern minimalist furnishings

Designed by renowned architect Gianmarco Cavagnino, the rooms are tastefully decorated in muted light tones with simple, minimalist furnishings. In-room amenities include satellite TV, minibars, and air conditioning, while marble-tiled bathrooms include hairdryers and bidets. Front-facing rooms have balconies with striking views over the sea.


Private beach and daily fresh fish

Pebbled terraces and stone stairways wind through manicured gardens and ancient-looking arches to sunbathing areas overlooking the sea and the hotel's private rocky beach. Guests can take a dip in the sea and dry off reclining on sun loungers before ordering a drink down from the hotel. A smart, modern restaurant serves up a menu of traditional regional favorites as well as fresh fish daily.

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Via Duca Degli Abruzzi 31, Portofino, Italian Riviera 16034, Italy

Also Known As

  • Domina Home Piccolo

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