Of the 6 hotels I stayed at during my recent tour of northern Italy, the Lido Palace was my clear favorite. The location is stunning, right across the street from the beach. The area surrounding the hotel is full of stores and restaurants. We found the most wonderful bakery a few blocks from the hotel; I'm not sure I remember the name, but from checking Google Street View I think it may be called "Pestarino" in the Via Palestro; if it has beautiful miniature pies with apples or vanilla cream or pine nuts in the window, then that's the place!
Others have mentioned the room configuration, which I really liked: sitting room at the front, bathroom in the middle, bedroom at the rear, with large windows in both the front and the rear. Very spacious! Some rooms have small balconies in the front overlooking the beach. This was the one hotel that offered conditioner and hand lotion in addition to soap and shampoo; and the toiletries had a refreshing grapefruit scent.
Next to the tourist information center 2 blocks from the hotel you can catch the public bus to Portofino (about a 15 minute ride); on the return trip, the bus stops right opposite the hotel. The round-trip bus ticket costs 5 euros.
Other reviews have pointed out that this hotel may not be ideal for persons with mobility issues, because there are steps to get to the room and steps between the bathroom and the adjoining rooms. This is a very fair comment. For those with no such concerns, however, the Lido Palace should be a complete delight, and I recommend it highly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a historic Liberty building on the seacoast of Santa Margherita Ligure, capital of Tigullio, the Lido Palace Hotel welcome guests in an elegant environment with all the conveniences and the best services for either a pleasant vacation or an agreeable business visit. Restaurant and American-style bar with a view of the sea, wellness corner, three conference rooms and a total of 54 rooms and suites, makes it one of the best 4-star hotels of the Italian Riviera, ideal for organizing team building events, incentives and minor corporate engagements.In the heart of the Italian Riviera, capital of the gulf, Golfo del Tigullio, Santa Margherita Ligure is the delightful little sea-side city of Liguria which hosts the Lido Palace Hotel. Along the shore connecting Rapallo to Portofino, in front of the pier where boats depart for Portofino, San Fruttuoso, Rapallo and Cinque Terre, the Lido Palace enjoys a location of absolute prestige among the hotels in Santa Margherita Ligure. Extremely central, facing the sea, within walking distance from the beach, from the elegant streets of the shopping district and sophisticated tourist port, the Lido Palace Hotel is the ideal location to spend a pleasant vacation in the hotel on the Italian Riviera, to experience Santa Margherita and discover the beautiful surroundings from Portofino to Paraggi, from Genova to Sestri Levante.The 54 rooms available in classic, superior, deluxe, junior suite and privilege suite versions meeting any desire for elegance, space and convenience for those choosing Lido Palace Hotel among the 4-star hotels in Santa Margherita Ligure, for a vacation or a business stay. With a sea view, all the rooms are perfectly soundproof, with classic and elegant furnishings. Each has the best conveniences a 4-star hotel can offer. Internet, Sat. TV, telephone, refrigerated bar, safe, air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower or tub and a courtesy beauty kit, complete the convenience of the rooms of Lido Palace Hotel. The restaurant "La Ghiaia" can be booked for groups, lunch breaks, events and incentives, Ligurian specialty cooking classes and cocktail classes.Situated on the Gulf of Tigullio, just a few minutes from Portofino, a spectacular setting surrounds the Lido Palace Hotel in Santa Margherita, an elegant 4 star hotel with meeting rooms, ideal for organizing team building events, incentives and minor corporate engagements. As part of its team building activities, the Lido Palace Hotel organizes cooking classes and kayaking excursions at the Portofino Marine Reserve, for leisure and sharing activities that successfully promote familiarization between colleagues and workgroups ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lido Palace