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6 wonderful hotels in Genoa

Genoa, the capital of Ligura, is more than the sum of its best-known parts –il porto, Italy’s most important commercial port from 1861 until after World War II, pesto (the basil-based sauce that is famous worldwide) and Piano (as in Renzo Piano, the Pritzker-winning architect who was born here and has left his mark on the city). The Genoa Boat Show held every autumn is the biggest in the Mediterranean, while other attractions include food, culture and the largest medieval center in Europe.

Photo: Grand Hotel Savoia

Grand Hotel Savoia

The Grand Hotel delivers everything you would expect from a five-star establishment with more than 120 years of history. A range of rooms from classic to presidential suite? Check. A well-equipped gym, spa and solarium? Check. A playroom for children? Check. Restaurant, trattoria, and panoramic bar overlooking the port? Check. Business services? Check. Special packages for cruise passengers? Check.

Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale di Terra 5

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Check the special packages online for discounts and lots of extras.

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Palazzo Cicala

Cicala means cicada (that noisy insect), but the thick walls of this 16th century building not far from the train station, muffle street noise effectively. The palazzo offers rooms and renovated apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom complexes with kitchens, living rooms and spacious bedrooms. All have WiFi and satellite TV, but no breakfast or parking. Cicala is like a short-term rental in a centuries-old setting with cutting-edge design.

Palazzo Cicala

Piazza San Lorenzo 16

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Marina Place Resort

The clean, low-slung lines of Marina Place – both in architecture and interior design terms – would be just as much at home in Scandinavia as Genoa. Positioned at one of the city’s ports de plaisance, the hotel is close to Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo Airport and a 15-minute ride from the city center. This four-star hostelry has all the expected mod cons – WiFi, fitness room and oodles of free outdoor parking. Special packages for weekends, business guests and cruisers.

Marina Place Resort

Via Pionieri e Aviatori d’Italia 129

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Le Nuvole

This hotel de charme opened its medieval doors in 2013 and offers exposed beams and Renaissance frescoes in the heart of the old city, just a few steps from the Porto Antico. Everything is close by, so you won’t need a car, which is just as well as there is no parking in the hotel itself (public parking can be arranged nearby). Small (15 rooms) and service-oriented, pet and baby friendly. Perfect for those who want a home-away-from-home.

Le Nuvole

Piazza della Vigne 6

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Rex Hotel Residence

The city’s only hotel-residence is not in the center of town, but it is only 200m from the sea and offers the luxury of covered parking and in-room tables, chairs and kitchenettes, convenient for extended stays. Hotel-like features include a 24-hour doorman and daily cleaning. You can choose one or two bedroom arrangements, the latter good for families.

Rex Hotel Residence

Via Oreste De Gaspari 9

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Locanda Paradiso

A locanda is an inn. While this one might not look like paradise at the reception area, given its burnt orange walls and counter, the rooms themselves are sleek and snug, with large TV screens, modern bath fixtures (showers, not baths), WiFi and breakfast included. Great location near the old port, and competitive prices too.

Locanda Paradiso

Via Sampierdarena, 35/7, 16149 Genova

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Last edited: April 11, 2018

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