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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropole Santa Margherita Ligure
Surreal Gardens, Gracious Staff!
I took a long weekend for R&R and found Hotel Metropole on Trip Advisor. I have to say that it lived up to all the reviews. The grounds are absolutely beautifully maintained. The grass is well manicured and the flowers are gorgeous. There is a nice pool with comfortable sunchairs and a pool attendent. There are plenty of chairs if you desire to layout by the seaside as well. I opted for a Villa by the sea and enjoyed the nights sounds of the sea waves coming through my window. The rooms are a little dated and the bathrooms small, but the scenery and hotel staff make up for the rooms by far. The villa is along a path that smells of perfumed flowers and is reminiscent of a walk in a garden. The breakfast was great (complete with scrambled eggs and bacon). The staff was outstanding. Very gracious and very helpful. Santa Margherita was beautiful and my stay at Metropole was wonderful. I looked at a few other hotels during my stay, but given the great price and location topped with great staff, I would stay at Metropole again!
A Fine City Hotel
The Hotel Metropole is an exceptionally well run facility. Rooms are above average in size with an abundance of shelves and hooks. The rooms overlook beautifully maintained grounds and the hotel offers both a pool and private beach. The buffet breakfast spread was expansive and good. Ristroante Oca Bianca is an excellent restaurant but other restaurants in town were lacking in both service and quality. Seghezzo Fratelli is a terrific wine and sundry store, and another wine shop several doors from Seghezzo has old, dusty bottles and a proprietor who shares his passion for wine even though he speaks only Italian. Mikys in Monterrso and the large piazza front pizzeria in Portofino were good restaurants and wonderful spots to people watch.
Enjoyed our stay
Stayed in this hotel at the end of a short break in Italy.
Our double room in the main hotel had slightly ageing furniture, but overall the hotel gave good service and has some more modern parts where there has been investment made. Everywhere was clean, almost spotless. The pool area, gym and leisure facilities were new. Wireless internet is available also.
Breakfast on the terrace was delightful in early June, looking through the pine trees to the sea. Lunch near the beach was also served in a very pleasant atmosphere. We ate dinner in the town, a short walk away.
Treated like the rich and the famous!
If you have never been to the coast of Italy as I have never been....I have a fairytale place to tell you about.
Santa Margherita is a small town on the Mediterranean coast about 25 miles east of Genova. It is a bit of a winding road to get to the Hotel Metropole which is located right on the edge of the sea. The property is so so beautiful. It is like one of those places that you see in the movies where time has stood still and everyone that works there wants to be sure that everything is absolutey perfect. Our room overlooked the well attended lush gardens and beyond the gardens the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea was dotted with yachts and sail boats. Santa Margherita is positioned in a cove so wherever you look you are enveloped with the beautifully painted buildings that are spread along the coastline and are sprinkled up the mountain side. The palm trees and other vegetation of flowers and vines are everywhere. Our room was all in blues and crisp white which was so perfect for the area. The property provided a private beach where green lounge chairs with umbrellas kept the sunbathers comfortable. A bar positioned on the edge of the lush garden provided the perfect spot for those of us who just wanted to share a couple of bottles of great wine and some munchies were also provided by the attendant. A private pool and a fitness center was also available on the property.
Our package also included breakfast and dinner and I must tell you how each was very nicely prepared and so delicious. The dinner was served in a very cheery well furnished dining room. We enjoyed a 4 course meal with as much as we wanted to eat. They even substituted when a course was not one of your favourite foods. Service with more than a smile was provided at all times. Breakfast was on the terrace that was out of this world. A selection of coffees, capuccino, espresso etc. was available. Hot foods, fresh fruit, juices, selection of croissants, breads, cereals...and much more. Everything was so fresh and delicious.
A ferry ride along to the coast was recommmended by the front desk attendant and it was magnificient. We took a fifteen minute ride to Portofino. What a beautiful village...absolutely breathtaking and filled with boutiques, small restaurants, art galleries.
I do not think that I have ever stayed in such a location in all my life. You could not wipe the smile off my face the entire time we were there.
I would highly recommend this property to anyone who wants to enjoy Italy as I think we all wish it should be. It is romantic, filled with history, and every womans idea of a second honeymoon or definitely a first one. At check out time we were presented with a print of the area which was a very nice gesture and will always be treasured as a great memory of our time in Santa Margherita.
Just returned from Ligurian Coast, and spent three nights at the Metropole. We stayed at the Red Villa, which is right on the sea (you can stay in either the Red Villa or the main hotel-choose the Red Villa.) You wake and sleep to the sea lapping on the shore. It is quiet, clean, beautiful and the views from the villa over the town and the sea are divine. Their breakfast buffet is nice and the setting, overlooking the pool and the well designed, lush greenery and the sea is very romantic. The rooms are old school, but bathroom modernized and clean. It's charming and relaxing. The town has a lot of really good dining, and I'd say skip the half board at the hotel, and go to town for dinner as there are a lot of good restaurants. See the Villa Durazzo in town, and make sure to take the bus to Portofino and climb up to the Castelli Brown. Our lunch in Portofino was amazing, at a little Pizzeria just feet from the center of town. Portofino is probably the most beautiful harbor in the world.
I would go back to Metropole in a heartbeat, it's lovely.
Our favorite hotel
The Metropole Hotel is truly one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed at. It is most comfortable, friendly, accommodating and excellent in service in every way. Positioned perfectly on a lovely hillside overlooking Santa Margherita Ligure and the Ligurian seaside, one can walk within minutes to town; take a train to anywhere in Italy with the train station being 2 minutes walk; a bus directly outside the hotel; and a ferry, just 7 or 8 minutes walk. A car is not necessary. Now the hotel has a pool and spa, a beach and restaurant on the beach....a veranda surrounded by a park and flowers where breakfast is served in nice weather. The rooms are most attractive and all have a view of either the gardens or the sea and the town. Service is exceptional.The dining staff are fantastic; the front desk staff is superb and excel in being helpful, speaking many languages and also, most important, being friendly. One feels they are special guests. The owners/managers, The Ciana family, are very professional and pleasant. We highly recommend this hotel to all who seek the best. You will not be disappointed.
Not to be missed.
This family owned hotel, run under the supervision of the proprietor
Famiglia Ciana, is a real treasure and a great find. I stayed for six
nights in March 2004 and enjoyed it immensley. The situation is
perfect, 5 mins from the station, 10 mins from ferry boats to Portofino
and elsewhere, bus stop outside and the beautiful gardens reach down to
the sea front and its own private beach.The hotel is kept immaculately.
The double room we had was spacious and overlooked the gardens/sea. A
lovely dining room full of light and where we were greeted, seated and
treated with respect by the staff each evening before a beautifully
cooked and presented meal. There is a large terrace outside where I
understand, in better weather, breakfast and dinner are served, the
latter often with the accompaniement of live music.I have no hesitation
whatsoever in recommending this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in this
Great location, fantastic food!
The hotel has a great area for sunbathing next to the mediteranean with a lovely cafe for lunch al fresco! The staff are always ready to assist. Ask for a room overlooking the garden or ocean view. We had a lovely stay and did a half board program. The evening meal was a 7 course production which was absolute heaven! The location is an easy walk to the docks to get the boat to Portofino, and a couple of minutes also to the train station for travel to theCinque Terre. All in all, a great hotel for a relaxing vacation in a wonderful town full of cafe's and an antique market once a week.
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