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#1 Bucket List: The Grand Hotel Portovenere

Do you feel like you‘re living in an awfully romantic movie?

Yes? Well, then we are very happy for you.

No? Then listen up closely. If you want to experience this feeling, the Grand Hotel Portovenere will most certainly help you find it.

This charming hotel is an attraction to every traveller that comes across the famous Cinque Terre region in Liguria, Italy. It’s stunning window views and spacious terrasse are a valid argument for every young couple, honeymooner or hedonist to cancel all other hotel reservations and spontaneously extend your stay here.

Grand Hotel Portovenere

Grand Hotel Portovenere

About the Grand Hotel Portovenere

A former convent, the architect in charge maintained the original structure of the building, which has reopened under new ownership in 2014.

Located on a rock overlooking the beautiful harbour of Portovenere the hotel holds 50 rooms divided in four categories; Classic, Executive, Deluxe to Suite.

You can also take advantage of the hotel‘s boat (rentable for private sessions) to whisk you to the best spots in the Cinque Terre area.

Staying at the Grand Hotel Portovenere

Relaxation begins on the path to your room. The hotel floors are illuminated with warm lighting and fresh scents. Everthing that is waiting for you behind the doors will make your stay at the Grand Hotel Portovenere perfect.

After a first recumbency the king sized beds will soak you in and wont let you escape before morning. The spacious and modern bathrooms will prepare you for dinner or a good night’s sleep after a long walk around the streets of Cinque Terre.


Room with a view

room with a view

View on Portovenere

Almost all of the hotel’s rooms have a sea view, with some exceptions in the cheapest category.

Our tip: When staying at the Grand Hotel Portovenere, make sure to book a corner room. With windows on both sides, you are basically dreaming right over the water. Moreover, the sea’s dreamy hue is reflected on the room walls.

view from room terrace

View from the room’s terrace

WhatWeAdore’s experience at the Grand Hotel Portovenere

Upon arrival the friendly hotel staff welcomed us warmly and accompanied us to our room. One hour later the lovely Manager Irene, who made our stay even more fantastic, gave us a short tour of the hotel and showed us the hotel’s most important places and some rooms.

One thing is for sure, there is not one corner of this place that is not in perfect harmony with the hotel’s atmosphere and it’s location!

Hotel Lounge

Hotel Lobby

Our tour ended on the breathtaking, spacious terrace with a view over the charming harbour and Palmaria, the biggest of the three Islands in the Gulf of La Spezia. You can see why Portovenere and the Cinque Terre have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

While having the best cup of coffee of our lives, Irene explained us the history of the Cinque Terre region and she also gave us the best tips on which Cinque Terre town to visit first ( Riomaggiore and Vernazza) and where to have a beautiful, romantic walk (Via dell’Amore).

Cinque Terre Region

Cinque Terre Region

view from Palmaria restaurant

View from the hotel’s terrace

At night we recommend you to enjoy a good glass of the regional wine on the terrace of the hotel-owned Palmaria restaurant. It gives the best view on Portovenere city and its habour.

To see the full review of this restaurant, read our article on the homepage.

hotel bar with a view

Hotel bar with a view

From the hotel bar you overlook the colourful houses and promenade, where the flow of people strolling around never wanes.

From afar you can hear the church bells ringing. The city has not one, but two beautiful, authentic churches (Saint Peter and Saint Lorenzo), whereas the one at the edge of the habour is nowadays a popular wedding setting.

For those of you that are still searching for the perfect wedding spot, we can confirm that by choosing the Portovenere Hotel in combination with the stunning beauty of the mediterreanean-kissed rock formations of Cinque Terre will assure you that your wedding day is the best day of the rest of your life.

Waking up at Grand Hotel Portovenere

After a long good night’s sleep we felt like Sleeping Beauty waking up from a long and peaceful dream. The warm sea breeze welcomed us when entering the breakfast room.

The beautifully decorated and cavern-like architecture of the open spaced rooms, makes it difficult to get your sight off the stunning interior. But believe us when we say, that there is nothing better than enjoying your breakfast on the sunny hotel terrace.

The variety of food, pastries and beverages will make it difficult to choose from richly covered buffet tables.

As pictures are worth a thousand words, have a look at our photos below and see for yourself.

breakfast room

The Bar

Breakfast 1

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast 2

Breakfast buffet

This is what it looked like

Our breakfast feast

Breakfast with a view

The sublime view

We packed our bags heavy-hearted before going back to la Spezia, the capital of the Cinque Terre region. At this time we were yet to discover the culinary orgasm that was waiting for us.

To see the full review of the L’Osteria della Corte restaurant, read our article here.

A big thank you at the Grand Hotel Portovenere and the staff for the extraordinary service and the opportunity to stay at your fabulous place!

Where is this dream of a hotel located?

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 5,

19025 Portovenere SP,


+39 (0) 187 777751

Enjoy and in case he or she asks, say “Yes”!




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