- The Grand Hotel Portovenere, which used to be a Franciscan monastary in the 17th century, has recently been carefully renovated, combining its ancient beauty with modern sophistication.
- Overlooking the picturesque village of Portovenere, our guests will be charmed by the elegance our hotel offers amid the backdrop of the Gulf of the Poets, an area coveted by travelers for centuries.
- Just steps from the village center, the Grand Hotel Portovenere offers remodeled rooms in the soothing shades of sea green, sand and yellow to reflect the light and colors of the environment surrounding the hotel.
- Our large panoramic terrace is home to our restaurant Palmaria and Venus bar, both open to resident and non-resident guests alike.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Grand Hotel Portovenere offers you the best way to explore this magical destination, from the Cinque Terre to every corner of the Gulf of La Spezia. You can rent our own “Soleil 33” motorboat with an elegant look and refined finishes, built in the shipyards of the Côte d’Azur.
Dive into the culture and marine environment of the Gulf of Poets aboard the Moby Dick, an old restored wooden fishing boat. Listen to the poems of famous writers and artists who participated in the cultural life of the Gulf of La Spezia over the centuries, accompanied by the guitar and recited in Italian, English and Ligurian dialect.
Visit the spectacular Apuan Alps to get to know one of the most precious marbles in the world. The experience includes a guided tour of a quarry where ancient and modern methods for the extraction of marble will be explained, more than 2000 years of history of the quarries where Michelangelo would personally choose the blocks for his masterpieces. Afterwards, stop in Colonnata to taste and learn the secrets of the production of the famous local lardo. Finally, visit a sculpture workshop where a craftsman will explain “the art of removing” to give life to marble objects and statues.
Grand Hotel Portovenere offers Guests a unique cooking course held by the Chef at Palmaria Restaurant.
You will learn how to cook potato gnocchi, Liguria-style pesto and a dessert. The Chef will give each participant a handout with the recipes learned during the course. You can enjoy your culinary creation later at dinner at Palmaria Restaurant.
A unique experience of Liguria’s typicality: discover the dynamic vineyards of Azienda Agricola Possa, a farm in Riomaggiore, where you will meet Samuele Heydi Bonanini, artisan producer of natural wines and artist of heroic viticulture. Following the visit of the beautiful sea-view vineyard on the steep slope, the tour continues with a tasting of the renowned Sciacchetrà, the classic white wines from Cinque Terre, and
also surprising reds and rosés.
This unique and exclusive boat excursion includes sailing around the Islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, and a visit to the oyster farms in La Spezia. An expert guide will illustrate how the cultivation works take place at sea. Later, an oyster-based aperitif with white wine from Cinque Terre and local focaccia will be served on board.
Grand Hotel Portovenere overlooks the marina and the historic center of Porto Venere. Your 5-star hotel on the Italian Riviera is nestled between the famous Cinque Terre and the inspirational Gulf of Poets in eastern Liguria. Once upon a time, the building hosted the Convent of Saint Francis. Following careful renovation works, today it features a charming hotel with sea-view rooms, a Mediterranean restaurant and luxury services. The seafront hotel is just steps away from the boats that take you to the Cinque Terre and the Bay of La Spezia, which inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Mary and Percy Shelley. Just steps from the village center, the Grand Hotel Portovenere offers remodeled rooms in the soothing shades of sea green, sand and yellow to reflect the light and colors of the environment surrounding the hotel.
Our large panoramic terrace is home to our restaurant Palmaria and Venus bar, both open to resident and non-resident guests alike. Portovenere has been a destination for elite tourism for over a century. Today, as before, its call has remained unchanged. The surrounding nature provides a scenery that astonishes travellers from all over the world. At Grand Hotel Portovenere, our guests will be charmed by the elegance and beauty of the hotel with panoramic sea views from most rooms and the restaurant. The passion, attention and dedication of our staff will make your Italian vacation unforgettable.
The sea green, sand and yellow shades of your accommodation in Portovenere reflect the light and colors of the Italian Riviera around the Grand Hotel. Simplicity and linearity create a relaxing atmosphere, along with a mix of contemporary and classic styles.
Suite del Castello
Our Suite del Castello gets its name from Doria Castle, which sits majestically overlooking the village of Portovenere. Composed of one bedroom, a living area and two bathrooms, our suite offers its guests the chance to bask in the warm Mediterranean sun on the room’s 75sqm terrace while sipping an aperitif. The colors of Portovenere blend in perfectly with the warm colors of the room and the hand-made furnishings of the bathrooms. The terrace has wooden flooring which brings back memories of the old wooden boardwalks of the Gulf of Poets and the palm trees give it an exotic touch similar to Palmaria Island, which is just across the strait. Your panoramic accommodation with sea views near Cinque Terre.
Suite dei Poeti
The Suite overlooks the Gulf that has enchanted Poets and Painters from all over the world and from which it takes its name. Its uniqueness consists of a series of continuous horizontal windows, whose view embraces the beautiful landscape framed by Palmaria Island, the Apuan Alps and the beautiful villages of Lerici and Tellaro in the distance. The view is not lost even from the two bathrooms that make up the Suite, along with a bedroom and a separate living room.
Cloister Terrace J. Suite
Featuring a panoramic terrace under the arches that belonged to the cloister of the ancient convent, our Junior Suites showcase the beauty and history of Portovenere.
This room is composed by two separate areas. The living area features a sofa bed and a writing desk reminiscent of the historic convent’s Scriptorium, devoted to the writing of manuscripts by monastic scribes.
Located throughout our historic building, Deluxe Rooms are bright and spacious, featuring large windows overlooking the Palmaria Island or the castle and surrounding hills of Portovenere. Every Deluxe room has unique architectural elements, and some include a terrace or balcony.
Offering a sea view, each Double Executive room features a unique space with a sitting area and a full marble bathroom. Only some rooms include a small terrace or a balcony.
Double Classic rooms are located throughout the hotel and have a view of the internal courtyard. Cozy and bright, these rooms include a sitting area and a full marble bathroom.
Our large panoramic terrace is home to our restaurant Palmaria and Venus bar, both open to resident and non-resident guests alike. The hotel’s terrace restaurant and indoor bar faces the sea and offers all meals plus candlelit dinners. The beautiful dining room which serves breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening is tranquil with its large patio facing to the sea. I could spend hours sitting there watching the world go by. I definitely would have sipped on my coffee for longer with a newspaper and just soaked it all up if it wasn’t for the toddler demanding one of the yummy croissants. The breakfast was lovely but had mainly a large selection of fancy cakes and pastries. The coffee was great and the service made us feel like royalty.
Palmaria Restaurant is based in a spectacular veranda overlooking Portovenere. You will find yourself inside a sort of contemporary sailing ship that is about to sail towards the horizon: the choice of rubberized teak wood flooring, in nautical style, recalls the ancient technique of caulking, ie the waterproofing of the hulls by the numerous master caulkers of the Gulf of Poets. The cushions, made by a local upholsterer, are yellow, pink and green just like the colors of the houses in the village of Portovenere.
Venus Bar is located under the high-vaulted brick ceilings of the historic building that once hosted the San Francis Convent. This is an ideal place where to have a drink and relax at any point throughout the day. During the warmer months, you can sit on the sea-view terrace and gaze at the beauty of Portovenere and Palmaria Island while enjoying a cocktail prepared by our bartenders.
Tastings & Cooking Lessons
Refined, panoramic and elegant: Sala Magolia (10 guests) and Sala Moby Dick (20 guests) can host tastings, private dinners and small business meetings. Also, in the Moby Dick Room you can unleash your culinary creativity and passion by joining a cooking course held by Palmaria Restaurant’s Executive Chef. You will have the opportunity to make fresh pasta and pesto sauce, to learn how to filet and marinate fish, and to make Italy’s famous Tiramisù dessert. Once the dishes are ready, you will be able to enjoy your culinary creations at lunch, including Liguria’s classic Trofie al Pesto. You will receive a handout with the information necessary to make what you learned during the course.
There is no gym, but the hotel has an agreement with the Portovenere Wellness Center, which offers spa treatments, a hot tub, a sauna, and a small fitness center with a few cardio machines and free weights.