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Portofino is a chic and charming resort for chic and charming people. The yachting crowds adore it, it's spectacularly located: beautiful to look at from the water, and its beautiful to gaze out over the Mediterranean from Portofino. The atmosphere is golden with sunshine, and the kind of happy wellbeing one must get from owning a beautiful yacht. While Portofino has some incredibly luxurious resorts, your wallet doesn't have to stretch too far to stay in one of the best places to stay in Portofino.

Portofino's beauty means this little fishing village couldn't stay undeveloped for long, but Portofino still has plenty of character. The waterfront is the place to be, with old customs and new faces (American bars, for example) creating a friendly, vibrant atmosphere.

Most of Portofino's pleasure can be found from just strolling around, relaxing on the beach and enjoying the feeling of contentment Portofino permeates. But if you do want a break from Italian Rivera perfection, the Castello Brown, a 16th century castle, and Divo Martino, and 11th century church, are two of the highlights. It's also worth doing a spot of cruising, on one of the public boats if you didn't bring your own yacht this time.

The Best Places to Stay in Portofino

  • Romantic, meticulous and private, the Hotel Paraggi nestles into a beautiful private bay just around the point from Portofino. The 13 rooms are stunning and modern with balconies and hot tubs. And there's a great restaurant, though they also offer private, candlelit suppers on the beach.
  • Hotel Eight sits on the hill just above Portofino, occupying a beautifully converted Ligurian farmhouse. Just because its above the town, the hotel still has its own private beach. As well as chic, contemporary rooms with balconies and all the mod. cons.. You're within a short walk of Portofino's excellent selection of restaurants.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Portofino, try our recommendations in Liguria, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Domina Home Piccolo


    A refined period villa immersed in lush vegetation, typical of the Ligurian Riviera. In contrast, rooms are modern with minimalist furnishings and stunning views. Enjoy breakfasts on the terrace, fresh fish and traditional Ligurian cuisine in the hotel restaurant. Truly romantic.

    22 rooms from $252
    Views  -  Stunning views over the bay
    Sights nearby  -  Just 450m from the centre of town
    Local markets  -  Enjoy local street market
    Swimming Pool  -  Private beach access
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Eight Hotel Paraggi


    A Ligurian villa nestled in a private bay on the Italian Riviera. Stunning modern rooms and suites with balconies and hot tubs, fabulous Italian cuisine, private candle lit dinners on the beach, and plenty of sun traps to bathe in. An ideal choice for a romantic beach holiday.

    13 rooms from $482
    Foodies  -  Meticulous Italian cuisine.
    Beach Life
    Outstanding location  -  Set in a private bay on the Italian Riviera.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel Eight


    A Ligurian farmhouse perched on a hill just above Portofino village and its own private beach. Contemporary chic rooms and suites have all the mod cons, balconies, and attractive furnishings. Charming breakfast verandah and walking distance to restaurants. Romantic, picturesque.

    17 rooms from $606
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
  • Hotel Splendido


    A luxurious Italian hotel set on a stunning hillside, overlooking Portofino harbour. Rooms are timelessly elegant and boast impressive sea views. A choice of three sophisticated restaurants, serving traditional Italian cuisine. Swimming pool, spa and health centre. Quintessential Italian splendour.

    85 rooms from $763
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Kayaking  -  Explore the wonders of the Italian Riviera aboard a kayak.
    Fishing  -  The hotel fishing boat: "Castel Dragoneā€
    Diving  -  Hotel's own Scuba Diving programme.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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