- Belinda Maude, Assistant Content Editor, Hotels
In an unrivalled location overlooking romantic Portofino harbour with panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea. The Splendido is located at the top of a steep hill but the hotel operates a free shuttle bus service - perfect for those wanting to avoid the strenuous climb.
Style & character
Hotel Splendido oozes elegance, style and charm. The building was a family home for much of the 19th century and the décor is reminiscent of that time. On arrival guests negotiate a glamorous red carpet to be met by a small army of bell boys. Large windows frame views of the hotel's elegant terrace and lush gardens. Take a dip in the hotel's salt-water infinity pool for the best views of Portofino harbour.
Service & facilities
Exceptionally friendly and unfailingly helpful. No request was too difficult and every member of staff made an effort to make our stay feel memorable.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
The 64 individually-designed rooms and suites fall into four different categories (double rooms, junior suites, suites and presidential suites). Standard rooms are decorated in golds and creams, and though short on space still offer impressive bathrooms and a good dose of grandeur. The suites, which are more contemporary in design with dashes of blue or pink, feature retractable televisions, walk-in wardrobes, comfortable beds, electronic black-out blinds and large bathrooms.
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Food & drink
The emphasis is on fish at the hotel's sophisticated Chuflay restaurant (formal attire essential). Diners may find such delights as gallinella, rombo e San Pietro (rock fish, turbot and John Dory) or zuppa di pesce del golfo, con Basilico e Timo (traditional local fish soup made from fresh seafood, basil and thyme) on the menu, alongside regional specialities such as pesto alla Genovese. There's also a cocktail lounge, complete with pianist, and pool-side restaurant (10am to 7pm) offering pizzas and buffet bites. Breakfast is impressive with an à la carte menu and extensive buffet on offer, including fruit, cereals, pastries, freshly-squeezed juices and three types of Focaccia bread available. Eggs, bacon and mushrooms can be ordered à la carte as well as healthier options such as smoked salmon.
Value for money
Double rooms from £366 per night, including breakfast. Excellent value for money considering the location and exceptional service. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Owing to the protected nature of the building the hotel is unable to accommodate wheelchairs.
Children can be accommodated but the atmosphere and setting is more suited to a romantic weekend away.