I love Genoa! The capital of Liguria is justly called “La Superba” (“the proud One”). No wonder with all this impressive history and beautiful architecture.
It is birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Niccolo Paganini and parts of the historic center have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006.
So wherever you chose to cruise out of Italy´s largest port or to simply explore this romantic hotspot for a memorable weekend, make sure to pay tribute to the beauty of this Mediterranean empress by staying at a place, that builds bridges between the glorious past and the promising future: Grand Hotel Savoia.
Built in 1897, the hotel has hosted many prominent guests over the centuries. From members of the aristocracy, European royal families, celebrities and political figures. The hotel´s beautifully appointed interiors are quite reminiscent of the golden ages of transatlantic ocean liner travels. The elegant, maritime flair is omnipresent and made it therefore absolutely perfect for me to overnight before one of my last cruises in April 2015.
With its close location to Stazzione Marittime, MSC´s main cruise terminal (10 minutes by foot), and Genova Principe, the city´s main train station and stop for the airport link, Volabus (6 EUR one-way), Grand Hotel Savoia is the perfect luxury getaway for my short stay in town. The pink palace has a magnificent rooftop terrace with excellent vistas onto the port and the surrounding mountains, as well as a uniquely designed lobby that you should pay visit to, even if you should not be staying at this gorgeous place.
Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature a luxurious bathroom and a very comfortable bed, free WiFi and modern LCD TV´s with a good choice of channels. Breakfast (until 10:30 am) is generally included in the rate, as well as the usage of the whirlpools on the roof-top terrace and the modern (but not too large) fitness center. The access to the elegant and stylish spa costs extra (25 EUR as of April 2015), but seems recommendable, as I have learned from other guests.
One thing to be aware of is the outdoor playground for families with children on the third floor. If you are sensitive to this kind of noise, make sure to get a room in one of the higher floors or with street view.
The service is welcoming and very Italian. As I stayed for one night only, I didn´t eat at any of the hotel´s restaurants. I had a peek onto the breakfast buffet though, which looked quite tempting with different selections of warm and cold dishes, cold cuts, spreads and Italian bakeries.
If your flight arrives in the early evening, there is plenty of bars and trattorias in the area for a quick bite and a drink.
Should you plan to arrive by car, the hotel holds 20 parking spaces (12 Euro per daytime use/25 Euro per nighttime use). Depending on the season, it might be a good idea to place a reservation before your arrival!
After all, I pretty much regret not to have planned more time for my stay at the hotel. But one things is clear: Next time, I know better!
For more information about Grand Hotel Savoia, visit the website.