- Set within its own gardens a few metres from the beach of Sestri Levante
- A charming hotel brimming with character
Situated within its own gardens and yet located only a few meters from Sestri Levante’s beach area, the Grand Hotel Villa Balbi is brimming with character. Once the 17th century home of a prominent Genoese family, the Grand Hotel Villa Balbi’s impressive entrance leads to the public rooms that have retained the beautiful vaulted, frescoed ceilings and tapestries. The guest rooms are housed in a more modern wing.
The Grand Hotel Villa Balbi also features a swimming pool (normally in use May - September) set amongst greenery behind the villa and a private beach area with a beach bar. Embodying the faded grandeur of a bygone era, the Grand Hotel Villa Balbi’s location in Sestri Levante is convenient for visiting nearby towns such as Rapallo, with its charming 16th castle, and the exclusive Portofino. By venturing further south, you will come across Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most picturesque stretches of coastline adorned with archetypal fishing villages.
The hotel has 105 rooms (official rating 4 star) Citalia does not accept children at this hotel, however this is not an adult-only property. Minimum stay 3 nights.
Bars & Restaurants
The former billard room is now a relaxing lounge bar serving a range of drinks and cocktails.
Included With: Half Board, Full Board
Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers during the evening.
The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes in an elgant setting.
Beach & Pools
Hotel guests have access to a private beach area with a beach bar. Charges are included except in July and August when a charge of €15 per guest per day is applicable. The beach is normally in use from June to September.
The hotel's outdoor pool is normally in use from May to September.
Parking is available and payable locally (approx. €10 per day).
About the location
Sestri Levante is a gorgeous Riviera town that bears more than a little resemblance to Portofino, which sits just along the coast. The town's colourful buildings and historic palaces nestle around a beautiful crescent of sand and sea, with a backdrop of pine forests. Sestri Levante is a little quieter than its fashionable neighbour, and is popular with holidaying Italians, making it ideal for those looking for a relaxed and authentic Italian Riviera destination.
There’s still plenty to see and do, though. For many, the Punta Manara hiking trail is a must-do, offering miles of flora-rich hiking up the headland and into the hills beyond. A more relaxed alternative would be to take a boat and cruise the glass-smooth Bay of Silence, or just to lounge on the sandy beachfront. One of Sestri Levante’s other perks is its proximity to the dreamy pastel-shaded towns of the Cinque Terre – you can reach them in just over half an hour.
The hotel is 1 hour from Genoa airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
Max 3 adults
Twin/Double Rooms are individually decorated and combine modern facilities with period features.
Max 1 adult
Single Rooms are also available on request, please call to book.
Free Night Offer
1 Free night for stays of 7 nights completed between 05 - 29 September 2020.
Based on 428 traveller reviews
71% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ Just off the mark
kenney563, Greater London, United Kingdom
Oct 08 2019
This hotel looks impressive from the outside - it was originally a grand villa and is situated on the seafront close to nearby shops and restaurants. The lobby and reception area harks back to a...
This hotel looks impressive from the outside - it was originally a grand villa and is situated on the seafront close to nearby shops and restaurants. The lobby and reception area harks back to a bygone age with painted ceilings and d??cor that would not be out of place in a museum. Thankfully most guest rooms are in a newer extension added at some time. Our room was on the 5th floor facing inland. It was fairly small and sparsely furnished but had a large comfortable kingsize bed. Although there was ample drawer space in the bedside tables and wardrobe yet again hanging space was abysmal. One gets the impression that Italian hoteliers do not expect guests to stay for more than a couple of days. Either that or they want you to pay for their laundry service. The bathroom was also on the small side but at least the walk in shower was roomy.
Regarding food the self-service buffet breakfast was ok but we have had better.We only dined in the restaurant on one evening as it closes at the end of September even though the hotel remains open for another week before closing for the winter.
On that occasion our meal would have benefitted from being served on hot instead of stone cold plates
Outside there is a small swimming pool with sunloungers and parasols and in summer months an area where meals can be taken as an extension to the dining room.
Staff at reception were always very helpful and obliging. The hotel is kept very clean and is quite a pleasant place to stay but in our opinion just falls short of the standards one has come to expect from a four star rating
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“ Shabby but beautiful
PatrickOHagan, Belfast, United Kingdom
Aug 16 2019
The old man building is impressive but bedrooms in it are to be avoided as these are old and musty (albeit clean). On the other hand rooms in the new extension are fine. Breakfast is good and the...
The old man building is impressive but bedrooms in it are to be avoided as these are old and musty (albeit clean). On the other hand rooms in the new extension are fine. Breakfast is good and the restaurant's terrace is lovely with old trees in a beautiful garden (although it is a borderline carpark in high summer). Otherwise, the kitchen is poor. The pool in the garden is a high point and the hotel's location is perfect. So a mixed bag, but if you get the right room and avoid the restaurant it is very pleasant.
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