- 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.
Based on 490 traveller reviews
71% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ Perfect weekend break in excellent accommodation
Sep 02 2020
An excellent hotel with good, professional customer service. Our room was light and airy with a dual aspect. There was a bathroom ensuite. The room and bathroom were immaculate. Service at Reception...
An excellent hotel with good, professional customer service. Our room was light and airy with a dual aspect. There was a bathroom ensuite. The room and bathroom were immaculate. Service at Reception was timely and helpful although the staff could smile a little more! Breakfast was very good.
The entire stay ay Hotel Balbi represented excellent value for money.
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“ Premium Balbi Experience
Crisspar, Paris, France
Aug 30 2020
In this unusual summer I really enjoyed to spend a week at Grand Hotel Villa Balbi. Best Hotel in town, with a flavour of past noble palaces, this place is a special blend of ancient taste and...
In this unusual summer I really enjoyed to spend a week at Grand Hotel Villa Balbi. Best Hotel in town, with a flavour of past noble palaces, this place is a special blend of ancient taste and welcoming allure. The premises are confortables and so authentic Italian. My room 108 in a secondary building was comfortable and even if the bathroom is not the most modern, the flavor of Italian real taste is everywhere. The large swimming pool under the park trees is more than enjoyable, and the terrace morning breakfast offer a generous and dynamic start. The restaurant was closed for Covid reasons but the bar is working.
Value for money I had a very interesting offer directly on the Hotel website
But what make the real difference is the quality of the staff: professional, kind, active listening with the warmth and the sense of hospitality Italy can offer. Not just ???service??? but warm affection and attention. From the barman to the pool watcher , from the breakfast staff to the reception, from the cleaning staff and attendance I couldn???t notice any ???faux pas??? or tension.
Bravo to all of you! specially in this complicated Covid phase.
You really gave me a hint to come back again.
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