Grand Hotel Villa Balbi


Sestri Levante, Liguria

  • 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.


Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers during the evening.

The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes à la carte in an elegant setting.

Beach & Pools

Private Beach

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.

Swimming Pool

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. 
Transfer Time
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.
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Twin/Double Room

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. 

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fabulous historic hotel with excellent service throughout our stay
Tripadvisor review Sep 27 2022
we stayed in and the rooms were spectacular and spacious a suite in the old part of the hotel and the rooms were spectacular and spacious with beautiful painted ceilings but the rooms in the new...
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Great Hotel - Authentic Location
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Tripadvisor review Sep 25 2022
This lovely hotel is in a great location, with both the promenade and beach right on the doorstep. The hotel has a private beach area, but we didn't use it so can't comment. Our room was large and...
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