Hotels in Genoa are few and far between, quite surprising really given that it’s a port city in the middle of some of Italy’s most beautiful coastline. During our stay in the city we needed somewhere relatively central, comfortable and at a good price. We settled on the Hotel Grand Savoia which comes with a four and a half star rating located just beside the main train station Genova Principe.
The location couldn’t have been better having just made the 2.5 hour train journey from Florence. A quick walk across the road and there you are. Just past the lobby area is a grand sitting area with refreshments, a wedding was held here during our stay. The hotel itself is a real mix of old and new with the decor reminiscent of Italian hotels from the 1980’s.
Staff at the hotel are friendly and multilingual as is pretty much standard around the world these days. Looking behind the desk there was a large cabinet with keys hanging up with huge keyrings as a hotel would have had in years gone by. Fortunately for us we were presented with keycards to access our room.
Our room was a decent size with bathroom and hallway to the front with a net curtain between that and the bedroom itself. A comfy bed and a wall mounted tv with satellite channels was a nice touch with a spacious wardrobe also included. The minibar however was subject to charge although the hotel do provide free water.
So the downsides – our old friend soundproofing. It’s not unbearable but it can be irritating hearing the music from the restaurant area reverberating through the wall, also neighbouring rooms can be heard from time to time, this didn’t overly affect our stay. Also who on earth puts a clothes hook above the toilet? Do you really expect me to put my gown there? Madness.
Other interesting findings included a ‘love kit’ available on request – better to be safe than sorry now people. The toiletries included with the room were very good as was the shower in the bathroom. The room was made up every day between around 12-2pm which is ideal if you want to sleep in or go out for lunch and come back to rest.
Overall I would recommend the hotel but not at 4.5 star level, perhaps a 3. The noise could be an issue if you are a light sleeper as it tended to be at it’s most prominent between 7-11pm which was irritating when we had booked a quiet room. The air conditioning in the room is superb and was most welcome in the height of summer. Breakfast came at a surcharge which we declined.
As is customary in Italy the dreaded city tax is added to your bill, typically €1.50 (£1.32) per person per night. Our total bill for a three night stay was €546 (£483) before the city tax which we paid for on check out. Good value for the location of the hotel and all in all a decent base from which to explore Genoa.
Nearest Metro: Principe