Genoa Grand Hotel Savoia
Directly opposite Genoa’s main railway station is this grand old place, which brings some much needed old world charm to a city still struggling to shake its fairly salty reputation.
With its imposing ballroom and pre-war decor, The Five Star Savoia harks back to a bygone era of travel and while it may be getting a little frayed in places it’s still a very comfortable place to rest your head after a long day’s travels with Trenitalia.
It’s one of those pleasingly old fashioned places where the towel rack is always on, the room seemingly has about ninety billion light switches and where your bed is re-made immaculately the second you close the door behind you, right down to neatly folding your jim-jams and placing them on your pillowcase!
It’s a hotel with a definite atmosphere to it. You half expect to find Hercule Poirot roaming the corridors. The sweet bowl on reception also caught my attention at regular intervals.
The many event rooms on the top floor were first class for this conference, and best of all provide access to a long, panoramic balcony giving you excellent views across the city skyline, including of course its sprawling railway terminus.
Rooms here are spacious enough and come kitted out with heavy, dark furnishings redolent of decades gone by, with large, deep beds to sink into and a bathroom with shelves positively groaning under the weight of guest toiletries provided. It should be said though that the air conditioning in my room could be improved.
Food & Drink
I stayed here while attending a conference and got to enjoy both its party catering (lots of lavish salads, anitpasti and, this being Liguria after all, pesto with everything!) and its extensive breakfast buffet, which easily surpassed expectations I had, by the standards experienced in most Italian hotels.
‘Classic’ Double rooms start from just 70 euros per night, which is excellent value for a hotel in this category. Check the website for their various packages and seasonal offers.
The Savoia is certainly Genoa’s most convenient hotel for train travellers. It’s just 2 minutes walk from Genoa’s main station, Piazza Principe, just across the roundabout and past the imposing white statue.
It’s also near to the Aquarium and numerous shops and restaurants, plus all those dank little alleys leading down to the port…
Address: Via Arsenale di Terra, 5, 16126 Genoa.
This railway hotel was approved by Railway Stays.
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