Grand Hotel Portovenere Est. 2014

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 5, Porto Venere, SP, Italy

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The 5-star hotel is set in a historic building on the Italian Riviera.
Grand Hotel Portovenere is located in the most panoramic point of Portovenere, a small sea village with a rich history and wonderful mix of natural and manmade landscapes, characteristics that led UNESCO to include it in the list of World Heritage Sites. 
The Lowdown
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Boutique Hotel
Historic Building
Private Dining / Restaurant
Historical Monument
Water Feature
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Product Launch
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

The 5-star hotel is set in a historic building on the Italian Riviera is nestled between the famous Cinque Terre and the inspirational Gulf of Poets in eastern Liguria. Once upon a time, the building hosted the Convent of Saint Francis. Following careful renovation works, today it features a charming hotel with sea-view rooms, a Mediterranean restaurant and luxury services.

Grand Hotel Portovenere overlooks the marina and the historic center of Porto Venere. The seafront hotel is just steps away from the boats that take you to the Cinque Terre and the Bay of La Spezia, which inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Mary and Percy Shelley.

Portovenere has been a destination for elite tourism for over a century. Today, as before, its call has remained unchanged. The surrounding nature provides a scenery that astonishes travelers from all over the world.

At Grand Hotel Portovenere, our guests will be charmed by the elegance and beauty of the hotel with panoramic sea views from most rooms and the restaurant. The passion, attention and dedication of our staff will make your Italian vacation unforgettable.

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Price Range

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Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
No Amplified Music Allowed
Non-smoking Venue
48 rooms and 2 suites.
Double classic rooms overlook the internal courtyard; the other rooms (Double Executives, Corner Deluxe, Scriptorium Studios, Cloister Terrace Junior Suites, and the 2 suites) offer panoramic views of Portovenere's marina and historic center, and/or of Palmaria Island and the Gulf of Poets.
Eco/Green Events
Handicap Accessible
Inside Scoop

Our luxury suites, Suite dei Poeti and Suite del Castello, boast not only some of the best views of the hotel, but also various custom-made works by local artisans and details that pay home to the territory (interview with the architect)

  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:
Among the most requested Italian event destinations are Liguria and Tuscany. And right between these two regions is a surprising gem called Gulf of Poets. Also known as Gulf of La Spezia, this place is off the beaten path yet easily reachable from abroad and conveniently located near Cinque Terre, Pisa, Milan and Parma.

Grand Hotel Portovenere is located in the most panoramic point of Portovenere, a small sea village with a rich history and wonderful mix of natural and manmade landscapes, characteristics that led UNESCO to include it in the list of World Heritage Sites. 

The hotel’s historic building used to host the Saint Francis Convent in the XVII century. It was carefully renovated with special attention to maintaining the original architectural features and revisiting them in a modern way to ensure maximum comfort.
You can still admire many original features of the ancient Convent, such as the ancient brick-vaulted ceilings at Venus Bar and the arches on the façade of the hotel. The "Cloister Terrace Junior Suites" feature a panoramic terrace under the arches that belonged to the cloister of the St Francis Convent.
Standout Venue Features:
Portovenere is easily reachable not only by boat, but also by bus and by car – unlike other nearby villages of Cinque Terre where car transit is forbidden. Guests who book directly with the venue can use the on-site garage parking free of charge.
Extra Perks:
Book direct with the venue to use the on-site garage parking free of charge.
Awards & NotablesHarper's Bazaar Escape "La Vita è Bella" 
Huffington Post - "Richard’s Picks: Best Hotels in the World for Fall"
Girl in Florence (Georgette Jupe) - 36 Hours in Portovenere
Italy Magazine - The Jewel of Italy's Gulf of Poets, Portovenere
Glam - Hidden Gem in Liguria
Celebration Locations
Sala Lerici:
Sala Lerici is our main meeting room. It is able to accommodate up to 120 guests, and can be set-up or divided to suit the needs of any kind of event. The large hall is equipped with advanced technology and can be adapted in order to create your desired ambiance.
- View: None
- Max Capacity: 120
Sala Moby Dick:
Refined, panoramic and elegant: Sala Moby Dick can host tastings, private dinners and small business meetings. It can also be used for cooking lessons held by Palmaria Restaurant’s Executive Chef Francesco Parravicini.
- View: Sea/harbor
- Max Capacity: 18
Sala Magnolia:
Refined, panoramic and elegant: Sala Magnolia can host tastings, private dinners and small business meetings.
- View: Sea and Palmaria Island
- Max Capacity: 10
Restaurant Veranda and Terrace:
Our panoramic restaurant can propose a customizable selection of menus for business meals, gala dinners and wedding parties.
- Max Capacity: 40
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Palmaria Restaurant

Palmaria Restaurant is based in a spectacular veranda overlooking Portovenere. You will find yourself inside a sort of contemporary sailing ship that is about to sail towards the horizon: the choice of rubberized teak wood flooring, in nautical style, recalls the ancient technique of caulking, ie the waterproofing of the hulls by the numerous master caulkers of the Gulf of Poets. The cushions, made by a local upholsterer, are yellow, pink and green just like the colors of the houses in the village of Portovenere.

Here nothing is left to chance: a refined atmosphere and candlelit dinners, first-class service, a menu made up of marine flavors and entrusted to the professionalism of our Executive Chef Francesco Parravicini whose team will know how to satisfy even the most demanding of palates.

The menus are inspired by the "Grand Tour", that is, the long journey in continental Europe, particularly in Italy, that was undertaken by the European aristocracy, from the seventeenth century. The Chef proposes combinations "between land and sea" where octopus, anchovies and "muscles" typical of the tradition of La Spezia are the protagonists, but also the excellence of the Ligurian hinterland and the neighboring regions. At lunch, we propose light and well-balanced unique snacks and salads while still keeping a selection of more eclectic and refined dishes on the menu.

Palmaria Restaurant, which is part of the Italian Celiac Association (AIC), is attentive to the specific needs of its customers and also offers gluten-free menus. The complete exclusion of gluten from the diet is not easy to achieve as the cereals that are not allowed are found in many dishes of Italian culinary tradition, but the awareness and professionalism of our team will able to offer a menu specially designed for the celiac. 
Bars & Lounges:
Venus Bar is located under the high-vaulted brick ceilings of the historic building that once hosted the San Francis Convent. This is an ideal place where to have a drink and relax at any point throughout the day. During the warmer months, you can sit on the sea-view terrace and gaze at the beauty of Portovenere and Palmaria Island while enjoying a cocktail prepared by our bartenders.


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