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Where to sleep in Genoa: advice from a Genoese woman


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I love walking through the streets of my city.

Only by wandering on foot can you notice those details that you miss when you are driving the car or on the bus.

Therefore, who better than a Genoese who lives in the city to recommend the best neighbourhoods in Genoa where to stay?

The first question you need to ask yourself is how many days you have available.

If it is just one night, the choice could fall on the historic centre, which is characteristic and close to the main attractions.

The second question to ask yourself is whether to arrive by car or by public transport.

Parking spaces are few so, in that case, one could consider a hotel with a private garage.

The daily rates for a parking space vary roughly from 20.00 to 30.00€.

So let’s take a detailed look at the best neighbourhoods and hotels where to sleep in Genoa to visit its centre.

You will also find advice on where to sleep to explore the Ligurian Riviera or the Genoa hinterland.

▶ If you need a customised itinerary, contact me and I will be able to suggest the best solution for you.

Where to sleep in Genoa’s historic centre

Sleeping in Genoa’s historic centre means immersing yourself in the city’s most representative atmosphere.

By historical centre, we mean the whole area of alleys (caruggi in Genoese) leading from Piazza de Ferrari down to the Porto Antico.

You may be amazed by the contrast of some of the hotels in the historic centre, located perhaps in a somewhat run-down street but built inside stately palaces with stucco and frescoed ceilings.

Astonishment and wonder.

Hotel Palazzo Grillo

Hotel Palazzo Grillo, in Piazza delle Vigne, is an example.

It is a 300-metre walk from the ‘Strada Nuova Museums’ on Via Garibaldi and provides a shuttle service from the nearest car park, which is 600 metres away.

hotel palazzo grillo
Hotel Palazzo Grillo

For info and rates of Hotel Palazzo Grillo – Click here.

Advantages of sleeping in the historic centre – Atmospheric atmosphere and proximity to major places of interest.

Disadvantages – Depending on where the hotel is located, you have to take into account that you may have to walk a few hundred metres with your suitcase.

If it is in the centre of the nightlife, you will also have to take into account noise and loud music (mainly on Friday and Saturday nights).

You might be interested inItinerary in the Historic Centre of Genoa.

The best hotels in the Centre

By city centre, we mean the whole area from Piazza della Vittoria to Piazza dei Ferrari.

It includes Genova Brignole station, Via XX Settembre, Via San Vincenzo, Via Roma, and all the neighbouring streets.

The centre is the area of shops and the few offices that have survived therent increase.

One of the city’s most elegant hotels is the Hotel Bristol Palace, from whose entrance, overlooking Via XX Settembre, the street of the ” struscio“, actors and other show business personalities are often seen coming out.

Public transport passes right in front of the hotel.

On request, you can also leave your car in the private garage with valet service, at an additional cost of €27.00 per night.

hotel bristol palace
Hotel Bristol Palace

For info and rates of the Hotel Bristol Palace – Click here.

The Best Western Plus City Hotel is located in Via San Sebastiano, a side street of Via Roma, the street of luxury shops.

Its family rooms and quiet location make it perfect for families with children.

For more information on the Best Western – Click here.

Le Due Piazze is located in Via Palestro, a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Corvetto .

It is a renovated flat with everything.

There are paid public car parks in the street (free from 8pm to 8am and on holidays) or a guarded car park, 100 metres from the flat, which costs €25.00 per day.

For more information on Le Due Piazze – Click here.

Advantages of sleeping in the centre of Genoa – Comfortable and elegant area.

Disadvantages – Slightly higher price.

Where to sleep in Genoa’s Porto Antico

The Porto Antico is the area of the Aquarium, the Bigo, the Galata Museo del Mare and many other unmissable attractions for those visiting Genoa.

The NH Collection Genova Marina, is a modern hotel wonderfully located on the quay.

It also features indoor parking, at an additional cost of €20.00.

It may be useful to know that children up to 12 years of age do not pay if they sleep in their parents’ room.

The baby cot 0/3 years old, upon request, is free of charge.

NH Collection Genova Marina
NH Collection Genova Marina

For info and rates of NH Collection Genova Marina – Click here.

You may be interested inWhat to do at the Porto Antico in Genoa.

Sleeping in cheap hotels and B&Bs

If you’re on a tight budget, you can find some solutions that still have high standards of cleanliness.

In Via Balbi, a short walk from Genoa Principe station, Ostello Bello Genova offers dormitory beds but also private rooms.

A 5/10 minute walk from the Hostel, you can leave your car in the car park in Piazza Principe (€16.00 per day) or at the Autorimessa Columbia which costs about €20.00 per day.

For info and rates of Ostello Bello Genova – Click here.

In Piazza Superiore Del Roso, in a side street of Via Balbi, is the Hotel Bologna, which offers clean rooms and free parking.

For info and rates at Hotel Bologna – Click here.

Where to sleep with children

Having children in tow, my advice is to sleep at the Porto Antico or in the city centre, thus avoiding passing through the alleys when it gets dark.

The hotel that most lovingly welcomes families with children is definitely Your House Rooms in Via Gropallo, to whom it dedicates a fantastic playroom.

An excellent breakfast is included in the rate.

Your House Rooms is located on via Gropallo, close to the city centre (about a 10-minute walk from Piazza Corvetto).

You can leave your car in the nearby paid public car parks (free from 8pm to 8am and on holidays) or in the Autopark in via Galata (€18.00 per day).

For information and rates of Your House Roomsclick here.

In terms of proximity and convenience to the main places of interest, on the other hand, the NH Collection at the Porto Antico certainly wins.

For info and rates of the NH Collection at Porto Antico – Click here.

Sleeping in Boccadasse

Sunset in Boccadasse

Boccadasse is a charming fishing village located a half-hour bus ride from the city centre.

For those who want to visit the main attractions of the historic centre, I would not recommend sleeping in Boccadasse as the village can be visited in half a day.

So it would make more sense to choose a hotel in the centre and then move from there.

I recommend sleeping in Boccadasse, instead, to those who are looking for a romantic and intimate little place.

This characteristic fishing village is in fact very busy at the weekend but quieter during the week.

In Boccadasse you can also find places to have an aperitif by the sea, elegant little restaurants , fried-food shops, focaccerie, and ice-cream parlours.

▶ To see what to do in Boccadasse and where to sleep, you can read this article.

Where to stay if you want to tour the Ligurian Riviera

The village of Portofino

If you arrive in Genoa by plane and do not want to rent a car, you may be interested to know that some of the most beautiful villages on the Ligurian Riviera are connected by tourist boats.

The boats leave from the Porto Antico (click here if you want to know exactly where) and stop in Nervi, Camogli, Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Portofino.

So, if the idea is to take the boat, a good solution could be to sleep near the Porto Antico or in the historical centre.

Otherwise you can see where to sleep by clicking on the names of the villages.

Below you can see some tours offered by GetYourGuide:

Where to sleep near the Aquarium

The Aquarium of Genoa is one of the city’s main attractions and many visitors prefer to stay overnight nearby.

Certainly the NH Collection, of all hotels, is the closest to the Aquarium. And it is very convenient as it has indoor parking.

For info and rates of the NH Collection del Porto Antico – Click here.

Also La Casa sul Molo is a small flat located a few steps from the Aquarium at Molo Ponte Morosini, always in the Porto Antico area.

For info and rates of La Casa sul Molo – Click here.

Where to sleep if you want to tour the hinterland of Genoa

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Villa Ghiron in Torriglia

For trekking and nature lovers, less than an hour’s drive from the centre of Genoa is the Parco Naturale Regionale dell’Antola.

A good starting point to discover this wonderful protected area could be Torriglia, a village famous for its sweet canestrelletti.

Villa Ghiron is a historical residence where the young owners will warmly welcome you.

The Villa’shuge park and whirlpool bath, as well as the excellent breakfast with typical products, are sure to win you over.

▶ To see in detail what Villa Ghiron offers, you can read this article.

Continue reading:

1. The historical centre of Genoa

2. The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

3. The Ligurian Riviera: Camogli

4. The Trebbia Valley

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