Hotel Belvedere, San Remo ***
The Hotel Belvedere San Remo (Sanremo) is in a central position in this Ligurian seaside town - 200 metres from the beach and 800 metres from the railway station. Note that this central position means the hotel doesn't have its own private parking, though there are free parking spaces and... View hotel
Double rooms from €50
Hotel Napoleon, San Remo ***
This hotel in San Remo is situated just across the road from the sea (around 100 metres) and a 10 to 15-minute walk from the town centre. With a reputation for friendly and helpful staff, the Hotel Napoleon sits in its own gardens, has a veranda overlooking the sea... View hotel
Double rooms from €70
Hotel Rio, San Remo ***
San Remo (Sanremo) lies at the heart of the 'Riviera dei Fiori', that gorgeous sweep of the Italian Riviera that runs from the French border (just a few kilometres west of here) to Imperia in the east. Long popular for its extraordinarily mild micro-climate, the region of Liguria benefits from... View hotel
Double rooms from €51
Mention San Remo and a picture is immediately conjured of fin de siecle glamour, a gently faded style, of grand hotels that have seen slightly better days, of nights at the gaming tables, after evenings spent sipping Champagne and Campari. Sanremo, to give it the correct title, was where Tchaikovsky composed Eugene Onegin and his Fourth Symphony. It was here that Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and promoter of peace, latterly lived and died, and it was here during the twenties and after that bright young things came to blow their inheritances at the Casino.
But San Remo has much to offer the present too. Set on a broad bay between two headlands, this is a colourful seaside resort with a beautifully mild climate, courtesy of the Mediterranean out front, and the Maritime Alps rising steeply behind the town. There are chic boutiques, an excellent market every Tuesday and Saturday, and a goodly number of French visitors from across the nearby border. Temperate San Remo is awash in flowers (this area of the Riviera dei Fiori grows and exports a huge quantity) and palm trees add an exotic flavour. There's a charming medieval old town (La Pigna), and offshore there is boating, diving, snorkelling and whale watching.
Interesting sights include the Russian Orthodox Church, the flower market, the Gothic Cattedrale di San Siro, the Museo Civico and the exotically planted Giardino Ormond, with olives, yuccas, date palms, jacaranca, bougainvillea and a giant Cedar of Lebanon. The main strip between the Casino and the heart of town, Coro Matteotti, is good for clothes shops, cinemas, gelaterie and cocktail bars.