My sister is getting married in Portifino June 2010, with reception in Santa Margherita. I'm looking for lodging suggestions. Will be traveling with 2 young kids (4 and 1.5 years). Also open to suggestions on things to do in that area.
Hi Stacey - My wife and I and a half dozen travellers that I was taking on a tour stayed at -
As you can see by looking at their website it is a Beautiful Hotel in a Spectacular setting!! I think you might like it - As you probably already know Portofino is one of the most expensive places in all of Italy so - check out the prices there very carefully - two cocktails generally run about 22 euros!! Hotel metropole also has an outstanding restaurant!
And as far as prices go - Santa Margherita is day and night cheaper than Portofino !!!!
Portofino is a pretty expensive place to spend the night, S Mar ain't that much better. Maybe try venere.com with Rapallo as the search city. Not much for wee kids that I know of, coast is too rocky for safe swimming (it's more boating oriented); on the other hand there is some sandy beach at S Mar, but not sure if it's public. There's a pretty good aquarium at Genova (abt 25 mi) but not really sure if the kids would appreciate it. Not much, but maybe it'll get you started.
I love Santa Margherita. My last two stays were at Lido Palace which is right by the Piazza and can fit a family. I got great pricing but my last stay was in 2004 so I hope it's still good. Another great option for a family is www.vrbo.com which I've used many times. I just checked and they've got some listings for Santa Margherita.
We stayed at Hotel Nuova Riviera and enjoyed it very much with secured car park.Good Views and nice breakfast they do not have elevator if that matters to you.