Portofino - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Portofino for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Nestled southeast of Genoa city on the Italian Riviera coastline, there is a picturesque fishing village of Portofino. The pastel-coloured houses, designer boutiques, and lovely and chic restaurants form its Piazzetta, as they call the small square. The flawless village is home to only 400 residents and a destination for countless tourists, some of whom are jet setters, and it is undoubtedly worth a visit.

The Piazzetta is just a small square that overlooks the harbour, which is lined with exclusive and stunning yachts.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to Portofino.

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(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Portofino for the first visit?

The answer is simple: Portofino Village

This charming village is nothing less than the most chic destination to explore. If you are eager to adorn your Portofino travel with an exquisite sight, simply walk on and reach the Portofino Lighthouse and La Portofinese. It is an eco-farm that produces authentic products such as organic honey, beer and wine. There is accommodation for all types of visitors, and also places you can enjoy as a tourist. Afterwards, you can visit DaV Mare – Trattoria di Pesce, located on the Piazzetta in Portofino and get a taste of Portofino’s most authentic dishes. Lastly, you can drop by Gepi, a cafe and gelateria set on one of the square corners, and get a taste of Italy’s heaven.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Portofino Village
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Olives Bay Terrace
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Seaview Open Space Loft
💎 Best Luxury HotelEight Hotel
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Royal by PortofinoHomes
😎 Best for Groups:Villa Franca Portofino by KlabHouse
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Vicoletto by PortofinoHomes
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:La Casetta di Portofino by PortofinoVip
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Stella by PortofinoHomes
👌 Safest Area: Portofino Village

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Portofino

Depending on your budget and style of travel, your answer to where to stay in Portofino might vary. Therefore, let me first suggest some accommodations which will meet your expectations, no matter which type of traveller you are.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Planning on travelling with your family? Then you might wonder which are the best places to stay in Portofino, Italy, that will provide you both comfort and convenience. Luckily, the town is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Italy, meaning you should have no trouble finding the ideal accommodation. It’s vibrant and charming, featuring plenty of cozy cafes, bars and restaurants tucked in the cobblestoned streets. If you care for a swim, there are several narrow beaches perfect for water activities, with Paraggi Beach being the most famous of them all. The best part is that Portofino is also very close to Cinque Terre- perfect if you want to explore more places at once.

One thing you should know before deciding where to stay in Portofino is to be wise regarding the travel time. If you get there in July, do not miss the Anderssen Festival, a great event for families in Sestri Levante.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Angolo di mare by Portofino Vip, Portofino

Angolo di mare by Portofino Vip, is great for a family stay in Portofino, is in a distinct location, offering city and sea views and a very short distance to Paraggi Beach. This apartment offers one bedroom, a living room, an equipped kitchen and a bathroom.

Book Angolo di mare by PortofinoVip here

Private room at Angolo di mare

Enjoy your stay at Angolo di mare

Olives Bay Terrace, Portofino

If you choose Olives Bay Terrace, you will get a fantastic city view from the balcony. It includes 1 bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. You will also have access to the barbecue, which is a perfect opportunity for a family. The location is only 2 km away from Paraggi Beach.

Book Olives Bay Terrace in Portofino here

Personal space at Olives Bay Terrace

Have a great time at Olives Bay Terrace

 1.2 Couples

Travelling with your significant other comes with a different set of requirements when it comes to planning your Portofino travel. Regardless, you should know that the city is known for its romantic and incredibly charming allure. It is perfect for taking long walks and enjoying romantic restaurant dinners. If you want to add a hint of adventure, go to San Fruttuoso Bay for hiking or spend a day on a Coasteering tour, Genoa tour, or Cinque Terre tour.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Seaview Open Space Loft

Just 800 m from Olivetta Beach and 1.6 km from Paraggi Beach, Seaview Open Space Loft offers one bedroom, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. It is equipped with all the needed amenities, making it one of the best answers to where to stay in Portofino.

Book Seaview Open Space Loft by PortofinoVip here

Own bedroom at Seaview Open Space Loft

Relax and unwind at Seaview Open Space Loft

Casa San Giorgio by PortofinoVip, Portofino

Located in Portofino and very close to Olivetti and Paraggi beaches, Casa San Giorgio offers private parking, 2 bedrooms, an equipped kitchen and a bathroom. What couples mostly like is the location, allowing them to marvel at the breathtaking sea views.

Book Casa San Giorgio by PortofinoVip here

Single bedroom at Casa San Giorgio

Have a pleasant stay at Casa San Giorgio

1.3 Luxury traveler

Looking for Portofino hotels that will realize your luxury travel dreams? Being one of the most romantic places in Italy, Portofino offers awe-inspiring views and enjoyable stay. It is the most immaculate getaway to the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, offering so many visual and sensory pleasures at your disposal. From the port, you’ll see the most luxurious yachts, access hidden paradisical beaches, and reside in the most unique accommodations. It’s no wonder this town is the most popular summer destination for the Jet Set community.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Eight Hotel, Portofino

Located only 800 metres from the Piazzeta, offering elegant rooms with contemporary furniture in warm colours, Eight Hotel is a real place to relax. Sun deck is equipped with loungers and hammocks. Sauna and Turkish baths or different types of massages are on offer. The hotel has an extra charge shuttle that can take you to the nearest Paraggi beach and other places you prefer.

Book Eight Hotel Portofino here

Make yourself at home at Eight Hotel

Enjoy your time at Eight Hotel

Vela Portofino by KlabHouse, Portofino

Vela Portofino by KlabHouse is just a two-minute walk from the port in Portofino, you can stay in a self-catering apartment looking at Piazza Martiri dell’ Olivetta Square. This two-floor apartment with parquet floors, a fully equipped kitchen and 2 bathrooms is a cozy and meticulously settled place.

Book Vela Portofino by KlabHouse here

Experience comfort at Vela Portofino

Have a wonderful stay at Vela Portofino

1.4 Design-lovers

Portofino is a desirable destination for many reasons, so it’s no wonder design travellers love it so much. Its lively style and unique architecture attract visitors all year round, inviting them to visit Castello Brown, Museo del Parco, as well as the amazing Portofino Marina.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Royal by PortofinoHomes, Portofino

Your stay at Royal by PortofinoHomes, a spacious apartment including 1 bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, oven, washing machine), a bathroom, and a seating area with sea views on 1.5 km and a few more to the Paraggi and Pedale Beach, offers time for full relaxation.

Genoa, the closest airport on 39 km driving, and all the surroundings of Cinque Terre at a lesser distance are the content of your stay.

Book Royal by PortofinoHomes here

Private room at Royal by PortofinoHomes

Enjoy your stay at Royal by PortofinoHomes

1.5 Groups

If you’re looking for a place to stay as a group, there are two places you shouldn’t miss out:

  • Portofino Regional Park – nestled only 25 km away from Genoa, in the heart of the Ligurian Riviera, the park offers incredible, awe-inspiring views over the rural and maritime landscapes.
  • Castello Brown – a historic house museum used as a defence castle. It is now open as a public luxury villa, perfect for those wanting to explore Portofino’s history.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Villa Franca Portofino by KlabHouse, Portofino

Villa Franca Portofino by KlabHouse is a spacious villa in Portofino featuring the best accommodation you can ask for. There is private parking, a garden patio, and a sea-view terrace. It has 4 bedrooms, two living rooms, an equipped kitchen and 5 bathrooms. Every amenity you can think of is obtained. There is a private pool and an outdoor dining area. The nearest beaches, Spiagga del Olivetta and Pedale, are 1 or 2 km from the accommodation.

Book Villa Franca Portofino by KlabHouse here

Personal space at Villa Franca Portofino

Have a great time at Villa Franca Portofino

Julia by PortofinoHomes, Portofino

Julia by PortofinoHomes is a spacious apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. The inside is a non-smoking area. Every important spot in the region is very close, from Paraggi and Pedale beaches to the Aquarium of Genoa. The accommodation is great for group visits since the distance to the Genoa Colombo airport is only 48 km.

Book Julia by PortofinoHomes here

Own bedroom at Julia by PortofinoHomes

Relax and unwind at Julia by PortofinoHomes

1.6 Solo-travelers

Portofino is a perfect location for a solo traveller because of its charming, welcoming vibe, which emerges from the location, architecture, and people who choose it as their destination. A place worth visiting in Portofino for you is Castello Brown- an immaculate historic museum which has now been turned into a luxurious villa.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Vicoletto by PortofinoHomes, Portofino

Vicoletto by PortofinoHomes great location and amenities offered will make your stay very pleasant in this 1-bedroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen. It also offers a non-smoking seating area.

Paraggi Beach is a walking distance away, only 1,5 km. Casa Carbone is 28 km away, and the city of Geno is 38 km away. There are endless possibilities depending on your mood: stay alone or find pleasant company.

Book Vicoletto by PortofinoHomes here

Single bedroom at Vicoletto by PortofinoHomes

Have a pleasant stay at Vicoletto by PortofinoHomes

La Casetta di Portofino by PortofinoVip, Portofino

La Casetta di Portofino by PortofinoVip is around 40 km away from Genoa and is a place where most of the interesting places to visit are located. Located in the Portofino village, it is 1.6 km from the Paraggi beach and 800 metres from Spiaggia dell’ Olivetta. It offers 1 bedroom, a fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom. It is allergy-free and non-smoking. It is one of the best answers to where to stay in Portofino.

La Casetta di Portofino by PortofinoVip

Make yourself at home at La Casetta di Portofino

Enjoy your time at La Casetta di Portofino

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

You can expect a lively nightlife in Portofino. The town is located on the beach and surrounded by the sea, setting the mood for a diverse nightlife. There are so many bars, restaurants and pubs, so you won’t be without a great plan for a night out. If it’s your first time there, don’t forget to visit Al Faro di Portofino Lounge Bar or Winterose Wine Bar.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Stella by PortofinoHomes, Portofino

Stella by PortofinoHomes is very close to the two beaches in Portofino, this apartment with access to a terrace includes 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. It is air-conditioned and has a private parking space.

Book Stella by PortofinoHomes here

Experience comfort at Stella by PortofinoHomes

Have a wonderful stay at Stella by PortofinoHomes

Hotel Piccolo, Portofino

The minimalist and modern decor and panoramic sea views make your stay at Hotel Piccolo. You will be around 400 metres away from the centre of Portofino, located on a nearby hill. It is a great spot to rest and not far away from the bars and restaurants. Beaches are also a kilometre away.

Book Hotel Piccolo Portofino here

Private room at Hotel Piccolo Portofino

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Piccolo Portofino

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Portofino is a desirable destination for literally anybody- budget travellers included. Even though it will seem like a posh place you can’t afford to visit, many budget Portofino hotels will change your mind!

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Portofino Dream Flexirent, Portofino

You will get a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen with towels included at Portofino Dream Flexirent. The nearest airport is in Genoa, and all the significant places to visit are nearby. The two closest Portofino beaches are within a kilometre distance.

Book Portofino Dream Flexyrent here

Personal space at Portofino Dream Flexyrent NO air conditioning

Have a great time at Portofino Dream Flexyrent NO air conditioning

Portofino’s Flavour, Portofino

This recently renovated 1 bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom apartment is very close to the beach, as well as to most of the other places you’ll want to visit. Even a mini-market is available in Portofino’s Flavour in case you get hungry late at night!

Book Portofino’s Flavour here

Own bedroom at Portofino's Flavour

Relax and unwind at Portofino's Flavour

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Portofino

Portofino is nothing but the most charming place to stay. The fascinating villas, expensive yachts in the harbour, and many hidden treasures are waiting to be found if you are an adventurer.

The welcoming vibe of the Piazzetta and the path from the square that will lead you to Castello Brown, a 16th-century castle with beautiful gardens and a museum with constantly changing art exhibitions, are genuine and everlasting descriptions of Portofino. From the highest viewpoint, the panoramic view of the village and the Ligurian Sea is fascinating and unforgettable. No matter where you decide to stay in Portofino, you will experience the unparalleled allure of the city and the sea!

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Portofino?

Portofino Village is highly recommended for a first-time visit. This charming area offers a blend of picturesque views, proximity to attractions like Portofino Lighthouse, and diverse accommodation options for different types of travelers.

Where should you not stay in Portofino?

While Portofino is generally a safe and welcoming destination, some areas might be less convenient for certain travelers. It's advisable to research and choose accommodations closer to your preferred attractions, as some areas might be more secluded or less accessible.

What should I avoid in Portofino?

Avoiding unnecessary loud behavior, especially during the evenings, is appreciated in this serene village. Additionally, be mindful of the local customs and maintain respect for the tranquil environment. Also, it's recommended to avoid peak tourist seasons if you prefer a more relaxed experience.

Where should I stay in Portofino for the first time?

For a first-time visit, staying in Portofino Village is highly recommended. It provides easy access to key attractions like the Portofino Lighthouse, La Portofinese eco-farm, and authentic dining experiences. The village offers accommodations for all types of visitors and ensures a delightful introduction to the beauty of Portofino.

4. Map + All Sights

We have made a map that shows you the best areas to stay in Portofino, depending on what you are looking for.

You can find the perfect place to stay in Portofino with our map section, whether you want a fancy hotel, a cozy apartment, or a cheap hostel. Just click on the area that interests you and check out the best hotels, apartments, and villas in Portofino.

5. Summary of where to stay in Portofino

I do hope using my “Where to stay in Portofino” guide will ease your trip planning!

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