Where to sleep in Genoa

Historic center, old port, residential area or fishing village. The guide to choosing the perfect accommodation for your holiday in Genoa.



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Although Genoa is the capital of Liguria, it is not as big a city as you might think, if you are looking for comfortable accommodation to visit it.

The main attractions are in fact concentrated within a few kilometers between the historic center and the ancient port.

However, based on the type of holiday you want and your needs, there are some precautions to take and the recommended areas.

The vast majority of travelers choose to stay in the downtown and ancient port areas, but if you have special needs, this may not always be the case.

Here is the guide to choose the best hotels, bed & breakfast and apartments to sleep in Genoa.

Old Town

sleeping in genoa ancient port

The historic center is mainly divided into 2 areas: the molo district, medieval and made up of many narrow alleys. And the Maddalena district, which is the baroque quarter of Genoa.

The area of the historic center of Genoa is certainly the most fascinating, where you can experience the city in an authentic way among the most beautiful buildings, the oldest churches, the historical museums and wander through the alleys in search of the best Genoese shops.

If you want to stay in a convenient location for all the attractions and museums and be convenient to reach the Piazza Principe train station, choosing the historic center is a great idea.

The historic center is as convenient for getting around by public transport as it is complicated if you want to reach Genoa by car.

It is not very common for hotels and apartments in the historic center to be reachable by car or in any case equipped with parking. They usually have agreements with city center car parks, but keep in mind that you may have to walk a lot to reach your vehicle.

Choosing to stay in the historic center of Genoa will also allow you to be a stone’s throw from via xx settembre, from the nightlife venues and from the squares where the Genoese meet in their free time.

But be careful! If you want to go to bed early and sleep in absolute silence this may not be the best area of Genoa for you.

Recommended accommodations in the historic center of Genoa

Bristol Palace Hotel
★★★★

Fabulous

Featuring a majestic elliptical staircase leading to the elegant rooms, Hotel Bristol Palace is set in a historic building in the center of Genoa, 100 meters from Piazza De Ferrari.

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Hotel Continental Genoa
★★★★

Fabulous

Hotel Art Nouveau opposite the Piazza Principe Station, offers a view of the city. It offers elegant rooms with parquet floors, free WiFi and a large breakfast buffet.

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Bologna hotels
★★

Fabulous

Located in the historic center of Genoa, 120 meters from Palazzo Reale, 1 km from the Genoa Aquarium and 2 minutes from the Darsena metro stop. Air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi.

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Le Nuvole Historical Residence
★★★

Excellent

Located in Genoa, just a 5-minute walk from the port, Hotel Le Nuvole Residenza d’Epoca offers elegant air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi and a daily continental breakfast.

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Palazzo Grillo Hotel
★★★★

Fabulous

Hotel Palazzo Grillo is set in a historic building in Genoa, 300 meters from the Aquarium. It offers free WiFi and a terrace overlooking the city. Reception 24 hours a day.

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Old Port

The ancient port of Genoa is always mentioned in the guides as a separate area from the historic center, especially for the presence of marine-themed attractions such as the aquarium , Galata museum of the sea and the biosphere.

Indeed, travelers visiting the aquarium or embarking on a cruise often stay here.

In reality, the area of the ancient port is adjacent to the center, just as convenient to all the attractions, even if to reach the Rolli palaces and other museums you have to take a few more steps.

In ancient times it was a degraded and poorly frequented area, but since the early 90s this area has been completely revalued. You can choose it for your stay without problems, counting on numerous hotels and apartments of all categories.

Recommended hotels in the Porto Antico

Best Western Porto Antico
★★★

Optimal

The Best Western Porto Antico overlooks the tourist port of Genoa and is located next to the famous Aquarium. This historic building offers elegant rooms with parquet floors and free WiFi.

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NH Collection Genova Marina
★★★★

Optimal

Located in the Porto Antico area, a 5-minute walk from the center, Genova Marina is near the Maritime Museum and just 50 meters from the Genoa Aquarium. It offers free WiFi and a modern fitness area.

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B&B dell’Acquario
★★★

Fabulous

In the center of Genoa, a short distance from the port and 400 meters from San Giorgio Metro Station, B&B dell’Acquario offers unique accommodation with free WiFi and exposed stone walls.

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San Giorgio Rooms
★★★

Optimal

Located right in front of the Genoa Aquarium and close to the Porto Antico, San Giorgio Rooms offers air-conditioned accommodation and free WiFi throughout.

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Hotel De Ville
★★★★

Excellent

Located in Genoa, Hotel De Ville features a bar, shared lounge and city views. There is a restaurant, 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi throughout the building.

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Castelletto

The Castelletto area, known for its famous esplanade and its beautiful landscape, is very quiet, peaceful and green.

Castelletto far enough from the center to guarantee absolute tranquility, but close enough to be able to visit the city on foot.

In this area you will find rather cheap hotels and apartments with all the comforts.

Recommended hotels in Castelletto

Caffaro hotel

Fabulous

Located on the 6th floor of an early 20th-century building, Albergo Caffaro offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. It is a 10-minute walk from the Genoa Aquarium.

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So & Leo Guest House
ROOM RENTAL

Awesome

Located in the center of Genoa, So & Leo Guest House offers air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. The property is around 5 km from the port of Genoa, less than 1 km from Palazzo Rosso and a 10-minute walk from Palazzo Doria Tursi.

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Leone X Genova Guest House
ROOM RENTAL

Optimal

The Leone X Genova is located in Genoa, near Piazza Corvetto and the D’Albertis Castle. The property is 2.2 km from the University and from Via Garibaldi. A shared kitchen and free WiFi are also available.

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Boccadasse

Boccadasse is the famous fishing village with many colorful houses gathered around the picturesque beach.

This village has managed to remain intact over the centuries within the great city of Genoa, despite its urban development.

Staying in Boccadasse is a recommended choice for those who want to enjoy a relaxing, romantic holiday and for those who are not afraid to take a nice walk to get to the city center.

Even if the area is a little more expensive than the rest of Genoa, it is a highly recommended corner of the city where to stay.

In addition to the beautiful panorama, you can enjoy the many bars and fish restaurants in the area and easily reach the best beaches in the area.

Recommended hotels in Boccadasse

The Albaro Garden
★★★

Fabulous

Located in an elegant Art Nouveau villa, in the exclusive Albaro area, a stone’s throw from Corso Italia and the enchanting Boccadasse. The hotel guarantees maximum comfort, maximum elegance, with top quality services.

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Tirreno Hotel
★★★

Optimal

Located in the Sturia district of Genoa, Hotel Tirreno features an American bar and offers modern rooms with LCD TV and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or the Ligurian Apennines.

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Salsedine Relais
★★★★

Awesome

Located in Genoa, Salsedine Relais offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning and a terrace. Offering private parking, the accommodation is 5 km from the University of Genoa.

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Marassi

Marassi is a popular district of Genoa and usually people choose to stay in this area because it has an offer of cheap accommodation.

To park it is also much more convenient than many other areas of the city.

Genova Brignole station is the closest for those traveling by train.

To get to the center from Marassi it takes about ten minutes on foot.

Recommended hotels in Marassi

Assarotti hotels
★★

Optimal

Hotel Assarotti is just a 20-minute walk from Genoa’s main port and the famous aquarium. Spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV await you.

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Best Western Modern Greens
★★★★

Optimal

Located in an Art Nouveau building, 100 meters from Genova Brignole station, the elegant Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi offers tastefully furnished rooms and a varied breakfast buffet.

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Levante area

If you are looking for an even different area to stay in Genoa, you can also look for Sturla, Quarto and Quinto.

These three districts overlooking the sea are very quiet and perfect for a family holiday.

Walking to get to the center can take a little while. From here it is best to travel by bus or take a taxi.

Another area full of green areas, seaside promenades and close to beautiful beaches is Nervi, a former fishing village much loved by the Genoese.

Recommended hotels in Nervi

Locanda Villa Moderna
★★

Awesome

In the coastal town of Nervi, the family-run Locanda Villa Moderna offers elegant period-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and flat-screen TVs.

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Savoia Apartments
★★★★

Fabulous

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, private park and apartments with balconies and sea views, Savoia Apartments is located in Nervi, 2 minutes from Genova Nervi Station, which offers links along the Ligurian coast.

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