Hotel Regina Elena (Santa Margherita)

  • Liguria, Italy, Portofino

  • 4

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The Ciana family have run the Hotel Regina Elena since 1910 and make sure everyone feels welcome. It’s right on the seafront in Santa Margherita, the next door town to Portofino, which is just a 30-minute bus ride away.

Rooftop pool and a beach club

When you arrive, head straight for the spectacular pool on the hotel’s rooftop (open May to mid-October). Lay back on a lounger or in the whirlpool and enjoy panoramic views over the gulf. Directly in front of the hotel you’ll find the exclusive beach club (charges apply during high season) with a bar and restaurant offering snacks or a light lunch.

Mediterranean food

Dinners in the hotel are taken in the Principessa Restaurant. You can sit down to a delicious meal of fresh, local dishes, along with an extensive wine list to complement your meal. You’ll also find the many bars and restaurants of Santa Margherita just a short walk away, as well as the train station, making it easy to explore other resorts along the coast.

Added value

Free nights available between 01 May -29 Jun & 20 Aug - 31 Oct 24 (min 7 night stay) & 26 Jun - 19 Aug 24 (min 14 night stay)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team


The Ligurian towns near Portofino are an exciting mix of glamour and wealth, and down-to-earth, rustic charm; from the ‘dolce vita’ of Portofino itself, to Rapallo, popular with holidaying Italian families. Walking in the Portofino National Park reminds you that there's still a lot of rural land around these picture-perfect towns, just a stone's throw from the coast. Exploring on foot is a great way to get to know the real Liguria, where farmers still work on the land and old farm houses stand strong in the middle of the countryside.

Sea-view walking

One of our favourite parts of walking in the Portofino area is looking down on the 'C' shaped harbours that are so characteristic of the area. The bright white yachts lining the harbour always look smart bobbing about on the water. From above, the multi-coloured buildings stand out against the lapis lazuli sea. See if you can spot any fisherman bringing in their catch. 

The easy going walk from Rapallo to Santa Margherita Ligure (that can be extended out to Portofino for the full 8km route) is popular with everyone, from families to joggers, thanks to its flat pathway and great views. Called ‘The Red Carpet’ walk, after a Hollywood PR stunt, the route travels along beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and past huge villas.

Fantastic public transport network

Trains run up and down the coast linking the towns with the city of Genoa and the beautiful Cinque Terre, which is a bit further down the coast. From Rapallo it's easy to hop on the train to other nearby towns, all of which have gorgeous sea views and tucked away beaches. From Santa Margherita you can easily hop over into Portofino on the bus, the journey takes about 30 minutes and you can buy your tickets in the local tabaccheria.

Summer vibes: buzzing cafés and restaurants

While Portofino became the stamping ground of the rich and famous in the 1950s, there's a more local side to the Italian Riviera waiting for you to discover it. There's a really communal feel in towns like Rapallo and Santa Margherita. Rapallo in particular is full of restaurants and delis where you can sit on plastic chairs and grab a quick pasta salad for lunch. We love the down to earth restaurants, where you'll find Italian families eating together and enjoying themselves late into the evening. It really is buzzing!

Sightseeing & activities in and around Portofino

Take a day trip to Portofino and stroll through alleyways between pastel-painted houses, window shop in designer boutiques and check out the fishing boats in La Piazzetta. There’s also plenty to discover just outside of the old fishing village so make sure you make the most of it! Head over to Castello Brown, the 15th-century castle on a nearby peninsula, for the best views of Portofino; rent a kayak and explore the coastline; or take a boat to Abbey San Fruttuoso, only accessible by water or on foot, and discover the sunken statue of Christ.

Why book a summer holiday in the Portofino area with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Portofino area's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Portofino area include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 80
  • No. of floors: 5
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €4 per person per night is payable locally (max 10 nights, guests aged 15+).


Standard Garden View Rooms sleep up to three people and are located at the back of the hotel. They overlook the gardens and hills towards Mount Portofino. Rooms that sleep up to three people are available on request. 

Partial Sea View Rooms sleep up to two people and have views of the Gulf of Tigullio and the gardens around the hotel.

Front Sea View Rooms sleep up to three people and have a balcony. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Single Rooms with a French bed are available on request, please call to book. 

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Bath or shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Slippers
  • Minibar
  • Safe


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
  • Airport transfer time: approx. 1 hour from Genoa airport or 2 hours from Pisa airport by private car.
  • 500 metres to the centre of Santa Margherita
  • Beside the seafront promenade
  • Access to the beach through an underpass
  • 300 metres to bars, shops and restaurants
  • 1.5 kilometres to the train station

Exclusive Beach Club

Hotel guests have access to a beach club with sandy beach, children's playground, bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi (normally open June to mid September, payable locally for approx. €50 per day for two sun loungers and an umbrella and a towel)

Family facilities

Hotel Regina Elena is a great choice for families. Children will enjoy the kid’s club, located in the beach club, with activities for children between 3- 12 years old. There are plenty of games including painting, treasure hunts and dancing, as well as a dedicated children’s pool.

Hotel facilities

  • Heated rooftop pool with whirlpool and panoramic views over the coastline (normally open from May to October)
  • Pool and beach towels are provided
  • Bicycle hire (payable locally)
  • Fitness room
  • Table tennis
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking payable locally (approx. €20 per night subject to availability)

You'll have a buffet breakfast where you can enjoy a variety of pastries, fresh fruit, bread and hot options. You’ll also find some typical Ligurian products including focaccia and honey from Mount Portofino.

Half Board is available for a supplement and includes a four course dinner, with choices, at Restaurant Principessa.

Restaurant Principessa offers a Mediterranean menu using high quality ingredients. Enjoy freshly-caught fish, local olive oil and delicious wines. The wine list is varied and includes the local DOC Golfo del Tigullio.

La Conchiglia Beach Restaurant is right on the beach and is a casual spot for a light lunch or refreshments.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free

Please let us know about any dietary requirements at the time of booking. The hotel has a special gluten free menu. 

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