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Belmond Hotel Splendido
Belmond Hotel Splendido

Salita Baratta 16, Portofino 16034

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4.9 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of St. Martin, Portofino Marina, and Paraggi Beach …

£839
Hotel Piccolo Portofino
Hotel Piccolo Portofino

Via Duca degli Abruzzi 31, Portofino 16034

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4.4 out of 5 (341 reviews)

Situated in Portofino, this beach hotel is steps from Portofino Marina and Church of St. Martin. Church of San Giorgio and …

£202
Imperiale Palace Hotel
Imperiale Palace Hotel

Via Pagana, 19, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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4.6 out of 5 (103 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Santa Margherita Ligure hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute wal …

£297
Eight Hotel Portofino
Eight Hotel Portofino

Via del Fondaco, 11, Portofino 16034

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of St. Martin and Portofino Marina. Church o …

£378
Grand Hotel Miramare
Grand Hotel Miramare

Via Milite Ignoto 30, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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4.8 out of 5 (275 reviews)

Located on the sun-kissed coast of Liguria, Grand Hotel Miramare is steps away from beautiful beaches with clear water perfec …

£310
Lido Palace Hotel
Lido Palace Hotel

Via Andrea Doria 3, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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4.3 out of 5 (255 reviews)

Located in Santa Margherita Ligure, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Santa …

£129
Eight Hotel Paraggi
Eight Hotel Paraggi

Via Paraggi Mare, 8, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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4.4 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in Paraggi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Paraggi Beach and Abbey o …

£378
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa

Via Aurelia Orientale 369, Rapallo 16035

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (465 reviews)

Overlooking the Portofino Promontory and Gulf of Tigullio from a hilltop perch, this Art Nouveau hotel is within 1 km of …

£127
Best Western Regina Elena
Best Western Regina Elena

Via Milite Ignoto 44, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (209 reviews)

Located in Santa Margherita Ligure, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park and within a 15-minute walk of Marina di Sant …

£146
Hotel Minerva
Hotel Minerva

Via Maragliano 34/D, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (69 reviews)

Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marina di Santa Margherita, Santa Margherita Ligure …

£122

Pocket Guide: Portofino Castello Brown Hotels

Stay near Castello Brown

High above Portofino's harbour, Castello Brown is a 16th-century castle open to the public. From its lush-green terrace, Castello Brown has impressive views over the village's colourful buildings, the tiny harbour and the Mediterranean Sea. With its location above Portofino, it's no surprise that this fairytale castle is a popular setting for weddings, meetings, parties and conferences.

Whether you're attending an event at Castello Brown or you just want to explore it, there are plenty of top-notch places to stay near Castello Brown in this beautiful corner of the Italian Riviera. From stunning historic hotels to upmarket spa resorts to farmhouse B&Bs, there's no shortage of high-quality accommodation options.

Visiting Castello Brown

Reach this hilltop castle with a steep walk uphill through scenic gardens. Set in a picture-pretty Mediterranean garden filled with roses and pergolas, grand Castello Brown has a few pieces of original furniture, sculptures and paintings. But the magical view from its gardens is the real headline attraction. Continue your sightseeing by following a path from Castello Brown to Portofino's lighthouse, which is just a ten-minute walk away.

History of Castello Brown

Built in the Middle Ages to defend Portofino against pirates, Castello Brown has a perfect defence position, high above harbour. Cannon batteries were installed on the site in the early 16th century, and down the centuries, Castello Brown has been enlarged and rebuilt several times.

In 1867, Montague Yeats Brown, a British diplomat in Genoa, bought Castello Brown for 7,000 lire and turned it into a private villa. It was then that the fortress became known as Castle Brown. The home stayed in Brown's family until 1949 when it was sold to an English couple, Colonel and Mrs John Baber, who then sold it to the City of Portofino. The fortress opened its doors to visitors in 1961.

Stay within easy reach of the must-see Castello Brown to make the most of your stay in the Portofino area.

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