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Hotel Piccolo Portofino
Hotel Piccolo Portofino

Via Duca degli Abruzzi 31, Portofino 16034

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4.5 out of 5 (324 reviews)

Situated in Portofino, this beach hotel is steps from Portofino Beach, Portofino Marina, and Outdoor Portofino. Church of St. …

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Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa

Via Aurelia Orientale 369, Rapallo 16035

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4.2 out of 5 (443 reviews)

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

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Hotel Santa Margherita Palace
Hotel Santa Margherita Palace

Via Roma 9, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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4.4 out of 5 (163 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Santa Margherita Ligure.

£70
Hotel Minerva
Hotel Minerva

Via Maragliano 34/D, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (66 reviews)

Situated in a regional park, this hotel is steps from DWS Diving and Marina di Santa Margherita. Bau Bau Beach and Santa …

£92
Lido Palace Hotel
Lido Palace Hotel

Via Andrea Doria 3, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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4.3 out of 5 (251 reviews)

Located in Santa Margherita Ligure, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa …

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Hotel Flory
Hotel Flory

Via Luigi Bozzo, 3, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

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3.9 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated in Santa Margherita Ligure, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - …

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Europa Hotel Design Spa 1877
Europa Hotel Design Spa 1877

Via Milite Ignoto 2, Rapallo 16035

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4 out of 5 (152 reviews)

Located in the heart of Rapallo, this spa hotel is steps from Castello di Rapallo, Castle-on-the-Sea, and Bagni Molo. Chies …

£61
Andromeda 1st floor
Andromeda 1st floor

Via della Rimessa, Rapallo 16035

Situated in Rapallo, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of San Michele di Pagana, Castello di Punta Pagana, and Marina di …

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Hotel Astoria Rapallo
Hotel Astoria Rapallo

Via Gramsci Antonio 4, Rapallo 16035

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4.4 out of 5 (289 reviews)

Located in the heart of Rapallo, this beach hotel is steps from Basilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, Basilica of Sts. …

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Hotel Mirò
Hotel Mirò

Lungomare Vittorio Veneto, 32, Rapallo 16035

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (28 reviews)

Located in the heart of Rapallo, this hotel is steps from Basilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, Basilica of Sts. Gervasiu …

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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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