The Grand Hotel Miramare of Santa Margherita, a formidable construction, was transformed in 1904 by Giacomo Costa from a villa into a great hotel.
Since then it has been managed by a series of different families, the Kuoni-Stoppani family, the Torriani family and finally by the Fustinoni family. Innumerable important persons have been stayed here; Emperors, Kings and Queens, Princes of Royal houses, presidents of Republics, politicians, actors, singers and prestigious artists (1) have been guests.
On the hill dominating the bay of Portofino with a view of the point, the suburb, and the entire gulf of Tigullio, one finds the Hotel Splendido. The name was suggested by D’Annunzio and seems perfectly fitting.
The construction was originally a villa by the barons Baratta. It was a Portofinian by the name of Valentino who in 1905 transformed it into a hotel of great prestige. From the time of its opening until the second world war it also had a succession of illustrious guests. After the war it enjoyed a rejuvenation due to the presence of major American Hollywood actors and became a “little Beverly Hills“.