Family & heritage
Looking after the Italian Riviera since 1903
Family is at the heart of the hotel - whether it’s the Fustinoni family or our family of staff - bringing an authenticity and comfort to every stay.
Grand Hotel Miramare was one of the first grand hotels on the Ligurian Riviera, the stretch of coast overlooking the Ligurian Sea from the south of France to Tuscany.
Since our birth we’ve witnessed the transformation of Santa Margherita Ligure (known to locals as Santa) from an ancient fishing village into a destination fit for royal families, world leaders, international celebrities and curious travelers.
Ligurian Life by the Sea
As Santa Margherita Ligure has grown, so have we.
Grand Hotel Miramare has been a focal point for enterprise and exploration. In August 1933, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first radiotelegraph and radiotelephone signal in history, at a distance of 150 kilometers, right from our terrace. The hotel became Marconi's headquarters, and the suite where he stayed still bears his name today.
In 1945, Giovanni Fustinoni took over Grand Hotel Miramare together with his wife Franca. The property has remained family-owned and run ever since. It’s attracted the attention of many illustrious and entertaining guests, not least Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh who stayed here in 1947 on their honeymoon.
The Family Touch
In a world of change, being a family-owned and operated business for so many years - with Andrea Fustinoni the hotel’s current Managing Director - provides an important connection to tradition that creates comfort and belonging.
We live for the Grand Hotel Miramare, or the Mira as Andrea affectionately calls it. This is our house and home, and we are its guardians and artists. We put something of ourselves into each new project and continue to paint fresh strokes that add to the Miramare’s story.
Family is what gives the hotel its heart. Every day you’ll see Andrea enjoying his short espresso, Fabio (Andrea’s partner) walking their dog around the gardens, and both of them staring at a space on the wall, deliberating over what piece of art might work well there.
All of this translates into a relaxing, regenerating, and authentic experience for guests. Everything is more personal, almost home-like.
The Miramare throws its doors and hands wide, enveloping you with open arms. Stopping time for a while so you can wander with carefree abandon, then leave us feeling refreshed and full of joy.