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Hotel Alexander

Location was key when we booked our overnight stay at the Hotel Alexander in Genoa. At just a few hundred yards from the Principe Station, it was within easy walking distance of the Volabus stop. The Hotel Alexander was also directly across the road from the Port Terminal in Genoa where we were to board the MV Coral.

The Hotel Alexander is convenient for the port

The Hotel Alexander is convenient for the port

Hotel Alexander is a 3-star budget hotel which caters for the overnight traveller. It offers B&B only, and although the hotel boasts a bar, it doesn’t appear to cater for evening meals. We booked the room online which was simple and efficient.

If you’re expecting 5 star standards, then the Hotel Alexander is not for you. The images on the site do make it look a little more up-market than it actually is. However, the hotel scored full marks for friendliness, warmth and hospitality.

During our overnight stay, the reception was manned by three different gentlemen, all of whom spoke English and were truly delightful. They were happy to chat and clearly believed in making their guests feel welcome.


Our room was situated on the 5th floor of the hotel. As well as stairs, there was a small lift. This was just big enough for the two of us and our cases. There were also some stairs to negotiate when we arrived at the 5th floor.


The accommodation at the Hotel Alexander was basic, but more than adequate. The carpets sadly had clearly seen better days and were badly stained. However, the rest of the room was spotlessly clean and comfortable. The window was shuttered which, along with the air conditioning unit, helped keep the room at a comfortable temperature.

The en-suite shower room had clearly been refurbished recently. It was high standard and included WC, washbasin, shower and bidet. The refurbishment included little details like LED lights around the mirror, making it look attractive, but also energy-efficient! Most importantly, there was a plentiful supply of hot water.


A self-service continental breakfast was served at the Hotel Alexander. The restaurant is in the basement of the hotel and of a reasonable size. The coffee, unfortunately dispensed from a machine, was pretty undrinkable. However there was a good selection of tea bags and hot water to make up for that disappointment.

The choice of food was good and included some delicious Focaccia and other breads, cold meats, paté, yoghurts and fruit.

Booking out

Booking out time is noon at the Hotel Alexander, which was an added bonus. Most UK hotels expect guests to vacate their rooms by 10am. We braved the torrential rain for a bit in the morning before returning to our room to read and relax until starting out for the port and the next stage of our holiday.

Would we return to the Hotel Alexander in Genoa? Yes! The warmth of the welcome and the standard of service more than made up for its few shortcomings.

Things to do near the Hotel Alexander, Genoa

The Hotel Alexander is situated across the road from the port. Close by are many Chinese-owned cut-price shops selling everything from shoes and clothing to luggage and tacky souvenirs.

By contrast, just a few minutes’ walk along the road brings you to the Porto Antico – the old port. This is a charming and vibrant marina area with plenty of restaurants and tourist interest. One of the Porto Antico’s highlights is the Museum of the Sea (Galata Museo del Mare), which also boasts a submarine docked adjacent to the building itself.

Mention must be made here of the source of the most wonderful ice-cream in Italy! If you are visiting Genoa and the Porto Antico, be sure to treat yourself to one of their ice-creams. You’ll find it just a few yards from the Museum of the Sea’s submarine.