MEETINGS WITH VIEWS FIT FOR A KING
The hotel is located on a cliff near Trieste by the beautiful Miramare castle that was built between 1856 and 1860 for Maximilian of Habsburg, with the man behind the latter’s fantasy-like appearance and setting being Carl Junker, who positioned the manor, later turned into a museum, right by the sea. When in 1992 Gilberto Benvenuti admired the beautiful view from the castle he took the decision to create his own hotel, and today Hotel Riviera still stands right where the first foundations were laid. The views from the hotel stretch across Trieste, its port and the Adriatic Sea, and Gilberto’s legacy lives on through his kids who are now running the hotel and making sure the impeccable feeling of a family-run hotel lasts through the years.
Hotel Riviera is just a hop from the Trieste-Venice motorway, and Trieste airport and railway station are also nearby. It is also possible to catch a regular sea crossing from Guignano marina to Trieste. Most guests arrive by car, however, which is why the free parking on the hotel’s large car park directly accessible from the Trieste-Monfalcone motorway is hugely valued. Near the hotel entrance, there is also a bus stop from where buses leave for Trieste every 15 minutes. For the more pampered traveller, available taxi services to town are also not that expensive.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
The architecture of the main villa dating from 1898 has typical Mediterranean characteristics and doesn’t reveal anything of what’s lurking behind the hotel’s façade. Once inside, however, and a mighty terrace with views of the Miramare castle opens up. The modernist extension of the hotel is quite impressive, blending in nicely with its surroundings and making the whole building feel more dynamic. Among the numerous architectural innovations, what catches the eye is a floating elevator that takes you up to the terrace, from where you can enjoy dinner with an incredible view. The interior design is elegant and relaxing, and the owners clearly took on the matter of design with a great sense of style. A major emphasis was also put on the use of natural materials and the wellbeing of guests.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
Just as a family hotel should be, Hotel Riviera is in tip-top condition, something you feel the moment you step into the lobby. Nice flowers and a pleasant scent throughout the hotel might seem like little things, but they make a huge difference when it comes to the overall impression. A staple of the hotels run by the Benvenuti family is their professional and incredibly kind staff. Breakfast is typically Italian and, if weather permits, it is strongly recommended that you enjoy it on the hotel terrace, as the view truly is priceless. The hotel restaurant is solid and offers some classical Mediterranean cuisine, and the hotel beach features an above-average bar that serves snacks and drinks at quite reasonable prices.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
The rooms are elegantly and tastefully furnished in a style that borrows from the classical Mediterranean design but modifies it in its own modern way. The materials and colour tones add to the overall feeling of wellbeing. We recommend rooms with access to the terraces surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. The second ingredient of the rooms that makes a good first impression is the spaciousness and practicality, which makes you feel like you are in a hotel of a higher category. Further adding to that is, of course, the luxury bathroom with a tonne of little details. A major benefit of the hotel is the small conference centre that, according to the owners, will be expanded in the future as part of a new hotel extension. The conference halls are excellently equipped and offer daylight.
DESSERT – The extras
Open-air venues are the most picturesque options for events in Trieste and you can enjoy beautiful views of Miramare and the bay of Trieste on the beach or the hotel’s terrace, with space for 100 guests.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Some rooms are truly tiny and it’s best to avoid them, so ask for a room with sea views. Another downside is the slow and quite unstable Wi-Fi, which is a big deal for business guests.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
Dinner on the beach: the aforementioned funky elevator will take you right to the sea, where special business events renowned for their amazing atmosphere has become a part of the daily routine.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
Hotel Riviera is very likeable, playful and gives the impression of an exclusive resort, positioned at the very top of Trieste’s overall hotel offer. Its rich history makes it the perfect spot to either tell stories at business meetings or to have relaxing weekends at the beach. Its impressive architecture and position on a cliff, all surrounded by the intoxicating Mediterranean fragrances and flavours, is what makes the hotel truly special.
It can be categorized as a small boutique hotel that can host groups of up to 100 participants for dinners or receptions. It also allows complete privatisation and utter discretion, which is why it is so popular among meeting planners. The Benvenuti family have created an excellent story all packed inside a hotel providing great service.
FINAL GRADE: 4.65 SILVER BOUTIQUE MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60