The coast around here is characterised by hills sloping steeply into successions of small rocky bays. This hotel is basically in its own bay just along the coast from Lerici, so it has beautiful views across the Gulf of Poets (looking straight across at Portovenere), a small beach, shallow water as well as its own swimming pool.
Accessed by a sharp turn, switch-back single track road, it feels secluded before you get there.
The room was superb, with a shuttered window looking out onto the bay good for space, chairs and a small terraced area with table for sitting out. No tub but nice shower.
The staff spoke less English than in some hotels, but were very friendly and communication was no problem.
The hotel has a restaurant advertised in its own right, which was good (a little expensive perhaps), quiet (in early October) and with lovely views over the bay. Breakfasts in the dedicated breakfast room upstairs, where the view is even better - a good range on the buffet and good and friendly service.
We went in Early October and it was very quiet, there were literally dozens of sun loungers by the pool and on the terrace over the beach - all very clean, new and tidy. It was hard to image them all being full even in peak season. They have parking available, which is fairly rare in the area.
Also very much worth a visit is the other restaurant sharing the inlet (The Senatore), which is very much a family place and much recommended (their John Dory was probably our best meal of the holiday).
All in all, very much recommended for a relaxing time - swim in the sea (apparently you can hire boats, etc. in season, but we were happy to be able to swim comfortably in October), admire the view and let your worries go. The sun sets just past Portovenere, then the lights come on, lovely.
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