We had a short drive from Lucca to this area and arrived to find electronic gates at the top of the narrow coast road. Buzzed through to reception and the gates opened. We continued down a winding drive to the hotel right on a lovely cove beach with excellent views across the Gulf of Poets to Porto Venere. The setting is superb and the gated community of Fiascherino is lovely and friendly.
Check in was very smooth and we were shown around the hotel facilities which are better than Excellent. There is a very large and very clean swimming pool with plenty of poolside chairs and lots of lovely shade. On the beach there is a raised esplanade and we were shown the relaxing chairs that were ours for our stay. They were numbered for each guest and this certainly stops people placing towels on chairs very early in the morning to save a chair for later use. There are good tennis courts too. As this hotel is gated then usually only hotel guests are in the area at any time. The rooms are small but on the second floor they each have an external balcony with views over the sea and there is a communal sun terrace with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
There is a very quiet and calming atmosphere around the hotel and the guest areas are stylish in their furnishings and staff are very pleasant. We had two small double rooms right next to the sun terrace on the second floor. We sat and relaxed on the terrace and the views are just beautiful from this area too.
There are great walks from the hotel to the next coastal village (Tellaro) via stairs, well marked pathways and a safe road to walk on. The beach at the front of the hotel in a small cove is patrolled by a beach guard who also keeps the area clean. In the evenings we walked up the gated road to the top and ate at Hotel Cristallo. What a find for great food and dining. They provide a buffet style of home grown food where you can have 4 courses for 20 euro per person. The menu was different for each of the 2 nights and the diversity of the food and the food itself was excellent. It was an easy walk back after dark as the private roadway to the hotel was well lit.
The owners of Hotel Fiascherino are very good at creating the feeling of seclusion and privacy within their hotel even though you are walking distance to pretty villages and driving a few kilometres to Lerici and La Spezia. On two of the evenings we were there the hotel had a musical evening with lovely Italian music and a guest speaker talking about the books they had written. We found the hotel and the gated community a delight to experience and a world away from the many Italian beach areas with lines and lines of umbrellas and sunbeds.
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