We stayed in early May for a few days on our first visit to Cinque Terre. Although we had little knowledge of all the towns, we had originally wanted to stay in one of the end towns, but we're so grateful we ended up in Corniglia. Monterosso and Riomaggiore were both packed with tourists and this town was much quieter in the evening. The rooms are very simple, but for €70/night, we had a balcony on the front with an incredible view of the water and hillsides which made up for the lack of decor. Honestly, I would have been willing to pay €100/night in hopes that they would invest the money in some newer, more comfortable mattresses. It would still be a bargain in Cinque Terre. But otherwise, the rooms were clean and roomy. We drove in by car and we highly recommend coming in through LaSpezia and then following the signs to Cinque Terre, which avoids most of the bad roads still damaged from the storm. The restaurant downstairs was excellent and we highly recommend the sea bream and the tuna steak. Cristina, Jacinto, and the rest of the staff were all very friendly and helpful. In the rare moments they had to relax from the business of the restaurant, they were enjoyable conversationalists. In retrospect, we are so glad we ended up in Corniglia and the hotel was only about 50 meters from the hiking trail. The trail to Vernazza was beautiful but the one from Vernazza to Monterosso was much more crowded with hikers. The trails from Corniglia to Riomaggiore were still closed as of May 2013. Also, there is parking on the main road in front of the hotel, but you need to get in the white spaces up the road for free or pay for the blue spaces closer to the hotel. The parking attendant was gone by the time we got in at 6:00 at night so my husband went to the train station early the next morning to pay €12/day for the parking voucher to put on the dashboard. We were glad he did as the attendant ticketed all the other cars on the street by 10:30am. When traveling by train, we walked the road down to the station to avoid the stairs and took the green bus back up the hill, following the advice of other reviewers.
- Also Known As:
- Da Cecio Hotel Corniglia
- Da Cecio Corniglia, Italy - Cinque Terre