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“Very pleasant small hotel right by the water”

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Hotel Marina Piccola
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Manarola
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 July 2012

Manarola is a bit "off the beaten path" and this little hotel was more of a place to stay than a beach resort. Which is exactly what we were looking for.

Arriving is a bit of a chore as we had to lug our bags quite a way from the train station down the main street (pedestrian only) to the marina. Then we got some more sherpa practice as we discovered that our room was on the third floor and there was no lift. (Hint: You do not need that much wardrobe variety in Cinque Terre anyway ... leave half of it at home!)

Once we were settled in, though, we began to be charmed by the town, the staff and the hotel itself. The room was quite comfortable with a window that looked out over the marina and the sparkling blue Ligurian gulf. Things like electric outlets and wardrobe space were a bit limited, but this was only a very minor issue. The sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below soon put things in the proper perspective.

The staff was very friendly, though not all spoke English. We managed. Little touches like free bottles of cold water whenever we left were very nice. And the breakfast was delicious. Fresh breads & pastries, cappucino on demand, and a nice selection of melons and other fruit got us fueled for the day. And fuel was necessary! Hiking the hills above Manarola ... especially the rather challenging route to Corniglia now that the coastal path has been closed ... took a lot of energy!

We also tried dinner at the terrace restaurant, also overlooking the marina. It was great. Acciughe con limone (anchovies with lemon) were fresh and delicious and the local white wine (sampled frequently during our short visit) was a perfect match.

We visited all five of the Cinque Terre and Manarola was probably our favorite. I hope (and expect) we will be back, and if so, I woiuld not hesitate to stay again at Marina Piccola.

Room Tip: If you do not mind stairs, ask for 301 ... great view.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Ten of us stayed at Hotel Marina Piccola in April, ranging in ages from 7 to 76. This small hotel is in the heart of town near the sea. Although, the weather wasn't the best, the hotel was comfortable and clean and had a wonderful breakfast. None of the rooms we stayed in had a view, but since the hotel is right near the water and marina, and since there is so much beauty to be seen throughout La Cinque Terre, it didn't matter. The beds were comfy and I had the best shower of my 3 week vacation here. The owners/front desk persons were cordial, not overly friendly, but helpful when needed. Rick Steves doesn't give them much of a recommendation, and I usually follow his hints, but I'm glad that we took the risk and stayed here in spite of his tentative endorsement (because of the lack of friendliness). Note: One reason I did not give it an excellent rating is that every time we had to use the internet, we had to get a coupon and we felt as though we were bothering the front desk, not to mention that the internet connection from the rooms was poor, so we often had to go to a little sitting area next to the front desk to be online.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

This is a very convenient hotel for exploring the Cinque Terra -- centrally located, cozy, great views, and the breakfasts and dinners were good too. Family run, the staff did seem rather stretched and tired, but we don't need much attention so it wasn't a big deal. It was a nice place to have a relaxing stay, and to hike from.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in rooms no. 4 & 5. The rooms were great - no. 5 had fantastic sea views, reasonable sized double room and no. 4 was a large double with views of the village.
This small hotel is brilliantly located and has the best restaurant in town.
We found the staff always helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

We dd not stay at the hotel, because we only made a day trip to the Cinquterre; however, we had a wonderful lunch at the hotel with a wide variety and freshest seafood you could imagine. From lobster spaghetti, to octopus carpaccio, to grilled large shrimp, eveything was wonderful. It is not inexpensive, but worth the price.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

The title of this review pretty well sums it up. It's right at the seawall. I found the service generally friendly, but not exceptional...the older gentleman, who may be the owner, seemed miffed when I asked for a second cup of cappuccino at breakfast. The single room was adequate, but the street-only view made for some noise at night (I was there during the May Day holiday); much celebration and singing, etc. And while I had been told their restaurant was the best in the village, I couldn't agree. The sea view from the dining pavilion was superb, but it got chilly and they made no attempt to turn on additional heaters. I had better meals and friendlier service at Il Porticciolo and La Scogliera, both family-owned and run and just a few steps up the street, and paid less.

Room Tip: No elevator. One could walk up two flights, depending on the room. The hotel needs to explain the...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We enjoyed our stay in Manarola at this little hotel. We were told when booking that we could not have a sea view which we accepted. Our room was more than adequate, clean and functional. Staff helped us up stairs with our luggage when we arrived, we had to use wifi in the foya but that happened nearly everywhere in Italy. We loved our 6 weeks in Italy, a charming, beautiful country where every person we interacted with without exception was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Renato Birolli No 120, 19017 Manarola, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Manarola
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Manarola
Price Range: £106 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Marina Piccola 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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