Arpaiu is spread over three floors. Entrance and two rooms on main, two rooms down, common area and balcony are upstairs. For reference, we do not look for luxury when travel. We want a comfortable bed and a clean, functional room and bathroom in a decent location. Anything more is bonus, less and we wouldn't recommend it. Have said that, this place is more. Bed is comfortable. Bedroom and bathroom are very clean. 100% functional. No spots of mold, grout missing or cracked tiles. Nothing like that. View from the room is amazing. Felt like something out of the movies when I threw open the shutters in the morning. Can't see the water right at the base of the rock where people swim simply because the building in front sticks out further then we do but we were on the bottom floor and the roof of the other building is lower than our floor, so it doesn't obstruct the view. You can see corniglia and monterosso from the room.
What really makes the place special is the common area upstairs. A couple of futons to relax on with patio doors on to the terrace. 4 deck chairs to sit and watch the sunset. The view is amazing! We came back to the terrace with wine to watch the sunset and visit with others (Todd and Laura).
The common area has a coffee maker and books and a computer. Wifi works well. The common area would definitely set this place apart if i were staying for more than 3 days as you could really unwind there.
Compared to other B and B's, we had a lot less contact with the owner at this one. She was completely pleasant and helpful when we did connect with her, and in fairness we were not there long but for others it seemed to be their livelihood; their life whereas for Deborah, it was a side show. I don't mean to suggest this as a negative, I mention it only in case you are one that likes to connect with and visit the host. I didn't get that feel from this place.
Breakfast is not included which a) seems to be the norm in the area and b) wasn't a big deal as there is a place right downstairs on the street that does excellent pasties and cappuccino.
Awesome place you won't be disappointed. Bring a bathing suit. Jump off the rocks. Wonderfully refreshing after a day in the hot sun.
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- Also Known As:
- Arpaiu Hotel Manarola
- Arpaiu Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy