I wouldn't pay any attention to the last review... this place is wonderful!
We arrived via the train to Manarola and yes, if you do this, you are going to experience a hefty upward walk through the town (no stairs yet at this point, all paved street) to get to this B&B and many other destinations in Cinque Terre for that matter. If by car/bus, then you have a short downhill walk and one set of stairs to the B&B. We are young and fit, but were loaded down with luggage (too much shopping), so it took quite a good effort from us! But hey, you don't get amazing terrain like this and expect a flat walk!
Check-in went smoothly and all the staff were very friendly. We had reserved the superior room with sea-view balcony and I suggest it's worth every extra penny! Not only did it have a view to die for with a comfy lounger to take it all in, but the room was huge!!! Felt like we had our own little apartment in paradise.... clean, nicely decorated, lots of room to relax, super comfy bed, good size bathroom, ample storage/clothes hanging area, heat & a/c, a safe, fridge, and kettle. There was no wifi in our room, however the signal was good in the common areas (lobby, breakfast room & terrace). We had a key if ever needing to go into those areas after hours, so really no problem here.
Breakfast was good and just what we needed to start the day. There is plenty of seating outside on their beautiful terrace as well as additional tables indoors. The morning sun hits their terrace, so we never felt the need to eat inside. There were breads/croissants, cereal, meat & cheese, yogurt, and fruit. There was also a kind lady on duty ready to whip up a fresh cappuccino, espresso, coffee, etc. She even offered to prepare breakfast to go when she learned we would be departing on an extremely early morning train.
Every restaurant we ate at was great... Trattoria dal Billys was especially memorable. A very short walk from the B&B, amazing sea-view terraces compounded with an extensive menu featuring local seafare. When they placed a complimentary bottle of Limoncino on our table, I knew this place was not one to forget! (or the opposite depending on consumption!)
Can't say enough about the area... so scenic! We did a few of the hikes: the super easy one from Manarola to Riomaggiore, Manarola to Volastra (straight up hill), and Monterosso to Vernazza (up and down along the coast, challenging!). Of the 5 Cinque Terre coastal towns we visited, Manarola was definitely our favorite.
Would definitely stay again and recommend Da Baranin to others!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Manarola, in the heart of the Cinque Terre National park...In the ancient rural house of uncle "Baranin" pleasant restored living spaces.Small Bed and Breakfast, informal style.Rooms with private bath and A/C, some with sea views, in B&B treatment, Studio and apartments with kitchen. Wi-fi connection free in the lobby.Rich breakfast in B&B treatment, served on the terrace surrounded by vineyards, flowers and plants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bed And Breakfast And Apartments Da Baranin
- b&b And Apartments Da Baranin Hotel Manarola
- B&B And Apartments Da Baranin Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy