Everything we had read about Al Carugio and Andrea, who runs the albergo, turned out to be true. Andrea is the nicest and most helpful person you could meet. We stayed there for two nights last July and enjoyed our stay immensely. The albergo itself is on one floor of an apartment building and is a low key affair. The rooms and bathroom cells are sized right - there is enough space to open a couple of suitcases. It's plain but very clean and the beds are comfortable.
If you arrive by car as we did, you need a bit of luck to find a convenient space for it. There is a garage 100ft from the hotel, but it is small and was full when we got there. Also, the two floors of the garage do not connect, you need to check each separately. Luckily, while we checked that we were in the right place, a vehicle left and we got its place. Otherwise, you'll need to bring plenty of change to buy a parking ticket at the machine for metered parking on the street.
The hotel entrance is up one flight of steps, but Andrea will help when he is there. The hotel is located at the entrance of the old town and it's a beautiful, pleasant, and short stroll down to the ocean, during which you can inspect many of the shops, cafes, and restaurants. We ate at the Carugio restaurant where we found exceptionally friendly service after mentioning that Andrea had sent us. The food was very good, too.
Monterosso al Mare is not the most picturesque of the Cinque Terre towns, but it's convenient and interesting with the old and new town sections connected by a pedestrian tunnel. We recommend buying the 6 hour ticket for the train and visiting Vernazza, Corniglia, and Manarola. If it's not too hot, walking the section from Vernazza to Corniglia through the national park provides excellent views of this picturesque area. For the return trip, take the ferry and you get another, equally impressive perspective.
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Al Carugio Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy