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“Breathtaking view, the best location in Cinque Terre”
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Hotel Porto Roca
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London
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“Breathtaking view, the best location in Cinque Terre”
Reviewed 7 April 2010

We stayed at the Porto Roca last summer, and were nothing but impressed with it. It is located in the best part of the Cinque Terre, overlooking the sea at the edge of Monterosso, about 10 minute walk from the station. All the rooms have sea view, and even the smallest ones have a little balcony. They have a really good restaurant, where we ended up spending every meal because we traveled with our 3-year old daughter. After we have put her to bed, we spent the evening on the terrace, with a baby monitor, having an after dinner drink and enjoying the cool sea breezes. The hotel has a few reserved places at the local private beach, so if you go there early enough, you can snatch a few chairs, and have a great late afternoon swim in the clear blue waters. Porto Roca is also a good place to explore the region, but once you set up you base there, you should take the train everywhere--it takes half an hour on really windy roads to get back on the road, and the parking lot is on the other end of the village. The train is fast, gets you from one end to the other in less than 20 minutes, so it was perfect. I would highly recommend it, despite the hefty price. Although you need to understand that there are not that many options for good hotels in that area!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

I spend VERY LITTLE time in hotels when I travel. I use them as a homebase to store my luggage and hope for a clean room, good bathroom and friendly staff.

This Hotel far exceeded my needs. Excellent views (except for my room, but again, this is NOT important to me.)
The breakfast is typical for Italy but served in an OUTSTANDING location with a phenomenal view.
The hill is a non-issue when arriving. Take a taxi from the lot and they will bring you and your suitcases to the door. I found it to be a great walk back everynight.
Nice bar- don't miss the local sweet white wine Schiaccetra'.
The beach was rocky but nice. Sandy beach nearby if you want ( I think it is the only really sandy beach in Cinque Terre)
Cute town with a tunnel connecting the "new" and "old" section.

Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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oakland
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Reviewed 28 October 2009

We have been back from a 3 week vacation in Italy for 2 weeks now. I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we enjoy your hotel. This was our 3rd stay with you and we do believe it is the most perfect place on the earth! Your rooms are very comfortable and we have always had an ocean side room which is a perfect view. Your breakfast/restaurant is fabulous and your staff is very helpful and friendly.

We have been travelling to Europe ever 2 years for the last 6 years and plan to continue. So take care my friends and we will see you again in 2011.

Renee & Jeff Hassna

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dearborn, MI
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

I stayed Hotel Porto Roca in Oct. 2009. It's not a bad place, but it is definitely not worth the money to stay here. I had a view of a gigantic brick wall outside my hotel room, which they did give me a discount on to a tune of 178 Euro per night and I stayed three nights. The room was outdated and the bathroom sink and show, heck the entire bathroom was very tiny. Initially as I was climbing the hill with my suitcase, the taxi went past me without offering me a ride and I was halfway up the hill and panting while carrying my suitcase. I thought the breakfast here was the best out of the six hotels I stayed at during my trip. Next time, however, I will stay elsewhere. Not worth the $$.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 23 October 2009

This hotel was one of the most expensive of our European trip and what a disaster. Of the 40 rooms in the hotel, there are only FOUR on the 'wrong' side of the hotel which do not have the magnificent Mediterranean view of which the hotel boasts. We scored one of them! This was despite the fact we had confirmed we wanted a room with a balcony.
Ours had a COURTYARD GARDEN (weeds), yet management insisted it was indeed a balcony. Our 'view' was of a 20m rock wall ,three steps from our face.! . It was dreadful. We had booked specifically at this place to be able to enjoy the beautiful view and were given a room tucked away in the back ,with no outlook whatsoever. We were livid.

When we complained, we were told that we hadn't asked specifically for a seaview. I can tell you, there is no other reason you'd stay at this hotel except for the location. The walk up from the township and beach is horrendously steep and you wouldn't do it, arriving seriously sore and out of breath (and I'm fit), unless the room was worth it. We found that the staff didn't really give a toss about our dilemma, just blaming our travel agent.They said that they were fully booked and couldn't move us. We looked into another room and it made us green, when we saw how nice it was and what a great outlook it had. We were upset to learn it was only $40 a night more than ours (we would have happily paid the difference).
Since returning home I have read other reviews with interest-Travellers need to beware! There is obviously a great variety of rooms at this place. My advice, if you really want to go there, is to absolutely insist on a good size room with a balcony AND a sea view.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2009

While the staff was very nice and helpful, for the money spent, this wasn't a great value. We stayed in the high end room on the top floor. The room was very small and had a shower but no bath. The sundeck was as big as the room, and was great. The tv didn't really work well and was incredible small. The furnishings are old a shabby. The bed linens were fresh and clean. Overall, there are better places in any of the 5 villages in Cinque Terre. I wouldn't stay there again. The hotel restaurant is very expensive.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Troy, Michigan
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

After reading the reviews on tripadvisor my husband and I gave a lot of thought to booking at Hotel Proto Roca. It was one of the more expensive hotels we booked for our two-week stay in Italy and I was a little concerned about some of the negative reviews. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes the lobby is decorated in an old fashioned style, but is seems fitting for the location. I would not describe it as tired. The rooms are lovely. We had two different rooms because the first night we were placed the first floor just above the entrance. We had a view of the sea, but the roof over the entrance jutted out a little. They could not move us the first night because they were full, but they moved us the next day without a problem to a room on the second floor and that was just wonderful. The first room was a little noisy in the early morning with the taxi coming to pick people up, but we like to sleep with the balcony door open. Once I closed the door, it was fine.

In response to some of the other comments made on tripadvisor…

· The staff is friendly and helpful. Everyone, including the restaurant staff, went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Service is typically slow in Italy. People who are expecting things yesterday are going to be frustrated. It is not necessarily a sign of a bad restaurant.
· The food is good and priced on par with many other nice restaurants throughout Italy. I thought is would be much higher priced because of the view.
· The showers are small. Welcome to Italy. They were far superior to others we have experienced while in Europe.
· There is a climb up the hill. It’s not that bad and why anyone would wear high heels down it is beyond me! If she have a hard time getting back up it, you can’t blame the hill or the hotel.
· We did not use the air-conditioning as we stayed there in September and prefer to have the balcony door open anyway.
· There was no extra charge for beach towels and the chairs and umbrellas are nice. The beach is gravely, but we were tired from our travels and enjoyed a day off.
· We did not use the bar as we picked up a bottle of wine in town and enjoyed it on our private terrace.
· I would definitely stay at Hotel Porto Roca again and I would recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Porto Roca
Address: Localita Corone 1, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
#9 Romantic Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Porto Roca 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Porto Roca is located 200 metres from the historic centre of Monterosso and at the start to the 5 terre path. Its extraordinary location between land and sky on the sea offers a relaxing oasis far from noise and stress of everyday modern life. It boasts 40 air-conditioned rooms and 3 suites. Our chef offers traditional and typical local dishes in our panoramic inside and outside restaurants overlooking the sea and harbour. ... more   less 
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