Reviewing the Rio Rooms is a bit tricky. Three stars for the room (it was big, clean and very well located) and three stars for the man meeting us at the train station at 1am-- a kind and generous effort. However subtract some of those stars for the incomplete information we were given, and lack of flexibility at checkout.
Our plane was delayed over an hour and we ended up landing in Pisa at 11pm. We hired a car and had plans to drive into Riomaggiore but were told by Gian that the road closes at 7pm. So instead drove into La Spezia, paid 25 erous to park the car and waited 2 hours for the train. Only to find out the road does not close-- only the parking garag ( there is plenty of parking outside of the parking garage).
On Sunday our host rung the door at 10am (like he said he would) and told us that there is a train strike and no trains are running until 9pm that evening. Our flight was at 9pm that evening -- so obviously we had a bit of dilemma. He asked us, would you like to stay another night? We asked him if we could have until 12pm to figure out what we were going to do (take a boat out, hire a taxi, walk?) but it was either say another night or we must leave.
By offering us the room another night, we knew he didn't have any other guests scheduled to come in that evening, so staying until 12 to figure things out would have been a nice option. Also, if we hadn't been given incomplete informaiton we would have had our car there and not have to spend half the day trying to get out of the city.
Like I said... its tricky to review this place. Our trip would have been so much better (and less stressful) if we had just had a moment of truth from the guy. However, it all worked out and at the end of the day its a nice room for a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riorooms is a guesthouse with 4 apartments in Riomaggiore (5 terre):3 apartments with sea view and one is located in the centre of the village. All apartments are near the train station and the village centre. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rio Rooms Cinque Terre/Riomaggiore, Italy