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“Wonderful 3 day break during our 21 day Europe trip”
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Alla Marina
Ranked #1 of 32 Riomaggiore B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful 3 day break during our 21 day Europe trip”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

We love this hotel and Riomaggiore. As others mentioned, Sandro was very helpful. However, I will highlight other points. The room number 3 was spacious, very new and was perfect for my wife, daughter and I. Air con and water pressure for shower were great; especially after hot day of trekking. My daughter had a space and bed of her own. Window has a bench to sit on that looks onto the square, harbor and horizon. We had a nicely stocked table full of breakfast foods for all day eating if desired. Highlight for me was the ability to walk downstairs for coffee, wine and dinner. The pebble beach is 5 min walk away and the swimming from the harbor a stones throw away.

Riomaggiore is my favorite town after seeing all 5 towns. It is not too big or crowded. It is perfect for someone looking for a rustic, peaceful getaway. At night after 8, it gets more secluded and you can hang out for wine and dessert with the few tourists remaining.

We already discuss coming back here again and staying with Sandro. Best break from a busy trek through Europe.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

First of all, we just want to say thank you to Sandro for making our experience in Riomaggiore a magical one. We felt so lucky to be staying at Alla Marina. On trip advisor, it appeared that all rooms were fully booked but when I emailed I got a quick reply from Sandro telling me that there was an availability. Most places were booked out so we felt very lucky to get accommodation anywhere. To tell the truth, I think we stayed in one of the best places in Cinque Terre and we can't wait to go back.

Sandro met us at La Spezia train station and drove us to Riomaggiore, then helped us with our luggage to the room. He is very friendly and offered advice about places to eat and where to go. On our last day he helped us with our luggage back to the train station. He was such a nice guy!

We're looking forward to our next visit and will definitely stay at Alla Marina given the opportunity.

Thanks again Sandro!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Alla Marina is located in Riomaggiore (first of the 5 cities in Cinque Terre). This B&B was great. Updated, nice, clean, modern rooms that make your stay very comfortable. Includes needs for your stay: airconditioned, comfortable beds, mini fridge (with water, milk, OJ), WIFI, hair dryer, flat screen t.v., large bathrooms/shower. The hospitality was great. Sandro communicated with me in advance and had someone meet us at the train station. He was always available in case we needed anything. He also walked us back to the train station at the end of our stay and helped with our luggage.
My advice: if planning a trip to Cinque Terre book your room here. It was nicer than the hotel we stayed at in Rome. I was not sure what to expect, however it exceeded my expectations. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs. Due to the layout of all towns in Cinque Terre, you can hear a lot of your surroundings. However, the location, room, hospitality and view make up for it.
Would I go back? Yes

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2013

THIS place is a real gem. Modern decor, comfortable beds & bathroom, breathtaking view, utterly pleasant, helpful and GENEROUS host. All mixed with the total authenticity of the unique housing of Riomaggiore.

Sandro, our host, met us at the train station to help us find the hidden gem where we stayed. The breakfast was generous and topped-up regularly. The aircon worked well. The rooms smelled new. We were even supplied with our own laundry line out the window to add our contribution to the colorful stylish clothing lines out the windows - to make us part of the real experience. Sandro helped us with reservations and planning for the rest of our stay in Cinque Terre and provided us with insider local tips.

Our 2 room (sleep 3) apartment was like a little oasis which provided the best of different worlds - the antique world was provided by the genuine place with its view over the harbour and its narrow tunnels/caves behind the building from which to enter. The modern comfort was provided from the inside by good beds, aircon, neat bathrooms and a generous host.

When opening the windows, one could have a great view over the harbour, boats, restaurants, quaint buildings on the opposite side and do some great "people watching". One could hear and smell the ocean and the happy sounds of the tourists and breathe in the fresh air. But when you are tired, you can just close the window to a lovely soundproof and climate controlled experience.

Thank you, Sandro, for being the most pleasant host we ever stayed with.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Alla Marina is THE place to stay if visiting Cinque Terre! Sandro met us at the train station and took us to our room which was very clean and spacious and overlooked the water.Sandro was extremely welcoming and helpful, providing us with restaurant recommendations, walking maps and train and ferry timetables. The room has a small fridge, kettle and safe.

I highly recommend this accommodation to anyone planning a trip to Cinque Terre. I will definately be staying here again if return!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rockville, Maryland
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

We spent two nights at Alla Marina. The room was very comfortable and clean and the location can't be beat--just steps away from the marina, the train station. We drove in to Riomaggiore and the owner, Sandro met us at the parking lot at the top of the hill so we could put the car in the garage. He walked us to the hotel and helped us with the bags which was a great thing as we would never have found it on our own and the city is on a steep hill. Sandro's family has lived in this building since the 13th century. He provided great information about what to do and see not only in Riomaggiore but throughout Cinqueterra. Definitely recommend highly. Grazi Sandro.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We had a great four nights staying at the Alla Marina apartments. Our room was number three which has lovely view of the harbour at Riomaggiorie. Sandro, the owner met us at the station with his brother to help with our luggage and show us the easiest way to get to the apartments.
He and his staff couldn't have been more helpful during our stay. The room was lovely with a separate area for breakfast and the furnishings are all very new and modern. Altogether a wonderful few days in a lovely apartment..

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Alla Marina
Address: Via San Giacomo 61 | 3rd Floor, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
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Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Riomaggiore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guest house "Alla Marina" is set right by the sea in Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre villages.Train station is 4 minutes far on foot.Private Parking - upon request. Rooms are modern and have free Wi-Fi, private bath, and a free little breakfast inside of each room.Comfort facilities - hair dryer, safe and fridge. This singular position offers a marvelous panaramic view. Simply descend the stairway there is a restaurant/cofee bar.There are 3 rooms with sea view.Alla Marina guest house has been completely renovated in 2011 or later. ... more   less 
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