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“Remarkable value in pristine setting with extremely helpful staff.”
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Locanda del Sole
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Riomaggiore
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“Remarkable value in pristine setting with extremely helpful staff.”
Reviewed 31 August 2012

While in Italy my wife and I (accompanied by two of our grandchildren, aged 17 and 19) we decided to visit, for the first time, Cinque Terre. We drove from Larino, up past Pescara, towards Bologna, Parma, Spezia, and into the Cinque Terre region (roughly and eight hour drive). We had pre-booked at the Locanda del Sole and we were not disappointed. It is a relatively small bed and breakfast (rather than a hotel) with rooms that face out on terraces. Spotlessly clean. Terrific breakfast with croissants, cereals, toast, coffee, juice, and much more all for the asking. Great clientele of families. Quiet. We booked two rooms. Each room had large beds, a small TV, air conditioning, large bathroom with shower, all nicely appointed. What was especially impressive was the host. We had originally booked for two nights, but our plans had changed. Enrico changed the booking without complaint and proceeded to assist us by helping us to plan our stay in Cinque Terre. He did all of this with patience and good humour. One of the great bonuses in staying at Locanda del Sole is that you have free parking. As you might imagine parking could have been something of a nightmare. Instead, we parked within the gates of the lodging. The host even allowed us to stay overtime on the day of book out so that we could sail down the coast to see the other towns of cinque Terre. My wife and I are experienced travellers and we both would give this locale the highest possible rating. The normal fee, per night (inclusive of that large breakfast I mentioned PLUS free parking) is 120 Euros. Additionally, you can walk down the street a short, short distance to the little port of Riomaggiore. If you're Googling the site, it is located at Via Santuario, 114. Please mention that Dr. Robert Gardner and Anna Gardner recommended the location. You will find an atmosphere that would be difficult to duplicate anywhere and the service is truly excellent. Have a great time in Cinque Terre. It is well worth the visit. Incidentally, we travelled there during the height of the holiday season in August. We had be told that it would be busy and that the highways would be jammed. Not true. The roads were almost empty and the little towns were pleasantly bustling with tourists from every corner of the world.
Dr.Robert Gardner and Anna Gardner.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Vilnius
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

"Locanda del Sole" is an absolutely nice place: with very clean rooms, good breakfast and very kind and helpful host Enrico. Here you can get everything you need, if you want to rest after the long day full of impressions sightseeing in Cinque Terre. We spent 6 nights here and got a nice, clean and spacious room ("Locanda del Sole" is located in the nice and quiet part uphill Riomaggiore), also rich breakfast with great Enrico's homemade capuccino and espresso. Ant, of course, the main thing is that we left "Locanda del Sole" with the feeling, that one day we would like to come back here again. Thank you, Enrico, for your kindness, which made our holidays completely perfect.

Best regards from Rima / Lithuania.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Brooklyn
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Reviewed 13 August 2012 via mobile

Our family stayed here for 3 days and it was a lovely base of operations for exploring Cinque Terre. It is up a steep hill which made it difficult with our luggage from train station but we relished the workout after all of the delicious meals we had eaten! Enrico was wonderful and very accommodating! Rooms are very clean and Continental breakfast (delicious croissants and cappuccino) was great!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Brossard, Quebec
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

A warm welcoming from our host Enrico, this is just the beginning of our ''fall in love'' with Riomaggiore ! We stayed there from the 8th to the 11th of July.
The hotel itself is a authentic and a quiet place located at the entrance of the village and they have their own private parking. The room is simple but confortable, very clean with a charming terrace. In the morning, Enrico and his spouse make coffee and take care of the guests. The breakfast buffet is good, varied and covers all the needs to start the journey. All of this in a reasonnable price !
Riomaggiore is very beautiful, the main street and the other small ones are awesome with flowers everywhere, nice local people and don't miss the sunset between the sea and moutains. But more than that, it also has a spirit that makes you feel relaxed and appreciate life. It is not a mass tourist place, but more a relax ambiance. We ate very good sea food in more than one restaurant on the main street. The access to the sea is easy but be advise that it is a rock beach.
The other villages of Cinque-Terre are also amazing and can be discoved by train, by boat that offers very nice views of each village or the best way in our opinion is to walk It can take 5-6 hours or more depending how long you are staying in each village but it offers a lot of beautiful landscapes.
Dislike: have to leave...
This village has a special place in our heart and we will never forget it.

Room Tip: Reserve in advance. Try Cinque-Terre wine. Take a big breath and be ready to be amazed !
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

After a hectic journey we finally arrived..

Enrico the host, was as charming as the many suns that decorated his hotel; I felt so welcome.. The calm and sound of the crickets was a delight, together with the many flowers that decorate the steps leading to the rooms..
Riomaggiore is just so authentic and romantic...!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We enjoyed 3 fabulous days and nights here in late June. We loved the beautiful location, proximity to the main centre of Riomaggiore (without being in the midde of it all) and the inclusion of car parking facility. Most of all, our host Enrico ensured it was a stay to remember for all the right reasons. Woudl love to return some time.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brookline, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2012

We spent 3 nights here in July and loved it. Enrico is a fabulous host--I saw him go way out of his way for someone who wasn't even staying there but one night, found her another accomodation (she had shown up without a reservation and he only had one night open), took her over there, and found a tour guide for her daughter. He and his wife obviously love what they are doing, which makes all the difference. The climb up the hill isn't that bad, and there are the little green buses that run every hour or so. Beautiful outside terrace with a view of the cliffs and the sea, if you get a room on the top level (oe more flight of stairs but at that point, who cares). Rooms do not get wifi but the breakfast room does, and there's a table outside for afterhours wifi use. The rooms are simple and have ample air conditioning. We look forward to returning!

Room Tip: Ask for the top floor--nice views from up there.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Locanda del Sole
Address: Via del Santuario 114, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
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Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
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#3 Romantic Hotel in Riomaggiore
#4 Family Hotel in Riomaggiore
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Hotel Class:2 star — Locanda del Sole 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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