I booked at very short notice and were delighted that we were offered a large room with a view and balcony. As I assumed that this was a very good deal, I made a reservation for all our three nights in cinque terre. When we arrived, I was disappointed to find that the room reserved for us was not in the building advertised on the internet site and trip advisor. The room is in the gound floor of the building where the owner of La Baia di Rio lives. The building is on the outskirts of town, further up and away from the sea. When we addressed the discrepancy, the owner said that she had informed us and also sent us pictures. When going through our correspondence, it does in fact say the address of the building, but she did not write that it was a different address and we had no chance of comparing this address with the address of the "real" la baia di rio as this is not given at the internet site and there were no photos or links to photos of the place we were assigned. Feeling mislead, but not finding other such experiences on TA, I have concluded that the owner probably forgot to inform about this / send us pictures. However our neighbor (there is also a small apartment on the same floor with its own terrace) also had a dispute with her about this issue.. I asked her to be aware of this in the future so others do not experience the same thing...
That being said, we decided to stay our three nights. Traveling with a young child and arriving late, it wasn't worth the hassle of finding a new room. The room itself was ok, quite large, including two single and one double bed as well as a sofa bed, fridge and small dining table. There are also four glasses and a platter. No eating utensils. The bathroom was quite new, of good quality -it had a modern shower with plenty of hot water. There were many windows but these were high on the wall - not normal windows. They were sufficient to ventilate the room. We were given towels and they were changed after two nights. There was soap in the bathroom and a hairdryer. There was a terrace running along the length of the room. This stone terrace was nice, quite large with a plastic table and chairs. The building is a bit higher and further inland from the real La Baia di Rio. There is a view of the town and the sea as well of the countryside / mountains from the terrace.
Instead of the sound of breaking waves, we went to sleep to the sound of babbling italian voices / small feet pounding upstairs / music, and woke to birds singing and cars driving by.
There is a restaurant a house away. There are stairs on the other side of the street that take you right into the town centre in the matter of minutes, if you take the car road around the bend, it takes less than 10 min to walk to the center, and a bit farther to the railway station.
We payed 110 Euro per night, supposedly a discount because we stayed three nights. I did not compared the price, assuming that it was a really good deal when we booked.Checking later, er found Hotel villa Argentina is a few houses down the road and the max price there is 139 Euro for a double room with breakfast, so I assume that the price is fair.
All in all my husband and son ,who did not know what to expect, were happy staying there. Especially the terrace, the extra space in the room and the relative tranquility compared to the main tourist area made it a good experience for all of us.
- Also Known As:
- La Baia Di Rio Hotel Riomaggiore
- La Baia Di Rio Riomaggiore
- La Baia Di Rio Cinque Terre/Riomaggiore, Italy