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“All those stairs are worth it!!!”
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Il Pirata Rooms
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Il Pirata Rooms
Ranked #35 of 39 Vernazza B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 August 2011

We booked the studio apartment for three of us. Our 13 year old daughter had a cot that was really comfortable. The studio is very clean and modern. The air con works really well which was a godsend in August. There was no TV but who needs it in Cinque Terra - there are so many other interesting thongs to do.

The studio is on its own on a little alleyway off the village's main walk to the water, away from the other Il Pirata rooms that are at the top of the hill (other side of the train station) close to the Cafe where you eat you'd included breakfast.

Someone met us at the train station and brought us to the studio up many stairs, a necessary gesture as we never would have found it ourselves.

Breakfast pastries, bruschetta, fresh orange juice, berry smoothies and cappucino were all great, inspiration hailing from Sicily where the owners are from. Noelia was very helpful if we had questions.

Wifi is only available in the cafe and the signal is sometimes weak but this is such a minor inconvenience. Ah, there is also a self serve laundry around the corner from the studio. And I wanted to mention that although there is a balcony at the studio, there isn't really a view to speak of.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Stayed in the studio of the Il Pirata Rooms for 3 nights in July.

It was scorching hot over the three nights and we were definitely glad we stayed in the studio as it had full a/c which made the room great. Bed was very comfortable as well. Had a nice terrace overlooking the water.

Breakfast included at Il Pirata was great. Unfortunately, we missed out on one breakfast because of a train strike, but it was made up for with an excellent dessert at the cafe the following night.

The brothers and their wives made excellent hosts. You won't regret staying here.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Il Pirata--the location, the rooms, the hosts--were fantastic. The rooms were very clean, quiet, and a lovely little walk up from the "main drag". The river right below our window made for almost poetic slumber! The Il Pirata brothers (amazing cooks and cheerful, hilarious, hosts) and their wives made us feel at home. Just make sure you know when Il Pirata's restaurant is open--you don't want to miss breakfast (you must try the cappuccino)!, or dinner! We will be returning to Vernazza, and Il Pirata.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

Overall a nice, clean inn to stay - not especially fancy, but comfortable. The brothers who own it are very entertaining and helpful when picking restaurants in the area. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. The breakfasts were amazing - the brothers make house made pastries every morning and they are incredible.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

My husband and I stayed at Il Pirata Rooms for 2 nights and were very comfortable. The bed was very comfortable and the linens were very fresh smelling. It was a plus to be above town as the only noise was the babbling brook below the window. Il Pirata has minimal stairs so I would recommend Il Pirata to anyone who isn't hung up on having a view and enjoys a good peaceful sleep with a great breakfast included. Well worth the money.

Room Tip: view = stairs in The Cinque Terre
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Italy and had a lot of trouble finding a room in Vernazza, so we "settled" for staying at Il Pirata (in one of the two rooms a quick walk up from the bar/cafe of the same name).

I wasn't excited about the place due to the lack of a view and so few reviews here on TA, but that all changed once we arrived. We had been given good directions on how to get to the bar, which doubles as reception, from the train station (a 2 minute walk up the hill) and were greeted with genuine warmth by the twins upon arrival, after which we were quickly escorted to our room (another minute or so up the hill). The twins made note of our names and continued to call us by them throughout our stay.

While the room lacks a view and any sort of Italian charm, it is spacious and clean and so I have no complaints (my 6'3" husband didn't care for the footboard on the bed). It's a bit removed from "downtown" so it's very quiet and peaceful (and perfectly safe) at night, but still only a couple of minutes' walk from restaurants, bars, and the ocean. This town is not big at all, so you're not missing anything by staying up here.

The included breakfast at the brothers' cafe was delicious - choice of one pastry, one freshly squeezed juice or slushie, and one coffee. On our second day we asked for an extra pastry to share and the brothers refused to let us pay for it.

Free Wifi is included in your room stay but is accessible only in the cafe, not in the room. We didn't find this to be an inconvenience at all.

Dinner at the cafe was also wonderful.

We would stay with these guys again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2011

We stayed in the Il Pirata for one night (we were going to stay two nights but the weather and locals left us less than happy...so we moved on). The room is very spacious and clean for the area. The down side is there is no view, you are next to a rather noisy brook (this may be tranquil for some readers), and the breakfast is down the street. It was a bit inconvenient. It would have been better if they had a coffee pot or something in the room. When we arrived we parked in the city area and we were told the car would be fine for the night (it was March and off season). When we woke the next morning we found out nice black car keyed up pretty good. Not a nice welcome from the locals. In this little town, I'd settle for less in a room to get the view and breakfast (We paid 130 euros a night). Given the cold reception we received in nearly every village in the Cinque Terre and the overpriced- poor quality of food and services... buyer beware (especially of Rick Steves suggestions-because everyone in CT is carrying his books). Go for the views but keep your other expectations lower.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Address: Via Gavino, 36, Vernazza, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Vernazza
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Ranked #35 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Vernazza
Number of rooms: 3

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