A month in Italy and my ONLY bad accommodation review....
Had it not been for the outstanding views from the 2 decks overlooking the ocean at Tratorria Gianni Franzi, I would have given this place a "terrible" rating. From their website, on the history of the tratorria,"Before WWII the Trattoria della Stella was the property of a local character known as Virgilio who liked to drink in the company of his paesani but who closed his doors when the train brought the rare tourist to town." Apparently they still hold hard to that philosophy!!!! Having travelled all over Northern Italy for 3 weeks, and experiencing THE most gracious, genuine, and friendly people, our greeting by Gianni Franzi staff was like a punch to the junk. The lanky crone with resting b!t@&face behind the bar must have liquid nitrogen running through those veins. We walked in exuding excitement at being in such an wonderful new part of Italy....greeted her with respect by speaking Italian, happily complimented her on her extensive whiskey collection and ordered one to enjoy while waiting for our key (A least we thought they were getting the key, she never really addressed us personally about it.) but our attempt at warm human connection fell flat. She never even cracked a smile. Awkwaaaaaaard......
It's a popular hotel. They don't HAVE to be friendly.
Finally we were ushered up, up, up to our very basic room containing THE most cruel mattresses EVER. You could feel every.single.niggling.spring. We're an athletic family so the climb through alleyways and the steep narrow spiral staircase up to our room was no biggie, but if you are out of shape and/or carrying some big ole luggage, this hotel is NOT for you. Breakfast was meh, lorded over by a miserly and suspicious kitchen aid. Espresso from a machine? Classy!
Personally, when I travel, I value the WHOLE experience- the hosts, the service, the atmosphere....the CONNECTION to people and place. But if you're the type that doesn't give a spit about service and feeling welcome and comfortable-you're just looking for a place to rest your head- then you may feel Tratoria Gianni Franzi is worth it for those 2 fantastic decks. Oh, and a shout out to the artists who created the works displayed there. I definitely dug the art.
- Also Known As:
- Trattoria Gianni Franzi Vernazza
- Trattoria Gianni Franzi Hotel Vernazza