The hotel is ok.. our room faced the harbour, but could only see out the windows when you're standing.. Room was average size for Europe, bathroom a little pokey, but ok. Hot & cold buffet brekkie, which can get busy as this hotel is popular for walkers on tour buses. For us we relied on public transport.
Our main reason for staying was to access Cinque Terre, and from this hotel it is not straightforward. You can walk down to the harbour and catch a ferry to Portovenere, and from there if the weather is ok.. you can access the five villages one by one; the timetable is limited (and seasonal), and one of our days they had rough seas, so the ferry only went to Portovenere and Monterosso (as they have established jetties); it is not cheap either $25Euro. You can catch a train from La Spezia station.. You could walk from the hotel to the station, about 30 mins (fast walk) or we caught a bus from the square around the corner from the hotel. The trains stop at all stations and run about 1-2 times an hour. We caught the ferry to Monterosso which takes 2 hours, and then caught the train back stopping at the various villages.
To appreciate Cinque Terre, you must see it from the sea. But I won't stay at La Spezia & not here at this hotel.. There isn't many eating options in this part of town either. Stay at one of the villages, Monterosso is the biggest, and if you catch the train from Milan or Pisa, most stop there. Staying there you can easy access the ferry and see the villages from the sea, and the local trains stop at all the villages. Don't stay at this hotel, if you do want to stay at La Spezia, stay closer to the train station, but again, not a lot of eating options in this town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the sea and located only a five-minute walk from the main pier, NH La Spezia is the ideal base for discovering the enchanting Cinque Terre, one of the main attractions of the Italian Riviera and La Spezia in Liguria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh La Spezia Hotel La Spezia
- Jolly La Spezia
- La Spezia Jolly Hotel