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Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in La Spezia
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“Really amazing -- especially the breakfast”
Reviewed 30 July 2011

We went here as a home-base to visit Cinque Terra as it is more affordable and easier to get to (we were coming from Paris and the 9-hour train ride meant we arrived too late to go into Cinque Terra that night).
This is probably the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. Although it was super convenient and right beside the train station - which is what we wanted - staying beside a train station is never really nice. But WOW inside was amazing.
Big, plush rooms, huge bathrooms with either claw-foot tubs or cascading luxury showers, excellent staff, old-world style sitting lounges, nice restaurant (although we didn't eat there, it looked nice).
But the best part: The free breakfast blew me away. There is a skylight looking onto the rolling hills (there was a thunderstorm one morning and it was spectacular!!) and the food? Different cheeses, rich granola with hot or cold milk, fresh juices, eggs, breads, fruit, fresh cappuccino (of course) etc etc etc. I still think about it and wish I was there. SIGH!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

I booked this well in advance direct on thier website, it was very reasonable rates, I request a room with balcony as we were travelling lots and wanted somewhere to wash and dry some clothing. They were so accomodating and gave us a huge room with this massive balcony, talbe and chairs as well. The room had a fridge and we found it an excellent position for the train station to do the railway trips to the chinque terra which was magic. The rooms were clean and beds comfy with plenty of space. Breakfast was included in the rate, which was good and had enough to get you started on the day for anyone. The hotel while being close to the station, we heard no noise at all due to double glazing. Plenty of hot water. Located 10 min walk from the town centre and 15 mins walk to the waterfront where you get the ferries to portovenere. Would deffinately use again and can reccommend this will not dent your budget and like us you will be pleasantly supprised with this hotel. To the management and staff a well run hotel and a big thank you for accomodating me with the balcony, it was much appreciated. If we come from Aussie again will stay once more.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

Let's face it - La Spezia in itself is a bland and uninteresting town, so you won't likely be staying here because of it. However, this hotel is right next to the train station, and thus on the beautiful, scenic Cinque Terre rail line - you can be in Riomaggiore in 5 minutes, and access to the other villages in the CT is also straightforward.

The Firenze e Continentale is a very good hotel - it's traditional without being dated. I particularly liked the modern bathroom, and hope that future renovations will bring the already pleasant rooms up to the same standards. Service was efficient and friendly, and breakfast was served in a rooftop restaurant overlooking the mountains.

Two minor negatives - the air conditioning is unbearably loud when switched on, and I didn't find a safe in my room (though genuinely could have missed it).

All in all, I don't think you could find a better base for visiting this region of Italy, and would strongly recommend this hotel on that basis.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Gabri08, Direttore at Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia, responded to this review, 18 July 2011
I’m happy you liked our hotel and had a good stay here in La Spezia! As you told, Firenze & Continentale is a traditional hotel but every year we renovate it, trying to satisfy the guest's exigencies and to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

Great stay! Big and clean rooms! Great breakfast and close to train station. Perfect to explore the villages. Wifi in bar area free of charge

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

We, like many others, stayed here because every hotel in Cinque Terre was booked solid. We had not heard many nice things about La Spezia, but were actually pleasantly surprised and the drive to Cinque Terre was easy.

The hotel was insanely expensive for what it was. The room was ok- clean and comfortable. The shower was just a stand up shower and the shower head was as big as the shower- so I had to turn off the water in order to lather up.

Most of the staff was friendly. We missed breakfast, but asked for coffee twice in the morning and never got it. Parking is around the block. You can pay 8euro for outside parking or 18euro for covered parking. In order to park though, you have to call the desk to have them open the gate- so you better have an international plan! Both times we called- we had to wait a while before they opened the gate. the second time we had to call twice. The parking issue could have been because it is under construction.

The hotel was fine- but for about the money we paid for the night, I was annoyed by many little items.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

We stayed here only as an access point to the Cinque Terre, which was incredibly easy.
Good points: Excellent breakfast with heaps of choice. Close to train station. Laundry mat just behind the hotel also. Much cheaper than paying to have your washing done at the hotel (over $100 difference for us). Bad point: Rooms were a bit drab but did the job.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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BC, Canada
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

We tried to book something in one of the Cinque Terre towns but nothing was available so this looked like the next best option. It was fantastic because it was literally a moments walk to the train station but that did not negatively impact the stay (noise, crowds etc). Nice room, great staff, no negatives, and it was a breeze to hop on the train each day and pop over to whichever town we wanted to go to. Definitely recommend it as a starting point for the Cinque Terre.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia
Address: Via Pietro Paleocapa 7, 19122, La Spezia, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > La Spezia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in La Spezia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 3 star Hotel Firenze and Continentale in La Spezia dates back to the beginning of the last century and is today one of the premier luxury accommodations in this historical city that sits just at the foot of the Cinque Terre National Park.The elegant building's aristocratic feel is accentuated with quality decor, furnishings and other thoughtful complements including Carrara marble floors, Trompe l'Oeil murals, Mogano boiseries and hand beaten iron and brass lamps.A top quality 3 star hotel located in the historical city centre of La Spezia, the Hotel Firenze and Continentale is just a few short steps from the newly pedestrianized heart of the town and close to La Spezia Centrale train station, making for quick and easy connections to the Cinque Terre in a couple of minutes.Having undergone regular renovation since the first part of the 20th century, the Firenze and Continentale La Spezia is now regarded as one of the finest accommodations in the city while still maintaining the building's original architectural identity - typified by that liberty style grandeur of the pre-WWI era. ... more   less 
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