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Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in La Spezia
Reviewed 12 June 2013

This hotel is in a great location for a base to explore the Cinque Terre. The staff are welcoming, professional and an excellent source of information. The top floor breakfast room provides a very good breakfast. Make sure to dine at the restaurant across the street; an informal atmosphere with fabulous food.
Opposite the hotel is the railway station and its underground pubic car park, which costs 18 Euro a day.
We stayed in Room 15, a “superior room” on the first floor which has the benefit of access to a large shared balcony and had the advantage of being able to log into the free Wi-Fi in the downstairs public areas.
The room had a large comfy bed, a mini bar fridge (no price list, but be careful its not free!). There’s a safe, a jug and instant tea & coffee, a small flat screen tv with Italian-only channels and a (1) robe and slippers.
The bathroom is small as is the shower cubical. The huge shower head puts out a deluge that can be difficult to get away from. To sit on the toilet you have to sit side saddle. A hairdryer & toiletries are provided. Overall, we had a very comfortable stay in a great location for exploring the Cinque Terre.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Wonderful property. Well appointed lobby, helpful front desk, modern rooms, clean. 30 seconds from the train station but you don't hear the trains.

The food was good and the buffet breakfast was made to order for the most part.

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3  Thank Kirk S
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We spent two nights in a fourth floor room facing the road, just a base for touring the Cinque Terre (lower level trails closed!). The hotel is visible from the train station and easy to reach. The room suffered a bit from road noise but was clean and with two single beds. The public rooms are better than one would expect at a three star hotel. The waitress in the bar is exceptional, remembering on the second night what we wanted to drink before dinner and our room number. The front desk staff are great. The breakfast buffet is pleasant.

Room Tip: Try asking for a room on the quiet side, which faces a cul-de-sac,
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Right by the train station so it makes an excellent base camp for hiking Cinque Terre. Others swear that while hiking the coast you should stay in one of the 5 costal villages, but I disagree, La Spezia is a little more off the beaten path and rides the fine line between touristy and local. You can still walk a short distance for an excellent, inexpensive meal, the ATM's are not bi-lingual and local kids kick soccer balls in the square. Check in was easy, kind of confusing when the clerk told us where our rooms are and where breakfast was, but after one go, it all made sense. The breakfast was good and offered a wide array of choices, beds comfortable and room and bathroom were spacious. Decor was very nice. Train nearby can take you to Cinque Terre in minutes and is easy to follow. Only issue I had was it was a bit warm so I had the windows open and there was a lot of road noise and train traffic.

Room Tip: Try to avoid the rooms on the north east side of the building.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Quite a surprise for a 3 star hotel in Europe!! Stayed two nights while attending a wedding in Massa Carrera and reception in La Spezia. Help could not have been more accomodating,helping with the bride,family and friends. Convenient to train station and Cinque Terre. Room was comfortable and buffet breakfast,very nice!!

Room Tip: in the rear of hotel
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

We chose to stay at Hotel Firenze & Contentale La Spezia for 3 nights because of its convenient location 5 minutes walking distance from La Spezia railway station where we used the local trains to visit the 5 villages of the Cinque Terra. Our room was comfortable and well furnished and the buffet breakfast was good. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the centre of the town where there is a good choice of restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gwyn S
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

We stayed at this hotel for two nights whilst exploring the walks in the Cinque Terre. The hotel is literally steps away from the main train station (extremely convenient for getting in and out of the Cinque Terre and other destinations) and it leads directly to the pedestrianised walking streets of the downtown area. There are a few decent and reasonably priced restaurants nearby, and it is a pleasant walk down to the marina if you are headed to the Cinque Terre by ferry.

The hotel: we were warmly greeted by reception staff each time we left or entered the hotel. There was free wifi only in the reception/lounge areas on the ground floor (you could pay for wifi if you wanted it in the room, but we didn't need to). The lift was tiny - it only just fits two people with two suitcases! Breakfast was included, however we left the hotel early each morning to start our hikes in the Cinque Terre so we did not stay to try the hotel breakfast.

The room: we had a room on the top floor with a balcony and views over the rooftops of La Spezia (and the train station - although again, it was not noisy!). The room size was fairly large by European standards with a large cupboard for storage and multiple powerpoints for charging devices. The beds were comfortable. There was no fridge or minibar. The windows opened to the balcony and had beautiful old-fashioned drapes. There was also an extra external light-blocking shutter which was great if you wanted to sleep in without being woken by the bright sun!

The bathroom: it was compact but functional. The shower had a large showerhead and the towels were large and absorbent.

Overall we loved the central and convenient location, the generous size of the room, and free wifi in the lounge (perfect for uploading photos and doing research about the next day's hikes). We didn't spend a huge amount of time in our room because we were busy touring the Cinque Terre, but if we came back to explore other hiking trails, I would not hesitate to stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony view
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in La Spezia
Price Range: £69 - £182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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