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Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in La Spezia
Reviewed 28 June 2014

I wanted to stay in la Spezia for one night to catch an early train after having been in Cinque Terre for a few days. The hotel is right next to the train station. The hotel is ok but the mattresses are hard and to top it off, the pillows were just as hard which makes it hard to get a good nights sleep. The showers were the smallest I have ever encountered. Here are the positives - breakfast and the pleasant girl who works at the bar.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabri08, Direttore at Hotel Firenze e Continentale La Spezia, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Dear Guest,
I regret you found the mattresses and pillows hard as a rock and you found it difficult to get a good nights sleep. We decided to buy this kind of mattresses after a long research and they are one of the best mattresses for hotels at the moment. If you told us, we would have given to you softer goose down pillow.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I chose the hotel because of its proximity to the railway station as I had an early departure the next day. It is very close to the station and that connection worked well.
On the negative side - the room was not ready at the time indicated. OK I only waited 30 mins but it was poor., The whole ambiance of the hotel was old fashioned and a bit quirky, it could have come out of the 50s - maybe some like that. The facilities of the room were OK but nothing special. The breakfast room was a bit hard to find but at least started serving from 7am. A curiosity was the lift which regularly (3 times) took 5 minutes or more to arrive. I have no idea why, just another feature of this peculiar place.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front face towards the railway line so the back is best if you want a quiet night.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed at the Firenze Continental in May 2014 for 4 nights when visiting Cinque Terre. The hotel is very close to La Spezia station - 2 minutes walk. The hotel was charming and a little old worldy. The reception staff were excellent and very helpful. Our room was on the 4th floor with a view toward the hills. The room was spacious with a big bathroom. It was very clean and the bed was comfortable. Even though it was close to the station we had no problem sleeping at night. The breakfast room was delightful with beautiful views out the window. The staff were lovely. There was a huge variety of fresh food including fresh warm bread, cheese, meat, cereals, yogurt, jams, cakes and more. In the evening there is a happy hour and the hotel provided nibbles in the bar. In La Spezia there's plenty of cafes and restaurants as well as shops for supplies. This is a great place to base yourself for visiting Cinque Terre. We got a cinque terre card from the station and spent 3 days visiting the 5 villages which are all charming. Unfortunately only one walk was open while we were there from Monterosso to Vernazza. The walk takes around 2 to 3 hours depending on how fit you are and how many times to stop to admire the stunning views. There's also lots of steps involved. The other walks were closed due to land slip which was disappointing but we visited each village by train using our cinque terre card. All the villages were different and charming and we'd recommend seeing all. We'd definitely stay at the Hotel Firenze Continental at La Spezia if visiting the area again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Room was quite sizeable, guy at check in was excellent and informative and it somehow manages to be in a quiet location yet just a stone's throw from the station. But wifi was non-existent which was a bit frustrating in terms of planning the next stages of our journey, trainee who manned reception for most of our stay was next to useless, and somehow the previous occupants of our room had bequeathed us their toothbrushes in all their used glory. Key is unecessarily huge and heavy and it's difficult to get into the hotel after they've locked the outer door at 11pm. So that's probably a no from me then.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We traveled to La Spezia by train on visit to Cinque terre. It was an easy walk from train station. The rooms were comfortable and rather modern with good bathrooms. The downstairs reception rooms were comfortable and welcoming. The breakfast room is on an upper floor with a great view and the breakfast buffet was very nice. The wifi was good, an added bonus and the staff was ver obliging. There are bicycles available therefor touring the town

Room Tip: Rooms are updated and comfortable. Superior or less expensive doubles are available.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This was a great hotel and conveniently located to the train station. The hotel itself was nice and charming. The bathrooms have recently been renovated and done very nicely.

Avoid the rooms facing the train station as it is very noisy. If you keep the windows closed you should be fine. We stayed in room 35 and were there for two nights. The first night we made the mistake of sleeping with the windows open. Again, if you want to sleep with the windows open avoid the side of the hotel facing the train station.

Jennifer was absolutely amazing! She provided several restaurant suggestion and tended the bar. Great breakfast in the morning with very friendly and accommodating staff.

I would definitely go back. Keep in mind that it is a short trip to Cinque Terre. It is definitely worth the trip.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The Hotel Firenze E Continentale in La Spezia is in the perfect location, right next to the railway station, and to stay here is to walk back in time to the era of genteel downtown small hotels offering service and charm. Like in an old time movie, you turn in the paper weight size key at the front reception each time you go out, and ask for it when you return. The marble stairs are from the local quarries in the Apuan Alps. Turning the heavy key around twice to lock or unlock adds to the unhurried ambiance. There are several very elegant seating areas in the lobby, making coming and going a pleasant experience. The room was very small, but nicely upgraded. The window was shuttered, making it quiet, but very dark, almost like an inside room in a cruise ship. There was no comfortable seating, only a wooden task chair at the desk. The huge rain shower head provides a soothing end to the day. Your first breakfast will be breathtaking, as the breakfast room is in the penthouse, with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains in every direction. The spread was also quite impressive, and attentive staff serve your choice of coffee. The train station location is particularly beneficial, as you can take an awe-inspiring trip to the Cinque Terre just a short train ride away, which combined with high level walking trails and a scenic ferry ride, is a jaw-dropping experience.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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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
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Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in La Spezia
Price Range: £71 - £169 (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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