Well, i wanted to visited the CInque Terre park and needed a place to stay for the night. As the hotels and rooms in the cities of Cinque Terre turned out to be very expensive, i opted for La Spezia (Inn) as an alternative base. And it turned out to be a good decision.
La Spezia itself is a pretty okay town, nothing special, but not as touristy as the Cinque Terre towns. The Inn is located no more than 5 minutes away from the main station, which makes it handy as a base for visit of the CQ Park (there is at least one train to CQ at each hour). Its a bit tucked away from the street and not soo easy to find, as it is basically just some rooms in a backyard of a house. You will need to squeeze yourself through a very narrow metal door after you arrived and climb up some stairs (no elevator, i'm afraid) to get to the rooms. Once you are there you will notice, that there are only 4 or 5 rooms, thats's it.
Well, so, this is not a hotel, not even a real bed and breakfast. But, the charming owners make up a lot. Especially the female owner (Maria ?) is very good with the English language, very helpful and very friendly. So is her husband, but he is much better in Italian, than in English, but also very friendly and helpful in any way. So, to sum it up, they will make you feel like you are being in good hands.
The rooms on the other hand are perfectly clean, but rather basic, i'm afraid. While the bedroom was pretty good, with a small desk, a small tv and a wardrobe (only missing a few power sockets, that why they give you a power distributer), the bathroom was feeling a bit less nice. Actually i don't like bathrooms with a shower curtain, as it always feels a bit unsanitary. As i said before, the rooms are very clean, it just gives me an uneasy feeling. Another problem that i had was that there was only cold water (a problem that should occur more and more often in the following days). The owner told me that i probably switched of the water heater in the bathroom while trying to turn on the lights. Well, that might well be the case, but then please mark the switch so that people will know ! It would have saved me a cold shower.
The last thing that i would like to point out to everybody who needs a strong wifi signal, is that the signal at the last room is very, very weak. So if you need Wifi, you might think about using another place or go to the reception area (only a desk) to do what you have to do.
Overall i found the place pretty decent, a clean place, with good beds, not noisy (important in Italy !) at night, with friendly owners, okay bathrooms and a bit quirky way to the rooms from the street. The location is pretty good and they also have a good restaurant around the corner (something like "La Tavernetta", which has surprisingly good tourist menus and also a japanese (not the vietnamese one) restaurant besides it, which has good quality japanese food and an all you can eat sushi buffet).
Well, and whats most important, it's a lot cheaper than the Cinque Terrre Hotels and a day ticket to the park is only 10 EUR including all day train travel between La Spezia and the Cinque Terre towns. Unbeatable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Spezia Inn is a new guest house located in the town centre very close to the train station, which makes it a perfect base for visiting the nearby beauties such as Le Cinque Terre, Lerici and Portovenere.Each room comes with en suite bathroom and air conditioning, tv and free broadband. A good breakfast is offered in a cafe' nearby, only 2 min walk from the b&b. ... more less
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