We read the reviews on Trip Advisor before booking but were still unaware of how limited the shuttle bus service was. We telephoned ahead to say when we would arrive at the station. The next shuttle was a couple of hours after our arrival and was fully booked, another one was available a half an hour later. We were tired after a long journey and took the bus. Outside the station the L to Lerici (or the S). Fare was 1.90 each and the bus driver put us off at the right stop (Orgia Vecchia). But it was Sunday there was nothing open and no-one about and no sign to the hotel so it took a long time to find it with cases. The next day we wanted to visit the Cinque Terre and tried to book the shuttle bus - the times we wanted were already booked so we had to go a little later. We didn't get tickets for the Cinque Terre from the hotel - it is best to go to the Cinque Terre info office at the station because there are lots of options with tickets - walking only, or walking with the trains and electric buses and you can get 1 day or 2 day tickets. We had a 2 day ticket so we could hop on and hop off the trains and walk some of the trails between the villages. The hotel - it is quite a distance from the staton and in the middle of a quite built up area - part residential, a college next door and bounded by a busy road - virtually a motorway on another side. It was quite noisy with lots of scooters around early morning. There is a nice seafood restaurant nearby which was recommended by the hotel Il Mitili where the bus drops off. This is on the seafront but it is not possible to see any of the sea, because this is the big container port with big fences. Breakfast was OK choice of hot and cold plates and fruit. First morning when we had a slightly later start the fruit was all gone as was all the hot food. I personally couldn't drink the black tea - it was quite bitter tasting, but had fortunately taken my own tea bags. (Not something I expect to have to do in a 4 star hotel). It was not as nice or friendly as the 3 star, where we had stayed in Florence - the Hotel Machiavelli. Our room at Ghironi was quite small. There are just a few (3 I think) shuttle slots in the morning and a few in the evening to/from the station or the port. So beware of booking the hotel and expecting the shuttle to be available when you arrive or to be convenient for your departure. As it happened we wanted to catch the 9.35 train to Pisa on departure and so booked the 9.10 shuttle the first one for that day - which was perfect - but we had to book it a few days in advance. If you need to catch a train any earlier you would have to have a taxi. The shuttle bus takes just 7 people at a time. This hotel is better for guests with cars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel staff are available 24 hours a day to assist you and can provide you with tourist information. There is also a free shuttle service that can bring you to the train station or the La Spezia harbour where you can take a boat to Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most famous coastlines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ghironi Hotel La Spezia
- Ghironi La Spezia