Fantastic location and wonderful views over the Mediterranean and across to Porto Venere and the castle. Right on a sandy beach with calm water and easy walking distance to the shops, cafes and restaurants via a wide public esplanade that stretches from Lerici to San Terenzo. It's a great walk in the late afternoon right next to the beach and water.
We had a double room with a private terrace and sea views. The terrace was beautifully tiled, about 4 metres square with comfortable furniture and a roof made of terracotta tiles and held up all the way along with huge columns. It was a lovely area to laze away the late afternoons with a drink and a good book or to just stare at the wonderful views. It felt more like an Italian Palace.
The room was light and airy with double doors out to the terrace. It was a good size with a reasonable sized bathroom that was modern and very clean. The air conditioning worked well but not really needed as the sea air flowed into the room through the wide opening doors. Wifi worked best in the guest lounge which was always a good temperature with the air con and/or open windows to the sea.
Breakfast was on the top floor indoors but with double doors leading outside to a small terrace and stairs leading up to the rooftop terrace. It was an extensive start to the day with lots of freshly baked pastries and sugary donuts filled with custard, juices, coffee (even cappuccino), tea, cheeses, meats and yoghurt. On most days there was some sort of tart - asparagus or cheese etc We stayed 3 nights and wanted to stay longer. The hotel had a very pleasant lounge/reception area and a lift to each floor which was a bonus.
From Lerici it is possible to get a boat to Porto Venere across the Gulf of La Spezia and on to the Cinque Terra villages (which is the best way to view them I feel) and to get the train back to La Spezia and a bus back to the hotel. We also enjoyed a self guided tour of the Lerici castle, first founded in 1152 and the square of Lerici with it's cafes and restaurants and little streets leading away from the water. I will go back to Hotel Venere Azzurra and have one tip - make sure you book a room with the large covered terrace/balcony and not the one on the end as the bathroom is smaller than other rooms. Thank you for looking after all of us from Australia so well.
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