This hotel has a 60s vibe - terrazzo floors and large sea-facing balconies. It is located right on a beautiful beach and easy walking distance to San Terenzo and Lerici. Easy to get to Portovenere on the ferry, and from there to the Cinque Terre. But, it's farther than you might think from here to La Spezia station - around 1/2 hour on a crowded bus.
We had a family room which had two adjoining rooms and one bath that shared a balcony. The hotel bathrooms are as others have reported - small with showers that drain v-e-r-y slowly. Not a big deal for us - turn down the water pressure and you'll be fine. Go have a drink on your balcony and enjoy the view. My teenage daughter thought the room looked "skeevy" because it needed a coat of paint and some updating of linens.
Service was an issue at this hotel. Evening front desk staff couldn't recommend local restaurants by name - a general wave of the hand toward the nearby towns is all they could come up with. They claimed to have no idea what the bus schedule was like for La Spezia even though the bus left from 50 minutes away.
We had a bad experience personally, but I don't imagine it would affect others. Our luggage was lost and the airline was delivering it by courier to our hotel. The hotel staff said they would be there to receive it, then refused to sign for it while we were out for the day, so luggage went back to the Milan airport. When we tried to call from the hotel to resolve the problem with the courier, the desk clerk kept taking the phone out of our hands and hanging up to handle other calls. Completely unnecessary and to say it was a huge inconvenience to us would be an understatement. It cost us several hundred dollars to fix this problem.
I would think long and hard before going back, based on service and the need for updating the facilities. Love the area, but the hotel needs new management and a makeover.
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