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Hotel Belvedere
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We had requested a room with water views and this we received. The view was great. The hotel was almost empty as the season hadn't started. The room wasn't as small which is the case in many hotels. However, the bathroom was small and there was nowhere to put toiletries. Parking was a problem but we paid Euro 24 for two days. You have to go about 50 metres up the road to their sister hotel - Hotel Paradiso - for dinner. This is not a problem and the food and service was faultless. Continental breakfast at the Belvedere was very good with a good selection.
We would stay there again and Portovenere is very beautiful.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

We were aware not to expect 5 star accommodation in this area so we kept an open mind and walked right in........nice reception for a family run hotel......lovely views...got our sea view room although we didn't have one booked......small room..but that was okay...great view over the harbor......slight smell from bathroom that wasn't great..but not a deal breaker....breakfast was pretty good....and staff was very helpful in getting us where we needed to go.....so for us it was closer to a 4 than a 3.5.....

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

We were spoiled at our previous b&b in Tuscany. We arrived at the front desk of the Hotel Belvedere and received a mediocre greeting only to climb the stairs with our luggage to a tiled floor hotel room. Little did I know what lurked behind the bathroom door - a room the size of an airplane bath. I literally could not raise my arms to shampoo my hair. The "vanity" was pretty much identical to those on an airplane. It was July and hot, both outside and inside our hotel room. The AC was going full blast, but not cooling our room. The lobby, hallway, lounge, and "restaurant" weren't air conditioned either. The breakfast buffet was poor, stale coffee cake and a meat platter. We had to pay to park on the street down below the hotel, which is located on a one way street at the top of a hill. It wasn't easy finding parking here. Once you get a spot - don't move your car or you may be circling the one ways trying to find a parking place near the hotel. Any hotel in Portovenere is close to the beach, restaurants, etc. We were really disappointed in this hotel. It was expensive, hot in the summer, and anything but luxurious.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ETravelers
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The hotel itself isn't luxurious, but it's in a perfect location to experience all Portovenere has to offer! Parking is the only downfall of this hotel - you have to find your own, which can prove difficult in the summer months. If you need to check out early in the morning, make sure and arrange that ahead of time as the staff does not stay overnight and may not arrive until 7 am the next morning. Internet is available in room for a fee. I would certainly stay here again if my travels brought me through Portovenere! Staff spoke English as well.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Linz4huskers
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Small, friendly hotel with helpful staff. Rooms are small, but very clean and comfortable. Pretty view of the harbour. Good breakfast included - buffet with fresh fruits, yogurts, bread, warm croissants, cereals, cheeses - and eggs anyway you like them. Great lounge and terrace for evening drinks and gathering with friends.
The sister hotel next door has a fantastic restaurant. We had a great dinner there on the terrace overlooking the harbour.
Portovenere is a perfect town for exploring the Cinque Terre. The ferry departs every hour all day to all the villages.
We found that 3 full days was plenty of time. Our first day, we took the first ferry right up to Monterosso. It was a beautiful trip up the coast and we could view all the villages. From Monterosso, we hiked the trail back to Corniglia, stopping in Vernazza for lunch. We then took the train (as the trail was closed) to Romiggiare and then boarded the ferry back to Portovenere. Our second day, we toured Portovenere in the morning and rented a boat in the afternoon. It's beautiful to anchor out by the islands and dip in for a swim. Our last day, we took the ferry to Romiggiare and hiked one of the other trails (3a and 3b). Fabulous views and no tourists on the trails.
You don't need a car while you are here. We took the express train from Genoa to Le Spezia. You can taxi or arrange a shuttle with the hotel to Portovenere for about 30 euros. Or you can take a bus. It's about a 25 minute ride.
I would recommend this hotel and village to anyone visiting the Cinque Terre region.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the harbour.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at this hotel with my parents as we were having such a lovely time in Portovenere. The hotel was very clean, the service from the staff was exceptional, they went above and beyond to be friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good in a lovely room with sea views. Bedrooms were really small and bathrooms tiny which was a bit disappointing but they were really clean and had great sea views. The beds were really hard which didn't suit any of us but maybe fine for others. The air conditioning was broken which meant the rooms were a bit too warm. In general we had a lovely time here and the service made up for anything.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2010

I stayed here with my adult daughter in October 2010. I was a little apprehensive with some of the posts which make it seem like the only hotel to stay at in Portovenere is The Grand Hotel. Not so!!! This is such a wonderful hotel. It is family run which adds to its charm. Fabrizio and his children Stefano & Leonardo bent over backwards to make sure that we were comfortable. Our room was typical Italian size with 2 windows & views to die for. Plenty of room to store luggage and a desk to use. The bathroom was great, immaculate and looked newly done. I am a large woman and fit well in their shower which always had hot water. :) Make sure you check out the photos. There is a wonderful Lobby/Living Room as well as a Morning Room overlooking the Bay of Poets where you can relax. The breakfast room is attached to the morning room with again tremendous views. There you will meet the star of Hotel Belvedere- Luigi!! He has more than the Maitre D. He is marvelous. Wonderful homemade sweet breads, yogurt, fruit, cheeses, coffee made as you want.. The family also owns the hotel right next door where there is a restaurant that we tried in the evening. Excellent location, view and wonderful food. Luigi was there too. The hotel is very close to where you can get the ferry to go to Cinque Terre. There is also a grocery store one half block away. A playground is very close if you have small children.
I was just so happy that we found this hotel and would love to go back.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 26, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Porto Venere
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Price Range: £115 - £219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belvedere 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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