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“Nothing special”
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Hotel Paradiso
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Certificate of Excellence
Newport, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed 28 July 2012

Strange hotel and staff not over friendly or helpful. Felt they where more interested in Italy guests then any other visitors fro around the world. Room wasn't very nice. Thin k they gave us a family room for 2 and the two extra beds where up on a balcony in the roof and made the room hot. Small bathroom. B'fast wasn't anything special. Nowhere to sit outside on a hot day.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2012

The Hotel Paradiso is just as you drive into Portovenere, but, don't be deterred that it is out of town - a short walk down the hill or along the waterfront brings you into the heart of the town. Five minutes maximum.
Views from the breakfast room, lounge and restaurant overlook the promenade and small boats and across the beautiful sea. Open the shutters in your room and the views are to die for! A lovely way to wake up.
We dined in the restaurant and the food and service was excellent. Luigi looked after us like we were old friends and we enjoyed the food very much. Not at all like a lot of hotel food is like - very authentic.
Portovenere is a gorgeous town with lots of wonderful restaurants, bars, big boats and wonderful colourful buildings.. and then of course the ferry is ready to take you up the coast to other fabulous towns.

Room Tip: there is a lift to all bedrooms and a lift that takes you down towards the promenade - BUT there are...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2012

We stayed at Portovenere one night on our way south and we chose Hotel Paradiso because of the Tripadviser rating of 3. Portovenere is a brilliant town and our mistake was not staying longer, 3 nights would have been good.

The GPS took us to the doorstep of Paradiso and we parked at the door for free. The hotel is old and the amenities are what you would expect of an old 3 star hotel. The rooms are small, nice bathroom but there are soundproof issues between the rooms. Nevertheless they are clean and adequate.

Clearly the beauty of this hotel is the views of the harbor and most rooms appear to get one as does the restaurant.

The breakfast had limited options and ham and eggs were cooked to order. It was satisfactory.

The staff were very good, welcoming and happy to assist in any way.

Would I stay there again? I would prefer a better quality hotel however this was satisfactory for one night.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a view otherwise stay somewhere else.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gold Coast, Australia
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

We spent four days at the Hotel Paradiso, and the location is wonderful. It is just a two minute walk down to the harbour area, where you can get boats to the Cinque Terre. There are amazing restaurants all around there, making Hotel Paradiso a very convenient "base camp".
The breakfast at the hotel was very good and hot food and coffee is made to order. Our pillowcases were dirty when we arrived but after a call to reception (in my very broken Italian) they were quickly replaced. The room otherwise was clean, with a cute Tuscan beachside feel. Afternoon nap time was also greatly enhanced by figuring out that some shows could be viewed in English (unlike most other places we stayed in Italy).

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2012

We walked in to this place in the middle of the off season. They gave us a sea facing room for 100 euros. That price includes breakfast and parking. Breakfast is very simple...basically just bread and jam. The dining room has great views.

For comparison, the Grand Hotel down the street also wanted 100, but we did not find the place as charming and parking is an extra charge.

The bed is very firm, but comfortable. They have sky tv and a mini fridge (pretty standard for Italy we've found). The bathroom is very nice. The hot water has good pressure and stays a constant temp (not Italian standard from what we've experienced). The view overlooking the harbor area is nice.

The hotel location is excellent. It's a quick walk to town, which is full of fun things to see. There is an old castle, two old churches, a cliff side walk, and the pedestrian only promenade. Be sure to bring your comfy shoes.

We would definitely come back to this town and this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Montreux, Switzerland
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2011

Stayed there for 3 nights this past July for a long weekend. We really loved Portovenere with it's easy access to Cinq Terre, good restaurants and great views.

The hotel itself was well situated, although the arrival if you are driving and have lots of luggage can be tricky as not a lot of space in front of the hotel to unload. Staff were not too friendly but correct in general except if you want to sleep in and housekeeping knock on your door even with a do not disurb sign to tell you that you had to let them in.

Great views from the room, furnishing is a bit basic but comfrotable as a whole. Breakfast was basic but again correct.

Overall I would say that we enjoyed our stay although the price was a little expensive but we were there in peak time as well.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Longview, Washington
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2011

We only stayed there one night, but we had a great room overlooking the harbor. The people were very nice and accomodating with providing information about traveling to Cinque Terre. It is an older hotel, but it has been kept up very nicely. You can walk along the water front and there is an amazing old benedictan Church out a the point that is a very photogenic and romatic walk.

Room Tip: I think most of the rooms have the harbor view, but you should ask.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Paradiso
Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 34 - 40, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Porto Venere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Paradiso 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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