Staying at Dimora della Torre was like stepping back in time. Located in the heart of the historic neighborhood, you can easily walk to everything....the beaches, restaurants, shopping. This was our first visit to the town our family came from in the early 1900's. We still have relatives in Sestri. Our cousin even works in the butcher shop 2 blocks from the B&B! Another cousin recommended some of the hotels on the beach, but we made our plans to be there on too short of notice, and because it was a weekend, all the hotels rooms were taken. I found Dimora della Torre on Trip Advisor. It is about a 10 minute walk from the train station and very easy to find with a Google map.
Making a reservation can be somewhat daunting if you don't have any Italian language skills. Reservations are taken only by email with one of the owners, who doesn't speak/read/write English. They don't take credit cards, so you must make a bank transfer for the deposit and pay cash for the remainder upon departure. I have some Italian language skills (not fluent) and was able to communicate with Emanuella well enough with the help of an online translator. It might be difficult for someone without any Italian language skills.
Dimora della Torre is a treasure. Full of antiques and the paintings of a famous artist for whom the small piazza outside the B&B is named. We felt as if we were guests in someone's ancient townhouse. There is not always someone in attendance, so you must let them know your arrival time and someone will meet you and let you in. Andrea met us about 20 minutes after we arrived. He was quietly charming and very interested in finding out about things "American." He made us feel very much at home. He couldn't have been nicer. He speaks a little English. You are given a key to the front door and to your room, which allows you to come and go when no one is there....which is most of the time. My granddaughter found this kind of spooky. There are only three rooms, one on each floor, a small entry parlor and a rooftop sunning balcony. There is no dining room and breakfast is eaten in your room. There is a dining table and chairs in the room. Some pre-packaged breakfast items are in your room at all times and others, as well as coffee, are on the third floor landing. The stairs are steep, so it's a juggling act to get your coffee to your room if you are on one of the other floors. Our room was very clean and had a beautiful frescoed ceiling, but was somewhat cramped because we had a rollaway bed for my granddaughter. Warning, if noise bothers you, don't stay at Dimora della Torre on a Saturday night. Our room was on the second floor overlooking the main street of the historic area, which stays very noisy and lively very late on Saturdays. The other two nights were quiet. It's a charming place to stay and a good value, I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ancient from Liguria dwelling, typical in its tight and high form of the houses of the Coast, where art, antique dealing and stay find their maximum connubio. Of property of the family Berisso Rolleri, it was made to restructure in 1895 and to fresco from the Professor Iron Erminio. During the first half of the 900 it passed of property to the grandaughter who in 1989 yielded the Traversaro family, puts into effect them owner. From here became Gallery of Art and room. Considered the wealth of the palace and its frescoed, after pressing demands for visitors of the Gallery, above all foreign ceilings, the determined Traversaro family to use the advanced plans in order to use them to a bed & breakfast of charm. ... more less