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Vis a Vis Hotel
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Sestri Levante
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night and wished we had longer. The view is incredible!! Absolutely breath-taking, you would not want to stay anywhere else. Bar and pool area are fantastic, making the most of the view too. Very relaxing oasis, would strongly recommend! Negative was that we had to wait 1.5 hrs after the official bcheck-in time for our room to be ready and were only offered to go up to the bar and buy our own drinks (with amazing view mind you). After 25 hrs in transit from Melbourne and a beautiful sunny afternoon to enjoy by the pool this wasn't the best start. Apart from this, the service was great.

Rooms are small but very comfortable and well equipped. Check that you are getting a full seaview rather than a side view as it differs greatly depending on which side of the building you are on.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Staying in this amazing resort feels like being transported back in time to holidaying on the Italian Riviera in the 1920s. The great thing is that it also feels authentic. Everything is done extremely well from the decor to the music. The poolside area is almost impossible to leave and the only better view is from the nearby bar and lounging area. This is a luxuriously charming hotel and the entrance to the lift through the tunnel must be seen to be believed.
The only negatives are the very hard beds and the walls are not soundproof. Staying in a room adjacent to the kitchen is very noisy at the end of the dinner service. These negatives were far outweighed by the positives. Along with the hotel experience, the location is so handy to the cafes and shops near the waterfront. Turn left on exiting the hotel gate and it is only a two minute walk.
The hotel restaurant should be visited for dinner at least once. The meals are superb, the view is divine and the service is top quality.
Vis a vis is not cheap but nor should it be. It feels like a luxurious holiday destination and is unbelievably beautiful. A must stay.

Room Tip: Both mountain view and ocean view are beautiful. Rooms not adjacent to the restaurant kitchen may b...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Julie R
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

With the most breathtaking views, and great spaces to make the most of them, Vis a Vis hotel offered fantastic service with friendly and corteous staff. The rooms were basic, clean but had good Frette linen. Although we had a family room, the bathtub was a little tight, it was adequate and there was lovely bath/shower products. The common areas are very generous, make the most of the views. The breakfast was extensive and good. The town is easily accesible and on your doorstep. We certainly be back!

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed for short break from UK. 2nd visit to Liguria - great region. sestri is a charming, quaint, coastal town - mainly Italians vacationing, always a good sign! Great food and appetitivo culture, lively at night.

Vis a vis is a great base - leachate position gives superb sea views from room balcony. Rooms quite small but comfortable (firm beds which we didn't mind). Cleaned twice a day - never see that in other hotels!!

Staff hospitality is very good - as a wedding anniversary we had a couple of fruit bowls on our room and classic holidays kindly have us some local wine to celebrate! We loved sitting on or balcony watching over the Bay of Silence.

Breakfast - a highlight, fresh Italian. coffee as you would expect, continental buffet and fresh fruit, plenty of choice, even prosecco. Waiters very efficient and polite.

Hotel has small rooftop pool but we spent our days on the 2 Sestri beaches. Would be nice to have a gym but you can't have it all.

Hotel seemed peaceful except for weekend when large family celebration took place and it felt noisy with lots kids - that was only for a few hours though.
Will miss Sestri an breakfast with a view!!

Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Booked fairly last minute for a couple of days away. Wish we had booked for longer. The location, service and food were fantastic and the views of Sestri were stunning. We live in Italy and know Sestri fairly well having been there a number of times - just wish we had found Vis a Vis sooner.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

The general impression is ok. We have stayed in the hotel with my family.

We have booked the last available room, so there was no much of a choice anyway since it was just right in the middle of holiday season.

I would say that the location is great, hotel facilities are ok, the staff is friendly and always welcome to help and assist in any inquiries. We have travelled by car and were positvely surprised to see that the parking is free of charge. In Italy it can easy go up to 30/40 per day.

The only bad experience that I would like to share is the terrible noise isolation in the room, and i guess it's all over the hotel. You will highly likely hear everything which is happening in neighbouring rooms, especially when someone is using shower and / or WC facilities.
Please bear this in mind.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Dmitry S
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

In July 2014 this was our 3rd time at hotel Vis a Vis. We can highly recommend the place. The service is TOP, kind and helpfull staff. Nice food!
You have a four **** hotel which is also very children-friendly.
The beach is close to and nice.

Room Tip: The normal double-rooms are rather small. We recommend the Junior Suite for two adults with two chil...
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Address: Via della Chiusa 28, 16039, Sestri Levante, Italy
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Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Sestri Levante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sestri Levante
#3 Luxury Hotel in Sestri Levante
#7 Romantic Hotel in Sestri Levante
Price Range: £112 - £256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vis a Vis Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying a stunning, panoramic view and located between Cinque Terre and Portofino, the Vis à Vis is one of the most extraordinary hotels in Liguria , managed from three generations by the family De Nicolai. Built on the top of a hill , in the city centre, to which it's connected through an elevator carved in the rock, the hotel dominates the vista of the Tigullio's Gulf from Portofino to the peninsula of Sestri Levante. It's 45 minutes off Genoa Airport and 1h.15 from Pisa Airport. Completely renovated, the Hotel offers 46 rooms all with private balcony or little garden. Some of them have wonderful sea-view. A private parking, swimming pool, wi-fi throughout the hotel and a steam bath are available free of charge. The heated swimming-pool, is situated among the olive trees in full sunshine and sorrounded by the greenery. The panoramic Restaurant Olimpo offers gastronomic delights from the best italian and regional cuisine. At the Sky Bar Zeus people can enjoy excellents drinks enjoining stunning views over two beautiful bays of Sestri Levante. A steam bath with the well-equipped wellness area Giunone is also available to relax and enjoy pleasant regenerating moments. The Hotel Vis à Vis is at walking distance from the train station and boat terminal for well organized excursions to Portofino and Cinque Terre/Portovenere. A nice co-operating beach (with free shuttle service) is available from May to September. The Vis à Vis is the ideal getaway for those who seek comfort, excellent service, informal elegance and style. ... more   less 
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