The only downside was the 200 Euro price...the rest was pure bliss and beauty. We read all of these negative reviews after booking the room, so we were a bit apprehensive going in. As soon as I walked in the staff made me feel at home. The room took my breath away! (#7 on the main level) The furniture was all very elegant with beautiful marble tops. The floor to ceiling double french doors were delightful and the frescoed ceiling was pure luxury! After looking at several hotels I had relegated myself to a cramped out of date bathroom, but I was overjoyed to find that the bath at the Stella Maris was beautifully updated with lovely cabinet vanities and a shower that converted to a full body spray option. As far as the noise, people, this is Italy not Beverly Hills. 99% of the buildings are hundreds of years old and don't exactly have the best in soundproofing technology. I stayed at three different places (two huge villas and a hotel) during my trip and all of them were a bit noisy - I just got used to it (earplugs are a must in my opinion, unless you are totally alone out in the country - but even the birds chirping will come right through those old windows!). And the noise was just part and parcel with the charm of being in the center of Levanto.
The location was excellent. Just two blocks from the beach and about a 5-7 minute walk to the train. I'd give anything to be back at the gorgeous Stella Maris!
PS The breakfast spread was outstanding! An array of cereals, pastries, fresh fruits, yoghurts, spreads, jams, cookies, meats and cheeses. One of the mornings we slept late and the front desk called to check and see if we wanted breakfast before they closed up because they noticed we had not come in yet- now that's personal service! When we walked out they had one single table all set up for us! I can't remember the name of the gentleman who serves you breakfast but he was an absolute joy. When we were checking out we were going to just grab some quick pastries to go but he insisted that we sit and eat :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Levanto located between Cinque Terre and Portofino on the first floor (no elevator) of Vannoni Palace welcomes you to the warm atmosphere of the hotel de charme Stella Maris.The hotel has beautiful rooms, frescoed ceilings, antique furniture, snow-white lace curtains will satisfy the aesthetic taste of the most demanding without depriving the modern comforts. Want all the comforts of our sweet home, forget the stress of daily rhythms, be pampered ... The owner and staff will be working for the dream goes beyond expectations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stella Maris Hotel