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“Charming hotel to visit Cinque Terre”

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Hotel Al Terra di Mare
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Levanto
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Very charming hotel with spacious and clean rooms. The personnel is very friendly. The location is not ideally: about 2 kms from the city center of Levanto without restaurants or shops close to the hotel. There is a shuttle service from the hotel which is very convenient to get to the city or the railway station, but it is not for free. In the city itself you have to pay to park your car. The pool area is larger then how it appears on the pictures and offers a great view on the valley.
Although the hotel is rated as four stars, there are a few minus points that do not match this status:
- The restaurant is only open for breakfast (only cold, but nice choice) and on 6 evenings a week for a light dinner (cold + one pasta and one veggie choice); no lunch possibilities near the pool side. So you are kind of forced to leave the hotel and take the shuttle or car to have lunch/dinner. The quality of the food is good.
- Some bathroom essentials were missing upon arrival (no soap !)
- The hotel forces you to save electricity in a rigoruous, almost ridiculous way: the airco stops whenever you open a door or window (even to let somebody in); the "electricity key" is welded to the door key, so if you need to lock or unlock the door, you're in the dark....
- Don't put the Wifi router too close to the TV set, because it interferes; took us a few days to figure this out.
- Walls and floors are not well isolated; you can hear undesirable noise.
As a summary: it's a very nice hotel for a couple of days to visit Cinque Terre, but not the best choice for a longer stay when you might want to relax in the hotel.
And ... it's not a cheap hotel if you consider the distance to Levanto and the above shortcomings.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

My wife and I had a weekend retreat to this magical place! It was down home comfy with Petra the pup as a nice little mascot. We sat on the terrace after a wonderful meal drinking wine from Monterroso recommended by the staff and it was divine. A wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

We stayed at this lovely family run hotel for a few days this summer (wish it could have been longer) and enjoyed its peacefulness after being in Rome. The view is spectacular, the property was immaculate, the rooms were large and bright and the family that owns and operates it were wonderfully accommodating. The shuttle to and from town and the train station did interfere a bit with spontaneity but we always got where we needed to be albeit a small fee each time except for the arrival and departure transport. There is also a wonderful taxi service in town, Andrea's Taxi, that was able to supplement our getting around. If you have smaller children I think being in the town of Levanto would be a better choice for ease of getting around but we would stay here again just hope we get the chance.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Evjenia, Francesca and Frederico operate and own this hotel and are justifiably proud of it. The rooms and public areas are all beautiful with fresh, elegant decor. The rooms are quite spacious and have balconies with furniture. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious, but some low fat, low sugar options would have been appreciated. Yes, it is a walk into town and the bus is expensive 5euro per room, but Frederico waited 45 minutes for us one evening when the train was delayed! There is ample parking available.A cold buffet provided each evening. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They called the ferry each morning for us to see if it was operating. Drinks etc. are available on the terrace. I would recommend this hotel, it really is an oasis.

Room Tip: All rooms have views and access to their own outdoor area.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

The hotel is located on a hillside away from the town. It's a oasis of tranquility.
Excellent place to unstress.
Excellent rooms.
I would advice this to couples who want to relax and enjoy a nive hoiliday.
Plenty to see in the environment to fill a seven days stays :
1 . the five Cinque terre town's + the walks between those town (beautifull)
2. By train to Pisa
3. Visit the port of Portofino

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

The hotel is located on the hillside of Levanto so it is quiet, peaceful, away from the busy ness of the town. One can walk but it takes about 25 minutes to walk into town and about 40 minutes to walk back as it is up hill. They have a shuttle service which runs regularly but expect to pay 5euro per room per trip. We were there for 3 nights and were charged 30euro for the shuttle from/to train station or to town for dinner. Room service is steep also as that was 5 euro to deliver a pot of tea to the room. Suggest that the initial pick up and drop off to the train station should be free.

Also for them to install a system to turn electricity on without having to use the door key - we found ourselves fumbling in the dark to lock/unlock the doors.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

There is lots of good info on the worthiness of this hotel in other reviews. Biggest pluses: it is service oriented, super clean and in a pretty location. Drawbacks: 30min + walk from town (uphill or downhill depending on which way you are going) and therefore the station; if you have a car parking is expensive at station (train only way to get to cinque terre) or anywhere in town and virtually no free parking available; no restaurant at hotel so you have to eat in town; hotel provides shuttle to and from town (10 Euros return/ room) which runs to a timetable and has 2 drop off/ pick up points, the station and the tourist Information near the beach. Is it worth it? If you are only going to Levante to visit cinque terre get a hotel in town. It is probably worth paying the hotel parking surcharge if you have a car or it is an easy walk to the station if you don't. If you want a little more and are spending a few days then this hotel is an excellent stay.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Localita Gallona, 19015 Levanto, Italy
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Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Levanto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Levanto
#4 Family Hotel in Levanto
#10 Romantic Hotel in Levanto
Price Range: £113 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Al Terra di Mare 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Levanto, the door to the Cinque Terre, Hotel Al Terra di Mare recalls a small Ligurian village, surrounded by silence of vineyards and olive-trees. The hotel is designed as a typical village and the rooms have an independent entrance on picturesque alleyways leading to the Piazzetta, a panoramic terrace overlooking the valley and the sea where the bar is located (with free WiFi). The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, have free internet access (Wi-Fi and cable), air conditioning, minibar and private bathroom with shower. Some rooms overlook the narrow streets, others have panoramic views over the valley or the sea, and some have balconies or terraces. In summer you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor pool where drinks and ice creams are available in the cool shade of the pines. Breakfast is served on a nice terrace overlooking the sea, it offers a rich buffet of fresh and local products.The hotel has free parking, a garage, a shuttle service to the beach, the center and the train station (2 km away). Using solar energy with photovoltaic and solar panels, installed on the roofs, the hotel meets most of its energy needs fully respecting the environment. ... more   less 
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