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Villa Edera Hotel
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Moneglia
Certificate of Excellence
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed staying here”
Reviewed 12 August 2008

We booked five days here as a base for a holiday exploring the Cinque Terre. What a great choice it was!
From the moment you walk into the immaculate, spacious reception area, you can tell that this is a very well run hotel. We were greeted in a very friendly way by the hotel owner who spoke excellent English and went out of her way to make us feel at home. We had booked a superior room with a balcony and the room certainly lived up to our expectations. It was a very good size with a spacious bathroom and a lovely balcony looking over the outskirts of the town and hills beyond. The air conditioning was unobtrusive and very effective and the robes and slippers were nice touches of luxury. The room was very modern, clean and airy and this proved to be the case for the rest of the hotel too.
We had dinner included in our booking and this was a good choice, with some very good food served in a professional and pleasant way. There is a choice of two alternatives for most of the courses of the set meal, but this slightly limited choice simply helped to ensure that the food was of good quality and led to me trying dishes I might otherwise have overlooked, but ended up very much enjoying. There is a salad buffet available at all times to accompany your meal. The waitress was excellent and soon got to know our tastes in terms of how we liked drinks to be served and little touches like putting unfinished bottles of water in the fridge and having them on your table ready for you the following night served to illustrate the attention to detail that is evident throughout the hotel. Breakfasts were superb, with a very wide range of food available, constantly refreshed and served in a dedicated, spacious breakfast room.
Bar service was always very prompt and the lounge area and terrace provided pleasant spaces to enjoy an evening drink. The pool is very clean and there were always sufficient loungers available. If you time your visit to the pool carefully it proved to be possible to have it more or less to yourself, but it can be understandably popular at some times of the day.
It is easy to find the hotel using their directions and once you get there in your car you might as well do as we did and just leave it in the car park for the duration of your stay! The reason for this is that if you are exploring the Cinque Terre, rail and boat are by far the best way to do it. We used trains every day and also used the boat service in Moneglia. The train station is a three minute, easy walk from the hotel. Yes this does mean that you can see and hear the trains from the hotel, but for us the trains became an integral part of the holiday and the proximity of the hotel to the station was a massive bonus, so we certainly had no complaints about the sounds of the passing trains, which we couldn't hear from the air-conditioned room when the balcony doors were closed. We also used the train when we visited the city of Genoa. This trip made a change from the other days of scenic walking of a breathtaking kind, mainly around the Cinque Terre. (Genoa is certainly worth visiting though and the Aquarium and Galata Museum that we looked around were excellent.)
The hotel is also an easy, picturesque stroll into Moneglia via a series of well maintained footpaths and steps. The town itself is very smart and seems to be an upmarket resort. We didn't eat in the town as we ate dinner at the hotel, but there was a good range of eating places and cafes.
We would not hesitate to stay at the Hotel Villa Edera again as it is an outstanding hotel and the first one I have ever given a rating of five. There is so much to explore around here, with the Cinque Terre, Portofino Peninsula, Genoa and much more. We will certainly give a return visit serious consideration, but will probably go by train so we don't waste several days car hire!

  • Liked — Pretty well everything!
  • Disliked — Moving on to an inferior hotel.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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san francisco
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2008

Warning! Beware of the unprofessional behavior of the owner of this hotel. We reserved a room in person for the following day, left a credit card number and cell phone contact number. When we arrived the next day to check in, the owner said the occupant of our room was staying an extra day, so too bad for us, these things happen.
That's it, they never bothered to call, even though they knew the room was unavailable, or help us with plans to find another hotel. They were extremely rude, and seemed to think it wasn't that big a deal since we were only staying one night.
After finding a new hotel in Moneglia, the front desk personnel of that hotel told us they're constantly getting people who thought they had a reservation with Villa Edera, but were dumped for a longer staying guest.
The owner of Villa Edera is an unprofessional, greedy discredit to her profession.

Stayed July 2008
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san francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2008

Warning! Beware of the unprofessional behavior of the owner of this hotel. We reserved a room in person for the following day, left a credit card number and cell phone contact number. When we arrived the next day to check in, the owner said the occupant of our room was staying an extra day, so too bad for us, these things happen.
That's it, they never bothered to call, even though they knew the room was unavailable, or help us with plans to find another hotel. They were extremely rude, and seemed to think it wasn't that big a deal since we were only staying one night.
After finding a new hotel in Moneglia, the front desk personnel of that hotel told us they're constantly getting people who thought they had a reservation with Villa Edera, but were dumped for a longer staying guest.
The owner of Villa Edera is an unprofessional, greedy discredit to her profession.

  • Disliked — Lack of professionalism
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2008

Travelling with an 18 month old restricts your choice: ideally we would have chosen the sister hotel of the Edera in Moneglia (the Abbadia), but they do not take kids! However, we spent a very enjoyable and restful 5 nights in the Cinque Terre courtesy of this family-run hotel.
The service is extremely friendly and the hotel is clean and well-appointed. Our room was of a decent size, with a modern bathroom, but its principal asset was a huge roof terrace of which our son took full advantage.
The clientele appeared to be dominated by walking groups, mostly from Scandinavia and German-speaking parts. The hotel is very well situated for access to the train station, but is not troubled by noise in spite of this. Most of the trains are of the local, trundling variety which again were a source of great pleasure for our son.
The breakfast is extensive and eclectic: fresh fruit, fresh breads, cereals, meats, cheeses etc etc with plentiful coffee. We had opted for half-board, and the quality of the evening meal was functional rather than delightful. However, it appeared to meet the needs/expectations of the other guests. We were always able to get milk (at ungodly hours) for our son - a significant plus.
The hotel has a good-sized swimming pool, for those who prefer their bathing away from the sea and sand. For everyone else, the beach (and town) are a 5 minute walk down the hill.
Overall, a pleasurable experience in a hotel offering a good standard of clean and functional accommodation in a great location for exploring the region.
One piece of advice: be prepared for the exit to the hotel from the road when coming from the West through the tunnels (see picture!). We missed it first time around and had to wait to come back.

  • Liked — The service, the roof terrace (room 1)
  • Disliked — The evening meal could have used more imagination/variety
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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mlksail
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Reviewed 2 June 2008

The Villa Edera was a great location in between Portofino and the Cinque Terre. The town itself is lovely and just beautiful. We like nice, friendly, great service and cleanliness with culture, and this town and hotel suited us perfectly. My sister and I looked forward to coming back to Moneglia and the beautiful view from our hotel.

What they do not brag about ( which I think they should) is there award winning environmental resort ranking! You would never know because they do everything quite effortlessly. The femaile manager was just terrific as she spoke 4 languages while giving great insight on places to see. The cleaning staff was great and all of ther natural soaps, shampoos, etc. were a great treat after a long day!

P.S. For those of you traveling via train,, great location. Pack light!

  • Liked — The location and view from our room. the female owner/ manager was fantatstic! The outside patio and gardens, location were just beautiful. It was a real little home away from home and looked forward to coming back each night. GREAT SHEETS,,,, Frette, and all of the little nuances..Name of the hotel on sheets, pillow cases,.... toiletries. It is notices and the sheets, towels are just beautiful and very special for us Americans. I travel around the U.S. a lot for business, and the best of hotels do not have these touches and linens. It is very much appreciatied!!!
  • Disliked — Thin walls,, heard children the first night. The breakfast man could be a bit more pleasant and not throw the dishes and silverware. He doesn't seem so happy, but we come from a culture where service is everything, so we tried to keep this in mind.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Kent
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 June 2008

Three generations of a family.
We stayed for seven nights half board in a double and a family room.They were described as "Comfort" rooms.
We had a very enjoyable stay .Everything was excellent. The rooms and the public rooms were decorated and furnished with Italian elegance and thoughtfulness, pleasing to the eye, nothing jarring, and immaculately kept.The breakfasts were everything one could look for(excellent) and the dinners were amazing. We did not eat ,nor were we offered ,the same thing twice during the whole week. It was extremely well- planned,delicious,beautifully -presented and well-balanced with fresh ingredients.
The staff were helpful, pleasant and kind--desk, bar, restaurant and rooms alike.
The facilities were all we could need. Elegant places to sit or to chat over a drink, lovely well-kept swimming pool and terrace,gym and sauna and lovely planting of garden areas.
We also liked Moneglia. It was a well-balanced,pleasing place; not too large or too small, pleasing to the eye with painted houses and plenty of beach. The transport facilities (train and boat) meant that it was not necessary to drive.
Finally, the surrounding scenery was beautiful with interesting walking. In all,a very successful family experience which we shall remember always.

Stayed May 2008
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Norwich, UK
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 May 2008

Orietta is the star of this hotel. She is the Manageress of Villa Edera and leaves no stone unturned to make guests feel welcome. She is really knowledgeable about the area and what Alistair Sawday says about her is 100% correct. The hotel rooms were really clean, functional and quiet ( despite being pretty near the railway ). My small children were made really welcome and, although we did not book half board, we ate in the hotel restaurant every night. Lovely breakfasts. Don't expect a sea view but if you want a small welcoming hotel run by an experienced hotelier family I would recommend Villa Edera. We will return Orietta! ( Posted by Sally and Graeme Condie, Norwich UK )

Stayed April 2008
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Property: Villa Edera Hotel
Address: Via Venino 12, 16030 Moneglia, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Moneglia
Amenities:
Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Moneglia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Moneglia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Edera Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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