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!
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