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The words "Cinque Terre" mean the five towns and refers to five seaside towns at the base of rugged mountains connected by hiking trails, trains and boats. Up until WWII the footpaths were the only connection between the towns. In 2011 there was a major land side and floods that destroyed many parts of these little villages, but for the …
What a great place! Slept like a baby finally! Bed was a little hard but air conditioning was perfect!
We headed out this morning expecting to walk the leg between Riomaggiore and Manarola of the National Park here in the Cinque Terre. We wanted to take the ferry down but the ocean was very turbulent and all ferries were suspended for the …
When you book a place for five nights you think you have lots of time, and then you find out that it goes all too quickly. Today is our last day here on the Italian Riviera and of course it is the nicest day of all with clear skies and very warm temperatures. As tomorrow is an early start, we are off to Pisa to get our car we decide to just have a …
Leaving Venice is so much easier than arriving. We walk with our hand luggage to the vaporetto stop next to the market and it is a quick hop to the train station. Our train leaves at 10:00 so we have had time to sleep in and have breakfast as well. We chat with some kids from Hong Kong that have mega luggage (and they are only away for 10 days). We …
... We promptly went for supper, drank a bottle of wine, and I got to have my first conversation in three days. I also discovered they were staying in the room in the same building 192 steps away. This was followed by a trip to the grocery store for more wine (is one bottle each enough?) and a party of three in their room. Later we went to explore the "nightlife" (there wasn't any) and the evening ended with me crawling back into my delightfully humid Chinese laundry.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlbergo Marina Monterosso
Wonderful breakfast, very nice roof top terrace and very friendly people. Bed could be a little better bu room was very nice.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Marina Monterosso
Loved Albergo Marina
Albergo Marina exceeded our expectations. It is a comfortable, very Italian feeling place with excellent free breakfast & snacks throughout the day. It is up a charming narrow street right off the heart of the old part of town. We had a doppio superior room with a great terrace overlooking the street and houses. The decor is casual but nice & everything was clean. It is run by a very friendly Italian family, they were all so helpful. It was hard to leave, and I would love to return some day.
Albergo Marina is the place to stay in Cinque Terre!
I felt very welcome and and very thankful for all the extra things they hepled us with in our trip through Italy. Not only did they have beautiful rooms which you could tell they took care to personlize by hand. The breakfast and afternoon buffet, aperitivo, was great too. It was like being part of a family for the time our stay. Say hello to Gina when you visit!
Satisfied with Hotel Marina
Booked this hotel because it was reasonably priced, could reserve it with a credit card and then pay for it with Euros and get a discount. I was pleasantly surprised. Included in the price was an extended breakfast buffet which inluded meats, fruit, cereal, yougurt, breads and made to order eggs. The cappuccinos were great.
Also included was a buffet served later in the afternoon and early evening (4pm - 8pm?). This included cheese, fruit, bread and spreads, a tasty salad and wine (red and white). This was a surprise and greatly appreciated as we arrived from Rome tired and hungry and we immediately sat down and enjoyed this nice spread which tided us over until our dinner reservation.
Marina spoke excellent English and was very helpful. We booked standard rooms and they were more than adequate. Located on a very quiet street just around the corner from the beach. Thought the beach towels they proved for guests to use was a nice touch.
Call from the train stations or parking lot and they pick you up in a matter of minutes. Our family of four enjoyed our stay in May 2007.
Loved Albergo Marina!!
We want to thank hotel marina for a lovely stay, a vey itlaian hotel full of atmosphere just as we wanted to find. We thank them for making us feel like family! Monterosso is wonderful and we are sure to some back to this hotel in our future visits.
Warm and Friendly Hotel
My boyfriend and I stayed in a superior double room at Albergo Marina for two nights. We found the hotel to be inviting and fun and the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Our baggage was picked up for us at the train station so we didn't have to carry it up the hill to the hotel. We did have significant difficulty finding the place, as the directions in the email were far from adequate, but with a little help from a map, we got there. Our room was small but comfortable. The air conditioner made an annoying noise but cooled the room to a comfortable temperature. Complimentary snacks (fresh fruits, breads, cheeses, drinks) were set out in the restaurant in the afternoon. Breakfast was served in the lemon garden, which is a deck area surrounded by lemon trees. The food and coffee were very good, though we discovered that you need to get there early to have a good selection. We enjoyed sitting out in the solarium at night to unwind. The staff were very helpful; they helped us through a train strike on our day of departure and even made reservations for us at a nearby restaurant one evening. We also enjoyed the use of the hotel's snorkeling gear. I felt very at-home at Albergo Marina and would definitely stay again.
Could do with a few repairs...
I don't know if I would recommend this hotel. The biggest down fall is that we had a broken bed (a slat in the frame underneath the mattress was missing which made the bed sink right in the middle). The hotel knew of this problem as the people who stayed in our room previous to us told us that they asked to be moved. I personally think that they should at least have tried to put us in a different room or repair the bed. The light bulb in our bathroom was out, and when we pointed this out to the person at the front desk he said he would fix it the next day. Four days later it was still out. The safe in our room was broken, also something that we were told would be fixed later and never was. The breakfast was very good. They also provided a happy hours snack which was nice since most restaurants in town do not open until 7:00 p.m. At night the other people staying in the hotel were extremely noisy and only after our complaining a number of times were these people finally quitened down.
Questo posto è splendido. Come hanno detto gli altri lo staff dell' hotel (credo marito e moglie) erano gentilissimi e facevano di tutto per farvi stare al meglio. La colazione era una delle migliori provate in Italia. Il caffè qui credo sia il milgiore che abbia mai assaggiato. Tornerei lì subito. Le camere erano pulite ma non molto speciali. Se volete avere a che fare con persone cordiali fermatevi di cercare e prenotate qui, è in un'ottima posizione, ad un ottimo prezzo ed è molto bello. Inoltre, il Bar Davi si trova proprio sotto la strada, ed è un bel posto per fare uno spuntino notturno e bere del buon vino. Il proprietario è estremamente gentile.
This place was great. As others have stated the hotel staff (a husband and wife I think?) were great and tried very hard to make your stay a pleasant one. The breakfast we received was one of the best on our trip to Italy. For whatever reason I found the coffee at this hotel to be really good, above average for sure. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The rooms were clean but nothing extravagant. If you want to deal with nice people stop looking and book here, its a great location and the price was very nice too. Also, Bar Davi is just down the street and is a great place for a late night snack and some good wine tasting. The owner is extremely nice.
A great family run hotel
My fiancé and I stayed here for a week at the end of August. The hotel was fantastic. It is located in the old part of Monterosso halfway up a charming narrow cobbled street - very romantic! It is a family run venture and they go all out to make your stay very homely and relaxed. They proved a shuttle to carry your luggage to or from the local train station and beach towels are available every day free of charge.
The rooms are a decent size and have excellent air-conditioning units. The bathrooms were spotless and were cleaned every day without fail. The beds were large and very comfortable. I hate soft matresses so I was very pleased with quality of the matress.
We were staying on half-board basis which meant that dinner was included every night. Dinner was a great experience and was cooked by the owner of the hotel every night. When the weather is hot, the dinner is served up on the roof garden which contains a mini lemon grove and tons of candles. Again a very romantic spot. We sampled beautiful regional dishes every night although towards the end of the week the menu was starting to repeat itself somewhat. As well as the three course meal, there is a large salad and pastries buffet which precedes the meal. You definitely won't go hungry at the Marina!
Breakfast is also a buffet which was one of the most generous I have experienced in continental hotels. Cereals, yoghurt, breads, pastries, cured meats: you name it , they've got it.
Location wise it can't be beaten unless you specifically want a sea view. The one small gripe I did have was in the middle of our stay a tour bus of Germans arrived in the middle of the night (approx 3am) and kept us awake for another hour or two as they checked into their rooms. Lots of kids running up and down the stairs etc. But overall I would defenitely recommend this hotel.
Albergo Marina great hotel and great location!
Our family of four (2 adults/2teens) stayed at the Albergo Marina for three nights at the end of June. It is located in the old town and we were extremely pleased with the accomidations. There are no reviews of this hotel yet it is suggested in Rick Steves Italy book. The rooms are small but they did offer quad accomidations. The bathroom was large for Italian standards and the water pressure was great!! It was immaculately clean and located up a small road so even though you're in the center of old town it was very quiet for slleping.
The people at the front desk spoke better english than our Italian and were very pleasant and accomidating. The breakfast was included and the americano coffee got my husband and I moving.
My advice to anyone traveling to the Cinque, especially if they have teens to stay in Monterosso and stay in the old town of Monterosso. It is such a great location and there is nothing in the other towns at night. We enjoyed dining at the many outside resturants and we would linger over wine (truly some great house bianca vinos) and out two teen daughters would walk and find gelato and explore on their own.
If you are going in the summer months, unless you enjoy sleeping in the heat -- you need air conditioning. The hotels in the new part of town right on the water are tempting, but it was extremely hot when we were there and though at night it cooled down a bit, sleeping would have been miserable with out the AC unit huming away.
I would recommend the Albergo Marina to anyone and would stay there again. It offers clean & friendly accomidations and is a great value for that area of Italy.