Best Western Hotel Laurin
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... from our hotel, and got some yummy bread rolls for lunch. After lunch we took the bus to Santa Margherita, another lovely seaside resort only a few kilometres away. It's very similar to Rapallo, having beautiful gardens and parks the length of the town, between the street and the bay, but it's a bit more exclusive than Rapallo. That may be because it's closer to Portofino, which outclasses them both by quite a long way. However, they are all equally beautiful, and it's a mystery ...
... Europeans in general don't eat cereal for breakfast, there is a very small range from which to choose. And about half of those on the shelf have pieces of chocolate in them??!! Not good when one has been on a cruise and is looking forward to some "normal" eating. I really enjoyed being able to do some food preparation tonight, simple though it was. After dinner we did the Italian thing and promenaded along the waterfront. The trouble is we always fail in ...
... pasta;), and the most delicious pork and roasted potatoes I've ever had. They sure know how to cook in Florence. We have not been disappointed yet when it comes to food. Drank more wine and espresso. Then off to bed for the evening. Now it's 1:00 pm on Monday, and we are heading to Santa Margherita. It's about 2.5 hours from Florence, but still in the Tuscany province. It's beach time!! Woo hoo! I'll check in later! ...
... there and look up at the cliffs and some villas and castles perched there, and to see some of the caves at the base of the rocks. We had actually walked over those cliffs a couple of weeks ago which seemed ridiculous now as we looked up at them.
We all took turns driving as we took turns laying down and just looking. It was just peaceful, with gentle conversation and a feeling that "all was right in the world". After an hour or so of meandering along ...
... they are coming in for the weekend, but the tall masts look so impressive against the blue water. This evening I noticed lots of grandpa’s with their grandkids and also there are golden retrievers everywhere. I can’t get away from them so…… I think it’s a sign!!!!
I also noticed a number of nice looking men. Honestly, there are so many good looking males here it is criminal. Good ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Hotel Laurin Santa Margherita Ligure
We Loved This Hotel !!!!!!!
October 20, 2004
Just returned from a 2 week trip to Italy. (2nd trip) The Hotel Laurin is the gem of the Santa Margherita Coast. The staff, food, room, view, everything was just so great. Venice was ok and so was Florence. The Hotel Laurin made this trip. Special thanks to the very, very, excellent staff. Stay here and you'll see for yourself. Would not stay at any other hotel in Santa Margherita.
Our most sincere thanks to the staff!!!!
The triple room was small by other 4* hotel standards dominated by huge dark wardrobes which had hangers 10 feet off the ground which needed a pole to retrieve clothes from. All rooms are harbour facing, but all that separates you from the sea is the main road. Even with windows and shutters closed you still hear the noise of cars and mopeds roaring and horns beeping till 4am. Not a hotel for peaceful relaxation. Checked out after 1 night. Santa Margherita is lovely so do go there, but this hotel is well overpriced.
Wonderful hotel, stay here!!!
I stayed here for 3 nights in late June 2004. It is a wonderful place! Make sure to request a room with a terrace, being that all rooms are the same price. I did not know this for the first 2 nights, but found out and moved on the last night. The terraces are huge with large sun chairs and a table and chairs. The bathrooms and rooms are huge as well. All rooms overlook the harbor, beautiful view! I am going back there in 2 weeks and can't wait! Also, only a 5 minute drive to cute and charming portofino. The cute posters that the hotel has displayed are sold at the counter for only 3 euro! Nice for a keepsake!
Extra Special Service
The Hotel Laurin deserves special mention because of the courtesy of its staff. We checked in here after a miserable experience at Villa Gnocchi (see review) and found quite a contrast in accommodation, service and friendliness. Room was spacious with a great veranda overlooking the harbor. We parked our car a few blocks away in a public lot, and when we found our tires slashed, the front desk personnel did all they could to help, including summoning the towing service and then preparing a written summary (in Italian, of course) that I could present to the police when I filed a report. Their attitude helped make an unfortunate experience not so bad - we laughed about it then and still do today - and insured that we'd have wonderful, positive memories of Santa Margherita.
Top Location, Great Hotel
Top Location, Great Hotel
Beautiful position and large rooms
We stayed in Hotel Laurin in April 2004 and we very pleasantly surprised at how large our room was. WE had a beautiful view over the marina and would have very happily spent our whole holiday sitting on the huge balcony watching the boats. The staff are fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. Their english was great and very knowledgible about the area. Would definitely stay there again and am thinking of having my next big birthday there with 10 friends. The breakfasts are simple but good. WE loved the Laurin.
My girlfriends and I LOVE this hotel...
My girlfriends and I LOVE this hotel...our travel agent said we had to see Santa Margherita and so he set us up at Hotel Laurin. I still dream of the yellow and white awnings and fabulous pool deck...I am going again this summer with my boyfriend--can't wait!
Great Seaside Hotel!
The hotel's location just in front of the yacht harbor was perfect. It was far enough from the noise and the crowds yet near enough to be able to walk to the center of town, the train station and the ferry boarding point. Our room, like most of the rooms, had a balcony with chairs and a table where you can just sit, open a bottle of wine, relax and enjoy the view. The room was clean and well-maintained. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful.
Hotel Laurin - the best of Italy!
After 3 days in Rome, arriving in Santa Margherita was a wonderful relief from the touristy crowds. We were there the week before Easter and, except for a British cruise ship on our last day, most of the tourists were Italians or other Europeans. The town was beautiful and sedate, the food was fabulous.At the Laurin, they gave us a spacious room with a giant balcony overlooking the harbor and made sure that the adjacent rooms were unoccupied, so it was quiet too.The staff, especially Titsiana, were so helpful and friendly! They bent over backward to make us feel at home - and we did! We would go back in an instant!
On our first trip to Italy, we stayed one night at the Hotel Laurin, on November 30th, 2002. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. The room was well furnished and clean, with a beautiful view of the harbor. This was enhanced by our waterfront patio, which gave us an expansive view of the bay and surrounding coastline. I expect this to be much noisier during peak tourist season, as the hotel is located right on the main street through town and on to Portofino. One big luxury to me: A real shower, not a scrunch-down-in-the-tub hose with spray head. I guess that shows how spoiled we are in the U.S. The Ristorante San Giacomo, attached to the hotel, was the essence of bland. I am sure there must be better dining possibilities which we would have found if we had stayed longer.