Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi
Travel Blogs from Camogli
On our way to Camogli we stopped off at Sestri Levante for lunch and a walk about town - gorgeous trompe lˇeil artwork on the buildings which gave the optical illusion of being three dimensional. A lovely bohemian coastal town feel!!
We are now in the Province of Genova. Camogli (on the Italian Riveria) is a fishing village & was known as …
... for dinner, as we hadn't explored this town very thoroughly the previous day. We found plenty of small cobbled streets filled with cafes, bars, shops and people everywhere. It really is a great town to be in, so it depends what you are after when choosing where to stay. Amazingly some friends were staying in Monterosso at exactly the same time we were in CT, but I didn't get their fb msg until we were on the train to rome the following ...
... an old statue of a giant on the cliff at one end of the beach. We find a shady spot against the cliff, and put down the packs which turn into good back rests. An oriental woman nearby wants to massage my shoulders and feet but I hate to take Carols pleasure in doing it, away, so, I turn her down. Time for me to test the water and get refreshed. We do not want to go in together as what we think is the swim area is a little away from us and our packs have passports, ...
This day we headed off for a boat trip. Angelo was originally an anchovie fisherman but after a triple by-pass he decided life was too short, he hung up his nets and decided taking tourists out on his boat would be less stressful.
He was right, what a life, he has 10 maximum tourists on board plus a helper. Linda is Angelo's American wifes cousin. Linda was here for the summer, so friendly and ...
... to after living in an unpredictable country like the UK, where you're lucky if it's even hot enough to enjoy the sun (let alone swimming) in the UK.
On our last evening, I tried spaghetti con vongole (with clams), Nathalie enjoyed a delicious seafood plate that had the biggest prawns we had seen (and apparently the tastiest). Mark and Heath both went for different forms of pizza - enjoying the last of our Italian food for a while before we made the leap (or long ferry cruise) to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi Camogli
First of note is the location which is only moments from the train station. The hotel is perched along the seaside with spectacular views of the ocean and the town coast. The public rooms, lobby and sitting areas, are unimpressive and the dining room is rather cold with glass windows providing great sea views. Breakfast is minimal and we did not eat any other meals here though other guests said the food was good. The swimming pool is the center of life and it is terrific as is the surrounding view. The private beach is a joke. Small, large pebbles, no sand which is typical of the area but still a surprise to Americans who by and large won't use it. The guest rooms vary enormously even though all are moderately expensive and, alas, here is the great downfall of the hotel. You don't know what you are getting. Some get small rooms with no view, others get large rooms with attractive views and some even rooms with balconies...you can't be sure what you will get. Rooms by the pool are large and attractive, but the noise is constant till evening. This is in many ways a wonderful hotel and we are considering returning for a second visit. Due be aware though that it is seriously overpriced, and a rather dull place other than the pool area. If this sounds like a love/hate review, it is. The room situation could be easily fixed with some guide to the buyer, but that isn't in the cards.
Beautiful views, but not quite worth the high price
We stayed here for our honeymoon.. the views from our room and the hotel were beautiful!! But, the room wasn't very comfortable considering the amount of money that we paid. The beds were typical Italian/European style (hard and 2 single beds pushed together). The location itself was terrific- we took the train, about a 5 min walk from the hotel, everywhere, this was the perfect central spot to explore the Cinque Terre and the Riveria. Quaint town, not many tourists. Overall a nice experience, but we regretted spending so much on this hotel.
We were pleasently surprised by how nice the hotel was. Very well appointed. It is more of a resort than a hotel. We booked the least expensive room and it was a bit small and faced the parking lot but adequate. Bathroom was good size. The not so exciting room size was definitely offset by the tremendous view from the pool/patio deck. You are looking down at the water from 3 stories up. From this same location you also see the water front buildings along the coast that end at a point where a fort and church stand. Very very beautiful scenery. You can sit and have food and drinks on the patio and watch the sun come down. Prices are a bit expensive but it is a resort. I liked everything about the hotel and the Camogli town. Camogli is very quaint and charming. You can walk right out of the hotel down the boardwalk of the town which runs right along the water front. We ate several meals in town. It is definitely a Italian tourist town. shops, restaurants and gelato shops everywhere. We visited Portofino and Santa Margerita for dinner and a day trip. I liked our quaint location better.
We are US citizens living abroad so I have a thorough background in what makes a great European hotel. This is the best in European/Italian luxury that you can get without staying at a Luxury Collection hotel or any other brand of officially designated "luxury" hotel listed in Conde Nast or Leisure. (Keep reading the good comments come last.) Europeans don't sell that kind of luxury unless it is an American brand or you are willing to pay from 500 Euro a night. Most Europeans won't pay that kind of price. That is why small family-run hotels are so popular there. And, Europe doesn't do air-conditioning. If you want it, you'll have to stay in an American chain hotel of which there are none on this section of coast. You'll be disappointed if you expect the scale of the St. Regis for a discounted price. The hotel is old, the furniture is old. I barely noticed because it is all so incredibly well cared-for. This is obviously an old house full of antiques turned hotel. That is what doge palaces are! To make them new again would be to destroy them. This is the most beautiful location we have ever been in. We booked a sea view suite for 365. The same suite in Rapallo is more than 500, and in Portofino a comparable room is more than 1000. We had two completely separate rooms, 3 closets, two televisions with some English channels, an oversized bathroom, and a view over the hotel, town, and coast. We could see all the way to the French border! The room was fantastically clean. The staff was inordinately helpful, and they do, and are willing to, speak English with their guests. The pool is fantastic. There are two restaurants onsite with great food and better views. There are two terraces that grace the seaside where you can get any kind of food or drink you'd like from 7 am until 1 am. Any wish we had they fulfilled quicker than a wink, with a smile, perfectly performed, and at more than acceptable prices for the region. This is the best level of service you can get in all the world. Along with the Viztnauerhof in Switzerland (notoriously luxurious and beautifully set), the Cenobio is now a destination that we will return to again and again over our lifetime. And, the pictures on the Internet...they don't do it justice.
Fantastic View and Room
We were booked into this hotel because their sister hotel, Portofino Kulm, was having water pressure problems. What a deal for us! We had a beautiful large room with private balcony, entry, couch, on the top floor overlooking the town of Camogli, the rest of the hotel, beautiful swimming pool and the Mediterranean Sea. View was stupendous. The bathroom was enormous by european standards, and large by my standards.
The dining room served a great Chateaubriand for two, complete with mixed vegetables. Hotel staff was attentive. I highly recommend this hotel.
Good but not great
We came here having travelled round a series of wonderful small hotels in Piemonte. The hotel itself is good but not great. On the positive side, the pool is outstanding. The terrace restaurant/bar is also very good. On the other hand, our room was very small and rather bleak.
Overall, its not easy to take this seriously as a luxury hotel - it has some first class features but its rather overpriced.
Let down in Liguria
The restaurant was very good with attentive staff and excellent views, but the room was shabby, garden view poor and the hotel not at all the class we were expecting at this price.
A jewel in Camogli
My husband and I were celebrating our silver wedding anniversary and wanted a special hotel on the Italian Riviera. After much research much of it through tripadvisor, we decided upon Cenobio dei Dogi. We had a wonderfully large room with two large windows and balcony overlooking the pool and ocean. The views were magnificent and particularly so from the dining room.
Staff were extremely polite, friendly and helpful. Our room was in the
older part of the hotel which was originally a villa used by the Doges
of Genoa as a summer retreat. Well chosen by them!! I would
wholeheartedly recommend this hotel and look forward to a further visit
in the future.