Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cenobio Dei Dogi Camogli
I hope to stay here again. Everything was great
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi Camogli
The good, the bad and the beautiful
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.
For the price, the breakfast should be improved as well. Meals in town are really good in so many of the small restaurants along the waterside that one would tend not to eat here after the breakfast experience and given the tendency of the hotel to charge excessively.
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.
Very pleased-A beautiful resort
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.
Best price, location, and ambience on Portofino Promontory
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.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi Camogli
Travel Blogs from Camogli
I planned 1 beach day. Just 1. However, the winds were not in my favor. It is storming in Camoglia! I check into the hotel at 1pm. My room has a sea view ... And the roar of the ocean is soothing. I was going to take the ferry to Portofino however the seas are too rough ... So I explore Camoglia instead. I love fancy hotels. The receptionist and …
... stung by one. (Conincidentally), We saw a lot of Agoura alumni on the beach.
After a long day in the sun we were all exhausted but we still had to prepare for our last game against Camogli. During the book Mindset, we read an important quote that would help us go into this last and most difficult game. I knew we'd make mistakes because of fatigue, but it was important everyone remember this. "When people believe ...
... are many narrow roads with quiet footpaths that weave around old, brightly painted buildings.
It feels like a friendly country town which is about 150KM from Milano, and a short distance from the famous and exclusive Portofino.
Our apartment is small, but comfortable, and typical of the apartments we have been staying in (except the one in Lake Como, which was quite luxurious, with the pool etc).
There is a lovely back garden, with ...
... Trofie il pesto, which was a type of green pasta that on arrival looked like a plate of green beans, but actually tasted like a nice pesto pasta!
As Heath was still in recovery mode from his 100km Oxfam walk over the weekend, and he and Nathalie were keen to relax and just hit the beach - Mark and I decided to start early and tackle the famous Cinque Terre walk through the 5 towns once again, as it had been a 'must do again' on our list ever since 2007 when we first explored ...
... s so cold inside outdoor heaters are used during services to keep the parishioners from turning into human popsicles and there's a monster of a pipe organ. We did find out that pesto was supposed to have originated in the Cinque Terre and lots of shops were selling jars of it along with olive oil, pasta and yummy cookies. (If there's food involved, we were all over it!)
We hopped the train, again, for the ...