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Again we had a bit of a lie in, Cinque Terre feels very relaxed! And our legs were exhausted from the previous day... But today we planned to make the hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola along a back track (because the coastline was closed due to the landslide). Many other people had this idea so we were not short of company. This walk was not so bad as yesterday's. While the initial part was all up to reach the top of the mountain, it ...
... a 24 hr strike
in Emilia Romana which meant people were rerouting everywhere and
the trains were full. I was lucky to get standing room on my train,
which was not so bad as it sounds. I was early on the train and a
chap explained to me that I could use a foldout seat in the corridor
until a seat in the carriage was available after Genova. Several of
the local ladies in my position seem to grab a seat and then ...
... boats and the restaurants lining the pathways. A lot of the buildings have the detail actually painted on which is quite funny really.
We left there and took off past Santa Margherita, passed a huge French cruise ship which had been in Port for the last couple of days and travelled East past Rapallo. From here we went to the rocky cliffs and cruised back toward home, from that direction. It was quite different scenery as it is quite heavily ...
... would like white or red wine with our meal, I said “red” and he just came back with the red he thought would be best suited to what we had ordered. It was unreal. And then, after our desert, (liquorice crème caramel), he bought us all a glass of desert wine. All of these extras were of no additional cost, and the meal was not expensive at all.
This is just like a dream to me. The whole thing is seriously unbelievable.
Today was a getting Ash sorted and settled
day. He is exhausted so we took it
slowly, showing him where the supermarket is, how to use the washing machine
and he had a visit to the hairdressers.
He looks fantastic, he's had an absolute ball and he just wants to eat
and chill for a little while and get healthy ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Continental Santa Margherita Ligure
Great view, bad hotel
It had an amazing location, beautiful "pool" and our room had an amazing seaside view. Unfortunately the room resembled a motel room, it was dirty,and the bath plumbing and drain didn't work. They promised to fix it but never did. Also, the concierge seemed to be too busy to actually help with any of our requests. The worst service of any of our hotels in Italy.
Extremely happy with the Hotel Concinental
Spent two nights at the Continental last week. Had been very nervous about the propoerty,but most of the reviews on Trip Advisor were good. The staff was extremely freindly, very knowledgeable and were willing to please. We had a seaside room, beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. Took the train up from Rome and walked downhill from the station to the Hotel. The town is beatiful and convenient. The only negative factor is the hotel dining room. Breakfast is O.K. , but do not have dinner. A terrific place to stay.
Very nice for a splurge!
This stately hotel is perfectly set right on the water. So you have gorgeous views! Elegant public rooms, slightly formal but not stuffy. Very professional staff; some are "friendlier" than others, but all are competent. Our room was very nice, not too big but well furnished. Our private terrace made all the difference, with French doors opening onto it and the gorgeous water/harbor views! Ask for a terrace instead of a balcony; balconies are tiny. Terraces have room for 2 chairs, 1 small table, 2 chaises, and sun umbrella. A little slice of luxury! Do NOT stay on the road side of the hotel because you get the traffic noise. Breakfast is good, but same thing every day. Watch out for lunch--food is pretty good, but it costs same price as dinner. So if you eat here (no need to with so many restaurants a short walk away), do dinner rather than lunch.
Everything good except room
Nice location, friendly staff. Has great veiws from the seaside rooms. We got seaside view room for 180 Euro a night. Rooms need major upgrading. Room itself was worse than a three star hotel. Next time I would stay elsewhere.
What a view!
My husband and I were interested in visiting Porto Fino and were advised that Santa Margherita is more reasonably priced. We arrived by train and walked to the hotel (about 5 min), with rolling suitcases which was very manageable. We were initially booked in a room with a garden view (the only one left when I booked) but when we got there I asked if there were any rooms with a sea view (hoping they maybe had a cancellation)....to my surprise we got a wonderful room on the 2nd floor that had a balcony with sunbathing chairs that overlooked the garden and the sea....It was so beautiful!!!!!! The room was nicely decorated and the bathroom very clean. It was a peaceful nights' sleep.
The hotel is very nice, great views, nice sitting areas. We had dinner at their restaurant and very much enjoyed the food (it was 35 euros per person for a four course dinner). It is on the more expensive side to stay here, but it was a splurge very much worth it, especially because of the sea view!!
Cant Wait To Go Back!
We loved it! The beauty of this place is hard to discribe. Everything was right there, the wonderful town, the beautiful gardens, the swiming area, wonderful food. We had a 1st floor garden room with a lovely little patio which hosted a garden an water view. The rooms are small but well appointed. The staff couldnt be more delightful. We are going back and spending more time in the area.
Enjoyed the Continental but...
We stayed 4 days and 4 nights at the Continental and loved it. Here's the pros and cons.
Pros: Great location, 3 minutes walk to/from the rail station, 5 min walk to center of town, buses to/from Rapallo stop nearby, great views from the lobby, rooms on the sea side have great views of the sea & town, hotel has its own private swimming area not a beach however.
Cons: Rooms on the street side noisy, most rooms are small, food in hotel restaurant very expensive, there's a charge for using the hotel's swimming area ($16 per day per person!!), value for the price: a bit on the high side, room decor a bit dated.
Verdict: A bit expensive for what you get but to get your money's worth be sure to get a room on the sea side, get one with a big balcony rooms 58 & 59, 38 & 39 have them, eat in town, cherish the views! We'd stay there again...if we get the same room (#58).
Room with a View
For a really great view of Santa Margherita Ligure make sure you ask for either room 309 or 310. Both rooms have a reasonably large balcony with views of the sea and a fantastic view of the town itself. You will hear some traffic noise but this is more than compensated for by both the size of the balcony (compared with others in the hotel) and the fact that they are sun drenched all day. The view of the town lights at night is also lovely. The hotel grounds and gardens are immaculately manicured, containing amongst other things palm trees, olive trees and agapanthus. The staff are very friendly, particularly the waiters/waitresses and bar staff. SM Ligure is a beautiful place, its not worth hiring a car as you can get to most places of interest either by boat/bus or train.
We stayed at Hotel Continental in April 2003. Its only a short walk from Santa Margherita and only 5 mins from the train station. Its position on the hill gives it a great view over the marina. Our room only had a view if we stood on the balcony as it was in the roof (floor 3) so make sure you get floor 1 or 2. The restaurant had fixed price, set menu and at 40 Euro we found a bit pricey. But there's plenty of other places to eat. Santa Margherita is the perfect starting point for your excursions north to Portofino or Genoa or south to Cinque Terre.
My wife and I capped off a two week Europe trip in May 2002 with three days on the Italian Riveria. Someone recommended the Portofino area, but its too expensive to stay there, so I read some travel guides that suggested the town of Santa Margherita as having more reasonable accomodations. I located the Hotel Continental on the Internet. Several sites had panoramic photographs of the place. We were looking to splurge a little on a nice resort with an ocean view. My wife absolutely fell in love with the place and I must confess it met all my expectations. This is more like a small resort than a hotel. What I liked best is there is no road between the hotel and the sea. You walk out the ocean side of the hotel to lovely, well kept grounds with flowers and palms and walking paths. You can make your way down the hill to a cliffside bar and private alcoves with deck chairs. There is no sandy beach, just a rock pool to swim in, but then, this is not beach country anyway, more like rocks and cliffs and crashing waves. If the weather is nice you can have a great breakfast on the restaurant deck with a view you will never forget. We paid $199.00 Euros for a third floor ocean view. The Hotel Metropole and Hotel Imperial are nearby and share the similar views (I am hung up on the views in this area because they knocked my socks off and filled up the CF card in my digital camera). We would definitely stay here again.