Travel Blogs from Santa Margherita Ligure
Hello dear family and friends. Writing this blog has been a really great experience for me. I may have said previously that I've always wished I'd do a journal of our trips, but I've never persevered with diary keeping, so my efforts always fell by the wayside. However this has been different, as when I write, it's more than just a record of the events of our day. I feel as though I'm having a chat with you, telling all about what's been happening with us. I'm sure I report things ...
Well, we are safely ensconced in our nice little studio appartment in Rapallo. It's in a fantastic situation. We don't have a water view, but when we go out the front door, the sea is right across the street. As you may know, there are lots of private beaches in Europe, so if you see deck chairs and umbrellas, you know you can't go in unless you pay. The photo Wok has included of me, is taken on a little public "beach" just across the street. It doesn't look ...
... people there, and I am sure I heard some Aussies but then, all of a sudden, I wasn't sure if I really wanted to see anyone I knew! Oh dear I've become happy in my own company I guess.
Back along the marina for the last time, I'm sitting at the water polo now for the last time and I am looking at this amazing view and soaking it all up. I will really miss this little life I've had a taste of. I'm sure I could've made friends eventually !!!????
... rocks, fishing and swimming. And heaps and heaps of caves and divers. We would constantly just turn off the boat and drift and sit. We are a quiet trio and every now and then one of us would make a comment…. “ this is amazing” or “bloody bewdiful!!!” We cruised in to have a closer look at Rapallo’s Marina which is much bigger than Santa Margherita’s and Portofinos and then back into dock by 6.30.
I has been very ...
I have had the most beautiful day in Monterosso, which is the first town of the Cinque Terre. I have been there a couple of times before, but every time I am able to find and see something different. I love it, love it, love it.
I walked around for quite awhile, looking at possible places to stay if I come again. There is a newer section and an older section of Monterosso and I have never really explored the newer ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
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.
We stayed 4 days and 4 nights at the Continental and loved it. Here's the pros and cons.
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.