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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Fasce Santa Margherita Ligure
I specifically booked the Hotel Fasce because of the rave reviews it receives in so many of the travel publications. With two families traveling together in June 2004 we chose this hotel for our four night stay because of it's location in the Italian Riviera town of Santa Margherita Ligure (which seemed an ideal place to locate) as well as the fact that it has quad/family rooms.
The hotel is very clean and ideally located a short walk from the harbor, beach clubs and restaurants that line the coastline. The quad/family rooms were comprised of a set of bunk beds and a queen size bed which were perfect for our families. However, the bathroom was beyond small- about the size of a cruise ship bathroom with the addition of a bidet!
The breakfast is fine for the first day, but definitely gets a bit old after four days with no variety or real choices to make. Most pensiones offer a buffet of sorts with a variety of breads to choose from. Jane cheerfully offers corn flakes or muselli, oj, tea and coffee. The breads offered were usually stale or you could choose from some packaged rolls.
There is a lovely deck/terrace at the top of the hotel. We spent two lovely evenings up there after visiting the local supermarket for wine, cheese and bread. I'm not sure if this was "allowed" but we certainly availed ourselves of this option.
The owner, Jane is a Brit who runs a VERY tight ship. While the hotel is quaint, well run and clean it somehow lacks the charm of a real Italian pensione.
Sensational Fasce Experience
Our three-day October visit to the Hotel Fasce was a perfect ending to our three week stay in Italy.
Charming hospitality, wonderful property with hillside twists, tucked away gardens and stairways, beautiful breakfast room, and very practically a great bonus of train tickets to the Cinque Terre with a three night stay.
It will be impossible to plan a return visit to Italy without including a return to Hotel Fasce.
Great Value but SINGLE ROOMS are too SMALL
I friend and I had separate single rooms, which we found very small and sweltering hot. Room 33 had one of those showers which get the whole bathroom gets wet, while Room 22, had an uneven bed. In the morning, we inquired about changing rooms but Jane just said, yes the rooms are small, and walked away. If you have a double room, you will love the place.
British Jane, is quite an interesting person. She does appear to be rude and arrogant, with a short temper. Guests recognize that, and are afraid of her. One guest told me to be sure to ask for the free Cinque Terre tickets a few days ahead, or she would blow up. In the morning she offers cereal. If you say cereal.. then you need to choose between corn flakes or muslix. If you say Cereal, then.. she gets upset. I guess she just isn't happy with the fact that she lives in the back with her husbands parents.
Besides Jane, this hotel offers value.
A really nice small hotel and great value
My husband and I stayed 3 nights at the Fasce in June 2004 and really enjoyed it. It is very well located and near restaurants and if you stay 3 nights they include a return train trip to Cinque Terre. Our room was brightly decorated and of a reasonable size with all facilities you need,and opened out on to a pretty flower filled courtyard. The only fault I would comment on was the extremely small bathroom, with a tight squeeze past the large basin to access the toilet. There were however 2 additional toilets outside our room which made it less of a problem. At night there was a happy hour where you could meet the other guests and swap travel tips whilst sitting on the outside balcony area. The breakfast room was very nicely decorated with a typical continental style breakfast served most efficiently by Jane the English owner. This hotel is very professionally run, very well maintained and an excellent choice if you want a small comfortable good value hotel.
Paradise at La Santa
Santa Margherita lived up to all our expectations. A gorgeous boutique town on the Liqurian coast. Hotel Fasce was a great find. Quiet, very clean rooms with lots of light and our cute room had french doors opening on to a balcony with a relaxing view of the town. Jane was always on hand if you needed any help and the staff were always friendly and gave us a smile each morning. Short walk to the main area of town passing great shops along the way. Best of all, free train tickets to the Cinque Terre. Heaven on earth. Amazing Portofino a short boat trip away. Hotel Fasce would have to be the cleanest hotel we have stayed in (inside and out) and I have to mention the oh so amazing flowers around the Hotel garden, that I had to touch to believe they were real. A corner of Italy that must not be missed staying at Hotel Fasce of course, a great stay at an affordable price for this part of the world.
Highly Recommend Albergo Fasce and Santa Margherita Ligure
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Albergo Fasce in Santa Margherita Ligure. Our room was very spacious and included all the amenities you would expect including a hair-dryer. Breakfast was served in a charming breakfast room, and my husband was very happy to be offered a thermos of coffee rather than the small demitasse cups served in most restaurants. Jane was very helpful and very knowledgeable about the area, and it was very nice to be able to communicate in English. We never ran out of things to do in Santa Margherita. We walked the 5 km to Portofino easily. We explored the town and visited the Cinque Terre region. We look forward to a return visit in the near future.
A wonderful value and very charming !
This was our first trip to Italy. Albergo Fasce was the only hotel we were worried about as it is rated as a 2-star hotel. However, "not to worry!" as Jane Fasce, the British innkeeper would say. The hotel was perfect. Perfect accomodations, perfect service and perfect price.
Santa Margharita is easy to drive to and the train stops right in the center of the downtown port. Evenings in Santa Margharita are charming and restful--which you will need. Because your days will be full of short trips to Portofino, Rapallo, etc. And this can also be your base for hiking the Cinque Terre. We would definitely stay at the charming Albergo Fasce with the charming Jane Fasce again!
Good value, lovely location
I agree with all the below comments. Lovely location, reasonable prices...Santa Margherita was beautiful. Close to Portifino and the Cinque Terre - but filled with Italian families - not American/German etc... backpackers.
Great, will return
We Loved the Fasce. Stayed 5 nights, explored the town, revisted the towns of Cinque Terre. Used trains & buses for daily trips. Great little restaurants. Enjoyed the boats coming in with their catch and then off to a dine for the evening on frsh, fresh everything. A relaxing place & enjoyed the patio. Thanks for a lovely time Jane.
Hello to Tony. We will be back again soon.
Loved the Fasce & Santa Margherita
What a find! Charming hotel in quiet location off a main street. Santa Margherita itself is a lovely small town with good restaurants, a very busy marina and is a short ferry trip from Portofino and other towns on the Ligurian coast. It also has good train links along the coast including the towns on the Cinque Terra. If you are thinking of staying here give the Hotel Fasce a go. Value for money (92 euros) with smart spotless rooms, ours had a balcony under a huge palm tree - the best sunshade ever!! Jane the English owner seems always to be on hand if you need anything. The staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast on the flower filled patio was just the way to start the day. Thanks Jane, we will definitely stay with you again.
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