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Today we went to trek from Vernazza to Monterosso. The start of the trek was REALLY TIRING OMG. There was like never ending stairs up the slopes and we were panting like crazy at the top. I hate climbing stairs all my life, and it was like a torture to me. Within minutes, I was already covered in sweat and had to pin up my hair and look like a siao zharbor hahaha! However nearing the end, it was mostly downhill, but my shoe grip wasn't very good already, and I was ...
... extremely comfortable and allowed me to use my iPad. The train to Genova runs alongside the Cinque Terre for much of the time and the view is amazing. The tickets have carriage and seats allocated but I was not told this when I purchased them - fortunately the Aussies I met on the Firenze-Pisa train happened to mention it! That saved me a lot of trouble lugging my awkward and heavy backpack up the high stairs and through the carriages.
... got really hot. By putting your damp clothes in you could speed up the drying process. Today the clothes were as wet as last night. The heater and the air conditioner are turned off so I asked for another heater. It is a bit cold and we are from Australia so we now have a portable fan heater being used as a clothes dryer.
We had a seafood dinner at Restorante Moretti which was very nice, finished with limoncello for me and a killer muscat grappa for ...
... also the shrine of the Madonna di Reggio above Vernazza. Each village has a shrine with a panoramic position.
The second village was Monterosso al Mare. It has a sandy beach and is much more of a resort area. There are plenty of hotels for destination vacationers. Along the promenade there are many restaurants , cafes, and gelato shops. We treated ourselves to a delicious pistachio and chocolate ...
It looks smaller but is actually longer and streches along the sea front. The sun is so hot that we dont actually do much here! We sit by the water and i dip my feet and Michael goes swimming in his Cuecas (boxers!) He got out and air dryed as we have no towel with us and he proceeds to move down the wall leaving 'bum prints' in an attempt to dry his pants! With all this effort he then realises that he has fogotton his shoes and ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Florida Lerici
I stayed in this hotel for few days during off season and was really enjoyable. It is a very basic hotel, the room I had was small but with a sea side balcony that offers a fantastic view of the bay. The personnel was really friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place as offers a good quality/price ratio.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Florida Lerici
Nice hotel, good service.
The hotel is located about 1km from the main part of the town, along the coast road. It is literally across the road from the main sandy beach and has lovely views across the bay. The public areas are smart and the rooms, although quite basic, are functional and extremely clean. In fact, the entire hotel is spotless - I tried to find a spec of dust and couldn't!!! Really impressive. The breakfast is also really good and worth getting up for - but avoid the coffee, it tasted like instant to me... not what you would expect in Italy!
The staff all seemed to be family and couldn't be more helpful and they made for a lovely atmosphere. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to explore the cinque terre.
Just wonderful for those who like beaches, beach towns
We loved Lerici and the Hotel Florida. The Hotel Florida has a fantastic location -- on the water and a ten minute walk in either direction to a pretty town. Everyone who worked there was pleasant and helpful. The room was clean and the bathroom large and well-equipped. The hotel feels modern but picturesque. Breakfast is good. The beach across the street is wonderful for people like us who prefer sand, space, water and good swimming to the built-up nature of many European beaches. The beach has a laid back family atmosphere.(I wish we had known about this when our children were little.) Lerici and Terenzo (the other town near Hotel Florida) look quite a bit like the towns of the Cinque Terre but are much less expensive and feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Little Gem in Lerici
We just returned from a two month trip through Italy. We just love this wonderful country and enjoyed many great experiences and hotels that we could write about.
However, the small family run Hotel Florida in Lerici, south of Cinque Terra is an absolute find. Not only is the Hotel located right on the wonderful Bay of Poets and benefits from the wonderful location between two beautiful little beach towns, the owners are just absolutely awesome.
This is a three star hotel with a 5 star heart. From the small but spotless rooms with balcony to the superb breakfast, coffe and cordials at night, this is the place to wind down and really get to know what this part of the world is all about.
Great History, wonderful people and superb food prepared with love and joy. We will be back for sure!
Urs & Bobbi Kaelin, Plam Desert California
Wonderful Town, Dissappointing Service at this Hotel
Hotel Florida, in Lirici Italy, on the Riviera; This stop was a welcomed rest from a series of cities in Northern Italy. This isn't the town for the nightlife type of person; however, this hotel, which is run by a family, had all the appearance of an upscale boutique hotel.
First of All, we had wanted to stay an additional day; the hotel assured us that they would do all they could to accommodate us. Upon returning to the hotel later that morning, after breakfast, we were shocked to discover our room had been packed for us, and we were soundly reprimanded for being in the room an hour and twenty minutes longer then the check out time permitted.
We were treated as if we were squatters-!! Never mind that we had paid for two previous nights in the most expensive suite. We could only assume that there were nor more rooms for us; a phone call would have sufficed, and we certainly would have packed ourselves.
I think the best part, was when they accused me of not returning the beach towel to the front desk, which of course had been done in person by me the day before...Needless to say, -we were sorry that such ill treatment marred what would have been a charming, upscale boutique hotel on the Riviera.
It not that we don't recommend it, its very nice, but our misunderstanding should have been better handled.."the customer is always right" isn't really part of this hotel's bottom line. As an ocean front hotel on the Riviera, they could afford to treat us this way, and not encourage our future business.
I wish we could have stayed longer
The Hotel Florida was perfect. Our room was very clean, had great decor and a large balcony overlooking the sea.
The staff was the friendliest we encountered in Italy. They never stopped smiling, offering helpful suggestions, etc.
For people visiting Cinque Terre, Lerici (and especially Hotel Florida) is a good option. It was a great price for the area and the type of hotel ($125/night), and it was simple enough to get to CT by water bus, or by train (bus to La Spezia, then by train).
The town plaza is a great place on a summer night. A cresent shaped plaza follows the curve of the bay and is filled with restaurants -- each with dozens of outdoor tables on the plaza. We spent hours there in the evenings, enjoying dinner and wine with friends.
We stayed at the Hotel Florida, Lerici, last week and would thoroughly recommend it. Its right on the beach, and run by a lovely family who made us feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are really comfortable (we had two adjoining with a huge balcony overlooking the sea), the breakfast was one of the best we've ever had in Italy - plentiful and delicious - and all the staff were friendly and helpful. They have a list of restaurants they recommend in Lerici which is very useful, as we did experience a couple of bad meals before asking for their advice! Definitely an address to keep.
Excellent in all respects!
We loved the Florida..thanks to your site we chose it and it was even better than we hoped...well located across from the public beach...they also have an arrangement with the private beach if you prefer....ask for a room facing the sea! What a view from the large terrace...walk to town along the shore..or take the local bus.....the food in town in the restaurants on the square is amazing...fresh seafood pastas, great local wines. Very Italian....vespas, tiny cars, a castle, lots of kids and families holidaying at the beach. Casual, comfortable, great location from which to take excursions to Cinque Terre and Porto Venere by boat. Not as expensive as the bigger resort areas, unpretentious and relaxing. Family run hotel is spotless, quiet, charming and convenient...the kids speak perfect English...guests from everywhere. Take a cab from La Spezia if you go by train...scenery is unbeatable. We've been around....this has the flavour and charm of Portofino without the prices and designer stores. And the beach is very good for Italy.
Bella rosa bella donna
I stayed with three others in conjoined rooms, which were thankfully available at the last minute. We'd spent the last few days driving from Bordeaux and hadn't managed to find a place up until then that hadn't sucked. Up until Florida in Lerici, all we'd been able to get were expensive dodgy French shoeboxes with no air con or shower and were ready to kill one another. When we pulled up to Florida we thought we were in the wrong place - it was clean, inexpensive and looked nice, it was right on the beach, the view from our balconies was beautiful, the owners were super friendly (even tho we kept coming in and out and needed the key several million times a day), and breakfast came free every day. We were only there for three days but it was one of our favourite places.
Fun, off the beaten track
Hotel Florida meets your desire to "go where the locals go". This is a favorite hotel for beachgoers from all over Italy, as well as Europe, and the atmosphere is very authentic. The rooms are comfortable and airy, with many updates. The breakfast is outstanding, and the rates are very reasonable. Lerici is a fun, friendly small beach town with many shops and eateries. Go on the evening walk along the beach after dinner and meet the friendly locals! You'll love it.