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... for dinner, as we hadn't explored this town very thoroughly the previous day. We found plenty of small cobbled streets filled with cafes, bars, shops and people everywhere. It really is a great town to be in, so it depends what you are after when choosing where to stay. Amazingly some friends were staying in Monterosso at exactly the same time we were in CT, but I didn't get their fb msg until we were on the train to rome the following ...
... the first place and alleviated my concerns. It appears that there are IATA guidelines and that both Qantas and Emirates follow these. The rule seems to be that you cannot fly with an intact cast for 48 hours after first having the cast installed. This seems to clear up my concern as Mums cast will be at least 10 days in place before we fly. Re assured by this I do not bother to chase up the insurance company help line when they fail to call us back.
... deepest blue color. Half way between a navy blue and a royal blue, if possible, and quiet. I can't tell you how quiet it was. Apart from the fact, the engine didn’t make a noise, there was no other noise around. There was plenty of boats out, but most of then were just cruising along at a gentle speed like we were. We hugged the sheer cliff faces all the way and saw some old stone watch towers and coastal batteries from the war. We stopped often to ...
Saacha's pretend birthday today.
We woke and had fresh orange juice and ham and cheese croissants as we would normally do for a birthday at home. All was going according to my grand plan. Ie I would pretend it was her birthday, the family would all call, we would spend the afternoon on a boat and then, go to dinner. However, due to surprise flash flooding and a radical change in the weather, we were holed up inside for the afternoon. The ...
... that is for the both of us. I could write a book on how to eat and drink
your way around Italy on a shoe string.
Oh…. I guess that has already been done!!
We arrived back in SM around 11pm and came across 3 really cool guys
playing the guitar in a piazza packed with resturants and jewellery and
clothing markets. Well… there was
no point going home, so we stayed until they finished. Then as we come out of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Laurin Santa Margherita Ligure
We Loved This Hotel !!!!!!!
October 20, 2004
Just returned from a 2 week trip to Italy. (2nd trip) The Hotel Laurin is the gem of the Santa Margherita Coast. The staff, food, room, view, everything was just so great. Venice was ok and so was Florence. The Hotel Laurin made this trip. Special thanks to the very, very, excellent staff. Stay here and you'll see for yourself. Would not stay at any other hotel in Santa Margherita.
Our most sincere thanks to the staff!!!!
The triple room was small by other 4* hotel standards dominated by huge dark wardrobes which had hangers 10 feet off the ground which needed a pole to retrieve clothes from. All rooms are harbour facing, but all that separates you from the sea is the main road. Even with windows and shutters closed you still hear the noise of cars and mopeds roaring and horns beeping till 4am. Not a hotel for peaceful relaxation. Checked out after 1 night. Santa Margherita is lovely so do go there, but this hotel is well overpriced.
Wonderful hotel, stay here!!!
I stayed here for 3 nights in late June 2004. It is a wonderful place! Make sure to request a room with a terrace, being that all rooms are the same price. I did not know this for the first 2 nights, but found out and moved on the last night. The terraces are huge with large sun chairs and a table and chairs. The bathrooms and rooms are huge as well. All rooms overlook the harbor, beautiful view! I am going back there in 2 weeks and can't wait! Also, only a 5 minute drive to cute and charming portofino. The cute posters that the hotel has displayed are sold at the counter for only 3 euro! Nice for a keepsake!
Extra Special Service
The Hotel Laurin deserves special mention because of the courtesy of its staff. We checked in here after a miserable experience at Villa Gnocchi (see review) and found quite a contrast in accommodation, service and friendliness. Room was spacious with a great veranda overlooking the harbor. We parked our car a few blocks away in a public lot, and when we found our tires slashed, the front desk personnel did all they could to help, including summoning the towing service and then preparing a written summary (in Italian, of course) that I could present to the police when I filed a report. Their attitude helped make an unfortunate experience not so bad - we laughed about it then and still do today - and insured that we'd have wonderful, positive memories of Santa Margherita.
Top Location, Great Hotel
Top Location, Great Hotel
Beautiful position and large rooms
We stayed in Hotel Laurin in April 2004 and we very pleasantly surprised at how large our room was. WE had a beautiful view over the marina and would have very happily spent our whole holiday sitting on the huge balcony watching the boats. The staff are fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. Their english was great and very knowledgible about the area. Would definitely stay there again and am thinking of having my next big birthday there with 10 friends. The breakfasts are simple but good. WE loved the Laurin.
My girlfriends and I LOVE this hotel...
My girlfriends and I LOVE this hotel...our travel agent said we had to see Santa Margherita and so he set us up at Hotel Laurin. I still dream of the yellow and white awnings and fabulous pool deck...I am going again this summer with my boyfriend--can't wait!
Great Seaside Hotel!
The hotel's location just in front of the yacht harbor was perfect. It was far enough from the noise and the crowds yet near enough to be able to walk to the center of town, the train station and the ferry boarding point. Our room, like most of the rooms, had a balcony with chairs and a table where you can just sit, open a bottle of wine, relax and enjoy the view. The room was clean and well-maintained. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful.
Hotel Laurin - the best of Italy!
After 3 days in Rome, arriving in Santa Margherita was a wonderful relief from the touristy crowds. We were there the week before Easter and, except for a British cruise ship on our last day, most of the tourists were Italians or other Europeans. The town was beautiful and sedate, the food was fabulous.At the Laurin, they gave us a spacious room with a giant balcony overlooking the harbor and made sure that the adjacent rooms were unoccupied, so it was quiet too.The staff, especially Titsiana, were so helpful and friendly! They bent over backward to make us feel at home - and we did! We would go back in an instant!
Great views at a nice hotel
On our first trip to Italy, we stayed one night at the Hotel Laurin, on November 30th, 2002. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. The room was well furnished and clean, with a beautiful view of the harbor. This was enhanced by our waterfront patio, which gave us an expansive view of the bay and surrounding coastline. I expect this to be much noisier during peak tourist season, as the hotel is located right on the main street through town and on to Portofino. One big luxury to me: A real shower, not a scrunch-down-in-the-tub hose with spray head. I guess that shows how spoiled we are in the U.S. The Ristorante San Giacomo, attached to the hotel, was the essence of bland. I am sure there must be better dining possibilities which we would have found if we had stayed longer.