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If you've ever driven the Road to Hana in Hawaii, or the Amalfi Coast in Italy, just know that it's a piece of cake. Once you've driven E62 from Milan to Genoa you'll know what I'm talking about. 154 miles of which more than half are dramatic turns. We rented a Ford Fiesta hatchback from Hertz. It is no match for the beasts or drivers on the …
... d be unlikely to remember to talk about when we get home, and there's never enough time, anyway. And we're always conscious of not boring people. So this way, you can choose whether or not to access what we send. And when you send back comments, the feeling of having a chat is reinforced. So thank you for reading, and thank you for commenting. Today has been a rather quiet one. I had a walk around the waterfront before breakfast, in the lovely early light. Of course I forgot to take ...
... but nevertheless there were a few hardy souls there this arvo. There is a more attractive public beach a couple of minutes' walk away, so if we swim, I think that is where we'll be going. Our appartment is quite comfortable. It has a full kitchen which is concealed behind concertina doors, with a fridge , microwave, gas cooktop and dishwasher. It seems a bit strange to have a full-sized dishwasher and only 2 or 3 of any dishes. So it would be a very small ...
... hell I was going or actually where I was meant to get off. Then “praise the Lord” we emerged from a tunnel into the light and the streets were clean and there was a gorgeous bay full of boats and blue waters and the brightly colored buildings that I have become so used to seeing.
Lerici and Porto Venere are known as “The Gulf of Poets”, defined by Napoleon (apparently) as the most beautiful port in ...
... an aperitive at my favourite bar and home to Ashton cooking dinner. It is like we are home but so many miles from home.
I am starting to get worried. I leave here in one week and I don't want to go!!! Oh dear.
Another concert happening in the Piazza tonight which starts at 11pm. Maybe I will be ready to leave in the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropole Santa Margherita Ligure
I took a long weekend for R&R and found Hotel Metropole on Trip Advisor. I have to say that it lived up to all the reviews. The grounds are absolutely beautifully maintained. The grass is well manicured and the flowers are gorgeous. There is a nice pool with comfortable sunchairs and a pool attendent. There are plenty of chairs if you desire to layout by the seaside as well. I opted for a Villa by the sea and enjoyed the nights sounds of the sea waves coming through my window. The rooms are a little dated and the bathrooms small, but the scenery and hotel staff make up for the rooms by far. The villa is along a path that smells of perfumed flowers and is reminiscent of a walk in a garden. The breakfast was great (complete with scrambled eggs and bacon). The staff was outstanding. Very gracious and very helpful. Santa Margherita was beautiful and my stay at Metropole was wonderful. I looked at a few other hotels during my stay, but given the great price and location topped with great staff, I would stay at Metropole again!
A Fine City Hotel
The Hotel Metropole is an exceptionally well run facility. Rooms are above average in size with an abundance of shelves and hooks. The rooms overlook beautifully maintained grounds and the hotel offers both a pool and private beach. The buffet breakfast spread was expansive and good. Ristroante Oca Bianca is an excellent restaurant but other restaurants in town were lacking in both service and quality. Seghezzo Fratelli is a terrific wine and sundry store, and another wine shop several doors from Seghezzo has old, dusty bottles and a proprietor who shares his passion for wine even though he speaks only Italian. Mikys in Monterrso and the large piazza front pizzeria in Portofino were good restaurants and wonderful spots to people watch.
Enjoyed our stay
Stayed in this hotel at the end of a short break in Italy.
Our double room in the main hotel had slightly ageing furniture, but overall the hotel gave good service and has some more modern parts where there has been investment made. Everywhere was clean, almost spotless. The pool area, gym and leisure facilities were new. Wireless internet is available also.
Breakfast on the terrace was delightful in early June, looking through the pine trees to the sea. Lunch near the beach was also served in a very pleasant atmosphere. We ate dinner in the town, a short walk away.
If you have never been to the coast of Italy as I have never been....I have a fairytale place to tell you about.
Just returned from Ligurian Coast, and spent three nights at the Metropole. We stayed at the Red Villa, which is right on the sea (you can stay in either the Red Villa or the main hotel-choose the Red Villa.) You wake and sleep to the sea lapping on the shore. It is quiet, clean, beautiful and the views from the villa over the town and the sea are divine. Their breakfast buffet is nice and the setting, overlooking the pool and the well designed, lush greenery and the sea is very romantic. The rooms are old school, but bathroom modernized and clean. It's charming and relaxing. The town has a lot of really good dining, and I'd say skip the half board at the hotel, and go to town for dinner as there are a lot of good restaurants. See the Villa Durazzo in town, and make sure to take the bus to Portofino and climb up to the Castelli Brown. Our lunch in Portofino was amazing, at a little Pizzeria just feet from the center of town. Portofino is probably the most beautiful harbor in the world.
The Metropole Hotel is truly one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed at. It is most comfortable, friendly, accommodating and excellent in service in every way. Positioned perfectly on a lovely hillside overlooking Santa Margherita Ligure and the Ligurian seaside, one can walk within minutes to town; take a train to anywhere in Italy with the train station being 2 minutes walk; a bus directly outside the hotel; and a ferry, just 7 or 8 minutes walk. A car is not necessary. Now the hotel has a pool and spa, a beach and restaurant on the beach....a veranda surrounded by a park and flowers where breakfast is served in nice weather. The rooms are most attractive and all have a view of either the gardens or the sea and the town. Service is exceptional.The dining staff are fantastic; the front desk staff is superb and excel in being helpful, speaking many languages and also, most important, being friendly. One feels they are special guests. The owners/managers, The Ciana family, are very professional and pleasant. We highly recommend this hotel to all who seek the best. You will not be disappointed.
This family owned hotel, run under the supervision of the proprietor
Great location, fantastic food!
The hotel has a great area for sunbathing next to the mediteranean with a lovely cafe for lunch al fresco! The staff are always ready to assist. Ask for a room overlooking the garden or ocean view. We had a lovely stay and did a half board program. The evening meal was a 7 course production which was absolute heaven! The location is an easy walk to the docks to get the boat to Portofino, and a couple of minutes also to the train station for travel to theCinque Terre. All in all, a great hotel for a relaxing vacation in a wonderful town full of cafe's and an antique market once a week.