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Goodbye Venice. Look out Cinque Terra
Up early and in reception by 7.00am - water taxi to the train station for our train to Cinque Terra. First stop a cafe for coffee and a bite to eat. We sat with Julie and Enzo and laughed till we cried when told about one of Julie's first golfing experiences. Next a train ride to Milano, the …
I stayed overnight in Monterosso at the end of a long day of trekking.
Hotel Pasquale was fabulous.
... breakfast about 9.30am, a true holiday at last :). I have always loved the style of Italian houses and opening my own shutters each morning to allow the daylight and cool air to enter was a great thrill! However, when I did my washing I could not bring myself to hang it on the line outside the window like the locals, lol.
Both trains I caught to and from La Spezia were Frecciabianca with foldout tables and toilets. ...
... from Vernazza to Corniglia. At this point the basic footpath was still "closed" but we saw a lot of people doing it the previous day so we figured we would keep on. This was another fairly easy trail, although the uphill parts REALLY are miserable by the time we would get to the top all of the tingling in your legs fades away as you walk along a 3 foot wide path that is on a steep drop off into the sea. It was a really short hike too, only about 1 hour and we landed ...
Arrived with few hiccups. Trains are not as easy to negotiate here as in other countries as the platform info is a little difficult to decipher with extraordinary long names, the time of arrival for each stop and the whole thing running along a thin screen at a million miles an hour. You really need to know the end destination of the train and then if it will stop where you want to get off. Other than that its easy! Actually once Himself figured it out the boards and I learnt ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pasquale Monterosso
After leaving a glorious hotel (for about the same price) in Venice I was disappointed by Pasquale. It was clean, but it was in need of an update. The air conditioning worked, but it never really got very cold. The staff was nice, but I think we were spoiled in Venice. On the positive side the hotel was the closest hotel in the Old Town to the train station - about 1/4 mile and it was right on the water. We had a great view from our room! The breakfasts were minimal, but enough. Overall I would say that this hotel deserves 2 stars.
Two great restaurants were Miky in the New Town - have the seafood risotto and Ciak La Lampera in the Old Town - have the ravioli!!!
A small hotel with a big view and friendly care
What a cheerful vista of the harbor,sea and town we had from this small friendly hotel!! We would return anytime as it was restful after hiking and site seeing all day.
Enjoyed a wonderful 2 night stay at Hotel Pasquale mid-May of this year. This hotel gives you very good value for the price: warm and accomodating staff that make you feel at home, a clean room with a comfortable bed, all rooms with a beach/sea view (you are litterally on the beach) and an excellent breakfast. The property has a family feel to it while yet treating guests in a very professional way. It was good to be in a hotel where one does not feel like they are being nickle and dimed. This is a place where they will do your laundry, for a reasonable fee, and charge you by the load ! The Italian warmth and smiles of Felicita and the rest of the staff were delightful and added to the spirit of our sunfilled stay in the georgeous area of the Cinque Terre ! I would only mention one reservation: the nearby passing trains (roughly less than 40 meters from the hotel wall) will make it such that you will have to sleep with your windows shut (the hotel has air conditionning). I would also recommend a room on the second or 3rd floors as the 1st floor offers less privacy from passerbys. Tu sum it up: it you are looking for a honest value 3 star hotel in the Cinque Terre area, book the Pasquale without any hesitation!
Great vacation spot, wonderful hotel. Recommended.
Echo earlier positive reviews. Was just there 4 days in April 2004 in perfect weather. Great town, lots of eat, drink, beach, hike, relax. Lovely, clean, friendly hotel, perfect location. Passing trains could be a noise problem for light sleepers .. but this could be a problem for most seaside places in the town -- recommend earplugs.
We were there in april 2001. We had a suite that had a seperate room for the kids. We always had to plan very carefully our hotels because not many of them can sleep four. Our kids were 4 and 11 years old. Great view, great location and great breakfast. I would go back for sure.
My wife and I stayed at both the Hotel Pasquale and its sister hotel, the Hotel Villa Steno in August, 2003. We had no reservations and I telephoned the hotels' matron the day before we were to arrive in Monterosso. She said she could accomodated us part time in each of their hotels. We arrived with bags in hand at Hotel Pasquale (closest of the two properties to the Monterosso train station) dispite knowing our first lodging was to be at the sister hotel which is way up the hill at the top of the old city. My wife had broken a cap on one of her front teeth while eating lunch the afternoon before in another Cinque Terra town. Our intent was to leave our bags at Hotel Pasquale and go back to the train station and go to LaSpazia to find a dentist for my wife. We were resolved that our medical misfortune would cost us a day of our vacation. To our surprise, the hotels' matron informed us there was a qualified dentist right in Monterosso. She called him for us. She insisted he see my wife immediately. And she personally walked us half way up the hill (about 300 yards) to the dentist's office saying we would get lost trying to find it ourselves. She was right. She further said she would have our bags taken for us from Hotel Pasquale to Hotel Villa Steno while we were at the dentist. The dentist did a good job and we were on the beach by 12:30 PM. Our stay at Villa Steno was great. And the day we moved down the hill to Hotel Pasquale, the staff again took care of our bags for us. Our Hotel Pasquale stay was even greater. Its location can't be beat. Both hotels were clean and all the staff were very friendly. But we were most impressed with how the hotels' matron made the inconvience of our medical misfortune and of the split accommodations almost totally disappear. I highly recommend these people to you.
Charming and Reasonably Priced
My husband and I stayed at this hotel on our honeymoon three years ago and found it to be a wonderful, laid back place to stay. Only 20 feet to the beach and each room has a lovely view of the water.
Either of the family hotels can not be beat!
I'm not a traveler by nature ... but to stay in with these folk for a week or more a stay I'm willing to fly half way around the world. And, maybe more to the point ... at the height of the Summer run steelhead season.You could not ask for more than what these folks provide .... peace. fae
The Hotel Pasquale is very convenient to the old town in Monterosso. My favorite restaurant (Ciak) was right around the corner and there were lots of shops and local flavor all around. All rooms had views of the sea. The only downsides are the lack of elevator (not a big deal once you get your bags upstairs) and the ocassional noise from passing trains. Overall, its a very pleasant place to stay.
Hotel Pasquale is situated on Via Fegina (the main street that links the old town to the new town) in the old town. The hotel is small (around 14-15 rooms) and has incredible views of not only the ocean in front of Monterosso, but from the rooms you can actually see several of the "Cinque Terre" down the coastline.