Hotel Villa Steno
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We had breakfast on their balcony overlooking the sea and then headed out to the boat dock where we caught a ferry to the town of Portovenevere which is located south of Cinque Terre. The views along the way were spectacular as we passed the five towns nestled into the hills. We strolled around a bit then decided to have lunch at a nice outdoor …
On our last trip to cinque terre in 2009 we slipped one town, the only one without a beach high up on the mountains we finally got to Corniglia. It has the usual spectacular views. It was warm out with sparkling blue skies and stunningly beautiful colored water. Many overlooks of the Mediterranean, lovely charming streets, and we even found a …
... and much much shorter, and I think the downwards journey was longer - though the ground on the descent was a bit more treacherous. The sky was threatening rain all day but luckily for us it waited until we were safely at Manarola. I would not like to be caught up the top when a storm hits - there is no shelter, and coming down is scary enough when its dry!
Manarola is my favourite town for the 5. I would recommend ...
... train over to Vernazza, not willing to walk the steep 4 miles between Manarola and Vernazza past Corniglia, the town in-between. Arriving in Vernazza, I walked around looking for the right Bar to ask in, trying to pluck up the courage to go in. Finaly I picked the Blue Marlin (who rented rooms themselves) but only got a shaken head, they did recommend one down the street though, a hotel. So I went to ask them, and yes, they did have a room, but it was a double, and 70 euros ...
... at the arrival time the entire time, not the departure time, which was 9:01. Yes, we had missed it by two minutes. Thankfully it wasn't a huge deal and we were able to make another train at 11 and got to spend some time chatting at a little cafe in Pisa, but this was just a precursor to how the rest of my day would go.
We finally got to Riomaggiore, the town where the hike begins. As soon as we stepped off of the train, it started sprinkling. We all looked at each other, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Steno Monterosso
Great Little Hotel!
Great Hotel...wonderful staff...Large, clean rooms. 3 star and worth every star and then some. Basic furnishings but lovely setting with wonderful people. We stayed in 5 star, 4 star and 3 star hotels while in Italy and this was one of our favorites. I would recommend this hotel to everyone!
A Gem of A Hotel
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed a 3-night stay here in early October 2004. When we booked, we were told ahead of time that the only room they had (with a requested view) was in a building just aside the hotel. What we received was, at best guess, part of a suite of rooms, with the other rooms in the suite blocked off. The bedroom was smallish (but typical for Europe), yet clean, fresh and modern with a large bed. The bathroom was a nice size and well-appointed. Best, however, was the view from our window of the multi-colored buildings in the town below, with the cliffs and sea in the distance. The aroma from the nearby lemon trees and rosemary bushes was awesome! Being in the "outside" building meant lots of privacy and full use of the patio outside our room, with lounge chairs and a picnic table & chairs. Breakfast was plentiful, with a selection of cereals, fruit, juices, yogurt, plain rolls, pastries, cold meats & cheeses, and various packaged cookies/crackers. The breakfast staff was friendly and provided prompt service. The desk staff also was friendly. I would stay at this hotel again and would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the magic of the Cinque Terre.
Great, but "No View" means NO view!
My wife and I stayed here for three nights in September 2004. Even though we booked 4 months ahead, we were told that only a room with "no view" was available. Given the positive reviews we read here, we booked anyway, with the request that if a cancellation made a view room available we would like that instead. When we arrived we found that a Rick Steve's group had booked all the good rooms a year in advance for this time in September (in fact, 2005 is already booked). Nothing else was available so we reluctantly accepted the original room. The room was clean, with a compact and attractive bathroom. However, the window opened into an airshaft making the room dark and unattractive. To boot, the bed had a mattress with a sag on one side. It made staying in the room quite uncomfortable.
The rest of the hotel was as nice as other reviewers have noted, and we still recommend it very highly -- just beware that instead of a view of the Cinque Terre coast you might be looking into stucco walls and waking with a backache.
A Great Place to Stay
Hotel Villa Steno is one of the few places in Cinque Terre with parking. The rooms and the grounds are nice, and the balcony offered a view over the rooftops to the sea. You wake to the sound of church bells and have breakfast in the sunny dining room. It's just a five-minute walk to town, and another 5-10 minutes to the beach on the other end of town.
Charming, friendly, and very memorable
such a cute hotel with great views of the italian riviera. Matteo, who works the front desk late at night and into the morning, speaks very good english and is very helpful answering all questions. the rooms are very clean, mostly quiet, and very cute. we had A/C and a great balcony. At night we would buy a bottle of wine and drink it on our balcony enjoying our beautiful view before we went to sleep. we would definitly stay here again.
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in September. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to the Cinque Terre. We requested a balcony or patio with our room, and received a large stone patio with lounge chairs, a table and dining chairs, and a beautiful view of the town and water. There really are lemon trees and olive trees outside your room, and the breakfast is the best you'll get for an included price anywhere in Italy. It's amazing that hospitality like this really exists as promised! Not a bad thing to say about Villa Steno. It met every expectation we had for a perfect, peaceful visit.
Perfect hotel in Cinque Terre
This was a great hotel perfectly located within Monterosso and the hosts were very friendly. The breakfast was really good especially the coffee. Our room had a balcony with a view over Monterosso, however a single room was turned into a twin for us which was a little cosy. Hotel was quite and peaceful and we will recommend it to anyone. Also the tariff was pretty reasonable compared to the other quotes we got.
What a Place!!!!!
This a perfect place to stay in Monterosso. We stayed here for 2 nights. Room had private balcony(with table, chairs and lemon trees ), nice view, great breakfast. It is right in center of town and very important, they have parking. Owners provided us with tons of good places to go to. And also recommended best places to eat in town. They recommended Their breaskfast was delicious. They make their own Lemon Jams (we liked them so much that we bought some from them). Definitely come back again and again.
Bella Villa Steno
Just spent four wonderful days at the lovely Villa Steno hotel in Monterosso, and would go back there anytime. I had asked for a room with a balcony and view and boy, did they deliver! My room was attractive, clean and comfortable, and the large terrace, with table and reclining chairs, overlooked the lovely garden of roses and lemon trees, with wonderful views of the town rooftops and the Mediterranean, framed in azaleas. It was a small piece of paradise. Rooms are air conditioned but I preferred to sleep with the doors open to the cool evening breeze.
A delicious buffet breakfast was served both indoors and on the hotel terrace, which had the same wonderful views as mine. The hosts, Matteo and Carla, and their staff were friendly, gracious and very accommodating. I loved this hotel and heartily recommend it.
We loved the Villa Steno!
Don't travel to Italy without visiting Cinque Terre! We stayed at Villa Steno in Monterosso and it was the highlight of our trip. The Villa has been recently remodeled and is updated and very clean. Our room and bathroom were large and had an incredible terrace with ocean view and lemon trees everywhere. The breakfast was the best of the 4 hotel we stayed in. Matteo and his family are warm, friendly, speak perfect English and are very accomodating. They have several computer terminals in the lobby so we could e-mail home. Everything about this hotel and town was great. We could have stayed there the whole 10 days of our trip to Italy and been perfectly happy. The Villa Steno is on top of a hill so you need to be able to climb some stairs to get to it, but it's all part of the charm and the smells of the gardens make your forget your climb.