La Colonnina Hotel
Travel Blogs from Monterosso
The train left Florence on time at 10.28am and arrived in Monterossso at about 1pm with a change of train in Pisa.
Monterosso is the most northerly and largest village of the Cinque Terre with 1500 inhabitants.its is divided into 2 districts, connected by a tunnel and both district have a sandy beach. Cinque Terre comprise of 5 villages …
... garden plots and dragonflies with bright blue bodies buzz around us as do yellow butterflies. Wild red poppies are strewn across the landscape as are wild fennel and other herbs.
Some sections of the walk to Volastra are like a jungle and the paths are overgrown and extremely narrow with steep falls and obviously less frequented, making the walk all the more enjoyable and challenging. So pleased we ...
Sunday 1 July 2014 – we did plan on an early start this morning but after a bad night the night before we all slept pretty well and none of us were in a hurry to emerge from our beds. But rise we did albeit quite late. By the time we had breakfast and got going, we knew we wouldn't make the dock for the 11 o’clock boat to Vernazza. So we bought tickets and set our hearts on the 11:20 trip. Just before the expected time of departure, the ...
... Said it was in good condition and no barricades.
So off we went for 3.2 kilometer hike up, up, up the mountain and then down, down, down the other side, took us 2.25 hours walking at a good pace. The trail, made entirely of stone, took us along the coast, through vineyards and olive groves. We came across a little shed by the trail where a gentleman was selling wine and Limoncello made from his vineyard. Of course we indulged, but ...
... the plan was to work backwards to where we were staying). The next train in 10 minutes would cost us over double the price than the one an hour later, and being accountants the girls decided that we would (and it turned everyone else did too) wait for the second train. We purchased the cheaper fare and went in search of an internet cafe. During this time we came across the Newsagent Nazi. This man's shop front was located right in the middle of the station, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Colonnina Hotel Monterosso
Wir waren sehr froh dieses fantastische Hotel gefunden zu haben.
Die Angestellten waren sehr höflich und hilfsbereit. Unser Zimmer und das Bad waren groß. Wir mussten aus persönlichen Gründen die Besitzerin mitten in der Nacht aufwecken und sie war verständnisvoll und hat uns geholfen, unser Problem zu lösen. Das Frühstück war ausgezeichnet. Die junge Dame am Empfang hat uns immer mit einem Lächeln und einem bon giorno oder bona sera begrüßt!
La Colonnina was perfect for our family of five (mom, dad, and kids ages 6,11 and 13). The staff was extremely polite, the breakfast was extensive and tasty and our room was large and updated (including the bathroom and shower...yea!). The location was excellent...just a a few steps to delicious food and the Piazza in Monterosso's "old town" - which was much quainter than the "new town." The only thing that it is missing is a view of the ocean....oh well. We weren't in our room very much, anyway. We had great views all day on our hikes and boat rides. We hope to stay there again and explore the lovely Cinque Terre!
If you're coming to cinque Terre, my personal opinion is that you should come to Monterosso. It's a great place . Alive yet very different from the FrenCh riviera. And if you're coming to Monterosso you have to go to "La Colonnina". And if you go to La "Colonninna", you have to request room the room 120.
My wife and I had a fantastic, utterly memorable time in Cinque Terre. La Colonnina was charming, clean and very affordable. Although it was close to a large piazza in Monterosso, it was just off the beaten path enough to feel very private. The staff was friendly, and the breakfast was serviceable. We had an unbelievable dinner at Ciak, a seafood place within a minute's walk of the hotel. We ordered pesto risotto with prawns, and it was among the best meals of our two-week trip down the Ligurian Coast and through Tuscany.
We arrived in Monterosso without reservations on a holiday weekend. After scoping out several hotels on the main drag with no success, we were considering moving on to the next town. We decided to take one more look at the guidebook and noted the mention of LaColonnina and by happenstance we were just a few feet from the little street where La Colonnina is located. What a break for us! They had a very nice room at an excellent rate. We loved the quiet location, just a block off the main street.
I was shocked to find this place almost last on the list of hotels for this area. I wasn't sure what to expect and was most pleasantly surprised. The hotel is a little walk from the train, but not far at all (through the tunnel to the old town). The staff was very nice and helped with whatever (to be honest we didn't really have anything to ask thiem). The room was HUGE for Italy or US or whatever. Very comfy bed and great city view and also a large balcony. If I came back to Cinque Terre I would stay here without a doubt. The bathroom was also quite large and the water pressure was fabulous. This was my husband's favorite Italy hotel and he can be a little picky. The only minus for us was no sea view. I am not even sure if the hotel has a room with one but we could kind of see the ocean through the city. The king bed was two twins together but we didn't even notice it until the day we were leaving... so obviously not an issue. Also VERY quiet at night and close to the little square and harbor. To be honest there really isn't anything negative I could say! Also Cinque Terre is the most beautiful place ever. Highly suggest going!!
We spent four nights at the hotel. We were surprised that they required no advance deposit but we confirmed by e mail and the room was waiting.
The staff were all very pleasant and the rooms were very clean and inviting. They had an adequate but not lixurious buffet breakfast with boiled eggs, various cheeses, meats, breads and cakes. The location on a side street right off the center of town was very convenient and the staff very helpful. I thought that the physical appearasnce was better than most of the other hotels in town
We felt very fortunate to have stayed in this delightful hotel. The staff was very courteous and helpful. The room was large as was the bathroom. We had a personal situation that required us to wake the owner in the middle of the night and she was gracious and helped to solve our concern. The breakfast was terrific. The young lady at the desk always greated us with a smile and a bon journo or buena sera!
We stayed at this hotel and I have to give it a mixed review.
The good news
As a Tripadvisor user we were surprised to find no reviews for this hotel. We stayed 4 nights in early October 2004 and could not have found a better hotel for the price. Its spotless with all the ammenities, friendly staff, good breakfast and reasonable size bathroom and bedroom with own balcony. What is especially nice is its location in the historical center of the village and only 50 metres from the sea. Very quiet with no crowd or train noise. At only 105 Euros we thought it was far better value than private rooms or a hotel near the rail.