La Colonnina Hotel
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We again Francesca to suggest a restaurant, and she suggested Ristorante Miky, and she made reservations for us. Ristorante Miky is in the new town, so we had a 10 minute walk to get there. We arrived and the restaurant was definitely more modern. To begin with Brenda had the, surprise, surprise, salted anchovies and I had the ...
Our last day has arrived.
Sadly this is our last day in Cinque Terre and we have had an extremely memorable time here and can now cross it off our bucket list.
We decided to take the train into Monterosso and check out the New Town and spend a little more time in the Old Town, since we really didn't do this when we were here last.
The New Town consists of a lot ...
... The train to Le Spezia left right on time. We had thought that we were to travel to the terminus at Le Spezia and then get a local train back to Monterosso, the northern most town of the 5. To our surprise the train that we were on from Milan was scheduled to stop at Monterosso. Brilliant!
We arrived about mid-afternoon and soon found our hotel. By this time Jo was beside herself with the symptoms of what seemed like an all out flu. Jo ...
... the brochures all encourage taking the train in, rather than attempting to drive! We arrived, and determined that we couldn't drive into town, but had to park in a garage on the hill above the town. A microvan taxi picked us up, drove to the sea, and then up a very narrow walkway to our hotel on a cliff overlooking the town and the sea. The driver had less than a foot to spare to drive up that cliff. The hotel ...
... and slippery but stunning. Pity is rained a bit. We saw signs warning people not to wear high heels or jandels and thought well" who would?" but I tell you we saw a nearly 90 year old lady in silly shoes clutching the rocks and saying " Oh this bit is tricky"....gross understatement but she was intent on doing the walk and probably still is! She was American by the way.
Vermazza was very lovely but thronging with people! Too many! ...
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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!
A real Gem! Best Hotel experience in Italy!
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.
This hotel is is isolated from the noisy street yet a stone throw away from everything, including the beaches and the "main" steet wih Restaurants, etc. It is located in the old side of the town, and the best part.
Cinque Terre, and La colonnina, was the Best experience in Italy. We visited Venise, Naples, Rome, Tuscany, Florence but this was the best memory I have. We were supposed to stay from the 8th till the 10th but I as soon as I saw M0onterosso and the hotel I decided to extend by one extra day.
- Gorgeaous place. Great common areas at every floor of the hotel.
- Very friendly and nice to chat with staff. And usually I'm not very chatty person and don't really base my decisions upon the frindliness (or not) of the staff to make a reservation. But in this case everyone was just naturally nice.
- Great location In the hear of the old town. 3 min from the beach.
- Great Value: Our room was at 115Euro (with Breakfest) in the high season. But you have to mention Rick Steves' guide book to get this price
- Great Breakfest. Best in all Italy.
- Breathtaking terrasse on the top
- Room: We got the room 120, which is the only one on the 4th floor. It is on the terrasse. If (WHEN) I go back I will make sure to reserve the same room again. Impressive size for European hotels. Very nice bathroom. I'm sure the other rooms are nice too but this one is hell of an experience for that price. I usually went for 60E-80E typeof hotels but I don't regret this place at all.
The only CON I can really think of is that they do not take credit cards. So make sure you have enough money to pay and don't forget that the ATM can only give you so much per day.
Convenient, yet tucked away
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.
One word of WARNING: We drove into Cinque Terre and parked for a day (roughly 20 hours) in the large lot catty-corner from the front of La Spaggia. When we left in the morning, we were completely ripped off by the kid working the gate. The fee was 12 euros a day, even, as it was explained to us when we entered, for those cars parked overnight. The kid rang up a 25-euro charge, which I immediately questioned. He gave me a convoluted rationale, and, seeing as a line of cars was forming behind me, I opted not to sit there and argue. After all, our Cinque Terre experience was too incredible to be spoiled by a 13-euro squabble.
Just think twice about parking there.
La Colonnina Hotel - a good choice for Monterosso.
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.
Would also like to mention that the staff was very friendly and helpful, one even making a call to our next destination to make a reservation for us. Their restaurant recommendations were excellent.
If you park in the beach lot, it's at the opposite end of town. If you don't have a lot of luggage, it's not a bad walk. However, if you decide to take a taxi, be sure to negotiate a price (not more than 4 Euros) ahead of time. There is also a shuttle bus from the area of the parking lot to very near the hotel.
LOVED this place
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!
Mixed review for La Colonnina
We stayed at this hotel and I have to give it a mixed review.
The good points:
It was very clean and the maid staff was very nice.
It has beautiful shiny stone or marble floors, but, they are also very sound conducive.
The lady who does the cappucino, etc. for breakfast was very nice and helpful when my husband became ill. She gave me chamomile tea to take up to the room to him to help settle his stomach.
The bad points:
The walls were thin and you could hear people talking, using the hair dryers in the morning, scraping the chairs across the stone floors, etc.
We had some problems with the people at the front desk. My husband became ill while we were there. He was too sick to move and we tried to extend our stay for 1 night. First we were told it wasn't possible and I went scrambling around town trying to find another hotel close by we could move to. I made the reservation at another hotel. Then, at 9:30 that night, the front desk called and said they would have a room for us after all, but we would have to change rooms.
I called to cancel the reservation at the other hotel and they were not happy, even though I explained my husband was ill and it was best if he didn't have to move. (He was very weak and could hardly walk.)
We changed rooms the next morning. My husband was still sick. He asked the front desk that evening if we could have a late checkout the next day and was told yes. We were told we could check out @ 2:00 p.m.
When I went down to breakfast the next morning, he called to verify the late checkout and was told it was not possible, that we would have to be out at 11:00, or be charged for another day.
Everyone who worked at the hotel knew he was sick. They saw him leave the room for a few minutes to go sit in the reception area or the terrace while the room was being cleaned. Everyone asked how he was doing and it was obvious he was not well. I don't know why they were so firm on the checkout policy. We ended up sitting in the lobby and the terrace for hours, until it was time to catch our train. Nobody checked in while we were waiting and the maids were there the entire time. They could have let us stay in the room longer and cleaned it after we left.
So, the place was clean, but noisy and the reception staff was not the friendliest given our situation.
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.