Hotel La Spiaggia
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel La Spiaggia Monterosso
We recently returned from two weeks in Northern Italy. While the sites in Florence and Venice were stunning, by far, the highlight was the three days we spent at La Spiaggia Hotel in Monterosso. The blue sea at our doorstep, the wandering through towns full of life, fed the best of foods by its terraced hillside farms and just to relax completely makes this stop one anyone should consider. Andrea Poggio and his staff at La Spiaggia made room for us when the town was packed, advised us on dinner choices, provided banner breakfasts and a gift of local wine that awaits our next meal here at home. Anyone who wants to see Northern Italy at its simple finest would be well advised to contact this quaint corner nestled in the unsurpassed beauty of the Cinque Terra. We were advised by our host to stop at a small restaurant off the beaten path on our way north. He called the restaurant while we travelled and we were welcomed to the finest meal, hors devors actually, any of us have ever experienced. Relaxing, colorful and memorable.
Felt like family
We came to Monterossa to spend 3 relaxing days after touring about at a rather fast pace. We hadn't a reservation but were offered #7 (small balcony on the sea) and fell in love with Ilaria for her kindness at finding us the room and of course Andrea Poggi for his warmth and "godfather" attitude about seeing that his family is treated to the wonders of the Cinque Terre region.....i would return tomorrow if possible......we were given suggestions for our excursions, meals and travel plans and every one of them was perfection. We feel like friends more than customers which is the best to be said of an experience we think.
Pleasant stay in La Spaggia
We would just say 'thank you' for the pleasant stay we've had at the La Spaggia Hotel in Monterosso 2 weeks ago. Very friendly owner, who can help you with good suggestions for dinner. Nice room with balcony, sea view. So highly recommended to pay a visit!
This was our third time to the Cinque Terra and second stay at La Spiaggia and we plan more trips to this area and hotel. Andrea Poggi, the owner, is our friend and he and his staff go out of their way to make your stay memorable. The hotel is on the sea with a good breeze all day and night. The rooms with a balcony are the best. Thr rooms are clean and the price is the best for this area. The breakfast is the best. The balcony is great for views of the sea, people watching, and family card playing. We took our 3 children on our last visit, ages 25, 23 and 20, and they had a grand time. The staff at the hotel are very helpful and pleasant. As others who have visited this area know it is beautiful, the food is delicious, wine is unsurpassed, and Andrea Poggi makes you feel like family for the time you are there. We will be returning.
What a town!
I have been going to Italy every year for the past ten years and my stay at this hotel in Monterosso is always a highlight of my trip. Owner Andrea Poggi is always helpful with advice to all, as he speaks 4 or 5 languages that I know of, and I always must bring a couple of bottles of his home made white wine back with me. I can'y wait to go again this year, hopefully in October.
A honeymooners delight...
On the recommendation of a friend we traveled from the small Tuscan town we were staying at during our honeymoon for an overnight trip to Cinque Terre...and it was worth the trip! Andrea is as friendly as they come, and for two American's who don't speak Italian very well (or at all), an added treat, an interpreter. From the first glass of wine, to the terrace view...to the impromptu trip to Vernazza...Andrea asked a local to take us to the train so we wouldn't miss seeing 2 of the 5 cities of Cinque Terre instead of just one during our short trip. We can not wait to return to travel through all 5, of course always landing in Monterosso to visit with a good friend and host Senior Poggi!
My wife and I have had the good fortune to stay 7 times over the years in the La Spiaggia Hotel in Monterosso al Mare in the Province of Liguria. La Spiaggia is ideally situated yards from the sea and is a wonderful location from which to explore the incomparable Cinqueterre region--which no visitor to Italy should miss. The accomodations are modern and impeccably clean, the staffpersons are uniformly polite and helpful, and the proprietor, Mr. Andrea Poggi, is an invaluable resource. He is fluent in numerous languages and is extremely knowledgeable about the locale, its arts and cultural activities, the local restaurant scene, travel connections and virtually any other subject in which his guests might have interest. Mr. Poggi is a warm host who is anxious at all times to ensure that his guests are enjoying themselves. La Spiaggia is an exceptional value.
The two of us have stayed at Hotel La Spiaggia in the past and return often because of the wonderful atmosphere of the village, the hotel's splendid location on the sea, and its ebullient and sage owner/operator Andrea Poggi who can trace his family's birth records in the village back to 1510. Although the Cinque Terre area is a tourist mecca, these five villages are still small town Italy. Hotel La Spiaggia is a fine example of the type of hotel Europeans flock to -- clean, well run, and a good value for the area.
We first encountered Hotel La Spiaggia back in '99 and we loved the area and the hotel's hospitality so much that we decided to return six years later......for our honeymoon. The Hotel is run by Poggi Andrea, a third generation Cainque Terre resident and a man who can speak more than a half dozen languages. Truly the "Don" of Cinque Terre, Poggi will get you a reservation on its private beach, a reservation with a breathtaking view of the water in the top restaurants in each of the five towns, and he will even help you find places to visit once you leave the Cinque Terre region. Before we left to come back home to the states, Poggi surprized us with our favorite pasta that he used to serve at his restaurant for dinner along with fresh pesto (Cinque Terre is the birthplace of Pesto) They now serve a hearty buffet breakfast that overlooks the main street in Monterosso. The Host and his staff have been so gracious and accomodating. The rooms are very spacious and clean and hold the best views of the ocean. La Spiaggia, Don Poggi, and Monterosso hold a special place in our hearts. The city is so calm and relaxed. There is nothing to to but sit back, eat, drink, and enjoy the offerings of the region.
La Spiaggia was our rescue during our stay in Cinque Terre. Our room was large with a full balcony and nice bathroom for only 100 euros. The front desk staff were also helpful and told us of some great places to eat. La Spiaggia was right across the street from the beach, and only a short walk to the rail station. Note: bring cash, they don't take credit cards.