Great, great, great place to stay! We were not sure about it going into this trip, but it turned out perfectly.
At first, I was searching for hotels in Vernazza, Riomaggiore, and Monterosso, but everything was booked for our planned trip to Cinque Terre. So I somehow came across Albergo La Marina and checked out the reviews. We were incredibly satisfied with our choice.
The location was perfect for us. I was kind of disappointed at first because we had to take the train into Cinque Terre each time, and it wasn't the most convenient. The closest town (Monterosso) was 20 minutes away and the furthest town (Riomaggiore) was 40 minutes. But after seeing how many tourists were in all the Cinque Terre towns, we were so happy we chose our hotel. It's located in Deiva Marina and is five minutes from the train station. Easy walk, no hills and stairs like the other towns. Deiva Marina is a small little town right on the beach and it seemed like all the tourists that were staying there were Italians, so we never felt like we were in a tourist trap.
The room itself was average in size but the quality was just fine. Actually, better than fine. The decor was nice and modern, bathroom was spacious, everything was great. No complaints!
The service, I think, was perhaps the best part. We dealt mostly with Elena(?) and Marco. I didn't trust Marco at first because he was too nice and I thought it was sketchy. Turns out they're both just incredibly nice and helpful. Beyond helpful. They gave great advice and you can even buy your train tickets through them at the desk. Seriously, I can't emphasize how excellent the service was. Not just those two, but Marco's mother and father, and a couple of others on the staff as well. Marco's mom makes a pretty damn good cappuccino also!
We definitely recommend this hotel to everyone. The only reason to not stay here is if you really must stay in Cinque Terre, but keep in mind you'll be in a swamp of tourists. Albergo La Marina is a great escape from the tourist craze of Cinque Terre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Its particularly comfortable position, only 300 Metres from the railway station and few steps from the beach makes the hotel the ideal place for a relaxing and interesting holiday. Cinque Terre and Portofino are easy to reach by train and, during summer season, by boat, thanks to the small pier located only 200 metres from the hotel. ... more less
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