It was a marvellous experience to arrive in Manarola at La Torretta. Apart from the difficulty of getting there by car (we arrived from Genova and the Google map indicated a road that was in the mean time destroyed by the terrible floods in 2011, so the only way is to come from La Spezia), once we arrived there, it was paradise. I've never experienced in any hotel, not even in 5 stars hotels, such a warm welcome: a bottle of Prosecco was awaiting for us, Mr. Giuseppe, the owner, wrote us a personal welcome note, reserved us a table to the restaurant, everything in the minibar and the single malt whisky was offered, nespresso coffee machine, a chocolate every evening on the pillow, really incredible. And even more incredible, the house has a 2 place jacuzzi that the guests can reserve and they are again offered a glass of prosecco to sip in the bubbling water. For Easter, we had the surprise to receive at breakfast a huge chocolate Easter egg. From 5-7, "il vino del patron", the house wine offered on the terrace allows to admire the beautiful sunset over Cinque Terre. In spite that there is no real garden or swimming pool (which would be impossible in such a place because of the steep mountains around), the house has so many charming corners that you can discover a new one every day of your stay. Our room had a small terrace with a superb view on the sea and on the Easter decorations that enlighted every evening the hill in front. The bed was extremely comfortable which is quite rare in many hotels of similar rating.
Cinque Terre is a wonderful place for hiking and I guess spring is the perfect season where all the citrus bear their fruit, everywhere is green and in blossom. In summer it must be quite unbearable because there is practically no beach and hiking in the mid day sun heat must be quite difficult although the paths are shaded by wonderful olive trees and other mediteranian plants.
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- La Torretta Hotel Manarola