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“Beautiful views but it ends there” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Luna di Marzo
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Riomaggiore
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful views but it ends there”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

First I would like people to know that Luna Di Marzo is in Volastra and not the town of Riomaggiore. This town has only one restaurant however there is a shuttle bus that will bring you to Manorella from where you can take the train to visit the different areas of CInque Terre and also to eat at different restaurants but the shuttle stops at 7:45 p.m. so you are back at the hotel at 8 p.m. with a t.v. that is only Italian except for one channel. Now for the hotel. We had the room with the balcony, Amazing views very clean room, lovely bathroom but unfortunately the soundproofing of this hotel is terrible. You can hear everything Showers, toilets flushing people talking. Once all the guest are sleeping it is very quiet for no noise from outside .As for the welcoming it was terrible. We had the impression that the hotel manager who is the owner hated his job. Very sullen and seem to hate to be disturbed. For example: The first morning we were there we found out that the breakfast was buffet. The manager was sitting at his computer and merely pointed at the food that was set out on a small table. The utensils were praticly hidden from view. So we went to get what we needed to eat outside .My husband pourred 2 glasses of orange juice and the manager arrived very annoyed at him for doing so .He was the one who poured the juice and coffee. How were we to know? All the other hotels ,the personnel comes to ask you what you want to drink . The next day we waited and he was sighing the whole time he was preparing the coffee. As beautiful as the views are from the hotel I do not recommend it

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2011

My 21-year-old daughter and I stayed here for two nights. The views are incredible and the gardens and vineyards surrounding the hotel are lovely. The room was spacious and very well maintained. The breakfast was very good. But the reason I am taking the time to write a review is because we received outstanding service from Eugenio. Due to poor planning on my part, we had a bit of a problem, but Eugenio came to our rescue and resolved it for us. I would love to stay at Luna di Marza again, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind scheduling their time around the bus service. I think the beauty of this place more than makes up for any inconvenience due to remoteness.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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22 Thank jfvigil
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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2011

Stayed at Luna di Marzo for three nights. Hotel is located in Volastra, up the hill from Manarola. Overall, it is a comfortable and decent hotel, however its location has some drawbacks.
First the positives
1) the view is amazing. On top of the hill looking out over the Mediterranean with Manarola to your left and Corniglia to your right.
2) Rooms are modern and comfortable
3) Breakfast is simple, but decent - continental breakfast with the option of scrambled eggs
4) Staff are friendly
5) Nice hikes down to Manarola and Corniglia (25 mins and 1 hour respectively)

The negatives:
All about the remoteness of the location. Volastra is a good 40min+ hike straight up hill from Manarola. There is a shuttle bus which links Manarola to Volastra - comes every half an hour or so and costs €1.80 per trip (unless you have unlimited travel included in your Cinque Terra Pass). Also, the shuttle bus stops at 7pm each night which makes dinner decisions difficult.
Currently there are no eating options in Volastra as the one restaurant in under renovation.
If you choose to eat in Manarola, the hotel manager, Eugenio will kindly drive down to pick you up when you are ready. Just make sure you let him know that you plan to eat out before you do so. Given the inconvenience of dragging Eugenio down to pick you up, one feels slightly reluctant to stay out too late (have dinner anywhere other than Manarola/have a drink after dinner)

Overall a decent hotel, but one needs to be mindful of potential inconveniences to wait for shuttle/organise pick-up from Manarola to Volastra. If you have a car then the hotel would be perfect.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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15 Thank LilSco24
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2010

My wife and I absolutely loved our stay here and we wished could have stayed a couple more nights. The location is remote and very quiet compared to the busy towns in Cinque Terre. Although we were away from everything, we were only a short 5-10 minute shuttle bus ride back down the mountain to the towns. It was actually very nice to walk down through the vineyards in the morning to get into town and only takes 20-25 minutes, We found it to be a beautiful way to kick off our day.
The is accommodation is very clean with stunning views and a very nice breakfast restaurant that overlooks the ocean. Eugene is extremely helpful and wanted us to be comfortable while we were there.

We would definitely recommend this hotel and stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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16 Thank Billy77_10
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Bucharest, Romania
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

We've stayed there for one week and we were delighted. There are some inconveniences - but some of them are just part of the charm of this hotel ...
In more details :
- we loved the room : very spacious, large terrace (with 2 sunbeds and a table), breathtaking views
- quiet, quiet, quiet - perfect place if you are looking for silence , rest, good sleep etc ... so quiet that in the middle of the day we felt like wispering on our terrace :)......
- decent breakfast (upon italian standards)
- friendly & helpful staff
The inconveniences :
- it is located in a small village , 3 km from Manarola (but that is actually the secret of the quietness and the spectacular views you get). We managed perfectly with the green buses (which do the route to Manarola & back every hour) ; little inconvenience is that the last bus up departs from Manarola at 10.30pm - so you need to do the dinner plans accordingly ; yet , even after 10.30pm, the bus will do the ride up for a fee of 5E/person, if you call them .
- the reception / bar of the hotel is closed at 10.30pm , and so is the only mini market in the Volastra village ; so if you stay at this hotel , make sure you have all you need for the evening (may it be water, wine, cigarettes , whatever) before going up from Manarola; there are no fridges in the room, so you cannot exactly pile a stock of water / juice / wine etc once for the whole period of your stay (unless you like to drink it at room temperature)

This hotel was great for us - and I think it can be an oasis or relaxation for many. On condition that you know what you get. If one wants a secluded, quiet and excellent view place - this is it . Being secluded has its price - but it's definately worth it....

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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16 Thank CameliaB
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Additional Information about Luna di Marzo

Property: Luna di Marzo
Address: Montello 387 Volastra, 19010 Riomaggiore, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Riomaggiore
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,686 - ₹ 9,251
Hotel Class:3 star — Luna di Marzo 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luna di Marzo Hotel is located in Volastra in a panoramic position overlooking the sea in the very heart of the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. With its ten rooms, our hotel is surrounded by terraced rows of grapevines and olive trees. It offers to the lucky guests a true foreshortening on the panoramas of the Cinque Terre. ... more   less 
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