We booked this hotel through Groupon (France) as we wished to visit 'Cinque Terre' on the Ligurian coast and also wanted to visit some of the rural surroundings of Sarzana including the archeological site of Luni. The attractive Groupon deal for two persons offered three nights with breakfasts and one meal, all for 150€. Before buying the Coupons we checked pictures of Al Santandrea on the internet and also with Google Earth Streetview. So we knew that its location was surely not superb but we would not be entitled to complain about that specific aspect afterward.
The hotel was easy to find. On Al Santandrea's website a clear explanation is given how to find the hotel in case the GPS is not correct. We arrived May 12, 2014 the receptionist was very kind and helpful and gave lots of useful tips for our short stay. The hotel room was clean and with first class bedding, but it already was quite warm. Unfortunately because of environmental regulations the air-conditioning could not be switched on before the end of May. Opening the window to get some fresh air was also letting in lots of noise from the main street on which side our room was located. After explaining our problem to the lady manager next morning we were offered a room on the back side which was quite a relief.
The meal we took in the hotel was very tasteful, for each course we had a choice between three dishes. We much appreciated the local specialties. Wine was very affordable adding to our positive appreciation of the restaurant. The next day we had a very good dinner at La Compagnia dei Balenieri a specialty restaurant in the center of Sarzana.
The third evening, after having visited Cinque Terre we were so tired that we were glad to be able to have dinner at Santandrea and not to have to go the center of Sarzana.
All in all if we decide to visit the area once more we will return to this hotel and restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located a short distance from the motorway A12 Sarzana, the Al Sant'andrea is a cozy 3-star hotel with 52 comfortable rooms, ample free parking and meeting space. A few minutes from the center of Sarzana and its railway station, surrounded by greenery, the hotel occupies a strategic position for both tourists who can easily reach all the most important and interesting of the region (Cinque Terre, Golfo Paradiso , Gulf of Tigullio, the Versilia, the charming Tuscan hinterland) and for business travelers. Situato a breve distanza dall'uscita dell'autostrada A12 per Sarzana, il Sant’Andrea è un accogliente hotel a 3 stelle che dispone di 52 confortevoli camere, di un ampio parcheggio gratuito e di spazio riunioni. A pochi minuti dal centro storico di Sarzana e dalla sua stazione ferroviaria, circondato dal verde, l'hotel occupa una posizione strategica sia per i turisti che possono raggiungere in poco tempo tutte le località più importanti ed interessanti della regione (Cinque terre, Golfo Paradiso, Golfo del Tigullio, la Versilia, l’affascinante entroterra ligure e quello toscano) che per i viaggiatori d'affari. ... more less
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