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“Beautiful place to stay at the top of the hill in Manarola!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Torretta
Vico Volto, 20 | Piazza della Chiesa, 19017 Manarola, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 Manarola B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful place to stay at the top of the hill in Manarola!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We found this place on Trip Advisor. It is beautiful!!! It sits at the top of the hill above the main street in Manarola, the prettiest village of the Cinque Terre.

The 4 of us (two couples) stayed here for 3 nights; one in a suite and one in a standard room. Both were very elegantly furnished and very comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay:
- The reception was able to help us with all of our needs (including help to get up and down the steep hill in Manarola).
- The breakfasts (in our rooms) were excellent; the welcoming sparkling wine on the day of our arrival was most welcome; and the aperatifs on the patio each evening were great, including the opportunity to meet other visitors staying at this small boutique hotel.
- Getting around was very easy from the hotel (i) by using a 72 hour Cinque Terre pass which allowed us to use all of the trains and trails between the villages and (ii) by buying a couple of tickets for the Cinque Terre boats which stop at Manarola.
- There were at least 5 very good restaurants in Manarola that were only a 5 - 10 minute walk away (which could be booked via Reception).
- It was nice to discover that there was a computer at reception (when it was open) from which to access the internet.
- It was nice to get a 10% discount for paying our hotel bill in cash.

We would strongly recommend La Torretta to others; you need, however, to book well in advance of your stay. We booked 6 months ahead of ours, and there were still only 2 rooms left!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The rooms were tinier than my bathroom back in my pigeon hole of an apartment in Mumbai. The bathroom's shower cubicle wouldnt have accommodated me if i had reached there after gorging on the wonderful italian food at the end of my trip.
Yet there was a free minibar- a big deal as half a bottle of water cost 1 euro in Italy and use of a restroom costs 1.5 euro in Milan station!
We were helped with our luggage along steep winding steps to our room and welcomed with Proseco and caviar. There was a bottle of proseco in our room which we now regret leaving behind. the hotel staff were kind enough to let me use their in-house computer as long as I wanted in the night and all I had do was shut the reception's door after my use.
We had breakfast which was inadequate in choice and without anything warm except the hot beverages. Yet it is served with a genuine smile in your room or on the verandah outside. The view of the quaint Manarola fishing from our room in the early morning is a sight we will cherish forever.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We absolutely loved our 2 night stay here. After a long day of travel and the trek up the hill to the hotel (all of the good hotels are atop the hill) we were welcomed with champagne and bruschetta. The staff went above and beyond to cater to us. Amongst a 2 week trip in Italy this was definitely the highlight of our travels. Super comfy bed, lush bathrobes and a private patio made it even more relaxing. We will definitely be going back and staying for more than 2 nights next time! I would highly recommend sacrificing a little bit more money for the top service and chic retreat that is La Torreta.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Great find! Fun, romantic, special! Fantastic experience. Great opportunity in Cinque Terre. This is one of the only places you can access (almost) by car. Phenomenal little hill town. Can otherwise get around to the other towns via the train, or when the trails or open, hiking. Great choices near by for meals. A must see and stay "off the beaten path"

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We arrived in Manarola by train and walked up to La Torretta. When we got to the top of the hill we were smacked in the face with the view over the Mediterranean. When we checked in, we were not hit with we need your credit card and all that normal stuff, but instead by a lovely young woman asking for our passports to get us registered, then a young gentlemen handed us our welcome drink. From there, he took our bags to our rooms. We had the "Bella Vista" suite. which was a double room with a view looking right out into the Med. We had a small balcony which will hold two people. the room was absolutely amazing. So very clean and very modern inside. Our friend that was traveling with us had the single room, which had its own private entrance, she was very impressed with hers also.

they deliver breakfast to your room, if you want. If the weather is nice, then you can just have it down on the terrace, where they have the nightly happy hour. they made dinner reservations for us both nights and since we had to leave early the next morning before breakfast was served, they packed us breakfast and brought it to us that night.

Its a little pricey, but spend the money!!! you will not be sorry.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Manarola was our first stop on our return trip to Italy. We found the town itself was our favourite for accommodation location and La Torretta does not disappoint. They were friendly and very well organized. The views of the sea and vineyards were spectacular. The breakfast brought to our room or on the terrace at the time of our choosing is a great way to start the day. It was the perfect way to ease into our holiday. If you're looking for something special this it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

when we first booked our trip about 9 months in advance we were originally supposed to stay at a place in vernazza. then, the big mudslides and storms in oct.2011 changed our plans. our reservation was cancelled. we had wanted to stay at la torretta the whole time but were nervous about only being able to book in the new year. we wanted to make sure we had everything booked and ready to go as soon as we could. so, we waited a few months and then on dec.31st, we sent an email requesting a room at la torretta. we were thrilled to find out that we acquired a room when we wanted to stay (in may 2012). we opted to splurge and get the cheapest room... at the most expensive hotel (la torretta) instead of the nicest room at a cheaper establishment. it was SOOOOO worth it! la torretta made us feel like royalty! we did have the smallest and most cost effective room but let me tell you... the view was worth a million dollars!! we didn't have our own "private" balcony, but we did have all the public balconies all to ourselves b/c everyone else had their own attached to their rooms. no one needed to use the public spaces... so they were all ours! the room was well appointed... nice bed, nice linens and all the conveniences you could ask for. including a great little nespresso machine. :) when we arrived, we were treated to prosecco and caviar with some other treats. and every evening on the patio they served wine and appetizers. it was great getting to know some of the other hotel patrons at this time. we had a blast chatting it up and have even kept in contact with these people. oh, the breakfast was delicious... what could be better than breakfast in bed every morning when you request it? we were even able to use the small hot tub a couple of times. all in all, a wonderful place to stay. if i'd ever return to cinque terre, there's no doubt in my mind that we'd stay in la torretta again, in a heartbeat!!! you have to stay here!!!!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vico Volto, 20 | Piazza della Chiesa, 19017 Manarola, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Manarola
Amenities:
Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Manarola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
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