When we booked this place we were a bit unsure as we couldn't find many reviews about it online anywhere. Turns out it exactly what we were looking for. We arrived at the Monterosso train station and went to the National Park information office which was right on the platform when we got off. We showed them the email we had for our reservation and they called the owner for us to tell him we had arrived. They then gave us a little map of the area and told us where to go and where he would meet us. You need to walk down the main road towards the tunnel that divides the "New" side from the "OLD" side. he met us at the end of the tunnel on the old side. It's a bit of a walk from the station so if you don't have wheels on your bag you can take one of the 2-3 tiny cabs in the city. The old side and new side each have a beach, you need to pay something ridiculous like 10Euro to use it to get a seat with umbrella, or you can just use the public beach area or camp out on some of the giant rocks that are freel. Keep in mind the beach is not sandy but rocky, but the water is warm and very refreshing. It will also be crowded.
The place he took us was down a very quaint side street in the old district only about 5mins walk from the beach. it's located on the second floor, with no elevator, but he gave us a hand carrying the bags up the stairs. The room while small (like most places in Europe) was actually one of the nicer ones and more modern decorated ones we stayed in during the trip. There was a TV, mini fridge, small modern wall safe (that had a really cool key to open it). The bathroom was actually a decent size too. There is no A/C (few places have it in Italy it seems) but it did have a good size fan, We also just left the window open and let the gentle sea breeze in. While the days were scorching hot the room was a very comfortable temperature with the fan on.
We only saw the owner that first day, and paid him when we arrived, since we had to catch a train early the morning on our last day, so we felt it would be easier to just leave when we were ready. Even more surprising that there is a maid who comes by daily to make the bed, which is a service we never received in any of the other accommodations like this during our whole trip.
There are a number of small cafes in the immediate area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We dined both nights at the seafood restaurant 2 doors down which was superb. spent about 60Euro for two for a nice full meal all homemade with fresh seafood.
Also I would highly recommend going to one of the little shops a street or 2 over. Don't worry about finding out about it, a guy comes by and drops flyers off for it at your table each night advertising for it. The reason why I recommend it is they have free tasting of all their products. We went there and tried a number of different drinks and local products. We had planned on only getting one or two items that we had tried during our trip, but after trying them all we walked way with several items that added conisderable weight to our luggage.
If you are planning on visiting the other towns, the hike is breathtaking, but the one that departs from Monterosso is the longest and most difficult. it is not for anyone with disabilities, it is a rough trail in areas and a ludicrious number of steps. even though it's only 2km it takes 2hrs to do. Bring lots of water. The next town is much smaller but very quaint. The next trail over is much easier in comparison and you are able to walk two abreast on this one and that town is even smaller and there is little to see and do there. We caught the train back from that point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within the heart of the historic center of Monterosso only a few meters from the sea, in one of the most evocative and characteristic streets of the town, “Affittacamere Unico” was born in a recently restructured building, rigorously preserved in order to safeguard a part of ancient history as old as Monterosso.This charming hotel, with its characteristic ceilings, will not only give you the pleasure of all the comforts of home but will also give you the sensation that you have stepped far into the past into a dimension almost surreal.The name “Unico”, comes from the name that the Grandfather of the actual owner, “Mr Sciensa”, as he was affectionately called by the locals, gave to the main boat of his tiny fishing fleet.The rooms in the hotel are the names of the other boats that belonged to that old fishing fleet.All rooms are furnished with the utmost care and good taste each includes a large private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, minibar, fan and safe.The price per room per one night starts from 60 euro, during the low season, to 80 euro during the high season, everything included (everyday cleaning service included).Unico doesn’t serve any breakfast, at the same time, few meters from the hotel you can easily find nice café and restaurants. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Unico Affittacamere Hotel Monterosso Al Mare
- Unico Affittacamere Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy