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“Exceeded expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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Albergo al Carugio
Via Roma 100, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Telluride, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

After a long travel day my sister and I were finally glad to arrive at al Carugio. I had been in contact with Adrea, the owner, who was very thorough and helpful with instructions about how to find the hotel. Which wasn't tough at all. It was a decent walk from the train station, nothing too long. There are closer hotels to the train station, but old town is where the charm is.

The hotel is located on Via Roma, one of the main streets in old Monterosso. After looking around the town, I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else.

The accommodations were very simple and small but also very clean, and for the reasonable price we couldn't have been happier. As most reviews state, Andrea is the backbone of the hotel. He really goes out of his way to make his guests happy and make sure they enjoy their stay. We had friends staying at another property they found through the information center, which was also nice, but they admitted that we were lucky to have someone like Andrea who was kinda enough to offer dining suggestions and hiking information.

I am happy to recommend Albergo al Carugio to anyone heading to Cinque Terra. This area was a highlight of our trip, and the accommodations made it even better. If you're looking for something over the top luxurious, this isn't the place. But if you're looking for a budget friendly room that will get the job done for a short stay, then look no further.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The whole booking process, check-in, and check-out all worked seamlessly (which isn't always the case in boutique hotels in Italy). We loved the host who shared with us tips for restaurants, trails, etc. On arrival, we were given one of the larger rooms because he noticed we walked in with 2 really large bags and would need space to keep them. Everything we needed was readily available and we had a great experience. The only issue we had was that given we were only staying for 1 night, it was a long trek to and from the station with our 2 large bags. Would have been much easier if we had driven in as this is on the road into town, but for train travel the walk was a bit long -- although thankfully no steep hills/inclines like there are in other towns.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

My friend and I stayed at Albergo al Carugio for two nights late May 2013. This hotel is at the end of the main road in the old part of Monterosso- just a couple of minute walk to the ocean. The room was clean and nice and we even had a private patio which backed up to the neighboring lemon orchard. Andrea, the owner, was incredibly helpful and interacting with him was the highlight of our time at this hotel. As a reviewer below describes, Andrea sends a confirmation email out with a town map and walking directions from either where you park or the train station, depending on how you arrive.
Last year, I stayed 4 nights in Vernazza and had a wonderful experience as well. However, if I find my way back to Cinque Terre, this will be my go-to spot!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in April 2013. The rooms are simple and kept very clean. The best part of staying here is dealing with the owner, Andrea. After booking the room, I received an email from him within hours with a map of the area, directions from the train station and his mobile number in case we had problems. Upon arrival, Andrea gave us great suggestions for places to eat and hike. He let me borrow a hair dryer to use since I didn't bring one. Every day, he would make sure we were happy and well taken care of. Two days before our departure, Andrea told us about a scheduled train strike. Thanks to him, we were able to find a train to get us to the airport. He was a joy and a very sweet man! I would stay here again. The WiFi worked very well. We had room 2, which I would recommend because it is not facing the main street, which can be noisy in the morning hours. This hotel is in a perfect location to enjoy Monterosso and the other Cinque Terre towns.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights from 21March 2013.

We were taken by surprised on arrival that we could not WALK to the hotel as advertised. The only thorough way to the hotel during normal times is to go through a tunnel which was blocked by falling stones the night before we arrived. ....we were so told. Without exception, all the hotels in the older part of Monterosso are affected. Taxi (10-18 euros) or hourly free shuttle bus are the only means to get around the problem ie going up and down the mountain side for a journey of about 20 minutes.

Boat services are scheduled to commenced on 23 March going between the Cinque Terre towns. Probably this might alleviate the traffic problem a bit.

This hotel is a basic hotel, clean and simple. A little over priced......especially at the current state of traffic condition there.

Andrea, the hotel keeper was very nice, friendly and helpful. He even volunteered to give us a discount to compensate our unexpected extra expenditure, as a good gesture . Much appreciated, Andrea.

I would advise to avoid booking the old town hotels, B and B , or hostels in this part of Monterosso until the tunnel gives green light for safe passage. It might take months.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I was in Monterosso in October 2012 and found Andrea's place online. Monterosso seems to be the least hilly as far as where lodging is. The town is small so nothing is really far away. From the center of town Albergo al Carugio can't be more than 100 yards up a mildly sloped street that you would call Broadway in a large city. It is lined with shops and restaurants that you'll be visiting while you are there.

The room was not luxurious, but it was clean and suited me fine and had a window that looked out on the main street. The wireless internet and TV worked and Andrea spoke great English, which really helps. Andrea was at the front desk most of the day till 9pm. He knew pretty much everything you would want to know about what to do and where to eat, train tips, ferry tips. etc. He is very proactive about making sure you have everything and that your stay is going fine.

The location is just out of the way so that noise wasn't really a problem. But quiet in Italy is different from quiet in France. No one talks loud to each other on the streets in France. The opposite is true in Italy. I prefer the later. The windows had those heavy duty security shutters on them like in much of Europe. these work fine if you don't want to hear Italians or see any light in the morning.

I would stay at this place again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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NYC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is a cute little place in Monterosso, off the main drag. What made it memorable was the manager, Andrea, who could not have been more pleasant(even before we arrived) and helpful. We stayed one night and he recommended restaurants, travel between towns etc.

The hotel itself is very,very basic, and I thought a bit overpriced for the accommodation (though comparable with other similar places in Cinque Terre in the same range). The bathroom was beyond tiny, as in a closet-the shower, next to toilet was a joke. For 1 night it was fine. If I were to return to CT for a longer period of time, i might check other places as well.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Roma 100, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #12 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Monterosso al Mare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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