Our group of three couples reserved the three rooms at Cristina's villa for two nights in early October and we enjoyed our stay in the Cinque Terre area.
The directions that Cristina provide are very good and she is a very good communicator, prior to and during the stay. We called her to let us know when we planned to arrive and she was at the villa to greet us. The second morning when we woke up to no lights, she texted us to let us know that the entire village had no power after the previous night's storm and that she would be unable to provide breakfast. She deducted one morning's breakfast from the bill.
Parking right outside the villa is very convenient.
Cristina gives you a choice of breakfast times and then comes to the villa to provide the breakfast - coffee, cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice and a wonderful croissant.
The walk up the steep driveway to the steps up to the villa would be challenging for anyone with mobility issues. We did not attempt the the walk into town after one member of our group did some reconnaissance and cautioned us that the return trip would be a challenging uphill walk after a dinner in the dark. We chose to drive into town and park in the large lot.
The rooms are very spacious, but need more surface space to place things on and the beds are low to the floor. There is one luggage rack in each room but no other surface is available to place a second piece of luggage, so it lies open on the floor. The bathrooms would also be more user-friendly with some surface/shelf to place things on.
Cristina provides a nice variety of information for your stay - maps, ferry schedules, train schedules. etc. We took the ferries one day stopping at the four villages accessible by boat. We also had dinner in town on the promenade between the new town and the old town. The second night we took the train to Vernazza for a special birthday celebration dinner at a restaurant near the water..
In summary, although Cristina makes the stay at her villa a very pleasant one, the challenges related to location and the set up of the rooms would be a deterrent for a future visit. These concerns are more than likely related to our age - mid - sixty travelers. They in no way should reflect negatively on Cristina and her hospitality.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Cristina Hotel Monterosso Al Mare
- Villa Cristina Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy