1) beautiful location up high on some rocks, with amazing views of the sea from the breakfast area and many of the rooms
2) nice and helpful staff
3) fairly nice bathroom (we had a 5-headed shower, so that was new/unusual, and quite pleasant)
The biggest disappointment: since were travelling with our 3-year old son, we booked what the hotel calls a "junior suite", thinking that we'd get a room with a separate section/room for him to sleep in. In our experience this is the norm in most 4- and 5-star hotels. It turns out that the hotel thinks that it can get away with just giving you a normal room that looks to be 3-4 sqm larger than their standard rooms (you can see this on the floorplan of the hotel that they have to display on the inside of their guestroom doors). So basically, we had put our son to bed at 7 and then turn off the lights and be really quiet until we went to sleep ourselves. Not very relaxing.
Other negatives: for a four-star hotel, it all had a fairly 2-3 star feel: the amenities in the bathroom, the furniture in the rooms, the public areas (with really old heavy dark furniture that would fit well in 20-year old swiss ski chalet), the way the staff dressed (casual clothes, no uniforms anywhere).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Porto Roca is located 200 metres from the historic centre of Monterosso and at the start to the 5 terre path. Its extraordinary location between land and sky on the sea offers a relaxing oasis far from noise and stress of everyday modern life. It boasts 40 air-conditioned rooms and 3 suites. Our chef offers traditional and typical local dishes in our panoramic inside and outside restaurants overlooking the sea and harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Roca Hotel
- Hotel Porto Roca Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy