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“Beautiful Views of Monterosso” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Porto Roca
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Corone, 1, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy   |  
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“Beautiful Views of Monterosso”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This was a very busy season for Cinque Terre and was probably a month late when booking. This was one of the few places left near the water. In the end it ended up being one of our favourite hotels on our trip.

When you arrive via the train, a car will pick you up and take you to the hotel. You just need to call when you arrive at the train station. Recommend doing that as it is a 10min walk without bags, and with bags up the hill would be very painful. The view you get when you arrive though is beautiful. It is set away from the bustle and less than 5mins walk to all the restaurants which makes it nice and serene. We had a room (cottage) which was away from the main hotel but gave you your own personal view of the coastline (very pretty). The room is small for what you pay, but this was all that was left. If you can get a room with a view as part of the hotel, the rooms are larger, but not as private as ours.

The service here was first class, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Cinque Terre. We were originally looking to stay in a smaller town, but if you like to eat out and have choice for dinner, stay in Monterosso as you get plenty of choice, and its all local and fresh.

We would stay here again when we go back. But book a little earlier to not have to pay the higher price for their smallest room.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

Superbly located on the Cinque Terre walking track with outstanding views of the Mediterranean and Monterosso from rooms and restaurant.Very helpful and friendly staff providing exemplary service and delicious local food. Highly recommended.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic view, hotel staff very welcoming and helpful. Nothing was to much trouble and the rooms were large and very nicely appointed. We stayed here a week as a break during our 10 week tour of Europe. Lovely villages in the Cinques to visit and we both walked or took the train.
Hotel had a lovely restaurant that we ate at twice for evening meals and the breakfasts were amongst the best whilst we were away.
Just down the hill from the hotel was an equally good restaurant, if you like seafood you will love the restaurants (2nd on right as you come down the hill from the hotel).
Can't finish without mentioning Simone the barman at the Porto Roco, very efficient, great sense of humour and a real asset for the hotel. Made a memorable experience that much more special. See you Simone in 8 years when we return for our tenth wedding annivers

Stayed September 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The Hotel Porto Roca is situated in a very nice location over looking the ocean/sea. It is a little "up the hill" but the hotel will arrange transport from the train station to the hotel and return when required. Having said that, the distance is not too great for walking on a daily basis (when do don't have luggage). The town in pleasant, although still recovering from the floods last year.
Our departure from the hotel was very early, but they arrange for breakfast to be available before we left the hotel. From the Monterosso al Mare, it is possible to explores the other 4 towns of Cinque Terra by either walking on the paths (some still closed due to flood damage) or by catching the train. The rooms itself was a little tired, but still comfortable and clean. Dinners in the restaurant are very good and the breakfast does the job. The rooms are fitted with roller shutters that do a wonderful job of keeping light out, if a sleep-in is called for. The building has a lift (good to get bags to/from the room) but otherwise we used the stairs.
We recommend stopping in the bar for a pre-dinner drink. Nothing like a fire and a glass of red wine to help you relax.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is supposedly the nicest or one of nicest options in Monterosso. Overall, I found it to be a nice property, but far from luxurious. The hotel is on a hill. They will send a taxi to get you from the train station. Incredible views from the front of the hotel and the restaurant. Rooms on one side of the hotel also have incredible views.

The staff is nice. No complaints there.

The breakfast spread is typical Italian hotel breakfast, nothing special. Fruit surprisingly not fresh. Tried dinner here too and the food was solid, but not spectacular.

Wifi works well in the lobby, but doesn't really reach the rooms. The room safe is well sized.

My biggest reason for not giving it 5 stars is that the rooms are certainly comfortable and well sized, they don't come across as a luxury hotel. Likewise with the bathroom.

My biggest reason for no

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

As part of our Tauck Culturious small group tour we stayed at this very Cinque Terra hotel for two nights and were not disappointed. The hotel is perched high on a rock overlooking the beautiful ocean and beach of Monterosso and the walk up the road to the hotel is worth the effort. The staff are just delightful and could not do enough to make our stay memorable. We had a beautiful dinner in the resturaunt one evening and thoroughly enjoyed what was on offer. The brekky was average, but the outdoor dining providing the most awesome views made up for the anything that went in the mouth (too busy taking photos).

Our room was clean, had a small balcony on the first level overlooking the sea. The bed was hard (as most beds in Italy are!!! but you could leave the window open at night and listen to the ocean as you drifted off to sleep (eventually). A great place to stay.

Room Tip: Higher room would be more secluded I would think.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 24, 2012

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay here and wish we had stayed longer. Whether it was breakfast on our terrace high above the sea or in the restaurant the food was delicious. I agree with the previous laundry comment - I was pleased with the prompt laundry service. Walking to Monterosso was an easy short distance for shopping and additional restaurant options. The beach is also a short walk to the bottom of the hill and the hotel has a private area with designated chairs and umbrellas. If you drive (which we did) you park at the main parking lot in town and a taxi driver whisks you up to the hotel. If you are on the train the track runs right though town but a taxi is recommended to get to the hotel unless you want to drag your suitcases up a steep hill. One of the best features is the Cinque Terre path to Vernazza is through gate on the hotel property making it easy to start the hour and half trek. We hiked the trails, rode the trains and also the ferry to visit all the beautiful Cinque Terre towns. Cinque Terre is a must see if you are in Italy. No question we would return to Hotel Porto Roca again.

  • Stayed July 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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Address: via Corone, 1, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
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Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Porto Roca 4*
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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