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“A fair review of a great hotel.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Pasquale
Via Fegina 4, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy   |  
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“A fair review of a great hotel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is a great hotel. Really one of the best hotels I have stayed at in Italy. The Pasini Family have been doing this a while, and they know how to run a good business. I was very impressed.

It’s important to know before staying here that this hotel and the family’s other hotel, the Villa Steno, are both used by large tour groups pretty regularly over the tourist seasons. (In other words, tourist groups come and book out a majority of the rooms). While this didn’t affect us one bit (and we hate organized tours and try to avoid touristy things and instead go where the locals go), I can see where it might bother others. Independent do-it-yourself travellers like us can sometimes get “irked” by the large tour groups that get shepherded around.

Because the large tour groups (with 25+ people in the groups) reserve up most of the rooms at the hotel, you need to reserve very far in advance here if you can. Then also check back if it was full, because as the tour groups finalize numbers they will after a certain point cancel some room reservations if they don’t have enough people on the tour to fill the number of rooms they had reserved.

It’s a smart move for both hotels. They are popular for a reason! But they will both get abnormally large numbers of reviews online when compared to other hotels in Cinque Terre and Monterosso because of these organized tours that ask specifically ask their customers to come online and review hotels. I just wanted to share that tidbit as you compare other hotels in the area and in case you wonder why those 2 hotels have so many more reviews when compared to other hotels.

The Hotel Pasquale is a beautiful hotel. All rooms have the same ocean view. I liked that they had a good website where you could easily contact them (most hotels in Monterosso and Cinque Terre don’t have a good website, and don’t allow you to book online). This hotel did, and that’s a huge plus in my book!

Breakfast is served from 8am-10am. Why so late? (most hotels in Italy start serving breakfast at 7 or 7:30am) This is because by 7-7:30am the Rick Steves Tour groups staying at the hotel all come down together and eat together all at once before hopping on their mini vans to be shuffled around. The hotel feeds them first and gets them out of the way before the other guests come down.

We were able to check-in at noonish, even though our room wasn’t clean. We were able to store our bags in the closet, freshen-up, and leave to explore Monterosso while they cleaned the room. This was a really nice gesture, and I’m glad they let us do this, but I could have done without seeing the previous guest’s anti-diarrheal medicine left out on the counter! Actually, it was pretty funny and didn’t take away from this hotel in any way.

They give you 2 hours of Internet free, and charge you 5 euro for additional time and charge you to use their computer station. This is common for hotels in Cinque Terre, but no longer common for most hotels in Italy (and Europe for that matter). If they really want to set themselves apart, they should offer free internet to guests. There are some cafes in Monterosso which advertise free wifi to customers.

That said, the internet connection here was the worst we experienced in Italy (and we’ve been to many places all over Italy on several trips now). Very unreliable. Very slow. I’d watch my time wind down… and watch as websites just wouldn’t load despite me being connected. There’s no way I would pay for internet in 5 euro increments when it was so slow.

I really wish I didn’t need to use internet on vacation, but I have to sadly sometimes for work to check-in via email.

Room number 2 has the only balcony in the hotel. It was just lovely. We sat out there each night with a bottle of local wine and cheese. The hotel is beautiful inside and out, built right into the cliff (and parts of rock are exposed inside the hotel). The bathroom was spacious. The only thing lacking in the room were cabinets and drawers. Even though we are just 2 adults, room 2 is a triple room and I was surprised that there were only 2 small drawers located in the closet with the safe and hangers. Not enough closet/drawer space for 3, let alone 2.

I liked how the room had a mini fridge that was not packed with things for you to buy. There was actually enough room for us to put our water bottles, wine, etc. inside without having to dismantle a mini bar! Ha!

The bathroom was large, and had a huge rainfall shower. Very nice. Lots of lighting all over the room.

Each night we’d sit on our balcony and watch the Rick Steves Tour Groups meet outside in front of the hotel and then walk to dinner early, so that was kind of fun because we knew to avoid those restaurants! We’d watch other tour groups walk by and do the same thing so the balcony is a great place to people watch!

Because Monterosso is small the locals have just as many choices as the tourists. They wait until 9 or 10pm before they come out, when most of the tourists have gone back to their hotels. If you really want to see local Monterosso come out, you have to go out for dinner at 9 and just wander late. Kids playing, old couples sitting on benches in the piazza, etc. A group of men playing Bacchi Ball. It was great to see Monterosso shift at night to a more local scene.

In the evening it can get a little noisy as people come and go to restaurants, but that never bothered us. Neither did the trains at night (the hotel is right next to the tunnel the trains go into.) While the passenger trains stop service after a certain point, you'll still hear and see large freight trains shipping things like loads of marble late at night.

A rock slide had previously blocked the tunnel entrance in Monterosso connecting the old town to new town. It’s now back open – but only to pedestrians which actually was really nice because there were no cars in the small tunnel or on the streets leading to the tunnels. They are now doing construction on the walls around the tunnels to prevent future rockslides. You cannot currently (as of June 2013) walk over the tunnel to get to/from new town and old town in Monterosso. You must go through the tunnel.

The Pasini Family were wonderful hosts. Marco and Emmanuela were especially great. I noticed that they did ask a lot of their guests if they wanted to pay in cash, that they could have a slight discount (usually about 5-10%). We got asked too, but I wasn’t prepared to do so budget wise (and I couldn’t take that much out from an ATM at once.) Plus, I like using my credit card for large purchases and racking up travel points.

Breakfast was just delicious with a wide variety of choices. Pastries, home-made jams, cereals, juices, caffe, they could make you eggs if you like, fresh fruits, breads, etc.

Keep in mind that at 8:30pm(ish) they lock-up and close the main area downstairs. You can then only access the hotel with your room key which you press to a strip and it unlocks the door. This was unique to most hotels in Italy where you must leave your key at the front desk. Here you take it with you so at night you can get back in hotel when the front desk is closed.

The hotel gives you a good map at check-in of the area and they can advise you on what trails are open/closed (basically the popular No. 2 blue trail is the only main trail that’s closed – and it’s closed for another year or more from Corniglia – Manarola – Riomaggiore). There was a landslide and if you visit Manarola and go around the side of the cliff, you can see where the trail leading to Corniglia is just gone in one section completely. They say another section may open in Fall of 2013, but some locals we talked to told us that won’t happen.

While you are in Liguria, don’t miss out on Focaccia Bread, Trofie (a type of pasta), salsa di Noci, or Pesto. All are origins of this area and get what’s good in this area to eat.

Monterosso is just lovely, and the Pasini Family have done a great job with their hotel. If we come back to Cinque Terre, we’ll stay in Monterosso and would love to come back (and maybe the internet will have improved!)

If you can get in at this hotel amongst the tour groups, you won’t regret it!

Room Tip: Go for room 2 with the balcony. It's one of the largest rooms, plus the awesome balcony!
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  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Hotel Pasquale was perfect. Great breakfast, great rooms with fantastic views. Hotel Pasquale was walking distance to the train station. Restaurants, shops and walking trails were all on your door step. Unbelievable seafood will deferentially be back.

Room Tip: All rooms have fantastic views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

After being personally escorted up to our room by one of the very friendly owners, my first thought was that the room was totally adequate. Two beds, not overly large, clean. But then, the owner opened up the shutters and the window - I have included a photo of our view below, as it truly is a million dollar view. Hello! This totally changed my entire opinion of the property. It is truly worth every penny. In addition to the view, the location, the friendly owners, there were two other critical things that stood out that make me rate this property as "excellent." Number one, the made-to-order omelets at breakfast. After traveling for two weeks in Italy and having virtually the exact same breakfast at every location, the eggs were a very very welcome change. Number two, the hotel has satellite television, which not only allows for multiple channels in English, but they have ESPN! This may seem minor, but when there is a major sporting event in the US that you want to watch (e.g NCAA Championship game), the possibility of finding a location in Cinque Terre to watch a 3:00 am game is nil. Not so at this property!

Room Tip: It seems that every room probably has a great view.....
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Cinque Terre in the most beautiful place I have ever been and the town of Monterrosso was the perfect location for us to stay. The area had restaurants, shops and a few bars where many of the other villages were very quiet at night. Hotel Pasquale is a family ran business. Just watching the family interact every morning was a highlight of the trip. You could tell they all cared very much about the hotel and about the experience that their guests had. They were very helpful in answering questions and making recommendations. The breakfast was great and I will never forget the pastry they provided every morning.
The room was adorable and it over-looked the sea. You would fall asleep at night with sounds of the waves. I felt very safe. I know there are so many places to see in the world but I will definitly be back to Cinque Terre and this particular hotel again in my lifetime.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Hotel Pasquale provided my sisters and I with an experience that set a very high standard for other Hotels on our trip to follow.

The three of us stayed in a number of 3,4 and 5 star hotels over a month in May 2013 and in terms of friendly service, cleanliness and caring for our comfort and all additional requests Hotel Pasquale is top of the list. The breakfast buffet contained homemade preserves and the owners and staff were always friendly and offered that extra assistance to travellers that makes all the difference.

I would certainly return to Hotel Pasquale and would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to friends and other travellers.

Room Tip: We had a room on the second floor with a fabulous view over the ocean. This room was light and airy...
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My friend and I stayed for three nights in May, 2013 at Hotel Pasquale. We were instantly made to feel at home as we were taken to our room where we were thrilled to have the window thrown open and to see the plaza and beach directly below us and to feel the clean, fresh air. We were right on the Plaza and on many little hiking paths going all around the area. With our little map we toured each path and returned several times to the Convent right behind the Hotel. The staff are so wonderful and sweet and I miss them so much! Don't miss the Hotel Pasquale!!!

Room Tip: Ask for the room at the top with a full view of the Plaza and beach.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

My family and I stayed here in August of 2012 and I can't say enough nice things about this place. Great rooms, great view, great food. But what I remember the most was how helpful the the staff and owner were. They went beyond what is expected by taking the initiative to look at our travel itinerary and, using their knowledge of local conditions, found us a better route to take literally shaving 5 hours off an early morning departure. So we slept in, enjoyed another great view out our window and a leisure breakfast. I consider ourselves lucky to have stayed here!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: Via Fegina 4, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
#2 Family Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
#2 Romantic Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
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Also Known As:
Pasquale Hotel Monterosso Al Mare
Hotel Pasquale Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

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