To what others have said - which is all true (and more) about the fabulous hospitality at Alla Marina, I will add that Sandro's lovely home has been in his family since 1252. Yes, that date is correct, and he is a direct descendant (along with his younger brother) of that original settler in Riomaggiore. It doesn't get any more authentic than this. But last year, he embarked on a renovation of this place that makes it a Cinque Terre showplace. If you are North American, and watch Property Brothers on HGTV, you would think those dudes had been here, and personally supervised the remodeling. By law, the outside has not changed much since 1252. Inside, the 13th Century now meets the 21st. The apartments have exquisite hardwood floors, immaculate new walls, perfect ceilings and all modern colors. The furniture - beds, couches, chairs, tables - are all first quality. The fixtures are all new. The bathrooms are lovely tile, floor to ceiling, and the showers terrific. Every is delightful. Plus, if you open your window, and look out, you see the Ligurian Sea, which is only steps away. Leave the window open, and sleep in a comfortable, new bed, to the sounds of breaking surf. If you need anything, Sandro will oblige. Anything. It doesn't matter how wacky your request, he will try to make it happen. What a great personality! He knows everyone in town, everyone seems to love him, and he will make you feel as welcome as a local. Or, you could stay somewhere else, where they make you feel like tourist. It's your call.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guest house "Alla Marina" is set right by the sea in Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre villages.Train station is 4 minutes far on foot.Private Parking – upon request.Rooms are modern and have free Wi-Fi, private bath, and a free little breakfast inside of each room.Comfort facilities - hair dryer, safe and fridge bar in every roomThis singular position offers a marvelous panaramic view. Simply descend the stairway there is a restaurant/cofee bar.There are 2 rooms with sea view.Alla Marina guest house has been completely renovated in 2011. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alla Marina Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy