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Alla Marina
Via San Giacomo 61, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 28 Riomaggiore B&B and Inns
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“5 star experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We were so happy with our stay at Alla Marina in beautiful Riomaggiore. Our room was clean and comfortable with a beautiful view of the harbor. Sandro was so helpful and even met us at the train station and helped us coming and going with our luggage. The service could not have been better throughout our stay!

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  • Stayed June 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Sandro was the best, he waited at the main gate for three hours for us to arrive. We got lost on the AutoStrada!!!! Then he carried our large pieces of luggage down 200 feet of stairs to our room. Talk about dedication.... Need I say more about the service.

The room is the best we could find in Riomaggiore. Situated directly above the marina in close proximity to all the food and wine you could possibly eat and drink in a day. The decor is spacious, modern and well appointed with a real king size bed and if you have traveled enough in Italy you know that the Italians idea of king size bed are two double beds pushed together. The rooms are well insulated and when the windows are closed you can even hear yourself think. Although I cannot give it a five because it is not a five in the world of hotels. However, the Alla Marina is a five in Cinque Terre and the very best in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

The service provided at Alla Marina is the best I've ever experienced in any accommodation before. Booking the room was easy, Sandro was always prompt to reply emails, whether it was before our trip or during our trip. He asked for my arrival time so that he could show us the best way to the B&B. He said he would come in person, or send his staff, who is a lady. I replied saying we have two big bags and I don't think my mother could handle her luggage on her own, so at least one man to help her with the luggage should come. He replied again saying he would come with someone else. He came with his brother, so both of them helped us with our bags.
Check in was easy, he explained everything clearly, including restaurant recommendations. He even helped us to book the restaurant for dinner that night! The room was very clean, we had the biggest room, it was really comfortable. The best of all, was, he even helped us with my mother's luggage to the train station when we were leaving!
The hospitality here is way better than a 5 star hotel because he adds a personal touch :)

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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 3, 2013

Great location with view of small harbor, close to station. Simple but very clean comfortable room. Exceptional value for the price. Annette met us at train station and helped us to hotel which would be nearly impossible to find on your own. She and Sandro were very helpful with maps, restaurants, hiking suggestions.

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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

We do not need a lot of words to explain the Tripadvisor visitors that Sandro is a true gentleman with only one thing in mind which is " If you're happy, I am happy "
Excellent location, appartment and services. You're gonna love this place.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We took TA's recommendation to stay at Alla Marina and were so glad we did. Sandro and Annette were wonderful. He waited for us at the train station (even though we missed the earlier train), insisted on taking our heavy luggage and giving us loads of information to make our stay perfect. The room was very clean and spacious and the food he provided was great - juice, milk, cereal, croissants, crackers, jam, coffee. tea. Enough to get us ready for our day of exploring the area. The location was also perfect. It was so close to the train station - we forgot our camera one day, so quickly rode the train back from another town, got the camera and caught the next train back. Riomaggiore was a great place to stay - great time, good food values. We had a huge pizza and full bottle of wine for 12 euros one day!!! Make sure you walk to the top and sit by the little church and watch the children at play after school.
Thanks Sandro and Annette annd good luck with your wedding plans.

  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Riomaggiore was not our first choice of town to stay in around Cinque Terre - after visiting all of the towns we thought this was the best!

The apartment was in a great location, Annette met us at the train station to show us to the apartment which made it really easy.

The rooms were large and clean, we had a view over the harbour and had a great time sitting in the window with a bottle of local wine people watching.

Sandro and Annette both gave us great tips for the area and were a pleasure to deal with, making the stay really easy and enjoyable.

Breakfast in the room was great and the free coffee at the station was a nice start to the day.

When we were leaving Sandro took the time to ask if there was anything we would recommend he does to make it better - I suggested a better hairdryer, within a minute he had one in the box in our room. So if you need anything just ask, it seemed that nothing was too much trouble.

A great base to explore the region.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
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Address: Via San Giacomo 61, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Riomaggiore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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