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“Great spot to enjoy the life of Vernazza” 4 of 5 stars
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Franca Maria Rooms
Piazza Marconi 30, 19018 Vernazza, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 42 Vernazza B&B and Inns
Hobart, Australia
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40 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great spot to enjoy the life of Vernazza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Wife, adult daughter and I stayed in Room 7 in mid September 2012. Whereas other reviewers have found the proximity of this room to the main square to be a disadvantage we found it to be the opposite. When in the room we enjoyed the window being open so we could see the views of the small bay and listen to the comings and goings in the piazza. Maybe it's because we have travelled a lot but the evening noise did not bother us at all. Only downside is that the room could do with a refurbishment. Otherwise it was comfortable and clean, which is what we look for.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

So Maria rents out a number of rooms in different buildings, so don't just automatically assume that your room will look like one of the pictures. We had a group of 4, so were put in Room 7, which is down the hill from the main rooms and overlooks the main corridor of Vernazza. This was our second trip to Cinque Terre and decided to stay in Vernazza because we booked late and also wanted to help support the economy.

We stayed in May 2012 and there was still a lot of construction being done, so having a room overlooking the main street was a bit noisy. Room 7 is also pretty bland. I know a number here have described it as funky Italian, but I would just describe it as feeling like you are at your grandmother's house. The furniture is outdated and one of the bedrooms has a frosted window dividing it from the kitchen which doesn't allow for much privacy. We also found it a bit annoying to try to track down Maria (We actually never saw Maria, just her son.) to check-in, check-out, or answer basic questions, like where breakfast would be served.

Breakfast is served overlooking the Mediterranean at their cafe up the trail from the room. It is a wonderful view and if you aren't careful you could spend half of the morning drinking coffee and watching the Mediterranean.

My gut feeling is that you could do better in Cinque Terre than Franca Maria Rooms, at least better than room #7.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in Vernazza in rooms 1 & 2.

Room 1 -- this is a quad room but was very comfortable for 2 people. Very clean, great views of the main square & harbor. Only approximately 10 steps up from the main square to the room. It can be a bit noisy at night because you are right above a few restaurants with outdoor seating. Italians eat late so if you're planning on going to bed at 9pm, you will get some noise. Otherwise, things quieted down at around 11pm.

Room 2 -- this is definitely a double room and was smaller than room 1. However, you are in a small town in Italy so I wasn't expecting a US sized room. Again very clean, good view of the harbor & square. Same noise level as room 1.

At the end of the trip, we were charged exactly what they quoted us - no gimmicks. Had to pay in cash but very easy to check in & out. Andrea & Francamaria were very nice & accomodating. They have beach towels but you have to ask them at "reception" which is on the main square.

Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We stayed in June. The room was clean and well maintained and near the train station. Franca Maira met us at the train station and walked us to our room. The room was air conditioned and it worked very well. The town is really neat with great views. My wife left a neckless in the room. I notified Francamaria and she mailed it back to the USA. I really appreciate her.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

Overall we would have given this room an average rating except for several reasons:

1 - we were in room 4. the room was so DAMP. Maybe a result of the flooding last year, but our towels did not dry at all during the 3 day stay, and when we unpacked our bags at our next Italian destination, all our clothes were damp. Unpleasant!

2- the 3 windows in the room open directly onto a path next to the building - the path is at exactly the same level as the window - so if you open the main window to circulate the air you literally look at people on the path face to face. The other windows are designed to be open but still private which is good. However open windows = noise! You can hear people breathing on the path, not just chatting or laughing!

3- the rooms are 'turned down' on the second day of your stay. This consisted of making the bed (no problems there) and re-hanging *dirty* towels on the towel rack that we had left on the floor - very poor. A dirty bidet towel was re-hung on the rack. Not in 6weeks in Italy has this happened to us, quite poor! Also, the towels are paper thin, really really crazy thin - they still did the job but it was not that great.

4- no breakfast included, not even a basic voucher for coffe and cake at one of the many local cafes.

5- No wifi or internet reception inside the room.

Positives - the room was spacious, clean, bathroom was large by Italian standards, very close to the main piazza, there was a fridge and tv in the room.

Don't know if the other rooms are the same but room 4 not so great. However, Varenna is a beautiful, charming town and highly recommend to stay there!!! It truly is lovely and cant fault the location. But if you choose this room, just be aware of these issues. Granted, it was a good price though at 75 euro a night.



  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

ROOM 7: of course, it is in the main piazza, that gives you a privileged view of the sea and the shows every night, and also a little noise. If you are expecting to sleep 12 hours and read in peace in your room, or have room service, swimming pool and internet, this is not the place, but if you want to be in the lively heart of town, this is a perfect location. the room was perfectly clean, the beds were ok, furniture dated but everything was ok, I dont think it is expensive (150 euro per night for the four of us), compared to other places in the area in the middle of summer.
Cinque terre is really beautiful, simple, not sofisticated at all, authentic, and that is what Francamaria rooms is all about.

Room Tip: do ask for room nr 7, or check in the internet each one, as they are in different buildings around t...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kresgeville, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Our small group of friends stayed in six of their rooms for two nights in late june... The rooms were just wonderful... full of character, nicely decorated, great views, and a great value for Vernazza... Our six rooms were all in close proximity to each other, and just steps off the main piazza... Coffee and freshly baked croissants were available in less then a two minute walk... the train station was 4-5 minute walk... the rooms were all very spacious, which is uncommon for Vernazza... they had flat screen tv's, windows, bathrooms with hairdryers, and some of our rooms had wi-fi... several of the rooms had beautiful views directly out over the piazza and harbor... each of the rooms had some unique detail that made it special... the room prices all varied, from 80 euro for the most basic double to 145 euro for a two bedroom triple and we felt they were a great value... Our little group had stayed in Vernazza before, and these rooms were definitely nicer, larger, and had a lot more character... The owners were very pleasant and helpful... we'll definitely stay here again!!! Thank you Franca Maria for a great stay!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Address: Piazza Marconi 30, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Vernazza
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Ranked #16 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Vernazza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Francamaria Rooms, established in 1992, is located in the heart of Vernazza, in the central Piazza Marconi. The rooms are few steps away from the harbour and the beach, and from the sea view rooms you can enjoy a magnificent sight on all the Piazza, the harbour, the beach and the surrounding hills.All the rooms are completely newly builded, with all the comforts you need for a perfect stay : the rooms feature private bath/shower ensuite, fridge, hairdryer, SatTv, double panel windows, hardwood floors and some are equipped with air conditioning and balcony.Live Vernazza as locals do, stay at Francamaria Rooms. Our reception is located at the ground floor of the main building of Piazza Marconi, at the number 30. Francamaria Rooms is run by Francamaria who, with her husband Andrea, owns and run the structure, with all the possible care about the rooms and about the customers. We are waiting for you to come and visit Vernazza, Francamaria Rooms is at your disposal to offer you the best stay possible. ... more   less 
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