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“Good place to base yourself to visit Cinque Terra” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Birillo
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Dei Mille 11-13, 19121 La Spezia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in La Spezia
Sydney, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Good place to base yourself to visit Cinque Terra”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This hotel while not flash - had good sized rooms, a decent breakfast and helpful staff. The wifi signal was good and was located a ten min walk from the La Spezia station. Only negative was that I was quite annoyed as on our last night and on the morning we left there was no hot water. But the staff actually reduced our hotel bill with a small discount to compensate for this, so I appreciated the gesture.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Hello,
sorry for the problem with the hot water.
The storm flooded the heater control unit but even if it was sunday, it was fixed in one hour, I'm sorry for you who had to leave very early; now it has been better protected so it won't happen again.
Sorry that thos caused you some problems and thank you very much for your comment, hope to see you here again
Best regards
Hotel Birillo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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34 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was one of our long shots and it was adequate. It provided a very small room by any standard with an equally tiny (leaky) bathroom. While functional it wasn’t roomy but having said that the owners and staff are working hard to make it a pleasant place to stay and they are so friendly and helpful. Also can’t really complain too much as it only presents itself as a two-star hotel and I think that they are exactly that. The rooms were pretty clean, nicely decorated and the Wi-Fi worked. The breakfast was nicely done and presented, with the hosts baking their own breads and pastries. The breakfast is nice and simple and it hits the spot but make sure you don’t get there too early or too late as things may not be ready or they may run out. Coffee was great.

I think that if coming to La Spezia again, for the 90 Euros, we would try to find more value for our money but having said that, if we had to stay here again we would but we would know what to expect. This is a basic but fairly comfortable accommodation. They have a bar and small concession, which is nice because La Spezia closes down early in the evening and on Sundays.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Thank you for your review,
we hope you can come back to see the future improvements because as you said, we're working for it.
We're sorry if it could happen that the breakfast wasn't ready in time, but sometimes guests try to come before the time so all the work gets late and when there are many people it can happen that a lot is run out because they want to try the homemade products, but we always do our best to refill everything.
Hope to see you again
Best regards
Hotel Birillo
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Birillo before driving into Cinque Terre. While the hotel was not impressive the front desk help, Laura, made the night well worth it. Laura was so accommodating in helping us plan our future reservations in Cinque Terre getting on the phone and speaking Italian with the hotels. She also informed us of the driving & parking situation - otherwise we would have easily received a parking ticket. Breakfast was great and she made sure we had our latte's. Everyone was happy with her and wanted to box her up and send her home to the US. The hotel needs a remodel. Our room was old and not inviting with an odd lay-out (narrow bathroom) BUT it was clean. Basically Hotel Brillo and La Spezia is a one day/night on your way to Cinque Terre..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Hello!!!
Very nice to hear from you..how are you and your father?
No problem, if you're going to come back here, the situation will be better, we'll be back to work for the renovation very soon.
Maybe one day we will come to the US
Bye
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London, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Myself and somefriends stayed here after completing the cinque terre walk. Staff were lovely but the hotel was very basic, fine for a night though. The breakfast was surprisingly good as i wasnt expecting much, they have a cute little outdoor area and serve nice coffees. La Spezia itself we did not enjoy, everything closes quite early and there is literally nothing to do. Also a lot of youths just sort of hanging around town give it a bit of a dark feel. Knowing what i know now, i would either recommend doing the walk starting in la spezia end or making the effort to take the 20min bus ride to porto venere which is absolutely stunning with lovely beachside hotels restaurants and shops and a castle to explore. Personally i thought vernazza the best of the five towns as the overnight pick - most lively and a really cute terrase rrstaurant by the water.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Hello!
Thank you very much for your review.
We hope if you come back in La Spezia you could our guests againas we're trying to renovate the hotel as fast as we can.
Hope to hear from you soon
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed here to explore the cinque terra, and it was a perfect location. The ferries are a 10 min walk and so is the train. It was easy to find and the room was a decent size.
There is no elevator, but without even asking the gentleman collected out bags and took them up stairs for us.

The bathroom was very small, for a larger sized person I think this would be a problem.

Breakfast had a good selection of sweet and savory food and freshly made coffee upon request.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Hello!
we're glad you enjoyed your staying here and appreciated our homemade products
Thank you!
About the bathrooms, as for the rooms we're trying to do the best to renovate them all in a short time
If you come back to Italy, visit us
Ciao
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel which is located just off the city center pedestrian only area. The staff was very helpful and eager to assist wherever possible. Homemade breakfast treats with fresh brewed coffee and other more standard accompianments. All in all, a very nice place to stay that is reasonably priced. We enjoyed our stay plus we had a balcony.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Hello,
having you as guests here was a real pleasure, thank you form the time spent together
Hope to see you again
Ciao for now :)
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

My husband and I have been car-camping in Italy and wanted to do an extended Cinque Terre walk. We had help finding where to safely park our car (the train station) which is a close distance to the hotel. The staff was friendly and informative, the caffe macchiatos delicious and this stay definitely added to our whole experience. Due to the convenient location there was street noise at night (it is located fairly close to the fun-zone) - but that's why ear-plugs were invented!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Thank you very much for your review.
Yes theese days were busy so there was a lot of traffic, it's not like this everytime
I hope you can come back again
We're glad you liked our caffe macchiatos
Thank you
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Address: Via Dei Mille 11-13, 19121 La Spezia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > La Spezia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in La Spezia
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Birillo 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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