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“A place to sleep and have breakfast” 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
Idyllwild, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A place to sleep and have breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on May 2, 2013. The gal on the front desk who checked us in and also put out the (included) breakfast the next morning was very friendly and helpful. As another reviewer mentioned, she also warned us about 'current renovations underway' - and cautioned us to expect a tiny bathroom. The pros: the breakfast offered lots of fresh pastries and plenty of choices. I really liked the small omelets wrapped around ham and cheese - a great protein start for a day at Cinque Terre. The room was clean and the bed was 2 twins pushed together and was comfortable. The cons: The whole place is in need of lots of maintenance, the bathroom was the smallest I've been in (but functional), the room was on a busy street and noisy throughout the night (bring earplugs), the on-site parking is only available for 4 cars - and we weren't one of them, so had to park on the street about 1.5 blocks away - and pay for parking. No elevator - you have to climb the stairs. Still - a good value when compared against others in La Spezia and Cinque Terre.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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, August 24, 2014
Thank you!
Now the pictures you showed in here don't exist anymore because we completely renovated the room and the bathroom as well, so we invite you here to have a look and see how everything has changed.
The room is totally white with some nice green here and there, new forniture, the bathroom is completely different, so nice and new, you won't recognise the room.
Maybe theese pictures don't fit anymore...
See you next time maybe
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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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Edmonton, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Nadia (manager) was extremely helpful and friendly. Breakfast was the best part about this hotel. All pastries are homemade so definitely worth it for the price. Rooms are spacious and nicely renovated, except for the bathrooms. Bathrooms are clean but small. Takes about 10 min to walk to the hotel from central station. Cab costs 12-13 euros to get to central station if you dont want to walk with luggage. Train to cinque terre region only takes about 15 mins, so definitely worth staying in La Spezia to save some money and also saving the hassel of carrying your luggage around if you stayed in one of the 5 towns. Would definitely stay here again the next time I visit the Cinque Terre region.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, August 24, 2014
Thank you so much guys, it was a great experience and It would be really nice if you could come here again, it was a real pleasure and we would like to invite you and see all the changements
Thank you really!
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Preston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Birillo for a week 9-16 April 2013. We had a pleasant room and were made very welcome by Sara, who speaks good English and went out of her way to answer any queries. She is a great asset to the Hotel. There was a good choice on the buffet breakfast to suit varying tastes.
Sara also had an equally helpful colleague in Jamie.

Michael and Brenda, April 2013

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, August 24, 2014
>Thank you so much
So nice to read what you wrote
I invite you here again because I think that now, you could be even happier
Please come back =)
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Booked this hotel because of its location not expecting much because it was only 2 stars. We were greeted by the friendly lady on the reception desk who informed us of some ongoing improvements to the rooms (including a new wardrobe in the room). The room was spacious, with a comfortable double bed (two singles pushed together), with a balcony which overlooked the relatively quiet street. The bathroom was tiny but functional. There was good pressure and warm water in the shower and it had a good shower screen. The lighting in the bathroom was not good enough to put make up on in the morning, but the natural light in the bedroom was enough to do so. Nice touch with the toiletries provided (shampoo, body wash and soap) which was housed in a cute wicker basket with the towels.
There was an air conditioning unit with remote in the room (we didn't need to use it - the fresh air from leaving the balcony door open at night was enough).
The breakfast was great. The usual at most hotels however with the added bonus of home made pastries and cakes (including ricotta cheesecake with chocolate and warm apple cake).
The receptionist was warm and friendly, and was able to give us helpful information about the local area, including the Cinque Terre. Upon checking out we were given a complimentary bottle of water as she knew we were heading to the Cinque Terre to do some walking.
Great hotel, great rates, would stay again if we come back to La Spezia. 
Thank you for your hospitality.
Laura and Karim (Australia)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, August 24, 2014
Thank you very much Australian friends
The situation changed a lot and now we have so many renovated rooms and lots of new delicious things for breakfast
Come back ans see :)
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Lovely service from a hostess that really cares about her guests having a lovely holiday. Easily the best breakfast i've ever had in any small hotel. Rooms were perfectly spacious. Gave honest local tips and restaurant recommendations. Would definately go again.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, August 24, 2014
So, if you want to come here again, please come!
There a lot of things you should see now, we're very happy of what we have done =)
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Milan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I went and visited la Spezia with some very good friends and this hotel was amazing. The breakfast was soooo amazing and fresh. All the baked things were made by the hostess.The rooms were spotless ours didn't feel like every other hotel room, fancy yet impersonal.It had character and it felt like home.Amazing experience, I'll go back just for the breakfast!

  • Stayed April 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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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, August 24, 2014
Thank you!
I felt the same with you
And I 'm very happy that you came back this year with a new person
Of course you have to come back next year ;)
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Wayne, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

My daughter and I like to hike Cinque Terre. Looking for an inviting hotel away from the tourist areas, my daughter found Hotel Brillo in La Spezia, a short train ride away. This is a wonderful, simple, warm, and friendly place to stay. The rooms are simple, neat, and spotlessly clean. The bathrooms are more cozy than small. The hotel staff are super warm and friendly. I looked forward to breakfast because most everything was home-made. Yogurt, bread, and pastries were outstanding.
As my daughter and I departed, we felt as though we had just left family.
Wonderful hospitality and memories. Thanks.

  • Stayed April 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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HotelBirillo, Responsabile reception at Hotel Birillo, responded to this review, August 24, 2014
Thank you so much
It was a real pleasure to have you here
You were very nice to me
I will have a nice memory of 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
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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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