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“Economic hotel near Cinque Terre” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel il Gabbiano La Spezia
Piazzale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 1, 19121 La Spezia, Italy (Formerly Casa Per Ferie Il Gabbiano)   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Economic hotel near Cinque Terre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

This hotel is located in the harbor area of La Spezia. It is in the main business area. The best of this hotel is the free parking lot, and the nearby streets also have lots space for parking, which was very convinient for us as we drove a rental car. The hotel room was quite large, clean and the price was very reasonable (100 euros for 4 compared 180 euros in Rome and Venice). Walking from the hotel to the train station was about 25 minutes, and was easy as they were main streets. The train from La Spezia to Cinque Terre was about 10 minutes. Trains before 8:30am or after 10:30am were more frequent. But we missed the 8:30 one so we had to wait 1 hour to get on the 10:34 one. The hotel people were friendly and helpful. They spoke quite good English. In one word, this is a business hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Moscow, Russia
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27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

I travelled to La Spezia by train, and i should say, this place would be difficult to find if i didn't take a taxi (9 euro for a ride), it's far from the central station. The place itself is very strange - isolated from places like shops, cafes or whatever, it has complicated automatic system for the gates to enter the hotel (if noone's at the reception), very small room, the lights in your room fade out in 5 min if you put the card in the wrong way, no mini bar, no computer, no wifi, the breakfast is poor, it left a hard impression. The check-out is early - you should leave the hotel around 10 am the latest. I think it's no good value for money, and wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. The only thing that is good is its close location to the embankment and the boat station (from there you can go to 4Terra).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

Not sure how we came to book this accommodation or how we found it. Quite an unusual experience to stay here - almost like a ghost town. Very very clean, pleasant if stark room but with a lovely view of the harbour. Very patchy service, good on first day but after that not so good - Were they trainees? Expected to do too much? Dinner in the restaurant was tasty, filling and cheap. No one to help at breakfast on 2nd day - didn't look like it had been restocked from previous day. A long from train station if catching train to Cinque Terre but OK. Security gates and system a bit intimidating. Noise transference from rooms and corridors was very bad - take ear plugs.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Piazzale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 1, 19121 La Spezia, Italy (Formerly Casa Per Ferie Il Gabbiano)
Location: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > La Spezia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 40 Specialty Lodging in La Spezia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
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