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Hotel Ghironi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via del Tino 62, 19126 La Spezia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #7 of 22 hotels in La Spezia
Montreal, Canada
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18 hotel reviews
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“Exceed Your Expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

When you first enter this '4 star' hotel you check the address to make sure that you haven't made a mistake. It's located a block from the La Spezia port with all that a port entails. The lobby is dated however when you meet the personal you are in for a pleasant surprise.
The rooms are basic and functional. No frills here,
However the facilities are clean and the staff most courteous and obliging.
A shuttle bus is available to take you to the historical area or to the train station for your trip to Cinque terre.
I would say our experience was 8 on a scale of 10. But don't expect 5 star luxury.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Gold Coast
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

This hotel is further from town than I would prefer. The hotel does provide a free shuttle, however if you arrive in the afternoon, you have to get a taxi, which is odd, as check-in is in the afternoon.
Front desk staff, Kathy spoke perfect English and was very helpful. The first room I was given was dark and dingy and the bed was as hard as a rock. I was not impressed, and after speaking with Kathy, I was given another room....still very hard bed and flat pillows, as seems to be the norm in Italy. There is no restaurant on the premises, but the free shuttle will take you into town beginning at 6pm and will bring you back as late as 9.30pm. Breakfast was OK, and the waitress will make you cappucino if you don't like the very strong American coffee. The area is not very good, so don't suggest walking solo at nightime. There is a seafood only restaurant around the corner which was OK. Kathy arranged for anyone who was going to Cinque Terre to go by boat, so the shuttle took us to the port where we had a fabulous 2 hour trip. Only 2 English speaking TV channels.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hudson, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for one night to do Cinque Terre during our two week trip in Italy.The hotel is well located in La Spezia and has free parking. We arrived around 11am and they quickly got us on a free shuttle bus and off to the train station for our hike. The Cinque Terre is outstanding but that's a whole other review!
Back to the hotel after a long day we were glad to get to our room which was clean and ample sized. Although the room was basic the bathroom was extremely modern and looked brand new. There is a bar but my husband just grabbed a couple of drinks and brought them back to the room as we were tired.
Breakfast was very good. Delicious cappucinos!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Devon
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a brilliant hotel and a very sensible stop off as it is so close to the junctions of the motorway. But it is a 10 minute bus ride into the town centre. The bus stop is easy to find and the buses are regular.
The hotel provided a great air conditioned room and a good Italian breakfast. Lovely helpful staff too. We stayed two nights and could have easily stayed another two. A brilliant, authentic (no english spoken) pizza restaurant is just near the bus stop too, seek it out for a fab pizza!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Isle of Wight, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Receptionist surprised we were not here to visit Cinque Terre. Does everyone? We picked it purely as stop over from Florence to Nice and it served very well.
Free parking - follow signs for parking to actually find hotel. Very nice reception area and helpful staff. No restaurant, We ate in little place 5 minute walk that specialises in mussels if you like them, but nice pasta too and saved us getting back in car to town.
Large room and shower area well appointed.
Breakfast very nice buffet.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Spezia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

the hotel and the room are old. broken furniture.
good for one day sleep to see the cinque terre because they have a shuttel but you should come early to invite place on good hour in the shuttle/

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We were extremely pleased with our choice of staying here. No complaints at all and the best value for money. The hotel is in the La Spezia area which is not very exciting, but the new harbour offers some things to do. This is the best choice for those who are driving because they have free parking. Also for those who do not want to pay for the other more pricy Cinque Terre hotels. There is no better way to visit Cinque Terre. The hotel is a few minutes from the port. It has a free shuttle service with a friendly chauffeur. They sell the daily train tickets at their counter which is also convenient. The breakfast, also included, is an amazing spread with lots of options. We always left with our stomachs full. My husband only complained that they didn't have sausages (so that would be a great addition ;) ).
My favourite part about this hotel was the incredible staff. Everyone was friendly helpful and genuine. They even let us use their plates and cutlery to eat food from outside. I have rarely seen such great service in Europe and am very impressed.
If I ever return to Cinque Terre, which I hope I do because it is the most beautiful place I have seen in Europe yet, I would stay here without thinking twice. I recommend you do the same.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Address: Via del Tino 62, 19126 La Spezia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > La Spezia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in La Spezia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ghironi 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel staff are available 24 hours a day to assist you and can provide you with tourist information. There is also a free shuttle service that can bring you to the train station or the La Spezia harbour where you can take a boat to Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most famous coastlines. ... more   less 
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