First impressions are everything. CONS: 1. The whole place smelled of mildew and cigarettes. Not just a faint smell either. It was strong to the point of irritating. So strong that I wouldn't stay there any longer than 1 night. 2. Our room was mosquito infested and smelled. Squashed mosquito guts from previous travelers fending off mosquitoes littered the walls. I was no exception. 3. The A/C was loud and there was no temp control. Only fan speed control. The air coming from the air conditioner unit smelled just as bad as the rest of the room. 4. The beds were ROCK hard. Hardly sleepable. To give this hotel some credit, I have found most beds in european hotels to be pretty hard. Could be the cultural standard. 5. Blinding lights invading the room from outside the hotel.
PROS: 1. Hotel staff was excellent. In fact, these poor people are doing everything they can to polish a turd. This is probably the only reason this hotel stays in business. 2. Free shuttle to the train station which services Cinque Terre. 3. Towels and bedding immaculately clean. 4. Free breakfast was very good.
Summary: If you have to stay here, do so for no more than 1 night. Otherwise you'll be miserable. You'll still be haunted by the smell so bring some vapo-rub for under your nose and you'll sleep just fine.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ghironi Hotel La Spezia
- Ghironi La Spezia