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Locanda Tramonti
della Chiesa 56 | Campiglia, 19100 La Spezia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #6 of 22 hotels in La Spezia
Amoudara, Greece
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“Nice location... Far from the see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

The 'room was nicely decorated and the view was amazing, when booking we thought that the see was nearer.

Nevertheless, we had some issues arriving on time and we called the number listed on our booking a lady picked up speaking only Italian and hung up the phone to me with out trying to assist, called again and no one reply. We only manage to speak with someone 2 hours later.... I thought this was very rude!!! Also the breakfast is an issue as it is per packed and there is no milk! The fridge did have complimentary soft drinks and yogurts but we were not made aware of that.

All in all, is a pricey accommodation but the rooms are nicely decorated, I would recommend it for someone that likes hiking and not so much swimming and you definitely need a car

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Pros
Location is amazing, views (from the blue room) were breathtaking.
It is a very simple, sleepy village, great if you want to get away from it all.
The Locanda is mostly unmanned so you need to time your arrival, or let them know what time you will be getting here, and the caretaker will let you in.
Caretakers are very kind and helpful.

There's one restaurant, Lanterna which we did not try, and the Piccolo Blu cafe which does food but only simple fare.

The little grocery store will also do you a simple supper with what he has in that day, we enjoyed tomato and mozzarella salad and some ham and cheese, taken on the little terrace in the square.

You definitely need a car to get to it and the drive is hair raising. Parking is provided.

Cons
Slightly overpriced if compared to other similar establishments.
The breakfast was poor for the price of the room, it's self service from a coffee machine and all pre-packaged baked goods, nothing fresh, and no milk in sight for the packaged cereal.. We know Italians don't really do breakfast.. But this is a bit extreme!

We have stayed in other locande and b&bs along the coast (even in portofino)where the breakfast was way better than this and the price per night was at least 40euros cheaper..

Now, for the noise, as others have posted the sleepy town gets lively after dark. The chatter from the square didn't bother us too much, after all it's summer and people like to sit out and chat, but be aware of it if you are a light sleeper and need an early night. However, we were not so pleased on our second night to be woken at midnight by men singing songs out of tune at the top of their voices, followed by screaming kids, followed by more screaming and shouting by someone telling them to zip it and take themselves to bed... This went on till gone 1am... This was not the hotel's fault,and could have happened anywhere! But still...

Health warning
The location is great for hiking, we walked down to the golfo del persico, stunning walk through the vineyards... But a killer, very steep, and takes about 30minutes to get down and 45 to come back if you are fit and healthy, take lots of water and something sugary if you have an energy drop! The 'beach' is just a mass of giant pebbles, only slightly less treacherous than the walk down!! Good luck!

Room Tip: Lovely views from the blue room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Booked this place for 3 nights as a part of a three week holiday in Italy based on TripAdvisor reviews. We have stayed at dozens of B&B's in Europe and have never had to deal with such terrible noise at night- even in large cities. First of all, it is very difficult to get to the Cinque Terre from this hotel- we hiked 3 hours to Riomaggiore. Once you are in the Cinque Terre, you must take a train back to Le Spezia and take a 25 min bus to Campiglia ( this bus does not run very often)- don't stay here unless you have a car.

Upon arrival, no one met us at the door. We called a number on the door and a man showed up 20 minutes later- no English, no assistance- he was not the owner. We had no idea if the bar fridge was complimentary? No English maps or info (bus schedule) were provided.

The breakfast is really terrible- mostly plastic pre-wrapped crackers and bread. At least there was yogurt and an espresso machine. It is DIY style.

We stayed on the top floor and the view was gorgeous but the views are amazing all through the Cinque Terre. The room was small and clean and tastefully decorated. There is no air conditioning but there is a nice breeze in the summer- unfortunately it's too noisy to keep the windows open to enjoy the cool air.

Room Tip: They are all noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nicola B, Proprietario at Locanda Tramonti, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
I am the owner of Locanda Tramonti and happy to reply to Mr. "RG".
I too, given the age I attended B & B in Italy and abroad, and for this I made an inn and not a B & B. In the B & B of the law is required to be present, indeed residence of the operator. The Locanda is smaller hotel with up to three stars, an Inn should serve only foods packaged and sealed. We also supply fresh milk, yoghurt, bread and cake and pie and cake when possibile.

Mr. "RG" there is both arrived after hours check-in (15:30-19). The Inn is staffed from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 15 to 19. However, because the family who helps run lives 100 meters away from the hotel if someone arrives late can ring the doorbell or telephone at the numbers listed on the door, the guy will arrive in 10 minutes. If you need any help in every room there is telephone numbers (language: English, French and Italian) that you can call 24 hours 24. In the room in addition to parking and breakfast included, at the discretion of the operator, based on length of stay, even drinks from the minibar.

The room assigned to Mr. "RG" is "La Torretta" the largest and most have a private solarium of 20 sqm. I do not think anyone, seeing the other comments, has ever complained about the size of the room. As for the noise, the Locanda is located in the town square, off limits to cars, so much so that in summer you can hear the chatter of the people who take the fresh.

Campiglia is on the path 1 by which you can reach both Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) and Portovenere in about 1h30 / 2 hours of easy walking. The connections between the village and La Spezia are insured by frequent local bus. Moreover, in the case of specific requests by the Inn is available for transportation to and from the railway station.

One last observation, of course we are informed, at a price of 120 Euro per night for two people in a three-star hotel, including: breakfast, parking, refrigerator, linen (every two days), private solarium, all services does not seem very high for the area. Among other things, all the reviews received over the past 5 years have been largely positive. We were really disappointed the judgment of Mr. "RG", which could, in the three-day stay, make his observations.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The hotel is beautiful and located in a small village with amazing view of the sea. Our room was perfect for a couple; balcony, white curtains, modern bathroom...Complementary mineral water and yoghurts/juice from fridge a nice touch. The village is charming, but the community congregates on the square in front of our balcony and I would imagine that it could be difficult to fall asleep - we however slept easily.
However, for 120 euros a night I expected a better breakfast. Just prepacked stuff, no fresh fruits/vegetables (and the shop with grapes/apples etc. is just above the street) and the first morning the milk was sour so we went out to buy our own to make coffee.
TIP: it easy to walk to cinque terre and porto venere from this place. For next time, I think the hotel should try to supply maps over open hiking trails from Campiglia, as we searched the net for 1-2 hours to figure out where to go. Furthermore, all tourist information supplied is in Italian, and no as I said, maps.
All in all, great stay, I would be more satisfied if the price was right, say 80-90 euros per night.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Wonderful location for holidays of your dreams. Locanda Tramonti. Complete full immersion in the nature, one marvellous LOcanda with attention to details. Breathtaking views, fresh air, particular and amazing building - top of the top! See you soon again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This little hotel looks to be balanced precariously over the most stunning view of the sea. High atop La Spezia's bustling harbour is tranquil Campiglia, population 113.
To get to this hotel, you have is a twisty, climbing drive up the hillside. A drive not for the fainthearted.
We took the train to La Spezia and so had to cab up/take the bus back and forth - which was just fine as I would not be qualified to drive that crazy little road.
The hotel has four rooms, three of which overlook the most stunning of views. Seriously breathtaking at all times of the day. Sunrise - stunning. Mid-day - relaxing watching the boats sail by. Sunset - gorgeous. Night time - serene and interesting to watch the sardine fisherman out in the middle of the sea with their little lights, attracting their catch.
The rooms were all very neat and tidy and very well decorated. Surprisingly so for somewhere so small. The bathrooms were very modern and had all the conveniences you would expect plus a wonderfully stocked mini fridge, complete with all your breakfast needs (yogurts, milk, juices, etc).
We sat on the balcony each night with cappuccinos we made with the provided machine. There is also a microwave and toaster oven which is nice, as this time of year the town restaurants are all closed at night, due to wine making season - so you might want to get groceries in town and make your dinner, eating it on the patio or rooftop patio.
We really loved our stay here as the property is just lovely.
If you are not driving - it is not overly convenient to catch the bus or get a cab.
If you are driving - good luck!
If you are walking the Cinque Terre paths, stop into this hotel for a lovely treat.

Room Tip: One of the four rooms has no view and is located at the back of the building - don't get this on...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Staying at the Locanda Tramonti in Campiglia was a unique experience. Perched in the hills above La Spezia, this inn is an ideal place to stay for hiking, sunbathing, and observing small town life. From our private rooftop terrace in the Torre Cielo room, we had a breath-taking view of both the Gulf of La Spezia and the Mediterranean Sea.

But the place does have some peculiarities that visitors should be aware of. Without a car, your options are limited since bus service to La Spezia is infrequent. There is one restaurant in town that closes on Mondays and for the grape harvest (which began while we were there) plus another eating option at a place designed as a refuge for trekkers that is only open during the day and also closed on Mondays.

The Locanda is managed by a nice couple that make sure visitors are informed of the limited eating options and help out as much as they can. (They kindly arranged for us to have a ride to the train station on our day of our departure.) You definitely should give them a call to let them know what time you'll be arriving since they do not remain at the property all day. The layout of the inn is a result of an interesting renovation, with some oddities (like walking through the kitchen to get to one of the rooms) as well as the wonderful private solarium accessible from our room. Breakfast is self-service but you can eat out on another terrace with a delightful view of the sea.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: della Chiesa 56 | Campiglia, 19100 La Spezia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > La Spezia
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Ranked #6 of 22 hotels in La Spezia
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tramonti Locanda is a small, charme hotel created in a villa dating from the eighteen hundreds. Situated in the little piazza in front of the Campiglia church, thanks to its rather particular location, it enjoys a splendid view over two seas: the gulf of la Spezia and the open sea of the Cinque Terre villages.From the Locanda, it is possible to go for wonderful walks, immersed in the silence and the intense fragrances of the typical Mediterranean maquis vegetation, right down to the clear, turquoise waters of the Persico and Navone beaches or, following the "crinale" (ridge) pathway, to the towns of Portovenere and Riomaggiore.The Locanda has a suite with solarium sun-bathing area and double bedrooms with terraces and balconies from which, on clear days, it is possible to identify on the horizon the profiles of the islands of Corsica, Capraia, Gorgona and Elba, as well as the Côte d'Azur. ... more   less 
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