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Hotel Venere Azzurra
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungomare Biaggini 29, 19032 Lerici, Italy   |  
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Ranked #14 of 17 Hotels in Lerici
Geelong Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“4 STAR and FEELS every bit like it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Fantastic location and wonderful views over the Mediterranean and across to Porto Venere and the castle. Right on a sandy beach with calm water and easy walking distance to the shops, cafes and restaurants via a wide public esplanade that stretches from Lerici to San Terenzo. It's a great walk in the late afternoon right next to the beach and water.
We had a double room with a private terrace and sea views. The terrace was beautifully tiled, about 4 metres square with comfortable furniture and a roof made of terracotta tiles and held up all the way along with huge columns. It was a lovely area to laze away the late afternoons with a drink and a good book or to just stare at the wonderful views. It felt more like an Italian Palace.
The room was light and airy with double doors out to the terrace. It was a good size with a reasonable sized bathroom that was modern and very clean. The air conditioning worked well but not really needed as the sea air flowed into the room through the wide opening doors. Wifi worked best in the guest lounge which was always a good temperature with the air con and/or open windows to the sea.
Breakfast was on the top floor indoors but with double doors leading outside to a small terrace and stairs leading up to the rooftop terrace. It was an extensive start to the day with lots of freshly baked pastries and sugary donuts filled with custard, juices, coffee (even cappuccino), tea, cheeses, meats and yoghurt. On most days there was some sort of tart - asparagus or cheese etc We stayed 3 nights and wanted to stay longer. The hotel had a very pleasant lounge/reception area and a lift to each floor which was a bonus.
From Lerici it is possible to get a boat to Porto Venere across the Gulf of La Spezia and on to the Cinque Terra villages (which is the best way to view them I feel) and to get the train back to La Spezia and a bus back to the hotel. We also enjoyed a self guided tour of the Lerici castle, first founded in 1152 and the square of Lerici with it's cafes and restaurants and little streets leading away from the water. I will go back to Hotel Venere Azzurra and have one tip - make sure you book a room with the large covered terrace/balcony and not the one on the end as the bathroom is smaller than other rooms. Thank you for looking after all of us from Australia so well.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with large, covered terrace/balcony and not the one on the end as the bathroom is sma...
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  • Stayed September 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This hotel has a great location, infornt of the see and many rooms have provate balcony from which enjoy great sea view and sunset.

The room was clean, but the bathroom was so small to have difficulties to enter! Door and wall were scrateched. and it is really a shame because between location and cleaningness this can really be a good 3 star hotel.

Breakfast was basic, but at least you will be able to find fresh local pastry. with an amazing view of the sea.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We have just stayed at the hotel Venere Azzurra for 3 nights and had a great stay.
The rooms while very simple are quite comfortable, bathrooms as noted are small, however its more than made up for by the staff and location.
This hotel is right opposite the best public beach in Lerici and in a great location for access to all of the local restaurants, ferrys, castle etc.
Our room had a seaview balcony and it was lovely to sleep with the balcony doors open and the sound of the ocean, could have stayed for a week.
The breakfast room is also very nice, though I can not say the same for the breakfast which was quite basic, but this seems common in Italy.
The staff went out of their way to assist us with parking, booking nearby restaurants and providing everything we required.
I thought it was great value for money at 105euro per night, especially with parking included, an amazing view, location and good staff.

Room Tip: got to have a seaview and balcony
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Edinburgh
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I've stayed here many times over the years, last in July 2012. The balconies on the first floor are huge, with wonderful views over the Bay of La Spezia to Porto Venere. The breakfasts are great, not sure why some people have commented on poor coffee, I thought it was very good - you can choose what you want - cappuccino, espresso etc etc. Also delicious fresh pastries and breads, and lovely spinach tart. The reception staff are all very friendly and helpful - my little boys especially loved the bowl of sweets which they could help themselves to! Fantastic family friendly beach with beach bar/cafe just across the road. It's a 10 minute walk into the centre of Lerici along the beachfront road - very picturesque. You can travel by boat to Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre from here. In the other direction you can walk along the beachfront road to San Terenzo, also about 10 minutes. Loads of choice for good restaurants in Lerici and San Terenzo. Overall a great find.

Room Tip: First floor rooms have huge balconies - wonderful for sipping prosecco as you watch the sun go down...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durango
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

With everything booked in the area, I felt lucky to get a room at this small hotel overlooking the beach. My daughter and I found it to be a great central location from which to explore the Cinque Terra, etc. Very friendly and helpful staff. Basic room, slow draining shower (let's face it, the entire bathroom floor got covered in water with every shower), but very clean and the room air conditioner worked fairly well which was a HUGE bonus considering the outside temperature. Great little balcony from which we saw a fabulous fireworks extravaganza one night. Might be tough for someone not able to do a lot of stairs up to the entrance while dragging their bag. Once in, there's an elevator to the higher floors. Overall, a thumbs up

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This hotel was booked for me as i was traveling on business.
i found that the access to the hotel a little difficult and i would say for a disable person it could be impossible
the room had a good balcony overlooking the sea which was just across the road. (the road seemed quite)
The shower was small and did not drain well and the water pressure was low so i was unable to rinse my razor well.
Staff were helpful and supplied a free parking permit for a car park just 200m down the road.
over all i found the hotel comfortable and convenient

Room Tip: all rooms overlook bay
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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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Dublin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

Stayed here a few weeks ago...and was not very impressed. We hadn't booked a room but as was off season and just driving around the coast, decided to stop for the night in Lerici. The receptionist was very friendly and we were able to negotiate a cheaper rate (I think we were the only people staying in the hotel!).
Highlights: Fantastic View, Friendly Staff, Easy and free parking, close to town
Not so Good: Room was absolutely tiny, bathroom was so small the door didn;t even open fully . I'm petite and couldn;t turn around in the non draining shower. Breakfast was abysmal by italian standards (with instant coffee.....sorry that sounds petty but hey its italy and 110eur for the night)

Room Tip: Ask to see it first!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lungomare Biaggini 29, 19032 Lerici, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Lerici
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Ranked #14 of 17 Hotels in Lerici
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Venere Azzurra 3*
Number of rooms: 165
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