Small, friendly hotel with helpful staff. Rooms are small, but very clean and comfortable. Pretty view of the harbour. Good breakfast included - buffet with fresh fruits, yogurts, bread, warm croissants, cereals, cheeses - and eggs anyway you like them. Great lounge and terrace for evening drinks and gathering with friends.
The sister hotel next door has a fantastic restaurant. We had a great dinner there on the terrace overlooking the harbour.
Portovenere is a perfect town for exploring the Cinque Terre. The ferry departs every hour all day to all the villages.
We found that 3 full days was plenty of time. Our first day, we took the first ferry right up to Monterosso. It was a beautiful trip up the coast and we could view all the villages. From Monterosso, we hiked the trail back to Corniglia, stopping in Vernazza for lunch. We then took the train (as the trail was closed) to Romiggiare and then boarded the ferry back to Portovenere. Our second day, we toured Portovenere in the morning and rented a boat in the afternoon. It's beautiful to anchor out by the islands and dip in for a swim. Our last day, we took the ferry to Romiggiare and hiked one of the other trails (3a and 3b). Fabulous views and no tourists on the trails.
You don't need a car while you are here. We took the express train from Genoa to Le Spezia. You can taxi or arrange a shuttle with the hotel to Portovenere for about 30 euros. Or you can take a bus. It's about a 25 minute ride.
I would recommend this hotel and village to anyone visiting the Cinque Terre region.
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