We just couldn't fault the family run Albergo La Marina. It is italian hospitality at its best. This was a last minute booking and from the first phone call when we spoke to Marco we knew we had found a little gem of a place. Deiva Marina is a small, quiet resort where Italian grannies holiday with their grandchildren, so not the place for those wanting late night bars and clubs but suited us. It's very handy for the Cinque Terre - the rail station is a 10 minute walk away from the hotel. We left our hire car in the secure, free underground car park.
The hotel is spotlessly clean, with crisp white bed linen and fluffy white towels. Bedrooms are air conditioned too. A second floor terrace is a nice touch, although some guests seemed to use it for hanging out their swimwear What makes La Marina special is the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone. Nothing is too much bother - larger hotels could learn from their customer service.
We hadn't planned to eat in the restaurant most nights, but did because mamma Ana's food is wonderful. Homemade pasta and perfectly cooked fish - nothing fancy, just simple, fresh ingredients cooked beautifully. Breakfast is excellent too with homemade cakes and fresh pastries alongside healthier options and even freshly cooked omelettes. Only minus point is the Nescafé machine - just so wrong! We avoided it and asked for proper Italian coffee from the bar.
Excellent value for money and would definitely recommend. We didn't find it noisy - this is Italy so nobody does anything quietly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Its particularly comfortable position, only 300 Metres from the railway station and few steps from the beach makes the hotel the ideal place for a relaxing and interesting holiday. Cinque Terre and Portofino are easy to reach by train and, during summer season, by boat, thanks to the small pier located only 200 metres from the hotel. ... more less
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