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Luxury Apartments Manarola
San Francisco, California
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“Fantastic Apartment and Location!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2010

This was probably our favorite accommodation in two weeks of Italy. We traveled with 2 adults, one teenager and a baby, and the place was perfect size for us. The apartment was large (2 fairly large rooms plus a living room and small kitchen), especially for Manarola. It was very clean and modern, with dishwasher and clothes washer. The views were spectacular -- from the balcony you had a gorgeous view of the sea and the harbor to the left, plus you could see the town and the terraced hillsides in front and to the right. My wife can be picky and she LOVED this place, as did the whole family. Although we obviously kept an eye on our baby on the balcony (as it was a big drop down), the railings seemed safe for a baby or small child. Also, the Arbaspa staff were helpful in finding a "baby cot" (crib) for us. Manarola itself is very beautiful and was a great home base for 3 days in Cinque Terra (having been to all 5 towns during our trip, Manarola and Vernazza would be my top choices for a stay). We had no issues whatsoever about the walk from the center of town with our backpacks and luggage (it's only a 5-7 minute walk!). Dinner at Trattoria dal Billy is a must, and we also liked the restaurant that has outdoor seating at the raised piazza at the center of town.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Formby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2010

The 2 bedroom apartment had great views of the village and harbour. They are also very modern with good facilities when you consider the area they are in. The internet pictures are also true. It was relaxing to watch the world go by with a drink on the balcony .We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and although we had read about the Cinque Terre it was more fascinating than we had imagined. We did take too much luggage and found it a struggle with the steps so we would travel much lighter next time ! Although Manarola was small it was our favourite town. It was also very easy to get around on the train. We would love to return.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2010

Its 81 steps from the harbour up to this apartment but its well worth the climb. The terrace is lovely and the apartment is modern, very well equipped and comfortable. The views from the terrace are spectacular and the location is very convenient for the station, harbour and the walking trails around Manarola. The apartment is in a nice quiet residential area. We booked the apartment through Arbaspaa who were very good and organised the accommodation for us and were very efficient throughout. We had a really great trip.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2010

My husband and I stayed in Mediteranneo 1 for two nights of our honeymoon. It was slightly on the expensive end of what we had intended to pay but was absolutely worth it. Basically its a studio- The interior is shiny new and chic- with a full kitchen, gorgeous bathroom. The gem is the outdoor patio- its huge, with a table and reclining chairs. And it has the most amazing view of the small Manarola harbor. Honestly, I can't imagine anything better in Cinque Terre- if you are there, you might as well be able to see and hear the ocean and sleep with the ocean breeze coming into your bedroom. We ate all our meals on the patio which actually ended up saving money so it was definitely worth paying a little extra!

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2010

I stayed here for 3 nights with a friend in May 2010. The apartment was exactly as pictured -- modern design, renovated and a great view. As far as apartments in Italy, Mediterraneo 2 was quite spacious and the kitchen was fully equipped. The apartment is on a quiet street, up the hill overlooking the harbor. Although there were a few minor problems (a bit dusty and low water pressure), the apartment was excellent value and we very much enjoyed our stay in Manarola. I would absolutely rent again.

A few things to note:
- there is wifi in the apartment but it only worked for one day, supposedly due to the weather. You can use the computer in the rental office during business hours but we didn't see any internet cafes, etc. and everything in the town closes early.
- you need to pick up the keys in the office. The directions provided say that the office is located above the tobacco shop but if you aren't familiar with Italy, you might miss the "T" (tabacchi) so look for the gelato shop instead. If you pass the pharmacy, you've gone too far up the hill from the train station.
- the rental company was very professional and provided all the necessary information/services but as this is an apartment rental for independent travelers, you shouldn't expect concierge services (the owner was fine but didn't seem like he was willing to go above and beyond, as per some of the rave reviews of previous posters)
- try to travel light. In order to get the great view of the harbor, you need to carry your luggage up a steep hill, including quite a few narrow, uneven, charming Italian steps.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Tulsa, OK
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2010

What a great place to stay in Manarola! It looked brand new (which you never see in Italy). Great views. Great location. Quiet. Spacious. Comfortable. And a much better deal than most of the popular places in Manarola. 2 BRs, 2 baths, living area (w/ flat screen TV), kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. Having a washing machine was wonderful. So was being able to save $$ by buying breakfast items and eating in the apartment.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2010

Pros: It’s no exaggeration to call Mediterraneo 2 spectacular: a historic building on the outside, totally redone on the inside. Sleek, modern, fully equipped– including dishwasher and clothes washer. Tiled bathrooms with walk–in showers. Well furnished living area, including a large flat screen TV, and with better lighting than most. Really first class inside complimented by a world–class view off the terrazzo outside to the ocean, the village and the surrounding vineyard-covered hillsides. The staff was superb. Martina, who spoke great English, met us, helped us haul luggage [see below why that is important], and gave us a good rundown on everything.

We also like Manarola as a base in the Cinque Terra, it is smaller and less noisy but with all the essentials and some good restaurants, especially Trattoria Locanda Il Porticciolo and Trattoria dal Billys. It was central to all the villages and had a ferry stop.
Cons: The biggest is the parking [no surprise in Cinque Terra], and then the bag drag, which was about 300 meters up a 10% slope on a narrow little walkway/alley and down a long flight of stairs (be sure to come with only a small or medium wheeled bag and possibly a backpack.). The only faults with the apartment is the lack of storage or shelf space in the bedrooms or bathrooms. There is not even a soap dish in the shower, nor towel bars. The other is that, like almost all Italian places we have been in, there is almost no insulation between floors, so that you often hear footsteps, bathroom noise and chairs moving very clearly overhead. That is true here.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Luxury Apartments Manarola
Address: Via a. Discovolo 252/A, 19017 Manarola, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Manarola
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Ranked #12 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Manarola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you looking for a luxury apartment for your holidays in Cinque Terre? Welcome to Luxury Apartments Manarola! 7 wonderful and exclusive apartments, dedicated to our best guests, well furnished with high quality materials and equipped with all comforts to give you an unforgettable stay in the lovely village of Manarola, heart of the Cinque Terre and the National Park. All apartments are located in the village of Manarola, ideal place to start for discover the Cinque Terre, and are directly managed by Arbaspaa srl, a local Tour Operator based in Manarola, managing more than 100 apartments in Cinque Terre and Poets' Gulf area. Extra-services available: transfer, daily tours, hotel reservation for all Italy destinations, customized events, ceremonies, weddings. ... more   less 
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