We arrived to Monterosso and went to where they told us the taxi/shuttle to the hotel stopped.
We waited 45 minutes or more!! Finally the van which is shared with the other hotels located uphill, arrived and took us for what felt like a adrenaline charged rally ride (15 minute ride going fast) up the mountain. The location is nice, cooler than town because it is high which can be a plus in summer but IT IS NOT WALKING DISTANCE from town. The shuttle runs once an hour, so those are the times you can come and go from town to hotel, so you'd better not forget something there...
Rooms were decent, the bathroom was tiny, how tiny? I had to sit in the toilet at an angle because my legs would not fit between the toilet bowl and the shower ( i am 5'6" and my legs are not long and have small feet... so 6 footers beware...)
As it is surrounded by forest, it is nice and cool at night,there is no AC but you cannot leave the window open at night unless you apply some repellant because of the mosquitoes.
The day we arrived we were tired and decided to dine at the hotel restaurant - we were the only diners, not a good sign - and the food was mediocre at best - we didn't eat there again.
Breakfast was really skimpy - some cookies, yogurt, a basket with some fruit, and that was about it. No cheese, no meats of any kind, nothing cooked, you get the picture.
Personnel was nice but we found the hotels minuses far surpassed the pluses.
Shop around for a hotel in town if you don't want to schedule your activities around the shuttle hours which are not really dependable either.
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