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La Colonnina Hotel
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

The hotel, in the old town, is an easy walk (with luggage) along the promenade from the tunnel from the train station. (hint- if you are coming in on platform 1, walk out through the taxi area at the left side facing the sea and down the road to avoid the stairs)
Although the hotel is very close to the train line it is extremely well insulated andquiet and our sleep was not disturbed by trains at all.
We were welcomed with a cool drink on arrival before being shown to our room. the only negative about our stay was that the staff member at reception explained the key and hotel entry system but failed to tell us anything about the hotel facilities, breakfast service, etc so we assumed that this information must have been in the room. It wasn't.
Apart from the lack of information we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel where we stayed 4 nights in a lovely room with a secluded terrace. On the first two evenings the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed sitting on our terrace just soaking up the last rays of sunshine, and gorgeous twilight. Unfortunately it rained for the second half of our stay so the terrace was unused.
Our room was large and divided into a sitting and bed area by a small step up.

Breakfasts were brilliant with a wide range of food to suit all tastes, including some organic and Bio products. We loved the coffees served with a smile.

Room Tip: Room 110 is large and has a lovely secluded terrace. Some of the others look more "public"
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Hotel is in a wonderful location with incredibly friendly and helpful staff. An easy 15 minute walk from the train station in a quiet area close to the sea. Breakfasts were delicious with several choices of wonderful pastries, fruit, eggs, various hams, etc. - your typical Italian buffet with coffee served any which way you'd like it.

The room had a private outdoor space with a table and 2 chairs, with a view of the mountain. This space is next to 2 other private outdoor spaces (which was fine). The room was not large, but fine for the 2 of us for the 4 nights. (smaller than those shown on the website). They have over 20 rooms so I'm sure the prices reflect location, size, etc.

The rooftop terrace had table and chairs and lounge chairs with a view towards the town and a sea view. We loved going up there with a local bottle of wine.

Hotel is immaculate, the staff are wonderful and we were happy we chose this hotel. The only reason we didn't give it 5 stars is that we save that for luxurious accommodations.

La Colonnina will make your stay very enjoyable and they let you know up front they only accept cash or traveler's checks.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This lovely hotel is steps from the small harbor of this northernmost Cinqueterre town. Best of all, it is easily accessible from the parking lot on the northwest end of the town, enabling suitcases to be rolled along pavement with minimal climbing until one reaches the single flight of stairs leading to the hotel entrance. Rooms are small but comfortably and attractively furnished, a rooftop deck has seating and tables at which to enjoy the cool evening air and a drink, and the breakfast room is beautiful in decor and opulently supplied with the one of the most extravagant array of breads, pastries, cheeses, fruits, etc.,I have ever encountered at a Continental breakfast.

Room Tip: The welcome is warm and gracious. A few of the rooms have private terraces, but in view of the roo...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in September 2012, in a double room with a terrace for a rate between 150-180 Euro per night. When we started our Monterosso hotel hunt, we found out that to start looking in June was kind of late for a stay in September. Almost all of the top 5 TripAdvisor hotels had been fully booked and were offering their offsite apartments or rooms. La Colonnina was the only hotel out of the top 5 to have availability. Check-in was relaxing and simple. All we had to do was present the party's passports and let them make a copy of them. We were tired from the 10 minute walk in the sun, so Selera got us some fresh cold lemonade, and let us rest in the lobby until we were ready to go to our room.

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- The courteous staff. Giulia and Selera at the front desk were amazingly helpful and were fluent in English. They would help us translate a phrase that we heard that day, recommend a place to eat or even give directions to a place in our Rick Steves book. The rest of the staff from cleaning to breakfast were all courteous.
- The room. The large room had plenty of storage space, clean, with towels replaced daily. It had a refrigerator and an easy to use safe. The air conditioning was quiet and cooled the room very well.
- Location of room- I would agree with Margaret M's tip from Sept. 23 that the "top floor is a gem." We stayed on the top floor room which is the only guest room on the roof. This is also where the public terrace and laundry clotheslines are. We had a reserved area with table and lounge chairs right outside our door a few meters away from the public terrace. Although the reserved area was not walled off, privacy was not an issue for several reasons: the public terrace wasn't all that busy (1-2 sunbathers or 3-4 wine loungers per day), eating was not allowed on the public terrace, and finally they closed the terrace at I think 10 pm. So it was actually incredibly private.
- Check in and Check out process. For check out, all they needed was the final payment (cash only) and we were done.
- Breakfast Included- This was a pretty basic buffet style continental breakfast but it had some items that were definitely not typical to a continental breakfast in the U.S. First, there were daily sliced cheese and salami. Put that on a toasted croissant and I was happy. Also, there were freshly cut fruit (melons). They even had a plate of organic fruit of the season grown right there on the hotel grounds. Grapes were the Septembers harvest and we just missed the October pickings of perssimon. They also had two servers who took hot drink orders like tea coffee and hot chocolate, made to order. Finally, the little packs of nutella to dip cookies in were a nice treat.
- Hotel Location - Although it was away from the shore, it's within 3-5 walking distance to the shore, 1-2 minute distance to the main restaurants in Old Town, and 8-12 minute walking distance to the train station and New Town. Plus the hotel was away from the main path of the tourists.

Issues That We Had But May Not be For Others:
- Getting To And From Train Station With Baggage- In 70-85 degree heat, that 8-12 minute walk with luggage can get stressful and tiresome. We did notice that there was a local taxi but we never explored that option.

Other Tips
- From Roma Termini, we bought 19 Euro per passenger one way internet second class tickets to La Spezia Centrale (3.5-4.5 hrs travel time). Upon arrival to La Spezia Centrale, we bought a local train ticket (forgot how much but less than 4 Euro per person) from the ticket window for travel through Cinque Terre. Overall, we took a taxi to Roma Termini at 12 noon and checked in at Hotel at 5:45pm. We pretty much did the opposite going back to Roma Termini leaving Monterosso at 3:00 pm To La Spezia Centrale and using a 19 Euro per person one way Internet ticket to Termini arriving at 8:00pm.
- The nice thing about Monterosso (and Riomaggiore for that matter) is that the train stops more here where as it won't always stop at the other three center villages. If we were going north and the train stopped at Riomagiorre, we were pretty certain it would stop at Monterosso.
- We learned that it is Italian law that irons are not allowed in hotel rooms.
- EAT AT Ciaks. Make reservations in advanced. Try the risotto.

Overall, we were impressed with the hotel and especially the village and the residents. The way they rebuilt their town after such a devastating flood less than a year prior to our stay was inspiring. We definitely want to come back and would recommend La Colonnina to others.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night with my wife in April 2013. Its has a very warm and initmate feeling to it. Entering the hotel was like entering a home, very nice. Selene on reception was very friendly and helpful and gave us a choice of rooms. It has a lot of character and the breakfast room was sweet with a perfect little breafast, including organic options! Great experience and would surely reccommend it. And Monterosso is beautiful!

Room Tip: A room with a terrace is great with a glass of prosecco!! :)
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

My sister and I stayed here for 5 nights. The staff were so helpful and it was a great location.
The walk paths were closed on Cinque Terre so we did a boat trip to Porto Venero one day which was fabulous, another we trained to Lucca and explored. What a beautiful city.
Another day we trained and ferry to Positano. Another great experience.
The restaurants at Monterosso are fantastic. Have some great local food.
did a cooking lesson at Riomaggiore in a local restaurant. Great fun

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon in 2011 and returned again 2012 because we love the town so much and the hotel is great! It is a good location in Monterosso, probably about 200 yards from the beach. Walkable distance from the train station, just through the tunnel. There are some steps to get into the hotel but the back entrance has less and they are happy to help you. We didn't have a room with a view either time because we booked at the last minute but you are not in your room much anyways and they do have a roof top terrace that you can go sit out on. Our first time there we actually had a room with a small courtyard in front of it to relax on. The air conditioner does not work great but it wasn't too bad in the rooms. It's not a fancy hotel but it is a great hotel! You feel very cozy and welcomed from the moment you arrive. The breakfast is normal European pastries, deli meats and hard boiled eggs. Very helpful with train times and transportation tips. It is hidden on one of the back streets and so cute!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Zuecca 6, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
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#4 Romantic Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
#4 Family Hotel in Monterosso al Mare
Number of rooms: 21
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