While researching Cinque Terre (CT) and all the hotels, thru Tripadvisor and all the reviews, I came across Hotel La Spiaggia in Monterosso. I called from Florida and reached Francesca. Just a few minutes on the phone with her, convinced me that this is the perfect place to stay in all of Cinque Terre. It's right on the beach, 100 yards from the train station (turn right). There is a small grocery 1 block away, and next door to that is a laundry, and for 13 Euros, they will wash and fold a giant load of your clothes, and deliver back to the hotel in a few hours. Walking in the hotel at Noon, I met Andrea (a man), and he had the staff clean our rooms so we could Checkin early. Very important note, the hotel has an elevator. The rooms are standard European, but the bathrooms are nice sized. Any ocean view room is a spectacular view from this hotel. We then met Maria (Andreas daughter) who has full knowledge of anything you may want to do. We hopped the water ferry, which is a 20 minute casual walk, and being on the far side of the "five lands", the ferry was a 45 minute beautiful cruise along the coast and all the towns. We disembarked at the far end and made our way back via train and all the town stops along the way, or we could have taken the fast train straight back the Monterosso. That night I had the pleasure to finally meet the beautiful, funny, and wonderful Francesca. She, like Andrea and Maria, is a wealth of knowledge for anything you want to do, eat, or see in Cinque Terre. For Example, Andrea sent us up the mountain to the Buranco Winery for a wine tasting. (10 Euro taxi). If you can only do 1 thing your whole trip to CT, go here! We expected a 30 minute tasting, and ended up staying 5 hours. It's known as being the best wine in CT, and we were the only people there. It is not a tourist trap. Its a hidden Gem. The food, wine, owner, and view is out of this world. Don't be afraid to ask anything from the staff at La Spiaggia. They speak perfect English among many other languages. They even give train schedules before you arrive and during your stay. I hope to return one day and see my new friends, Andrea, Francesca and Maria.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Spiaggia Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy