We stayed at Guest House Barbara for a week in March 2008. We spent a week in Germany, followed by one night in Pisa and then a week in Cinque Terre at Guest House Barbara.
Our room consisted of a bed room and a bathroom. The room was slightly larger than the two twin beds and mattresses that were pushed together to emulate a full sized bed. Being our first stay in Italy, though small and provincial, we immensely enjoyed our stay at Guest House Barbara. The room also contained two end tables and lamps next to the bed, an armoire, a small refirgerator and a table holding a 12 inch television. The television had three English channels; CNN International, an international sports channel and an international weather channel; all of which got exceedingly poor reception.
Being small and quaint, the room had all of the Old World Italian charm for which we were hoping. The two windows of our third story room were over an exceedingly narrow 'street', sidewalk really. The walk was maybe 2.5 meters (10 ft) wide, making it easy for us to toss an empty bottle of table wine or limoncello through a window across the street had the occupants left the window open.
The bathroom was adequate. The only real problem with it was that the wall mounted hot water heater delivered not more than 40 liters (10 gal) of hot water before it turned cold. So be prepared for a very quick shower.
Walking up to the room from the water front required climbing 170 steps. Having been in the middle of training for a marathon, that was an easy task for me, but was somewhat challenging for my couch potato wife. The room was less than a ten minute walk to any other point in Riomaggiore; including the train station and the Via del Amore.
The whole of Italy is made from stone and then covered with plaster and/or grout. This means that any noise generated from within the building would travel unimpeded to our room. You could not hear through the 0.5 meter (18 inch) thick walls, but every sound made in the building bounced around until it traveled through our wooden door and into our room. So, if anyone in the building has an unruly preschooler; then you do too. Also, every sound made on the ground on the sidewalk below made it up into our room. Had we been able to speak Italian, we could have understood every word spoken by every passerby. This is not a ding against Guest House Barbara, but rather inheres with Italian construction techniques.
FYI: I am anything but a wine connoisseur. But, it is worth the walk or train to Vernazza (northern most town of Cinque Terre). Standing on the small bay of the town, on the south side of the bay there is a restaurant near the southwestern most tip of the bay that is painted red. The red house wine is possibly the best wine I've ever had. The ABV is maybe 15%, it is a semi-sweet, full bodied and has a very nice scent. I had two thirds of a bottle after the meal, and the first sip was as good as the last.
- Also Known As:
- Guest House Barbara Town House Suite Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy