Cinque Terre is truly a great way to experience Italy. It's easy to see all 5 villages (be sure you do - they're very different from one another) and the water views and fresh seafood are great (try the anchovies in lemon - nothing like anchovies in the US - yummy!). Hotel La Zorza is up a steep hill (I recommend that you stop halfway up and have a gelato when you arrive!!) and it's pretty basic but probably this is the place to stay if you want to be in the first village. I'm never thrilled when I see tired old bedspreads (I really don't think they are washed in between guests - ugh) but things seemed fairly clean overall. We didn't ask too much of the "front desk" because the woman on duty didn't speak English and even though she was pleasant, she seemed a little concerned when we asked any questions. The "desk" consisted of a tiny, almost outdoor room so don't expect a typical hotel lobby. Another review suggests that the hotel is at the bottom of the hill - really not true, it's a hike so be prepared and also be prepared for many more steps (steep and old stone) to get to your room - steps and hills are typical in Cinque Terre but if you have any physical limitations you need to know what to expect. What concerned me most of all is that the doors only locked with a key - a serious fire hazard even for adults as there was no easy way to get out in an emergency. My husband went with our "adult kids" to the only place you can use the internet (and it didn't work - not a big deal because it's vacation, after all...) and because I wanted to go to sleep, he took the room key. It was only after he left that I realized I couldn't get out of the room while he was gone. The same was true of the outside door - it, too, was locked by the owner at night and the only access is with a second key that was given to guests. It's a nice security measure BUT it leaves security to the guests versus the management. I really don't know what other hotels were like in the villages - so I can't compare - if you're looking for something with some comfort and pampering, this isn't the place but if you just want a basic place to stay and aren't worried about the door locking issue, this may be just fine.
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- Hotel La Zorza Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy