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“Giando apartment - very good” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mar Mar
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209 reviews
77 hotel reviews
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“Giando apartment - very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

We decided to stay at Riomaggiore - in fact it doesn't matter which town you pick because you are going to walk around them all and the trains are frequent and quick and cheap

wherever you stay you need to be by the coast / railway rather than up in the hills (which are too far to walk, and having a car at 5Tere is a bad idea - parking is difficult, driving is not great, it's just not designed for cars)

Great view from our apartment! Right over the harbour.

Small balcony had room for 2 people, and that fab view - morning sun not evening sun

You can sit at the harbour in evening if you want more sun

we were literally one minute from the main street, but it was high enough to be quiet, but you can hear the sea during the night - nice!

One star docked for the cheap fittings, it felt generally plasticky, (typical Italy really), only one wine glass (though we probably could have asked at their office on the high street)
but there was a cooker and fridge

Proper double bed rather than two singles pushed together - important when you're on holiday!

You have to pay in cash, but you can do this at any point during your stay

Hot water and electricity unlimited, charging of iphones etc all fine

No wifi for internet but there was a cafe jsut up the street we used where it was free

Overall good value for 90 Euros a night for the two of us

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Chris C
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington
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47 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

When you're staying somewhere as beautiful and historic as Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre, it would be a crime to spend too much time in one's accommodation anyway. So we really only used this as somewhere to sleep.

Nonetheless, as far as that went, it was nice. Very large room for what you're paying for, plenty of storage space. Ours had a (slight) sea view, but as mentioned by others this is a range of accommdoation options, so you may end up with a different space.

Rooms were clean and tidy, bathrooms were fine. Beds were made up each day. Lovely space to come back to after a long day of walking.

Only small thing I would say is just a little more attention to detail would go a long way towards improving the experience. Lights missing covers, a few bulbs out here and there, missed getting clean towels second day. Not enough to hinder the experience, just something that could be improved upon.

Tips:
- Cash only, no credit cards although there's an ATM in town and one by the railway station
- Go for a swim at the beach, fantastic clear blue waters at the beach just around from the marina
- Once again, check the reception's opening hours. We knew in advance so could work around, may be easiest to sort the bill the night before if you have an early train and just drop the key in their mailbox.

Have a great stay in an amazing part of the world!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank IndustryBuff
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Toronto
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed in Babo for two nights in September. The room got quite hot but we opened the windows wide and were comfortable. There is noise, but it's Cinque Terre, and not Mar Mar's fault. I think the only complaint I would have is the service in the office. They were very helpful with the booking process but when we got there at 1:02 they made us wait an hour because the office closes for lunch. I understand the need for a lunch break but the lady sat in the office the whole time and didn't actually leave for a break. They are also completely inflexible about check out times and won't check out anyone before 9 or after 10 though our train was leaving at 7:30 the next morning. So we had to check out before the office closed at 5pm the day before forcing us to cut our day in the other towns short and make sure we got back in time. It was irritating but the quality, price and views from apartment were worth it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Zizzie
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Newcastle, Australia
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

My partner and I stayed in the studio overlooking the marina called Giovanna. Studio was a decent size as was the bathroom. Great view of the water, leave the window open and fall asleep listening to the ocean - perfect!

Room Tip: Mar mars offers a variety of rooms around Riomaggiore. Our stay in Giovanna was perfect, I can highl...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jess F
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Bucharest, Romania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is not a hotel, it's an affittacamere (room & appartment rental agency), so the property you will get may be different from I got. The studio I stayed in is called "Giovanna" and it's right at the marina - you can see and hear the sea and see the famous Riomaggiore picture right outside your window. The only downside is that it's very noisy from the crowd outside. Linens and towels were included for this room. It also has a kitchenette. The breakfast tray just made it for me!

Room Tip: To get the studio I stayed in ask for room "Giovanna".
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank fseeker
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North Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

First, the pros. Great location in terms of the main street and the train station and the beach and marina. We stayed in what was called a Beppa A suite. We had two bedrooms, a beautiful terrace with a scenic view, a bathroom and a kitchen, equipped with dishes, fridge and freezer.
Cons: The fan wAs coated in dust. The shower hAd some black stuff in the corners, and there was no ventilation.
No wifi in the room, although free wifi in the lobby some 50m away from our apartment.
Not so great location in terms of the garbAge truck waking you up and music at night and people keeping you up.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Rana_Gencay
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Mason City Iowa
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

We stayed two nights in Riomaggiore after seven nights at a wonderful villa in Montespertoli.
Cinque Terre was beautiful but the accomodations not so much. We were warmly greeted and
had no problems with check-in or out. The location is great and easy to find. The apartment was very warm with no fans, and it was very loud one night. The main complaint was the bathroom in one apartment had no shower and the tub was tiny even for me (5'10"- 155 lbs)
and I had to duck to get in and out of the bathroom and the toilet. I disagree on the food options as we had two great meals at Rick Steves recommended restaurants. Next time ask for the nicer
apartments as their appears to be a big difference. Two days and nights is about right for Cinque Terre

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank markyounglaw
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Property: Mar Mar
Address: Via Mal Borghetto 8, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
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Ranked #7 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Riomaggiore
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Number of rooms: 20
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