We spent 3 nights in Riomaggiore and wished it could have been longer.
On arrival after a long day of travelling, Davide met us at the top gate (we arrived by taxi) and took our luggage for us. We were ushered into the breakfast room where they insisted we have a drink and cool off for a few minutes before we checked in. This was lovely and it gave us a few minutes to sit down and relax. Davide gave us several maps of the area along with timetables for the buses, trains & ferries and explained a bit about the area and towns.
He showed us to our room which was lovely - typical Italian style, very spacious and comfortable with a huge bathroom. We had a terrace with views across the town which we really enjoyed. The shades in our room kept the room dark enough that we could lay in a bit in the mornings but we also had enough privacy (being the end room) that we could leave the doors open in the evening for fresh air.
The breakfast provided daily was a simple continental but more than enough food for us. We did not expect much more given that the Residence only has a handful of rooms - we would hardly expect them to prepare a hot buffet for so few people. The pastries were lovely, lots of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereal and juice. The coffee was also fantastic!
The wifi worked perfectly for us both in the room and on the terrace. One thing I was also very pleasantly surprised about was the cost of the minibar. It was almost the same cost as purchasing drinks in the village. This was a nice change and we really appreciated that they are not trying to rip you off like so many major hotel chains do.
The town of Riomaggiore itself is beautiful. Please note though that the location of the hotel is not for the faint hearted!! There is a good workout involved in getting from the village up to the hotel if you are like us and prefer to take the stairs rather than the bus! It is worth it though and we felt better about devouring so much amazing food given the exercise we were doing! If you prefer a town that is flatter then Monterosso is the best option, however far bigger and more touristy. We loved that Riomaggiore had such a quaint feel to it. Do however ensure to catch the bus from the train station (little green bus leaves from the atm) as the hike would not be a pleasant one with luggage.
All in all, I would return to Cinqueterre Residence in a heart beat. We felt so warmly welcomed and nothing was ever too hard for Davide or Piero (we didn't get to meet Carla, but all my communication in booking was through her and she has been lovely). This is not at all your typical Hilton, Westin etc, but something much much better than that. The service is so personal and it truly felt like a home away from home.
On a side note for the Cinque Terre itself - we walked to Manarola - very easy 10 to 15 minute walk, all flat and magnificent views. We caught the train between the rest of the towns and from Corniglia station it is quite a hike up the stairs to the town (382 stairs I believe from the sign). It is well worth it to head up (was not anywhere near as hard as I anticipated looking up at it!) just make sure to fill your water bottle at the train station. All the towns are beautiful and we loved every one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the typical village of Riomaggiore, deeply immersed in nature, our structure is made of individual little houses adjoining one the other.Inside, there are single rooms sleeping 2 or 3 people and two rooms accomodations featuring also a kitchenette. All rooms have bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cinqueterre Residence Hotel Riomaggiore
- Cinqueterre Residence Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy