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La Casa di Venere
Ranked #28 of 31 Riomaggiore B&B and Inns
Padua, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not goot”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

We spent 3 nights there The photo are misleading is not a nice place to stay.
As a lot of places in Riomaggiore.
Also it is NOT a hotel but a room in an apartment, there are a lot inconvenience, no service since it is not a hotel, you need to pay cash, you need to add 23eur (cash) for parking per night.
The price was quite expensive since we wanted the room with shower.
If you look for romantic vacation Riomagiorre is not the right village, it is more like a bag-packers towns, next time we will look into any different Cinque terre villages

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

We were very pleased with our stay; the location was good, and the rooms were modern and spacious and they we had fridge in the room, so you can buy breakfast supplies from the store, or pick up a panini and cappuccino and have a breakfast outside. The staff was helpful as well. We would stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

I am not a picky person, and I have stayed in some pretty bad places, but at least they were cheap. This place was the worst, and expensive to boot.

Where to begin? As another guest mentioned, you have to voice all complaints within 15 minutes of entering the premises. I wish I had known that ahead of time, although I doubt 15 minutes would have been enough to point out all the crappy stuff about the room. The individual in charge rushes you along to go back to the office to pay - not sure if this an actual ploy to get you to pay without actually inspecting the room (I wouldn't be surprised).

The place was COVERED in mold. And super damp and moist. Everything smelled musky, even my own clothing after about 5 minutes. I felt like "Bootstrap Bill Turner" from Pirates of the Carribean - at any moment barnacles and other interesting sea life were going to sprout from my body. On the bright side, if you are bored at night, you can try to make out interesting shapes in the mold growing on the wall (Look, it's an elephant! That one looks like a stupid tourist!)

The air conditioner didn't work. I didn't complain because the air conditioner would only serve to make the place moldier, if that was possible. But it would have been nice to get a discount for it. (Oh an important note - there is no lobby and no reception area. The hotel is run from an office on the main street - however, good luck trying to find anyone in there. Once you check in, you will never see the person in charge again).

My favorite part was when there were no fresh towels the next day. That pretty much sucks, because if you used your towel, there is no way that thing is going to dry in that musky room. I was pretty pissed off. I have stayed in places where they don't give you towels, but at least they don't sodomize you with the room rate.

Oh, no soap, no shampoo. I lucked out I had some extra stuff from the other decently run hotels who didn't sodomize me where I stayed before this one.

I am not a big fan of cooking, so this kitchen was perfect for me, since you couldn't cook squat in it due to the lack of oil, the crappy electric burner, and other such nonsense. My husband enjoys cooking and he was excited about the possibility of cooking while staying there. Sad to say he was very disappointed with the condition of the kitchen.

I strongly recommend not staying at this place.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2011

We had read reviews of La Casa di Venere, and so were not expecting too much, and were aware of having to visit the office in the main street of Riomaggiore to book in, and not go direct to the accommodation. All in all the 2 night stay went smoothly. The office is just a short walk from the wharf and train station - right in the main street. Although it was closed for lunch when we arrived, it soon opened and after paying by credit card the woman in the office showed us to the room (a short walk along some quaint back streets and convenient to everything), and folded away the additional bed that we did not require and gave us tuition on how to open the door (which we practiced a number of times given that she informed us the office would be closed as it was Easter). The room itself was fairly clean but basically decorated/furnished, with it's own bathroom and was of a reasonable size. The beds were quite comfortable, but there were no additional pillows, and the air conditioning was not turned on, but thankfully we did not really require it. There appeared to be maybe 5-6 rooms in the building we were in, and there was noise from the hall as people came/went, and from the surrounding buildings - but it didn't disturb us too much... just probably more than what we had experienced staying at other hotels around Italy. As far as recommending it to others - probably explore other options and compare reviews etc.. Riomaggiore was a reasonable place to stay, although Vernazza was in our opinion a nicer option with a piazza looking over the little harbour, and some good seafood restaurants. A few of the cinque terre walks were closed due to landslides, but we took an early ferry to Monterosso, and walked to Vernazza. The track was quite good, and required a bit of stamina, and worth the views coming into Vernazza. We ate seafood at both Vernazza for lunch and Riomaggiore for dinner and it was reasonably priced.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Seattle
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2009

Now we are not choosy travellers. We travelled on a budget and as such were realistic with what our money would buy. However, this place definitely was not worth the money we paid. Basically, we stayed in what could be best described as someone's attic that was quickly furnished in order to make a quick buck out of the thriving tourism business in Cinque Terre.

First thing to note is that you have to make a complaint within fifteen minutes of entering the apartment or otherwise you are basically S.O.L. You get the picture. At first glance, the place seemed fine, which is when the person who brough us up to the place quickly booked out of the apartment. Perhaps she knew what was in store for us and did not want to stay? Anyway, the first thing I noticed when the lady left was a dehumidifier. (See picture) Why in the world would you need that in an apartment? As soon as I switched it off, I knew why... there was a strong mold smell in the apartment. Now, I am allergic to mold, so I knew I would be in for a ride... The kitchen had no light, so cooking would have to be done in the semi-darkness. There was one outlet in the kitchen (see picture) but it was so flimsy that I was afraid that we would get electrocuted if we used it. So we used the portable little cooking range that was in the kitchen and stuck in on the floor so that we could cook. Hey, who does not like a camping experience in a Cinque Terre apartment? The bathroom was interesting as well. There was mold in the shower, which was to be expected given the smell, but more interestingly, there was a mystery door with a lock on it in the bathroom. I don't think I even want to know what the deal was with that. There was no airconditioning in the entire unit, which may not seem like a big deal, but anyone who has been to Cinque Terre in the middle of July will tell you that that is pretty much a nightmare. Oh well, we opened up the windows instead. Two days we stuck it out until the mosquito bites from sleeping with the window open and my allergies could not take it anymore. Now, I am not saying this place was the worst place on Earth or anything, but I am saying that you need to take Casa di Venere's advertisement of its properties with a grain of salt... or maybe even a boulder of salt. A nice touch was the complimentary Cinque Terre calendar, which I shall forever cherish as a memento of those lovely two nights in Riomaggiore :-)

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2009

The apartment is in a medieval building, so plenty of stairs. We were situated at the back of the building in a cavern-like apartment with only one small window. Furniture was modern, IKEA style. It cost more than our previous Albergo, which had plenty of space, a balcony, breakfast and helpful staff. It also cost more than our 4 star hotel in Pisa.

Our main grumble is that we had no heating the first day and no way of contacting anyone. The fridge was out of order. The agent responded quickly on day 2 and put things right, but refused any discount at all. She told us most Italians didn't use heating in April, but believe me, our cave apartment was very cold in the evening. We had already enquired about heating and she had told us it came on automatically at 20.00.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2008

Back in April I was looking for where to stay in Riomaggiore. I inquired with a number of places including Casa di Venere. I must have needed to put a credit card number on their inquiry form, because EVEN THOUGH I NEVER HEARD BACK FROM THEM and wound up reserving and staying at Michielini Rooms (very nice) THEY CHARGED MY VISA 180 EUROS. Only way I can get credited for the charge is to change my VISA Account # which is no fun with auto pays, etc. BE FOREWARNED!

Stayed May 2008
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Property: La Casa di Venere
Address: Via Sant'Antonio 114, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Riomaggiore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — La Casa di Venere 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Casa di Venere, newly managed by Marco, sits in a quiet area in the center of Riomaggiore, in the heart of Cinque Terre, a few steps from the water, the marina, and all the beautiful hikes. It offers five rooms with private bathroom from single to family, modernly designed and with simple and homely decor. You will love our central location and the beautiful surroundings! Check in times are from 14:00 to 19:00 Check out time 10:00 am Please note that La Casa di Venere does not have a 24 h reception so we kindly ask our guests to update us on their arrival time by phone, email, or whatsapp, in order to organize a smooth check in. Once arrived our guests will also be able to to pick up their room keys at the entrance in the rare case no staff will be present upon their arrival. In case of need to communicate with the staff guests are welcome to ring the WiFi doorbell located at the entrance. Breakfast is not included, but every room has a fridge, water boiler and tea, plus we have an agreement with a fine bar in the vicinities to offer you breakfast for all tastes at a discounted price. How to reach La Casa di Venere: If you come by train: Exiting the train station to the right you take the tunnel, at the end turn left to the main street (Via Colombo), 50 meters up make a U turn on your left and pass under the arch with the sign "La Lampara Restaurant", walk past Bar'onetto bar, then take the first steps up to your right, on top of the stairs u take left and keep walking till you find Casa di Venere on your right hand side. Via S. Antonio 114. If you come by car: Parking: once you reached the town (little roundabout with information point) take the descent to the town center (Via del Santuario), you will see two ramps on your left hand side, the parking there is free if otherwise indicated, as well as the blue line marked spaces along the descent. If you cannot find it there, leave the luggage at the bottom of the descent by the lifting barrier and look for a parking along the main street in the allowed areas. La Casa di Venere is approximately 300 meters from the lifting barrier. Follow the descent for around 150 meters till Restaurant La Lampara (past Mamma Mia), then pass under the arch on your right, then take the first steps up to the right, on top of the stairs take left and keep walking around 100 meters till you find Casa di Venere on your right hand side. Via S. Antonio 114. See you soon! Ciao! ... more   less 
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