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“Hot room with a view”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Albergo Barbara

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Albergo Barbara
Ranked #26 of 43 Vernazza B&B and Inns
Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews
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“Hot room with a view”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

We traveled to Vernazza in the beginning of September and it was great. The hotel is in the middle of the main square. It is easy to get to. The room we booked was a top floor (4th floor) walk up with no AC and a really small window. Be forewarned that the room that we got had angled ceilings so it is not for tall people. This hotel is not ideal in the hot months due to the no AC. Hotel staff was friendly enough. House keeping never gave fresh towels, so you may want to bring a towel if you can.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

I would not recommend this place. We stayed there based on Rick Steeves' recommendation - the management was not friendly, nor helpful when we were caught in an unfortunate situation. They did not attempt to help us and they left us having to direct our questions to the Canadian consular affairs instead of trying to be hospitable and helpful, like most B&B owners are expected to be.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

Albergo Barbara is a somewhat spartan B&B well-located in picturesque Vernazza, italy (Cinqueterre). It was clean and moderately-priced.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

This spot was recommended to us by friends. And, of course, Rick Steves says nice things about it. While we ponder the question, "What were THEY thinking," here was our experience with Albergo Barbara. We went to their web site in Feb 2011 to book for October. The site basically said "don't contact us" -- at least until early April. So we waited until they were "open." We emailed four more times and finally picked up the phone and called twice. Result: no returned emails and no returned calls to our messages. So do pay heed to the warnings about their near-zero level of service. They have a reputation in town for being ghosts. You may have a problem and they apparently aren't around to help. And don't forget: this place is on the FIFTH floor and you haul all your belongings up the stairs yourself. It's also RIGHT on the main square of Vernazza. During the summer the noise from the half dozen restaurants and bars doesn't die off til well after midnight. If you're 20-something and yearn for the good old days of college all-nighters, you'll love this town. If you have kids (town NOT kid friendly; lousy beach) or plans to sleep -- you've been warned/informed. Many other nice, customer-centric places also on the square.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tamworth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

Positioned perfectly in the port town of Vernazza this hotel is certainly worth the 4 flights of stairs and then the spiral staircase, but with no lift it's not for the faint-hearted. The room was clean and basic and the shared bathroom was very good with plenty of space. Tall people beware of the sloping ceilings. A bit of a squeeze & you have a beautiful view of the exquisite harbour & sea. Quaint accommodation in a stunning little town.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a sloped ceiling, ours had a full height ceiling but didn't look over the port...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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60 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

This pension-style hotel is perfectly located on the main square at the top of the building; there are only stairs up to it but I had a great view across the square onto the sea from my window. There is free wi-fi. I never found service to be a problem unlike other viewers - I think it is about expectation, this is not an international chain hotel, it's essentially a guest house, and in fact the manager had plenty of good advice.

All in all it is exactly the kind of accommodation that suits the character of Vernazza and I would definitely return.

Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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vallejo, ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

My wife and I recently stayed at the Albergo Barbara in Vernazza, Italy. We chose Vernazza because of its beautiful harbor and the Albergo Barbara for its view. we were not disappointed by either choice. The hotel has lots of stairs to climb and the room was basic but clean. The bed was comfortable and the sheets fresh and crisp. The bathroom was small but has everything you need - the shower was small but good. The view was to die for. We sleep with the window open and could hear the surf all night. The church bells added to the charm. I would recommend the Albergo Barbara to anyone who can do the stairs and has some romance in them.
Bob & Pam Armanino

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Albergo Barbara
Address: Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 30, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Vernazza
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Ranked #26 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Vernazza
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Number of rooms: 9
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