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L'Eremo sul Mare
Ranked #8 of 39 Vernazza B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

My wife and I stayed 3 nights here. We were taveling with backpacks and we carried our gear up. If you arnt fit or are carrying luggage then i reccomend you leave it in town at the storage facility as it isnt a easy climb. If you are elderly and not used to strenuous climbs on rough steps i reccomend you stay somewhere else. If you want to stay in a unique location with a unbelievable view then this place is for you. Ada the lady who works here is really pleasant and speaks good english. Breakfsat was simple and eaten at a table with the other guests. Internet is avaliable through a hardwire connection in the living room which is fanatastic that you can get it at this place with the location it's in. This place is a great loaction to base yourself in to walk the trails. For dinner if you stay here I would reccomend a pizza place in vernazza run by a couple of young brothers.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

Just got back from a 2 night stay at the L'Eremo Sul Mare. We were actually there with "GottaDance" who posted a review below (we met at breakfast one morning...hello again!). Very much enjoyed the L'Eremo Sul Mare but must agree that it is not for everyone. Do listen to the advice not to take anything more than a backpack to the Inn, you will NOT be able to carry luggage or anything else on the hike with you. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get there from the center of Vernazza and there are many steps. Leave your luggage at the tobacco shop in the center of town. It's safe and secure.

The location is extremely unique and it's not often that you get to stay at a remote Inn overlooking the sea. The owners of the house are extremely nice and hospitable as is the housekeeper who serves breakfast in the morning. I hear her hot chocolate was amazing, but we had coffee instead.

Vernazza and Cinque Terre are truly a beautiful place to visit. Hiking through the hills is a great experience and the town of Vernazza has some great restaurants. We arrived by car and it wasn't worth it to bring a car into the region. Instead, leave your car in La Spezia and take the train for time efficiency. The hike from Vernazza to Monterosso is worth it....2 hours and the views are amazing! Cinque Terre is a great place to visit and well worth at least a 2 night stay!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

We just returned from 4 nights at L'Eremo sul Mare. Although we had a bit of inclement weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay outside of Vernazza. To be clear, you should definitely heed the advice to either pack very lightly or use the storage space in the village. The location of the B&B is about 400 steps up from Vernazza on the trail to Corniglia. We loved the location, but it's not for everyone.
We had the room next to the living room with access to the main deck. It might actually be the best room, although we did not see the rooms upstairs.
Ada, who manages the property is a delight. She will do all to assure you of a comfortable stay. Fabio and Angela who own the property were there one day of our stay, and seemed very nice.
We hiked nearly all of the #2 trail, which connects the five villages. One section was closed due to the threat of landslides during our stay. But what we really enjoyed were the trails above the villages. #7 to San Bernardino, and #1, #9, and #8 which took us up and around the hinterland. The path along the coast can become a little overcrowded. But the upper trails were completely empty and blissful.
We arrived by train from Pisa, and were happy to not worry about driving and parking the car. Cinque Terre is really easy to navigate by foot, train, or ferry boat. Unless you have to drive there, I'd recommend arriving by train.
This was a vacation with so many memories. I heartily recommend a visit to Vernazza and a stay at L'Eremo sul Mare.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

We loved our stay at the Hermitage. This hotel is for you if: You back pack; You leave in the morning and return in the evening; you like the outdoors; you like cats; you like adventure; you can walk up stadium stairs from the bottom to top without stopping; you need air conditioning; you are generally open minded.

This hotel is not for you if: you roll you luggage; the hotel is the main goal of you trip; luxury is vey important; you're not in good physical condition; you're allergic to cats; you don't like hiking.

Don't take roller luggage to this hotel! Imagine having to roll your luggage up the stairs in a baseball stadium. It's hard and you look stupid.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

Highly recommend!
It’s worth walking up to the hill for 15mins!
The house keeper was so friendly and helpful and she also speaks English.
Such beautiful views from the balcony and from the path near the B&B – sun set was also beautiful.

There is a tobacco shop in the village where you can leave your luggage if necessary so it’s very convenient.
We stayed at the attic room which has slanting roof so just mind your head if you stay there.

Nice bar on the way back, again beautiful view and friendly staff!

Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

Though the weather was not ideal during our stay in Vernazza, this little gem of a B&B brightened our trip. We stayed in Vernazza for two nights- one night in the city and one night at L'Eremo. We much preferred our stay at L'Eremo; it was off the beaten track in a quiet and secluded wooded area. Fabulous views. However, I must say that the hike to the property is quite intense if you are not in good shape. If you are, then you will have a blast making the climb! I would recommend this B&B to those who enjoy nature and hiking. Not for the city folk who enjoy the hustle and bustle. Breakfast is fabulous and very social- you eat with the other B&B guests, which we very much enjoyed. The woman who runs the joint is so charming, and so is her lovable black cat. Our room was quite comfortable with air conditioning (not that we needed it) and a private bathroom.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

Definitely worth the walk. If you are fit and regularly walk, the distance is less than 15 mins from the town center, with both steps and flat stretches. It's only three more flights of stairs off the main path between Vernazza and Corniglia. If you don't walk up any steps and are out of shape, skip it. It is also very easy to find. We were arrived at night, left our big bags at the tobacco shop in the center as we were told we could do. The directions were great and easy and we had no trouble. You're up on the side of a hill, it's lovely farmhouse made to look older. It's quiet and sitting out on the terrace and looking at the sea is serene and relaxing. Ada, the main caretaker, speaks English and is very helpful. Our room was lovely and had a very comfortable bed. Also if you are hiking up the hill to San Bernadino, you can start from here. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about L'Eremo sul Mare

Address: Sp63 19018, Vernazza, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Vernazza
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Ranked #8 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Vernazza
Price Range: $94 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
l`Eremo Sul Mare Hotel Vernazza
L'Eremo Sul Mare Vernazza, Italy - Cinque Terre

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