This B&B place is about 5 minutes’ walk from La Spezia Central Station.
Entrance is not right on Via Torino but at the end of a short cul-de-sac that branches off that street. So it can easily be missed.
From the street, its front appearance is not very appealing. Guest entrance is by a very narrow and short door, next to a large metal gate for cars. After entering that entrance, you walk across a small car park, climb about 10 steps of stairs, walk about 10m along a timber covered walkway before you get to the reception, which is just a desk at the top of a corridor. All 5 bedrooms run off one side and the far end of that corridor.
We stayed in a 3-bed room. Its condition is OK, nothing flashy. It is quiet, clean and adequate for us, a couple and an adult daughter. Room amenities are basic, air-conditioned, a small flat screen TV on table, a small bar fridge, plastic cups.
Beddings are comfortable. The private bath room is spacious with a bidet, shower but no bath tub, clean towels. The shower recess has a fold-down plastic seat (presumably for the frail to use). Toiletries consist mainly of shampoo and shower gel sachets.
All windows look onto those of neighboring apartments across the street. Curtains are flimsy but there are shutters to provide privacy.
Apart from the 5 bedrooms, there are no other facilities at the place. No lounge or kitchen. On the wall above the reception desk, there are posted timetables for trains to Cinque Terre and boats to Portovenere and the islands nearby. There are not many maps and tourist info leaflets about the attractions in the town or surrounding localities available. WIfi is free.
There is a small super market that sells fruits and most essentials just about 50m away, on the other side of the street.
There is a coin-operated self-service Laundromat just a few minutes’ walk away, on Via Fiume, at the roundabout on the way to the station.
There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops within the walking distance. La Spezia harbour is about 15-20 minutes’ walk away.
The room price includes breakfast which you can take in a café nearby. However it is Italian breakfast which consists of only a drink and a piece of pastry. So do not expect much for the ‘breakfast included’ bit.
The proprietor, Maria, does not live on the premises and is there to do the cleaning in the morning, when you arrive if you inform her beforehand your expected time of arrival, or when you have problems and ring her up.
Maria speaks perfect English (as she lived in the UK before), very friendly and extremely helpful. When you need anything, she goes out of her way trying to help you. Before you arrive, she sends you an email containing the map of the place and asking for your arrival time so that she can be there to check you in. Her husband (?) is normally with her also to help bring your luggage up the stairs.
With the price you pay do not expect anything luxurious. If you only look for a clean, quiet place just for sleeping that is close to the station, shops and restaurants then this place is quite acceptable.
We stayed there for 3 nights to visit Cinque Terre and Portovenere. We have no complaints about the place. It offered us an opportunity to have some glimpse of the living condition of the local Italians.
The best thing to say about the place is perhaps the friendliness and helpfulness of the proprietor. It would have been a great place if it has a more pleasant and easier access and if some tea/coffee making facilities are available in the rooms or, if not, communally.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Spezia Inn is a new guest house located in the town centre very close to the train station, which makes it a perfect base for visiting the nearby beauties such as Le Cinque Terre, Lerici and Portovenere.Each room comes with en suite bathroom and air conditioning, tv and free broadband. A good breakfast is offered in a cafe' nearby, only 2 min walk from the b&b. ... more less
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