Having struggled to find accomodation in the centre of La Spezia, we ended up booking 2 nights at Hotel Ghironi. It was a very nice hotel but further out than we had expected. If you have a car then I would definitely recommend it as it is close to being 4 stars based on the other 3 star hotels we had stayed at in Italy. To get to the hotel from the train station, you will either need to catch a cab or pre arrange and book a seat on the hotel's shuttle bus which is an 8 seated van. There is however a bus stop about 100 metres from the hotel that takes you into the centre or to other parts of the Lingurian Coast like the lovely San Terezano or Lerice. ( look for the "L" bus) You can buy a bus ticket from the nearby tabaccheria not far from the bus stop.
The hotel foyer is nicely decorated with antiques and Turkish rugs. Our triple room was nice, very clean with a decent size bathroom. The women on the front desk spoke excellent English
and were very helpful providing us with maps and recommendations.
Breakfast was good with a varied selection of pastries, fruit, cereal, ham and cheese and bread rolls, juice and tea and coffee. There is a shuttle service that takes you into town and can pick you up however it operates on the hour and you need to book in advance to secure a spot as it gets full pretty quickly having only 8 seats. Always book the night before if you want the shuttle to take you the next day to the train station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel staff are available 24 hours a day to assist you and can provide you with tourist information. There is also a free shuttle service that can bring you to the train station or the La Spezia harbour where you can take a boat to Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most famous coastlines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ghironi Hotel La Spezia
- Ghironi La Spezia