We made the decision to book this hotel after the glowing descriptions (bar one, but that was in 2009, so did not pay too much attention) but we were rather disappointed. We stayed in the Green Room. The room is small and the tiny refrigerator is built into the bedside table, so I could hear the motor running periodically during the night as I slept (which of course woke me up each time as it was inches away from me). Yes, the area is quiet, but out of the 3 nights we slept here, we could not get to sleep before at least 11pm as the local youths gathered just outside the hotel and made a lot of noise, making it impossible to sleep. You can also hear everything that goes on inside the hotel and our room was right next to the kitchen/breakfast area. There appears to only be 3 rooms in the hotel, 2 on the same 1st floor level and one above the first floor up a winding staircase. There is no lift, so the luggage needs to be hauled up the stairs. Breakfast is DIY - yoghurt, milk, butter, fruit juice and iced tea in the room fridge and in the breakfast room everything is pre-packaged i.e. cereals, cakes, biscuits, croissants etc. Nothing is fresh. I cannot understnand previous reviewers talking about fresh pies and focaccias as we did not see any! The lady did however make a delicious home-made cake and this was offered to us to help ourselves at leisure - a nice touch. We had to ask for some fresh bread and prosciutto for our breakfast and this they gladly got for us.
I have to specify here that the hosts are extremely kind and obliging. I don't think that they are the owners - they seem to work for the hotel. They do not, however speak a word of English so everything was communicated via my schoolbook Italian! There is a coffee machine and this works well to make coffee and tea - very good. The hotel is very clean and rooms are made up every day. The bathroom is TINY. My husband could barely fit (he is tall and big) but really struggled to find space in this cute but very small shoebox! The room (including bathroom) is only 14-15 square metres. There is however a large balcony (10-12 square metres) with a table and 2 chairs, which we enjoyed using.
The views are really magnificent - we really loved the hilltop location, even though it was rather remote. The drive up from La Spezia is through lovely rainforest-type woods but it is steep and winding. There is really nothing to see in the village of Campiglia (where the Locanda Tramonti is located) - it is about 10-15 mins from La Spezia.
We paid Euro120 per night (in May, which is not yet even high-season) which we think is too much for the Locanda Tramonti which is advertised as 3-star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tramonti Locanda is a small, charme hotel created in a villa dating from the eighteen hundreds. Situated in the little piazza in front of the Campiglia church, thanks to its rather particular location, it enjoys a splendid view over two seas: the gulf of la Spezia and the open sea of the Cinque Terre villages.From the Locanda, it is possible to go for wonderful walks, immersed in the silence and the intense fragrances of the typical Mediterranean maquis vegetation, right down to the clear, turquoise waters of the Persico and Navone beaches or, following the "crinale" (ridge) pathway, to the towns of Portovenere and Riomaggiore.The Locanda has a suite with solarium sun-bathing area and double bedrooms with terraces and balconies from which, on clear days, it is possible to identify on the horizon the profiles of the islands of Corsica, Capraia, Gorgona and Elba, as well as the Côte d'Azur. ... more less
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