Arrived at the Santa Maria HOTEL after taking a taxi from Chiavari station ( 8 euros). First impressions were very good. Check in very easy. Booked a double room for single occupancy with a seaview and inclusive breakfast. Room number 308 is a very small double and certainly not big enough as a twin. There was a nice balcony overlooking the beach and sea. The room was clean although the bed was very low and firm. A ceiling fan helped to keep the room cool along with shutters and air conditioning.
I did not eat at the restaurant in the evenings but took breakfast each day. A good selection of cereals, yogurt, ham and cheese, bread rolls and focaccia along with various croisaants and cakes. Ample tea and coffee served by very obliging staff.
The location is good especially for young families wanting to spend time on the beach and swim in the sea. Outside the hotel is the lido and various private beaches which you must pay for - extremely clean and well maintained . Otherwise it is a 10 - 15 minute walk to the station. Train travel is very easy and extremely reliable - a return fare to Rapallo is just 3.6 eouros and takes 15 minutes. Otherwise you need a car to get around. Incidentally there is a Europcar office on the seafront just a short walk from the hotel.
Chiavari is a good base and i would certainly recommend the Santa Maria.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Santa Maria, facing the sea of the splendid Gulf of Tigullio, is a short walk from the Chiavari historic center. Managed directly by the owners, the facilities include a quaint garden and a large panormic terrace and solarium. The restaurant serves local favorities, prepared with genuine ingredients brought everyday. The high quality services offered surely places the hotel at a higher level than the official rating.L'Albergo Santa Maria, affacciato sul mare dello splendido Golfo del Tigullio, a due passi dal certo storico di Chiavari. Gestita direttamente dalla proprietà, la struttura dispone di un grazioso giardino e di una grande terrazza panoramica/solarium. Il ristorante propone piatti della tradizione locale, preparati con ingredienti genuini, acquistati freschi ogni giorno. L'alta qualità dei servizi offerti colloca l'albergo sicuramente al di sopra della sua classificazione ufficiale. ... more less
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