Our stay (3 nights) at Residence I Gabbiani is one of the most memorable ones in our 3-week trip in France and Italy. It's certainly difficult to find the place, especially at night and more particularly for Canadians not used to driving in Italy, but once you get there, you'll forget about that!
Portovenere is magnificent and the panoramic view from the balcony reveals its beauty. We were fortunate to travel during low season (late September) since we got a spacious apartment that was clean and had the equipment we needed.
Communication with the owner was a challenge since she did not speak English, but everything was resolved when the owners' son was around. But this did not prevent us from seeing their kindness and willingness to help.
Residence I Gabbiani is well located to go to the Cinque Terre (much nicer location than La Spezia) by boat, which costs about 12 euros per person. You can decide to come back by train and bus if you don't want to take the boat again. But if you do take the boat for one way, choose it to get to the Cinque Terre because the view is splendid, postcards like.
If we ever go back to Italy, we will definitely stay there again and stay longer! We highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a balcony overlooking the Ligurian Sea, apartments at the Gabbiani Residence are 300 metres from the sandy beach and 1.5 km outside Portovenere. Air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette and flat-screen TV are included in each apartment at Residence I Gabbiani. Some units boast separate living and sleeping areas, and some have free Wi-Fi. Guests can find shops and restaurant only 400 metres from the property, or reach La Spezia city centre in 20 minutes by car. The famous Cinque Terre Area is 25 km away. Parking is free on site. ... more less
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