Stayed 1 night in May 2014 as part of a wider 51 day trip through parts of Europe. Paid €120 pn for a 1 bedroom apartment, sleeps 4 (2 bathrooms). Room 107 & 108 which join together to make a 1 bedroom apartment with an extra large fold out bed (comes down from wall) in kitchen area. This was fine for 2 couples for the night. Rate did not include breakfast.
The owners speak limited English (the wife understands a little but doesn’t speak it, the husband does speak a bit of English). This didn’t matter that much as we all made ourselves understood and they were very friendly. They gave us a lovely bottle of red wine on arrival from their privately made wine.
Apartment had a good balcony that looked out over the port and up to the old fort etc. Excellent view and ambience.
We considered it was very good value for price paid. Apartment was very clean and had AC, Heating, Mirrors, Wardrobes, 2 flat screen TV’s on walls, small but modern kitchen with full size stove & hotplates, full size fridge and freezer, utensils & crockery for 4, sink, etc. Small table with 4 chairs. Is a line and pegs outside and 2 balconies (one from master bedroom, one from kitchen – the one from kitchen is the one with view).
2 Bathrooms, both private; both of average size. Toiletries provided were soaps. Small portable hairdryer provided. Hot water shower and good water pressure. Showers are on own bases with glass surrounds. Really good heated electric towel rack in both bathrooms.
Parking at dedicated parking onsite in garage under the rooms.
WiFi: free. Speed: Fast. Pool: No.
It is possible to walk to the port in 10 to 15 mins, a bit longer if walking leisurely. The walk home is flat then up a gradual hill (quite an easy stroll really). You can see the residence from the port. There are a couple of small eateries close by if you don’t want to walk all the way to port and a supermarket down near the port where we bought munchies and drinks, etc.
Overall, we would give this 4/5 stars. We would stay again and wouldn’t bother looking for elsewhere unless it was booked out already.
- 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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