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Hotel Belvedere
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice place Great Views Would Stay again”
Reviewed May 17, 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights . Breakfast was included in the price . We had a large bed that was comfortable. The shower was tiny. That is our only complaint . The view of the harbor was nice . Just a quick stroll to the ferries and restaurants. The staff was very nice.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2008

Wonderful hotel in a wonderful location. The hotel is conveniently situated by the bus stop from La Spezia, and overlooks the harbour in Portovenere. The staff are excellent and very helpful. The rooms are very clean although a little bit spartan in decor. The breakfast is more than adequate if not a little unimaginative (we stayed there 7 nights and the breakfast was the same every morning). The dining room and its veranda would be helped with a few flowers. All this apart, Hotel Belvedere is a great choice and you should not be disappointed.

  • Liked — staff
  • Disliked — the decor
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2008

My family stayed here for one night; oh, how I wish I had planned on more nights. The people at the hotel were wonderful; even had a doctor brought to the hotel for my adult daughter who had a severe earache. I would love to visit this hotel and Portovenere again and stay for a few days. I find myself dreaming of the place often. the hotel was so immaculate - we all loved it.

  • Liked — The cleanliness
  • Disliked — very expensive
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Sacramento
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2008

I arrived in Portovenere with my family only to be welcomed by a very unfriendly staff! The location of this hotel was great, but I could not get over the icy and quite honestly rude help. I would not recomend this hotel for those who enjoy space and hospitality.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2008

We stayed here for three nights at the end of May 2008. The bedroom was perfectly clean and comfortable and we would recommend staying in a room overlooking the bay for the beautiful view.
The bathroom is small but adequate - no bath , just a shower which was fine by us. There was a certain amount of noise when people in other rooms were flushing the toilet or using the shower but not enough to spoil the stay.
Two nights would be plenty to see Portovenere alone unless you are taking in Cinque Terre from this base. We filled in by taking a lovely boat trip across the bay (20 minutes) to Lerici which is larger and slightly busier than Portovenere but just as beautiful. It is probably overlooked by many visitors which is a shame.
The breakfast buffet was perfectly adequate - the standard continental buffet found all over Italy.
The bus stop is virtually outside the front door and contrary to previous reports it is 2 minutes to the centre, not 5.
There is now a lift to all floors and during our stay the restaurant was not open in the evening.
The staff were polite. The only criticism would be that there was a train strike on the morning we left which we did not know about. The manager/owner watched us leave with suitcases and never told us. As it turned out we had decided that it would be fun to move on to our next destination, Monterosso, by boat and the strike did not affect us. He did not know this however and would have assumed we were getting the bus to La Spezia and onwards somewhere by train. This would have severely disrupted our plans and annoyed us considerably when thinking that he could have advised us when we checked out. When we reached our next hotel the notice and details of the strike were on the reception desk. The staff were busy helping people checking out with their travel arrangements.
This should not deter people from booking this hotel as, all in all, it is a pleasant place to stay.

  • Liked — view
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2007

Great location, about 5 minute walk to the waterfront, restaurants, ferry dock, etc. HB overlooks part of the harbor, the towns across the bay, and the mountains beyond. We stayed in Rooms 3 and 4 -- both have the view you want. I think 3 is one of the 2 rooms in the hotel with a balcony overlooking the harbor. We bought salami and cheese and wine at the local market and dined on the balcony at sunset. The hairdryer left something to be desired, and the towels you get are sometimes oversized dish towels, but we didn't care about those things. I recommend the HB, you will love it.

  • Liked — The view!
  • Disliked — The hairdryer.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2006

Hotel Belvedere provided everything that we wanted from a hotel in a beautiful and romantic setting. As you arrive in Protovenere from La Spezia (by car) the hotel is located just slightly up the hill from the centre of town - about a five minute walk. Our room faced the sea - great views over the harbour. The room was very comfortbale with large windows (no balcony - although the room below us had one), a sufficient bathroom, a flat screen television, air conditioning and a comfortable bed.

There are some slightly negative points regarding this hotel. Firstly, there is no elevator in the hotel. It is three stories high (including the ground floor), and if you are on the top floor (as we were) getting your hevy cases up and down the stairs is a bit of a problem. The only other negative point I would mention is the fact that parking is pretty horrendous. The hotel DOES have some spaces outside the hotel which are free to park in. However, if you do not get one of these spaces (e.g. if the hotel is full for any period, and lots of guests have cars), then you will not be able to park outside the hotel. Parking in Portovenere is extremely expensive. If you want to park in the local public car park, it is about 30 Euros per day, and if you choose to park along the streets around Portovenere, the meters run starting from 70 cents per hour (which is about a 20 minute walk from the main town) to 1.50 Euro per hour nearer the centre. You must seriously consider this before deciding to take a car into Portovenere.

Overall though, the town and the hotel are a great place to stay. The fresh seafood in the restaurants is some of the best I have ever had. A boat trip along the Cinque Terre is a must, as is walking between the towns along the coast. Hotel Belvedere provides a very comfortable, affordable and relaxing stay in a beautiful Italian town.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Property: Hotel Belvedere
Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 26, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Porto Venere
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Belvedere 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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