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Hotel Paradiso
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I scoured the Internet looking at options for staying while visiting the Cinque Terre. Many of the hotels looked bad. I like very nice hotels. That being said we chose this place to stay at based on a traveller we just meet while staying in Siena at the Grand hotel. They had just been here and highly recommended it. Of course ,I got on trip advisor because I was not even thinking of this town as a point to embark from. As it turns out this is so delightful. First , the hotel is very nice, very clean , simple and plain, beautiful views , parking available ,great restaurant and breakfast with wonderful views, close to town 5 min. Tops walk , there is a lift or elevator, nice welcoming staff, air conditioning, and the rooms are not huge but a really nice size. The town is so much better then I could have imagined. Quaint seaside with many nice restaurants. And the very ,very ,very best thing is that there is the ferry that takes you to all the 5 villages of the CinqueTerre weather permitting remember and it is 5 min from hotel . You can get to La Spezia to take the train if you do not like boats. Also a bus or taxis can take you there. But that town is a dump ,do not stay there. Going by ferry was so awesome . I was so apprehensive about finding a decent hotel and I have high standards. This is a very lovely hotel and to me the very best way to have had the Cinque Terre experience. The town is picture perfect and yes our gps brought us direct from Siena, no problem. I came from the Grand hotel in Siena tohere ,so you know if I like this kind of 5 star to 3 it is nice. Good tv got to watch Ryder cup and there is wifi. What else... Nothing it was very nice..... Slippers and toiletries included and hair dyer . We changed rooms our first room had a large bed and in another section bunk twins so if families need to be all together this would be great. They were not in some loft as another reviewer wrote just a different part of the same big room.

Room Tip: Most rooms had views
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Strange hotel and staff not over friendly or helpful. Felt they where more interested in Italy guests then any other visitors fro around the world. Room wasn't very nice. Thin k they gave us a family room for 2 and the two extra beds where up on a balcony in the roof and made the room hot. Small bathroom. B'fast wasn't anything special. Nowhere to sit outside on a hot day.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jonty1960
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

The Hotel Paradiso is just as you drive into Portovenere, but, don't be deterred that it is out of town - a short walk down the hill or along the waterfront brings you into the heart of the town. Five minutes maximum.
Views from the breakfast room, lounge and restaurant overlook the promenade and small boats and across the beautiful sea. Open the shutters in your room and the views are to die for! A lovely way to wake up.
We dined in the restaurant and the food and service was excellent. Luigi looked after us like we were old friends and we enjoyed the food very much. Not at all like a lot of hotel food is like - very authentic.
Portovenere is a gorgeous town with lots of wonderful restaurants, bars, big boats and wonderful colourful buildings.. and then of course the ferry is ready to take you up the coast to other fabulous towns.

Room Tip: there is a lift to all bedrooms and a lift that takes you down towards the promenade - BUT there are...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Lyndallaussie
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed at Portovenere one night on our way south and we chose Hotel Paradiso because of the Tripadviser rating of 3. Portovenere is a brilliant town and our mistake was not staying longer, 3 nights would have been good.

The GPS took us to the doorstep of Paradiso and we parked at the door for free. The hotel is old and the amenities are what you would expect of an old 3 star hotel. The rooms are small, nice bathroom but there are soundproof issues between the rooms. Nevertheless they are clean and adequate.

Clearly the beauty of this hotel is the views of the harbor and most rooms appear to get one as does the restaurant.

The breakfast had limited options and ham and eggs were cooked to order. It was satisfactory.

The staff were very good, welcoming and happy to assist in any way.

Would I stay there again? I would prefer a better quality hotel however this was satisfactory for one night.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a view otherwise stay somewhere else.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Grant196
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We spent four days at the Hotel Paradiso, and the location is wonderful. It is just a two minute walk down to the harbour area, where you can get boats to the Cinque Terre. There are amazing restaurants all around there, making Hotel Paradiso a very convenient "base camp".
The breakfast at the hotel was very good and hot food and coffee is made to order. Our pillowcases were dirty when we arrived but after a call to reception (in my very broken Italian) they were quickly replaced. The room otherwise was clean, with a cute Tuscan beachside feel. Afternoon nap time was also greatly enhanced by figuring out that some shows could be viewed in English (unlike most other places we stayed in Italy).

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Br1g3tt3
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

We walked in to this place in the middle of the off season. They gave us a sea facing room for 100 euros. That price includes breakfast and parking. Breakfast is very simple...basically just bread and jam. The dining room has great views.

For comparison, the Grand Hotel down the street also wanted 100, but we did not find the place as charming and parking is an extra charge.

The bed is very firm, but comfortable. They have sky tv and a mini fridge (pretty standard for Italy we've found). The bathroom is very nice. The hot water has good pressure and stays a constant temp (not Italian standard from what we've experienced). The view overlooking the harbor area is nice.

The hotel location is excellent. It's a quick walk to town, which is full of fun things to see. There is an old castle, two old churches, a cliff side walk, and the pedestrian only promenade. Be sure to bring your comfy shoes.

We would definitely come back to this town and this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Stayed there for 3 nights this past July for a long weekend. We really loved Portovenere with it's easy access to Cinq Terre, good restaurants and great views.

The hotel itself was well situated, although the arrival if you are driving and have lots of luggage can be tricky as not a lot of space in front of the hotel to unload. Staff were not too friendly but correct in general except if you want to sleep in and housekeeping knock on your door even with a do not disurb sign to tell you that you had to let them in.

Great views from the room, furnishing is a bit basic but comfrotable as a whole. Breakfast was basic but again correct.

Overall I would say that we enjoyed our stay although the price was a little expensive but we were there in peak time as well.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank KsReview
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Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 34 - 40, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Porto Venere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Porto Venere
Price Range: $155 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Paradiso 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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