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“Two Palms Greeting”
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Hotel Nazionale
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Levanto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Hotel Nazionale was an easy walk down the small hill from the train station, with directional signs for local hotels guiding the way once into town. The two huge palm trees out front were a nice greeting after the train ride. These lovely trees are a highlight of the hotel's business cards and brochures and an easy way to spot your hotel when returning home from a day of hiking or touring at Cinque Terre or elsewhere.

The family run hotel has a certain charm that is enhanced by the owner who not only greets nicely, processes transactions well, but also shares history of the building and her family. Amazingly moving easily among four languages, the owner and her niece were most generous with their time and information. The hotel had once been a home (monastery, convent, rectory or the like) before it was expanded and ultimately updated into a hotel. The niece kindly answered questions about things we had seen but didn't understand such as the expansive building clinging to a hillside that turned out to be a huge collection of burial vaults.

Yes, the little flowers on the tables are silk and not real but the lounge/living area and dining/outdoor patio areas have a certain charm nonetheless, and everything was always very clean and neat throughout the property.

The morning breakfast buffet was adequate where one could boil one's own eggs while selecting from a few bread items, breakfast biscuits (cookies), cheese, meat, chunked-fruit bowl, cereal, some pastries, coffee, etc.. Servers would take orders for cappuccino, but only one !! If you wanted a second cappuccino, you would have to pay. A bit strange, really, considering it is just milk and espresso.

The room overlooked the lovely outdoor patio that has tables, umbrellas and many pretty plants. In addition to a king-sized bed, the room also had a daybed that was nice for reading on a rainy morning or in the evening when one's mate turned in early. The bathroom was long and narrow but perfectly functional and typical for a European bathroom. The shower worked well with instant nice hot water to sooth aching muscles after various day-trips to CT.

Across the street is a local café/bar where we watched European football (soccer) game until the rain stopped after overnight storms. It was fun having cappuccino along with the other usual neighborhood suspects (mostly men) while also being free from smokers (there was separate room for those folks). Various restaurants and cafes were very close and of course the gelato shops were never far away. Also nice was the two English-speaking TV stations (CNN-International and BBC); good to catch up on World news from time to time.

Levanto has its own charm and has a community feel that one doesn't necessarily find in the five villages that are soooooo full of tourist (of which we were two). In the afternoon after the storm passed, we took umbrellas and made our way thru the Levanto tunnels that had once been for trains before the Alleys bombed them during WWII. They have been converted to bike and people paths and go a long way along the beach and thru mountains. The pool in Levanto was closed for the season and some of the bath houses were being taken down. Walking on the beach just a very short stroll from the hotel was nice. It was also fun to watch the little kids in the grassy park as they either were learning to rollerblade on sidewalks or running around having fun.

The hotel is in a convenient area in Levanto filled with local corner shops and a bit larger food market where one can purchase bread, cheese, wine for an impromptu picnic.

Hotels in Italy are expensive. That's the way it is. This hotel seemed to appropriately present itself in its brochures, specifically mentioning wifi being available on the first floor, for instance. We chose not to bring our computers this trip but were able to use the hotel's that is situated in a small office just beyond the reception. This was convenient for us and helped us stay in touch with clients and friends as needed.

The study/office area to the right when entering the hotel seemed a little musty but that area seemed to be used by the family versus by the guests. The other zero-floor areas were bright, cheerful with a fresh feel and smell.

All-in-all, this was a pleasant and convenient place to stay while in the CT area. We would stay at this property again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Stayed 3 nights, room was very clean & tidy. Shower cubicle very small as per most European hotels.
Breakfast was the usual buffet stuff you expect, no better, no worse than anywhere else. Wouldn't win any awards, but did the job until lunch. Wifi only available on ground floor lounge area, which is a pain when you are staying on the 3rd floor (it does have an elevator)
Location is good, near restaurants, approx. 10 minute brisk walk to station.
A suggestion would be to stay at the back of the hotel, our 1st night (a Saturday) was at the front, directly opposite a local bar. We were kept awake most of the night. We requested a quite room, they obliged, but not without some drama from both the owner & the manager on duty. Eventually it was sorted out to everyone's satisfaction, probably a translation thing.

Room Tip: Get a room at the rear to avoid noise from the street & bar opposite.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We used the Nazionale as our base for a three day stay in Cinque Terre. We had a small room with a shower so tiny that whenever you moved you would hit the shower controls and it would turn off. Even a stick person would have bee crowded! The walls of the room were so thin that we could hear the person in the adjoining room snore at night. The matriarch in charge was sharp and patronizing. The good thing was the breakfast , varied and plentiful, However when we asked for a cappuccino we were warned that only the first one was free.
We paid 130 E. per night plus 15 E per night for parking. When we checked out, an Italian couple that was ahead of us also had stayed for three nights and were given a discount at the counter. The "gentile" signorina Agnese did not accord us the same courtesy. The mercenary greed of merchants in this area really pushes the envelope. Anyway Cinque Terre is over hyped, over priced, and over crowded. Avoid it!!

Room Tip: Ask to see the room on arrival, and be courageous enough to complain. I am trying to be more brave...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This place was not that great, at all.
We paid a pretty penny and it was pretty much strictly for its location and lack of ample guest rooms in the area. Design and decor is quite ugly. The bed was super old and uncomfortable. The bathroom was tiny and awkward. Staff was friendly and the place was clean and the location is pretty central, so that's good. But the place itself? Needs some investment from the owners! You can tell that they're riding on the location and not updating the place simply because they don't have to...

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Hotel Nazionale in Levanto. The hotel is very clean and the staff is helpful and friendly. They suggested restaurants in Levanto as well as offered tips and tricks to explore Cinque Terre.
The location is excellent, it's an easy 10 minute walk from the train station and minutes from the beach.
The hotel has bikes that you can rent to take advantage of the beautiful bike trails along the Mediterranean.
If you are planning a trip to Cinque Terre this is the place to stay it's away from the crowds but a quick train ride to the five villages.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Sadly, this is a case where on-line ratings can be misleading. The booking agency, Venere has a published rating on 8+ and I would not give it a 5. Good points: the hotel is clean and tidy. Problem areas (significant). No AIR CONDITIONING. The hotel rooms are not air conditioned and very uncomfortable- open windows results in a very significant level of noise essentially all night long and into the morning. The noise level is very horrific- sleep is impossible in these conditions. Also- the hotel advertises Wi-Fi however the Wi-Fi is can only be accessed in the lobby area resulting in privacy issues for most. I was fortunate in that 1 very small room on the second level has Wi-Fi due to it's proximity to the connection.
The other issues is the hotel is over priced for it's offering. I've since spent time in a number of very superior hotels and they are approximately prices 10-15 euro's more. The Nazionale feels like a budget hotel and should not be priced at 130 euro a night by any means. No glasses in rooms- only plastic, does not even have a tissue box- cheap, inexpensive toiler paper as well ( always a sign of budget operations).
I would like to call out the wonderful Lady at the front desk during the evening of check in- she was very helpful and doing several jobs at once (laundry, lobby technical assistance for connections, directions and restaurant recommendations and also doing lots of laundry in between these activities- she clearly was working exceptionally hard and again with no air conditioning to cool her off.
IN summary- do not recommend- you can do so much better!

Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights in May - really lovely and would definitely stay here again! The hotel is right in the centre of Lavento and just a 10min walk to the railway station - perfect! Our room was 308 and had a lovely balcony which made all the difference! The roof garden looked very appealing but unfortunately the weather wasnt to good during our stay so unable to make use of it! The owners were very welcoming and helpful, and were very informative when you needed to know anything about the area. Definitely a place to stay when visiting Levanto!!

Room Tip: Room 308 was very spacious with a wonderful shower and the balcony was great to relax on with a glas...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Jacopo da Levanto 20, 19015 Levanto, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Levanto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Levanto
Price Range: $130 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Nazionale 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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