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“un piccolo paradiso”
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Hotel Il Nido
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tellaro
Munich, Germany
1 review
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“un piccolo paradiso”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

This hotel is a little paradise! We are coming to this place for several years and will be doing so in future. :-)
All is perfect (sea view, privat beach, breakfast, beach bar, rooms...)! Staff is very friendly and helpful! Beach bar has been completely renovated, but we also have loved it before. We love the flair of this house!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

We arrived at Il Nido after a week in Florence in need of some serious R & R. The Hotel is in a wonderful spot, perched on the edge of the bay. We were made immediately welcome by the staff who I must say were extremely helpful. We had asked in advance if they could book a restaurant for our first night and they came up trumps. A table overlooking the bay at Il Senatore! Just a short walk from the Hotel but one which we would have never found ourselves. They were also extremely helpful with local information, bus tickets, train timetables etc. The room was a little on the small side and our only quibble was the lack of storage/hanging space, but we did have two weeks luggage and were staying for a week which I don't think is the norm. Having said that the balcony was fantastic - big enough for a table and two chairs and even a couple of deckchairs and the view was out of this world. I would definitely advise anyone thinking of staying at Il Nido to pay the extra and book one of the five rooms with a balcony overlooking the sea. The beach was again small but adequate and the terraces with sunbeds excellent. Warning! there are a lot of steps down to the beach. Breakfast was very good with plenty of choice and the lunch bar on one of the terraces overlooking the sea was good and not overpriced. Plenty of reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance, the beautiful village of Tellaro only 15 mins walk away and a bus stop outside the hotel where you can catch a bus to Lerici which only takes 15 mins. What more could you want? This Hotel is a real find and the perfect base for exploring this part of the Riviera. We hope to come again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

Bit pricey at 140 euros and 2.50 euros for 30 minutes of Internet. Reception staff couldn't advise if there was signal in the rooms. Best to arrive in daytime. We arrived late and the parking was up the drive of the 2nd building across the road while we were in the main building below the road. Too much trouble to get the bags down so we left them in the car. Staff friendly and great breakfast from a dining room with panoramic views. The private beach is reached by steep stairs with a few sun beds on each of about 6 levels going down. Very Ligurian coast!

  • Stayed June 2011
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

I feel incredibly lucky that we stayed at Il Nido only because our other top choice (from our Trip Advisor research) was Hotel Florida in Lerici. Hotel Florida paled in comparison when we checked it out in person. It was more like Florida Holiday Inn.

We arrived Il Nido at 11:30pm after traveling for 15 hours by bus and rail from Chamonix. When we pulled in, the four of us - two couples - were beat, but wow, we got over that lickity-split. We had a few micro brews in the decadently simple and empty lounge area and strolled to the beach. The whole thing got us drunk - the air, the hotel vibe, the soothing, quirky Masamilliano, and the beautiful little peach white rooms with terraces that opened up to the sound of the waves (and nothing more). Note: my bro and his wife did not have the panoramic view, so they didn't have this luxury. It's worth spending the extra euros for the terrace.

Here's the at a glance stats for you:
Room: Small, clean, tasteful, with two beds pushed together to make your bed (probably a queen). Ours was really bouncy, but didn't really mind it and I'm a bed snob. One wardrobe. A desk. A little table with shoe rack underneath. Note: thin walls, but not an issue for the most part - the clientele is pretty mature.

Bathroom: Small. Bidet (!). Tiny shower. Tasteful.

Hotel: Modern vibe, very tasteful, unique, not just a hotel room factory, quiet, not bustling at all. STUNNING beach access complete with 10 layers of little seating/sunning nooks on your way down to the beach, killer breakfast (included), and great hotel staff (hat tip Masamilliano, both of you, Marina, Marisa!...). Not cheap, but we had no regrets ponying up the conto (bill) when we checked out. And we're fairly middle income, just for the record.

Beach: The four of us were the only ones there for 90% of the time, even though they had like 6 rows of chairs crammed onto the small little pebbly sand area. The swimming was like a dream. Small waves, no current, crystal clear water, refreshing... couldn't be better. They have kayaks you can use for free which was fun.

Food: We stayed three nights, but only were there for two dinners. We went to Delfino night one, because the Il Gambera Nero (the Black Lobster) guy, Benjamino, was a little too crazy and intense for us and it seemed too expensive at 50 euro/person. Delfino was okay, not great. Not expensive, but not really interesting. Night two, word got around with the Hotel staff that Benjamino was trying to over-charge us, so they re-negotiated and we got it down to 32.5 euro/person and, drum roll, it was worth it. Amazingly fresh seafood that didn't stop arriving. The antipasti and secondi's trumped the main course (branzino). One of the best dinners during our two week trip to France/Italy.

Highly recommended if you like relaxed, quiet, authentic Italy. We were longing for Tellaro when we got to Florence....

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

Hotel Nido is on top of coastline in an attractive surrounding. Hotel itself is basic, but clean. Any kind of service mentality has not been experienced. Room equipment is almost non-existing, little storage facilities if any. Rooms on top floor are small, but offer a wonderful view over the coast from the balcony.
Steep steps lead towards a little sandy beach that is picturesque, but very small and crowded- hard to stay for more than 2 hours. Direct acces to the sea, not for children becuase right after 3 steps into the water gets very deep. Unfortunately due to many yachts (especially on weekends) and the oil harbour of La Spezia Bay water is frequently not clean and not pleasant.
The adjacent town of Lerici is nicely located, typical Italian and not at all spoiuled by foreign tourists, only italian.
Suited for young people mainly if they can afford the price that is steep to what it offers.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

We have just been at Il Nido 2 nights in July with our 6 years old daughter. We wanted sand beach access and got it! Wonderful little private beach down all the 200 stairs from the hotel. The view is also beautiful. The bus to Lerici just in front of the hotel, pratical.

What OK; the room, triple, was charmless but clean and nice size, the terrasse was great. Nice to have a parking at the hotel, this part of Italy is just impossible. The reception service was OK if not so interested.

What could be better: Definitely breakfast. Never had so bad orange juice in my life! -, OK choice but poor quality for the breakfast in general and really not interested, nearly rude people working there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Baden
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

We spend 5 days in this small and nice Hotel. The main hotel building (NIDO1) rests about 50-100m above the beach , where we had a room with sea view and balcony. As we noticed, there are only 4 or 5 rooms with balcony facing the sea, the others are at the side or at the back of the building.
The room (No 6) we had was small (as all double rooms are in this hotel), but clean, and we had a lovely view on the bay. The hotel has no restaurant for lunch or dinner, but they have a small beach bar, where you can have snacks, salads, burgers, sandwiches etc. from 9am to 7pm. And there are plenty of small restaurants nearby (we liked Osteria La Caletta and Restaurante Dolfino). Breakfast was OK, this is one are which I think they could do better.

There is a bus stop just near the hotel for the bus to lerici (runs every 30-40min), where you can catch boats to Cinqueterre, or another bus to La Spezia, where you can take trains to Cinqueterre.
If you want to explore the nearby attractions or spend your time swimming or on the beach (and not in your hotel room) then this is a perfect place to be. Unfortunatly there is another hotel in the bay, which occasionally has open air disco (only on saturdays), so you will either have to join that party or accept some noise impact once per week (only valid for the rooms facing sea).
We enjoyed our stay, especially because of the private beach, the beach bar etc. and the nice, quiet Tellaro, which has fortunatly NO pass-through traffic (dead end street).

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Il Nido
Address: Via Fiascherino 75/122 | Tellaro di Lerici, 19032 Tellaro, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > Tellaro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tellaro
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Il Nido 3*
Number of rooms: 275
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