Hotel Relais al Convento3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Maybe I should have read where this hotel was because we had a long drive up out of town to get to it and was not expecting that. Also, the staff is very limited in english and we did not get a good night sleep. It seems IKEA is the bed of choice in a lot of places and this one was hard. We did eat a the restaraunt next door and it was delicious, but we will not go back to this hotel.
When I booked this hotel, I specifically typed Vernazza in the city search of [...]. Since Vernazza is one of the five cities that comprise the Cinque Terre, I hoped we would be in a central location. Not only is it not located in Vernazza, it's twenty minutes from the train station in La Spezia (which is the nearest town to the Cinque Terre and a short train ride away). Buses from the hotel are fairly cheap to get to the station ($1 euro per person/each way), but they run a highly irregular schedule in the afternoons. We ended up traveling via taxi on several occasions. Taxi's are fairly pricey - running anywhere from $25 to $40 euro each way. (Note that a taxi coming to pick you up at the hotel will likely charge you the higher end of the rates listed above because they seem to start the meter before they picked us up - I believe to account for the time it took to drive up the hill to get us). If you like being away from everything, this hotel is clean and has a nice breakfast buffet. However, I would not stay here again merely based on the location and the cost and time to travel back and forth. Hotel staff is friendly, but their is English is fairly limited. There are two restaurants next door (one is a Pizzeria, and the other serves traditional cuisine from the Liguria region). Both are worth trying if you decide to make the trek to this hotel. Cinque Terre is a great place for hiking and sight seeing, but don't stay here if that's where you want to end up!
Loved it! Samll town in Italy, really close to the autostrasse. The pizza place it great as is the Italian place below the hotel. Get the Antipasta del mar!!