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Hotel Relais al Convento

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great service and people, we were in the junior suite which was way above our expectations! Also the spa is small but very relaxing:) The small town is quiet and lovely, it s best to have a motorbike to drive around and go to the beaches around La Spezia, Lerici and 5 terre.

The hotel is a good choice for Cinque Terre travelers. It is far away from the crowd. It is well-priced. And it is in a mountain village where you can also experience some local culture. Nothing special about the rooms or breakfast. Everything is clean and simple. It takes around 20-30 mins to arrive at the hotel from La Spezia. There is parking space reserved for the hotel. There is no lift so if you room is in the second floor, you need to carry your luggage.

Found after a recommendation from a friend, this little hotel is a great place to find a moment of peace in your trip. Make sure you book early to get the rooms on the garden side as the rooms above the street are really noisy in the morning and unless you've planned to do so early morning trekking could be a pain. Nice little restaurant below in the garden and breakfast on the terrace is the best way to wake up.

We have been there just one night but unfortunately in front of the reception so we heard the staff chatting during our afternoon nap and during the night. Absolutely unacceptable! Furthermore 25eu/pers for the wellness is out of the market. The room is nice and the village very romantic

...and yet, you are not going to be let down. The Relais is a former convent (Al Convento). It is right in the center of town, which, in this case, is a really cool, quirky, castle-cum-hamlet on a hill. The staff is actually attentive, which is not a given in Italy. The hotel itself has been heavily remodeled from its convent days, such that the nuns who once lived here would not recognize it. The plaster walls are done so as to reveal touches of brick underneath, with an ersatz sense of character and age, and yet the building has real character due to its history and age. The rooms are all unique, and named for famous British poets who have made Liguria famous. They are also bright, spacious, airy, and appointed in details that would appeal to either the traveler seeking for an almost-spa, or the romantic get-away couple. The breakfasts are rather complete, for continental standards, much more like the typical German hotels than the typical Mediterranean hotels. Coffee is awesome. And there are two excellent restaurants in stumbling distance to the front door. There is a wonderful mosaic in the garden and the restaurant on the ground floor is entirely worth your while. The nearby restaurants are in the same central square- Locando Del Viandante, which is in the Relais, and the Osteria Della Pietre, right across the way in one of the castle basements. Can't say enough good things about either, but I have reviewed them independently. All told, the visit to the Relais is a great means to get away from it all, while being near it all. If you are using public transport, I recommend only staying a day or two at most, so you can see more of the region in/from the main town, La Spezia, or the smaller towns of the Cinque Terre or Portovenere. But if you have a car (best to make it a small one), you can drive to everything you need to see and want to do. Vezzano Ligure is a classy and wonderful castle town, which one must rate alongside this hotel, because the two go together- either you are staying here and will thus experience this town, or you are not, and will not. If you are a photographer, you will love all the detailed touches this town has to offer from narrow corridors with parapet views of a riverine valley, to high plazas with towers at the corners, to downspouts shaped like dragons. Note, however, this town, seems to have more cats than people. Though, thankfully, the Relais is free of them- inside, at least.

I took 3 nights at the Al Convento as a base for visiting 5 Terre. At only a few minutes away from La Spezia and only 15km from Portovenere and Riomaggiore this hotel is ideal located in a very quiet and charming village in the mountains. The staff is great, nice, helpful and caring. The rooms are big and very nicely furnished. Breakfast has everything your stormac desires. My stay was perfect at this hotel!

We stayed two nights at this lovely hotel---one on the way to Italy, and one night, returning to France. The town is conveniently close to the autostrada, and then up an amazing number of hairpin turns. The GPS got us most of the way. It is not very complicated if one has looked on Google Maps beforehand, and has an idea that the hotel is behind the church---there is a sign but it is facing the wrong direction! You can unload your bags in front of the hotel then use the hotel parking up the street. They will give you a permit to put on the dash. Everyone working at the hotel was as pleasant as could be and thankfully spoke English. I think the only negative we had was that the hotel is on the second floor (first floor, Europe) and we had a lot of luggage because we were on a long trip. But that is not their fault. The young man at the desk was helpful. Thankfully we had a room on the lobby level. The room was quite nice (#5) (bed and bath sizable) and also very convenient, since one had to go to the lobby or breakfast room in order to use the wifi. Important for me. Our room had a great view of the quaint streets. We did not feel that the bells were a problem but we get up early! Breakfast was an adequate buffet with yogurt and fruit as well as the usual pastries and breads. The Cornettos were flavorful---the best we had in 2 weeks in Italy. One can sit and eat out on the patio. There is a spa but we didn't pay attention. I am sure it is done well if it reflects everything else at the hotel. There is a very good restaurant that seems to be part of the hotel but apparently isn't...or else we misunderstood. I will mention it just in case. Great local products and regional dishes. (pesto!) We loved the whole experience, the hotel-- and also the town itself is so charming and non touristy!

Our family would roll-in late almost every night of a 3-night stay and were welcomed with nothing but courtesy and care by the nightwatchman. Naturally we were running late for breakfast, of course we checked out late, yes, we drank one too many proseccos and were the last to leave the restaurant that night (sorry Stefano); but in every instance that we asked for anything, the people at Al Convento were gracious and would indulge us. Magic. The village is quaint, quiet, there are fireflies and toads, it has a great pizzaria next door, and a 12th century tower and views that are a short walk from the front door. With a vehicle it's easy to get to La Spezia and surroundings. Portovenere busy but nice to see, Cinque Terre overrated/overcrowded; allow yourself more time drive to Lerici and to swim at Tellaro instead. Sarzana - meh, felt like a trap. The Roman excavations at Luni was time better spent.

Off the typical tourist route but that is what makes this little gem great! It really feels like you are living as part of the hillside community known as Vezzano Ligure. We initially tried to book the hotel directly through their website and had no success but later found a bed and breakfast deal on Agoda.com We were happy we made the booking with our first evening spent walking through the twisting streets to the top of the hill chatting with the friendly locals along the way. Attached to the hotel is one of the few restaurants in the town but they served a variety of quality meals specialising in seafood (make sure you book a table though as most of the town eat here of a night). Just out the front door and 50m to the left is another fantastic eatery that should not be missed if you visit here. I forget the name but if you search restaurants in Vezzano Ligure it will be rated in the top 3 I'm sure. Just to note wifi is free but in the common areas only. Definitely worth the stay!!

Have to agree with the previous reviewer, very nice hotel but the bells start at 7:00 in the church immediately next door and the road noise much earlier than than. Also the a/c in the room was not big enough for the room (close the bathroom door and that helps a lot). Maybe other rooms would be better, ours was the one closest to the desk with a view out to the street. Other than the noise and the A/C it very nice and the village is great as there are few tourists... great walk around with beautiful views. Restaurant attached was very good, had three meals all together and all were excellent.

Piazza Regina Margherita, 1 Vezzano Ligure SP

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Spa
  • Concierge services
  • 24-hour front desk

Hotel Relais al Convento places you 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from Societa Ippica Val Di Vara and 5.2 mi (8.3 km) from Parco XXV Aprile. The 15 rooms at this 3-star hotel include minibars and TVs and guests can enjoy free breakfast. LaSpeziaExpo is also close to this Vezzano Ligure hotel.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

All 15 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars, phones, and desks. For entertainment, guests can expect to find TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.


Property features

At Hotel Relais al Convento, guests access to a full-service spa, spa services, and a garden. If you drive, put free offsite parking to good use. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and luggage storage.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 304 reviews