it was a clean and well run hotel with very friendly and helpful staff breakfast could have been better
Friendly and helpful reception staff. Our room had a very nice view to the harbour. Announced refurbishing of the hotel, was very clearly recognizable. Restaurant only served a barbeque buffet during our stay in August.
The hotel lobby, restaurant, conference rooms and rooftop garden were all first class. The room was okay - could use updating. Simple, but clean.
Hotel has a convenient location, close to where you might like to board a ferry to view the C.T. Reception staff were very helpful. We asked for a room with a view and a quiet room and we received a quiet room with a lovely view. With adding these into bookings.com when you are making a hotel booking.
Reception staff were especially helpful Bar did not open until 6.30 p.m., and even then it was only service in the main reception area.
unfortunately I would find anyting positive to comment on at this hotel from our experience. As a hotel broker I see many hotels and the service and price of this hotel is far from satisfactory. Our room was not as described, we experienced insects in the room, the room was not clean and in need of repair of basic utilities. The service from the staff was far from satisfactory, rude and unhelpfull. I would struggle to recomend this hotel to any traveller. see comments above
Location close to town and the port Lack of available parking and high cost of parking.
Location was good for traveling by car Room seemed outdated.
We stayed at this hotel due to my husband having a medical incident while on vacation in the Cinque Terre. He was in hospital in La Spezia and this hotel is well located near the hospital and also overlooking the harbout. When my husband was discharged from hospital, we stayed in a junior suite that was perfect for our needs. The staff were very obliging in helping us to have accessibility in an older building. As well there is a good breakfast included on the lobby level and a restaurant off the 1st floor. We found the restaurant to be lovely because it has an outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour; however, the menu is essentially the same everyday with limited buffet options. That is where we could see some room for growth.
Well located & good view from room
friendly and helpful reception staff, very good location of the hotel air condition did not work, insufficient sound isolation from the neighbor room, bathroom would need some small repairs, some of food at the breakfest was not fresh
The staff was very helpful. We loved our room, the breakfast, and the computer for guests to use. We extended our stay for a full week because we liked the hotel and the city so much. We liked everything
We had a baby with us and staff coulnt have been more helpful and generous. They offered their own computer for accessing and printing some documents. Not really - the water went off early in the morning but apparently it was allover La Spezia
It was very well priced and conveniently situated for most things you wanted to do.
Staff was very nice. Free internet access. We were upgraded to a family room which was huge and very comfortable. Room smelled a bit funny, but looked very clean.
Good location, comfortable rooms did not like that the shower drained to the entire bathroom floor, a bit musty
very nice staff, big room
Hotel centerally located close to many good restaurants, within easy walking distance to train station and access to Cinque Terre. Good value with a good continental breakfast and on demand expresso and cappacino inclided with breakfast. Good value for money. No free wifi although free 15 minute access available on hotel computer. All 2 & 3 star hotels we stayed in Italy had free wifi. The hotel website did not provide detailed walking instructions from the train station to the hotel (essential as most tourists arrive by train).
Close to activities for Cinque Terre -brief train ride. Convenient to shopping, restaurants.
helpfull staff poor aircon in our room
Very close to everything without the high price. We have stayed at the Florida with the high price, and it was a long walk to town. There was a restaurant and breakfast was included. It was convenient to a beach and the water for swimming and lying on the rocks. A lot of noise on the street side where our room was located. There were no fans, and in July it was very hot.
good location heat could have been turned on longer
Good service, cheap
central location meant very good access to restaurants bars beaches shops and walks did not check if it had air conditioning but sleeping with the windows opened could be a noisy experience even on the third floor
Just revisiting old haunts
helpfulness of the staff especially with regard to car parking could have improved variety of breakfast choice
Simple, clean central -
The hotel is in a beautiful setting facing the Marina of Bocca di Magra. Opposite is a fantastic restaurant which is definitely worth a visit. It is a great location if you are arriving by boat - moorings are very close to the hotel. We had a room at the back with wonderful views over the moutains. The hotel and room are furnished in a traditional style - not luxury but very nice and very clean. You really do need a car to stay in Bocca di Magra if you plan to explore the area. There is also only a very small private beach at the end of the marina. We would recommend the hotel as a base for exploring the area.
Lovely hotel, very quaint
Very serviceminded staff. Felt good in the Hotel
The hotel is situated in a very friendly village with a beautiful view our the sea. Unfortunately the village does not have any beaches. The staff was absolute not friendly, no information about the hotel, the village or the surrounding was given at check in. No "thank you and goodbye"at departure. The hotel has a few rooms with balcony and sea view. Make sure you reserve one of these rooms because the other rooms do not have any bacony or possiblity to sit outside (except for the garden of the hotel which is available for hotel guests). We requested a room with sea view but did get a room on the back-side of the hotel overlooking the roof of the restaurant. Changing was not possible anymore.
Very good position in Bocca di Magra. The staff is welcoming. Above average breakfast. Rooms are clean. Prices applied are fair. The position of the hotel in Bocca di magra... I mean difficulty to park in town. Although to be fair this has nothing to do with the hotel but is a general comment for all the hotels in town. Rooms, single bed, are rather small, especially the bathroom.
Its location adjacent to mountains and sea. Its cleanliness and general comfort and the quiet natue of the surrounding area One thing only- breakfast was not available until 8am.
The view was very beautiful. It compares with Bellagio. The mattress was not comfortable. Very stiff.
Near the beach, calm surroundings The personal seemed to be very tired of tourists. Didnt feel welcome at all. Bad bed. The cleaning ladys were friendly.
Room and cleanliness TV channels (not many international channels)
The air conditioning in my room was non functional
Modern and clean hotel, good location close to the main shopping and restaruant streets. Staff were nice and friendly and very helpful in locating a dostor for me. Beds were quite firm, would have liked a softer bed
very modern and fresh rooms. staff were helpful, letting me use their computer after my wallet was stolen on the Cinque Terre (we didn't have a laptop to use the internet in the room) The address in the hotel information didn't have the number, so even with the tom-tom, finding the hotel in the one way system was a bit hard
Front desk staff helpful. Breakfast included in price was excellent. A comfortable place to 'land' at the end of a long day of travel.
Location was great. Rooms had all the necessities. Limited free parking out front, beds were hard (as were found in most of Italy though)
Size of room and staff helpfulness. They upgraded our room because it was our honeymoon which was nice The parking is a disaster. It is off site and you have to pay 18 euro for the privelage. They have free parking out front but you can never get a spot so beware
Nothing Bath room
We were driving and found the location was very convenient and the parking was very useful. The staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The breakfasts were fabulous but it would be great to get expresso as part of the breakfast and not an extra charge.
Spacious, nice room Walking distance to main station is kind of far
The staff was helpful and the room and bathroom was clean and relatively quiet (we're in Italy, the streets are always a little noisy!) No elevator but the staff was super nice and helped me with my heavy luggage.
This is a small family run hotel, close to the Cinque Terre, good location, kind, helpful staff.
Extremely small bath room. Even if there is not enough place for a person. There is a small family hotel and staffs can not speek English. Also, they closed the hotel entrance before 24:00, so if you think coming back late, you have to warn them.
Decent budget hotel Quite a bit of street noise (and I was in one of the quieter rooms), no air con and it got quite stuffy with the window closed (which it needed to be because of the noise)
The room was very small but adequate, with a good tiny bathroom. No air conditioning,but was given a fan, and no lift for heavy baggage, but staff helped get it upstairs.
I enjoyed being in walking distance of the station and centrally located. Unfortunately they use a spray in the corridors which is so extreme you gag from it. They are probably trying to get rid of the smell of smoke.
For first time to this hotel, it is quite hard to find. The staff at reception counter does not speak English. Lighting is not sufficient.
Lovely breakfast and friendly staff despite our language differences. Spacious room. Free internet a plus. Distance from station a drawback for o/night travellers but handy to markets, shops.
Room is too small, expecialy battroom, staff is mostly unfriendly and don't speak english, price for all that is too high. Only advantage is location, it is very near Cinque Terre.
I liked tverithing, I tell my friends about this hotel. I leked Italy.
The restaurant food is excellent. Location was quite remote, but not far from a bus line. Relatively quiet after dark.
The outside area, and the charm of the old hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast. Charged for breakfast and then charged extra for wanting a second coffee (all small and weak). Expensive for what it offers. This annoying when already paying a high rate for what is a very basic service and accomodation. I liked the hotel and staff but did not feel that it represented value for money.
Traditional Hotel. Staff excellent
The ambience, the outdoor dining and patio area, the restaurant and the staff.
Very good hotel with very reasonable rates. Room was clean , breakfast and dinner available and good . Staff very friendly although did not speak much English. Even though hotel is a bit out of the way , walk to railway station and center of the city took 20 minutes and we enjoyed that.. Taxis are available . Hotel very close to railway tracks and trains run most of the night so location somewhat noisy.
The distinctive location on the waterfront and near the business district, as well as the fine furnishings and friendly staff.
Wonderful view of the Bay of Poets, good nearby swimming facilities, good breakfast in a lovely breakfast room. A poor welcome from the hotel manager who did not explain anything about the facilities available or welcome us to the hotel. Only after three days did we discover that there were sunbeds available next to the sea. Nor were there any notes (in English or Italian) explaining how to use the telephone or television. No English speaking channels were available on the TV.
Location( right in town), balcony and room overlooked the bay, spacious bathroom, fabulous breakfasts, helpful English speaking staff, quiet, bus stop (to La Spezia) only metres away no refrigerator in room
Location was a real plus - on the beach and also one of the hotels nearest to town and all the good restaurants and shops. The staff was extremely helpful with suggestion of great dining places.
The hotel location was great. We had a room with a little balcony with an amazing view to the sea.
We had a medical emergency, and the staff were very helpful in dealing with it There was no bar fridge to keep drinks cool. No tea and coffee facilities, having said that, it's location was perfect, The room was clean and the beds comfortable
Location was excellant close to everything and the beach was just across the road. Breakfast and cleaning staff are friendly. aircond.was not enough as it was very hot and we noticed that we were the only room that did not have proper balcony furniture but they did get us a table when asked.
The view from our bedroom was beautiful. It was centrally located. The furniture was very shabby, the bed mattress was hard I could feel the springs. The front desk people did not try to be helpful I think because it was the end of the season perhaps they were tired.
The hotel's location and quietness of the room. Information provided about organisation of stay (breakfast, recption desk telelephone #, internet access) is lacking.
The location was wonderful and Lerici is a charming town. The access to Cinque Terre by boat was very convenient. The hotel was not bad but cost much more than it was worth. The bathroom needed renovating and they should give customers soap at least which was not available.
Great location. Bus from La Spezia stops within a block. Easy walk to beaches and main square.
rooms are clean and mine was quite big; the hotel is in walking distance from central square of Lerici the breakfast is quite poor considering the price of the room (100 euros for one night); I had very better breakfasts in cheaper hotels, maybe in other parts of Italy...
It you would like to stay in a typical italian beach town, this is the place. Byron was place outside the center of Lerici,but only 5 minutes walk. Across the street of the hotel there was a beach, which you had to paid for. To the public beach you had to walk 5 minutes. Nice and big rooms. If you want to see the Cinque Terre, there is a boat leaving from the center of Lerici. The room where we the breakfast was served was small compare to the amount of guests the hotel had.
clean and air conditioned close to beach and shops/restaraunts Nothing
More or less OK Very slow Internet. No restaurant to have a dinner. No bar to relax (do not operate during my staying)
The best is the location, people at the front desk spoke english witch is important The breakfast was with no variatins, same ingredients for one week. The staff could have been more proper dressed. The website does not reflect th content of the food.
Short walk from the beach and our room overlooked the ocean. Also, short walk from the older part of town where festivities were happening. Ideally would prefer a room with a balcony next time. Value for money.
Hotel Byron is perfectly situated, close to the beach and just a short walk from the town centre. We had a nice stay in an air conditioned four bed family room with balcony facing the seaside.
The hotel was very conveniently situated for visiting La Spezia and the Cinque Terra as it is directly across from the train station. There are many shops and restaurants close by and internet access is available either at the hotel or just down the road. The hotel staff were very friendly and English was understood. The continental breakfast was excellent. I was travelling on my own and felt safe and secure staying at the hotel and coming and going from the hotel. I have no hesitations at all about recommending the Hotel Mary.
the air conditioning the location was less than what we expected, but not terrible
The pizza place around the conner, but it had nothing to do with the hotel It was the worst hotel that we stayed at in all of Italy. We checked out as soon as we were able because of the condition on the hotel. Insulation was falling out of the ceiling, paper thin walls, the beds were like sleeping on cots, and no matter what room you were in you could hear the traiffic from the street below.
good location not enough food choices for breakfast and quantaties not replenished quickly outside street noise so loud it was almost impossible to sleep at night bed very uncomfortable matress needed replacing noise from other rooms clearly audible
It was close to the station, the staff were very helpful and we stayed in far worse 3 star hotels this trip.
best feat was being right next to the main station,free internet also v.good and room ok too. For some who like having a nice breakfast though, forget about it. The most spartan I have ever experienced I'm afraid, really poor probably for lack of effort. For some who like having a nice breakfast though, forget about it. The most spartan I have ever experienced I'm afraid, really poor probably for lack of effort.
The hotel staff was very kind and informative. Our quad room was large and comfortable. The breakfast was good. This hotel was one of the most expensive on our trip - the same as our hotel in Venice. The close proximity to Cinque Terre makes the price fair.
The location in relation to the train station was excellent. The breakfast was nice too. One of the staff members made us feel rushed at breakfast and barely smiled. This made us feel as though we were more of a burden than a valued paying guest.
This hotel is right across the street from the main hotel which is good if you're passing through. Shower was itty bitty!
Hotel Mary was fantastic! about 2min walk from the station ( acess to cinqa terre). Staff were friendly. Room was large, clean and comfortable!
the access to city, port, transport and shopping was wonderful.
Great service concerning Cinque Terre. Woman at the desk spoke excellent English and was so kind and helpful! We got our tickets for CT from the hotel.Good breakfast. Free shuttle-bus to train station. Safe parking.
Well set up for the cinque terre train connection Near a main road
The woman in the frontdesk was very nice - she helped us with good restaurant recomedations and direction. they give you free raid to the cinqua terra train (back and forward) the driver was supper kind to us. The hotel is old so the aircondition is old. there is no hut chocolate.
- large, comfortable room with balcony - shuttle service to train station from where trains depart to the cinque terre towns Although breakfast was served from 8 to 10 a.m., certain items on the breakfast buffet were not replenished after 9 a.m.
The staff was most helpful. We reached the hotel at about 9 PM, and the lady at the reception helped us order some food. Given that we had just about two X 1/2 days at La Spezia, they helped us plan our trip such that we were able to cover Cinque Terre and go to Pisa!
Gorgeous rooms -- especially the quad, which ended up being two different rooms -- perfect for us as two couples. Price was very good for how nice it was. Also a good variety of breakfast options. Not very close to city centre or train, so take advantage of free shuttle to hotel . Also, be sure to ask hotel staff for recommendations of nearby restaurants. We liked Mitili a lot.
The staff was very, very helpful. Bed could have been softer
The rates presented great value for money The location was terrible with the hotel in a run-down area with no shops or restaurants. It was far from the city centre. The decor and furniture of the rooms were extremely dated and rooms were not thoroughly cleaned. The heating also didn't work well.
We thought it was great how we could have our family with 3 children all together in the one area and it was great value for money for us! The included breakfast was also fantastic and the front desk reception staff were happy and helpful and even though we don't speak much italian they were able to speak fluent English. Also the shuttle bus was really helpful and useful to us. We thought it was excellent- no complaints.... Many hotels now have free wifi which is very useful.
The restaurant down the street "i Mitili" was amazing. Get to the Breakfast early.
First impressions were a little disappointing, we arrived and had to walk through restaurant to the reception.The room appeared cramped ( a table and chairs in front of the wardrobe made access awkward ) and the bathroom shower appeared small. Our initial fears were allayed however on opening the terrace door, the terrace was roomy enough for 2 loungers, a table, and 4 chairs. The view from this terrace could not have been bettered, the Magra river flowing into the Med. on one side and the Apuan Alps on the other. ( we also had a shared balcony on the river side. ) As our week progressed we grew to love the Stella, It's not 5 star luxury but a charming family run hotel, the staff were always helpful and friendly,and the breakfasts good. Upon reflection we had no complaints at all.
We only stayed one night, arriving very late, though they were waiting for us to cheque in. Very nice people, friendly and helpful. The room had really nice view of the river, spacious and quiet. maybe a rethinking of the design would help a lot and improvement of the quality of the sheets as well. The hotel had no elevator, but thanks to their help with the luggage no problem at all.
A great view from the balcony - the sea, river, mountains, a great place for evening relax. Friendly staff, but with low English proficiency. Hotels surroundings the relatively quiet, public transport and boots to Lerici and Porto-Venere are very close, but their accuracy can not be relied upon. Triple consist of two rooms and single room include table, wardrobe, a bed and a space to move. Information about the hotel room and the services offered only in Italian. Very small shower. If you want to manage your time on the best, needs a car.
Wonderful location on river at sea mouth - picturesque with boating, swimming, sunbaking, cruises & fishing - situated with mountains on both sides and heritage buildings to visit by both and vehicle. Great staff & hosts. Still a secret.
Perfect location with terrace overlooking the see and the river Magra, nice familylike atmosphere. The building is newly renowated with element of disign. The room is quite big comparing with most typical italian hotels and had realy 2 rooms! Very clean. Close to 5 Terre Park. Free parking. Good restarant in the hotel. Not very good sound proofing. the staff could speak a little bit more English.
nice bathroom, the owner was nice when we saw her! no one there when we arrived, another guest answered the door! breakfast in a cafe in town,(so had to leave the room etc) , just one coffee & croissant- for 85 euros!
The owners were fantastic! Even the people we were directed to have breakfast at, were fantastic! We were driven to a carpark and driven back to the hotel. We showed up and were offered a free upgrade to our rooms (originally supposed to have 1 room for 4 people, gave us 2 double rooms for the same price). The rooms were the largest we've ever stayed in while traveling through Europe. Beds were very comfortable. Perfect location to catch a train if you're traveling the Cinque Terre or any of the small villages nearby. Originally were only supposed to stay 1 night in La Spezia at Casa Dane but stayed an extra night because of the location and hospitality. Definitely recommend this hotel! We were a little confused when we arrived because there was no one at the hotel. We didn't know that we were supposed to call before arrival and then they would meet us at the hotel. All in all, probably our fault and the way things work there... just a bit confusing.
We had a seaview room with the bay literally lapping on the rocks right below our balcony. Beautiful view of the town. The staff was wonderful and obviously cared about the quality of our stay there.
Lovely to stay in a modern, comfortable hotel right on the water. For those who like to swim it is an excellent choice. Would recommend for Australians, it has a beach with sand. Very comfortable, with friendly, helpful staff. Would definitely recommend. Very different experience from the more historical Italian hotels, which we have also enjoyed, but nice to have a change. Good restaurants close by in the town itself and in Lerici, an easy walk.
As a small hotel they were very attentive to the guests. Great recommedations for dining. Upgrade mattress and bedding
I enjoyed the room with sea view just few meters from the sea with a rather unique location. The staff of the Hotel is very charming and welcoming. The position of the Hotel allows to enjoy the nice walkable way San Terenzo-Lerici. sky tv, cable internet, minibar and deckchairs on the balcony are available to enjoy a nice breakfast on the balcony. If you are looking for a large Hotel with large common areas you might be in the wrong place. It is a small hotel where all the space is devoted to rooms so do not expect more than hotel rooms. Breakfast and restaurant are available in the "Colombo" bathing establishment belonging to a separate management where you can also have a 25 euros dinner menu upon request. The offer of restaurants in the surroudings is large, try to avoid the most turistique place. "La Miranda" (Tellaro, Lerici) and "La Posta" (La Spezia) are good addresses to have a nice dinner. If you want to enjoy an exclusive beach go to "Fiascherino" at "Eco del Mare" beach (average price including lunch between 60-80 euros per person).