The manager really made my stay here exceptional - I was going on holiday with my partner to celebrate my birthday, and I had deliberately tried to choose a hotel where we could just close the door and be anonymous. Our last hotel was in Morocco, and it was only us and the manager, and he tried to treat us like family... which in my case reminded me of staying with my mother ('when are you coming back, so I can have food ready?' 'what time do you want to be woken up in the morning?' 'I'm going out shopping, how long are you going to be so I can be at home to let you in?'). I was a little disappointed to find out that Meuble Suisse was more of a series of converted rooms in a huge apartment, with the manager at the front desk, than a big anonymous hotel. But he absolutely made our trip. He was a wealth of information, without being intrusive. I heard him speak at least 4 different languages, including English and Russian. And he seemed to be there at all hours, without ever getting grumpy! We asked for advice on where to eat, and he recommended a fantastic restaurant just around the corner (Heston-Blumenthal-meets-Italian-country-kitchen!). When we said we might try it on the Sunday, he gently pointed out that it would be closed on Sunday, but without being bossy. (I was so upset it was closed on Sunday and Monday, I would have eaten there every night of the trip!)
The location of the hotel is superb - on the main shopping street, and just along from the train station. This makes this a perfect stop-over for trying out the Cinque Terre walks. The rooms are quiet, despite being on the main road.
The bathrooms are a bit exciting - they are on the small side, but all en-suite. DON'T turn off the pump for the toilet though (to reduce the noise), and forget to turn it back on before having a shower :) I did end up up to my ankles in shower water! But this is fairly standard for Continental hotels.
The hotel is up a number of stairs, but there is a lift, and the apartment building is full of character inside, despite it's somewhat bland exterior.
Definitely would go back there!
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