We stayed at the Hotel Mediterraneo in early May. We chose it on the recommendation of a friend from Liguria because it is on the beach, and near the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa. We had a delightful five-night stay, half board - an excellent value
The rooms were all very clean and well-equipped and have balconies overlooking the sea. Some of the bathrooms are small. The hotel is set back from a sandy beach, which is a two-minute walk from the front door, and is well-shielded from the noise of traffic and trains along the coast.
The staff and owner couldn't have been more accommodating, both in the hotel itself and in the restaurant. The pool is lovely, heated, with a spacious, well appointed terrace overlooking the sea with sun-bathing chaises-tongues and tables for a pool-side drink or snack. The front terrace is ideal for a campari and soda before dinner.
Breakfasts and dinners were excellent and the friendly staff couldn't have been more helpful. Breakfasts are geared to satisfy all appetites, and the dinners were varied and based on local specialties with antipasti, pasta, main course and dessert. The seafood was especially fresh and well-prepared. The house wines were of very good quality.
The hotel is convenient to both the Cinque Terre, Portofino/Santa Margerita and Genoa both by train and by car. We went before the beginning of high season, and would strongly advise doing so if possible, simply because even in early May both the Cinque Terre and Portofino were getting crowded. We recommend driving the five kilometers or so to Sestri Levante (itself a charming town) if you are going to the Cinque Terre or Genoa - trains are frequent and faster and there is plenty of parking next to the station.
A highly recommended hotel in a prime tourist area, that is quiet, family-run and excellent value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Mediterraneo enjoys a splendid location, immersed into the greenery of a quiet area and at 100 meters from the beach. Situated in the Ligurian Riviera, it is just between Portifino and Cinque Terre. The Hotel boasts comfortable rooms, double and single rooms, bright and finely furnished. All accommodations feature private bathroom and are equipped with tv colour and direct dial telephone. Most of the guest rooms have a balcony and sea view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mediterraneo Hotel Lavagna