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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We spend 2 weeks at the Hotel Ancora Riviera in July and this newly renovated hotel, offers spacious, clean and cosy rooms.

Service is high and the staff is nice and friendly and will really "go the extra mile" to make your holidays.

The hotel is close to the beach (200 m.), but not least the free acces to the Marina Spa Club (just next to the hotel) is a valuable asset.

Especially the rooms facing the Marina have a stunning view over the Marina and the sea.

Lavagna is a "non touristed" city offering a broad variaty of reasonable priced restaurants and bars in walking distance from the hotel.

Room Tip: Go with a room with the view over the Marina.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jesper E
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Extremely helpful Maria Grazia from the reception made our life much more easyer with information about parking, places to eat and even with the knife for the pizza we brought in.
Breakfast was delicious with fresh home made cakes.
The room was spaces and clean.

Room Tip: Room on the back side have a sea view.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank AziPazi
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Upon arrival, we were greeted with smiles and Maria who spoke different languages. For a small hotel that was owned and operated by mother Carmen and her two daughters, Sabrena and Pierangela, it has been thoughtfully put together, and the rooms were clean and modern. The breakfast was always full, with a lot of variations (fruit, pastries, cooked food) and Carmen always had time to make one of our boys hot chocolate every morning. We felt like part of their family. They recommended great restaurants in Chivari and Blackboard. My friends son asked asked if they could bring his mother breakfast in bed for her birthday mothers and they accommodated.

We were specifically looking for a hotel that was close to the beach and had a pool and we were initially concerned that there are no images of what the spa looked. We were very surprised. The Spa was in the middle of the Marina, very modern with gym, sauna, bar area and plenty of sun lounging space around the pool. Aqua aerobics also enticed our 14 years. Alexandro and his staff looked after all the needs and also helped organize a drink surprise for my friends birthday on the last evening, nothing seemed too much trouble. The beach is a 5 minute walk through the Marina and so is town centre of Lavagna which is very pretty.

Almost want to keep it a secret! Would definitely go back again.

Room Tip: Ask for a Superior Room with SeaView
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Ann K
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

We (couple + son) stayed 7 days in this hotel and all agree that it is perfect because of its location, cleanliness and the very friendly and helpful staff ... and not to forget the excellent breakfast with a variety of homemade cakes. Of course Lavagna has not the same touristic attractions as neighboring towns like Santa Margherita or Sestri Levante. However, we found it very Italian and unspoiled. The hotel itself is located a 5 min walk from the center with a few very nice restaurants and the railway station.

Previous reviews mention the slow internet connection. It is true that in our room I was not able to connect to the intranet of my company and to a few other locations outside Italy. However, you can get a high quality connection in the hotel lobby. To my astonishment, we were able to use skype, facebook and even to watch videos with the WiFi connection in our room.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the harbor are quieter.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank thoiry01
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

3-star hotel well proportionate to expectations, absolutely functional. This family-run hotel is nice and the staff is very kind.
Rooms (ours was a double standard, overlooking via dei Devoto) have more or less everything you need, except the minibar (I would say ok for lighting, mirrors, power sockets, air conditioning, wardrobe, stand for suitcases, etc.) and are more than liveable; the bathroom is very small but this is adequately equipped (including a small window overlooking the internal courtyard, definitely preferable to the noisy and often inefficient extractors), maybe they could 'steal' a little space to the sleeping area to have a bigger bathroom.
Our room was overall clean and there was no bad smell, the cleaning service has been carried out regularly every day, with fresh towels (if required) and supply of complimentary stuff in the bathroom; there was wooden floor, and we were glad of it since in other hotels we had bad experiences with dusty or stinky carpeting.
Our room was on the 4th floor, so we used the elevator; I'm sorry to report that in the elevator there was a bad smell, maybe coming from the carpeting on the walls.
The breakfast buffet has a good selection although it is oriented to early riser guests: buffet breakfast in the breakfast room until 9.30, then there's a cafeteria service at the small hotel's bar. Indeed next to the breakfast room there is a small bar/cafeteria with sofas and tables, and it overlooks a small garden also equipped with chairs and tables.
Lavagna train station can be reached by foot in less than 10 minutes, but sore note for the proximity to the railway line: the continuous passages of trains are at risk of disturbing your sleep (it was not our case, anyway).
For those traveling with their own car I report that it is not easy to find parking nearby, you need some luck, but the hotel is in agreement with the private parking of the nearby marina, and it is charged a fee of 10 euro per night.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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