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B&B or hotel in Cinque Terre

I'm a first time user of the Forum and hope someone will have some words of wisdom for me.

I'm a solo traveler going to Cinque Terre September 17 - September 21. I'm afraid I might have trouble finding a B&B or hotel that will quote me a single rate at a reasonable cost. I won't have a car but understand that the trains are plentiful between the town so I would hope wherever I stay isn't far from a station.

I wish I had start looking sooner but I couldn't get my plans confirmed until recently. I hope someone has ideas for me.


Posted by
3580 posts

I think you can find what you need. September is toward the end of the season. The towns are small or smallish, so train stations are mostly within walking distance to hotels. I like to stay in Monterosso because it is more level than the others and has more lodging, restaurants and beach access. I stayed at several hotels there over the years. I suggest you check with Booking (dot com) to see what is available. Many places in Monterosso are listed there. The Rick Steves book on Italy has suggestions. There are places with elevators, some right across from the beach, some very close to the train station, and some in the old town where there are many restaurants and hotels and access to the ferries that carry passengers to the other towns.

Posted by
4686 posts

Hop on the website to start and look in each town for whatever type of lodging meets your budget and is also in a decent location. (In some of the towns, your lodgings could be up some steep steps, FYI!)

I've stayed in the Cinque Terre twice as a solo traveler. Both times, I wound up staying in Levanto, the village to the north of Monterosso, just one train stop north. First time, I stayed at a hotel; last time, i stayed at a B&B-type place. Both were fine; the B&B was a lot cheaper. Levanto is itself a nice town - more of a conventional "beach town" than the "build into the side of the hill' feel of the main five villages, but I liked Levanto and would stay again. If you stay there, choose a location within 10-15 minutes walk of the train station (in the town, a few blocks from the beach if possible). it's easy to get between all towns by train - very frequent train service.

You could even stay further away than Levanto if you wish - e.g. in Sestri Levante, if by chance you can find something at a great price there but day trip by train to the Cinque Terre. I'd choose Levanto if prices are close at all, though.

Posted by
3790 posts

We used the two times we stayed. You can narrow it to price/location/style of accom. They were very quick replying to my inquires. They also arrange tours in the area as well. We stayed in the same place in Corniglia both times, just a different room.

Posted by
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We've stayed in Monterossa a couple times, both at the Hotel La Colonnina. This hotel is in the old town, just a 7-8 minute walk from the train station. Most are hotel rooms that are nicely furnished, but they also have a half dozen or so "apartments", complete with a kitchen, living room, and bedroom. We've stayed in both the hotel rooms and the apartment, and would do so again. We had the apartment in Sept of 2016 and it was only $95 euro per night (I believe the hotel room was around $120?). There are many great restaurants in the area, including the famous Miky's (you HAVE to eat there at least once). Enjoy your trip!

Posted by
16766 posts

Many Cinque Terre hotels have a few true single rooms, with just a single bed, which are usually cheaper than a double room booked for one person. One example is Hotel Amici, but they are booked up for some of your dates, probably by our tour groups. September is high season for our tours in Italy (and most of Europe).

Among the cheaper options in Monterosso that will find for your dates is Affitacamera Anita (105 euros/night).