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Recommendations for 2 night stay in Cinque Terre in April

We are doing a 10 day trip to Venice, Florence, Tuscany, and Cinque Terre. We have nailed down all the places we are staying except in Cinque Terre for 2 nights. I need recommendations for hotels, B&Bs, etc. for the area. We were thinking we would stay in Monterroso but are open to other suggestions. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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A vote for Monterosso.
Take a look at La Spiaggia? We enjoyed that one and have recommended it to others who enjoyed it as well. Basic, serviceable rooms in an family-run hotel but you can't beat the location, and Maria (who mans the desk) is a gem. It's very popular so may already be booked up but give it a shot. Payment is cash only (not that unusual for small properties) and they close in the winter so a response - if you contact them directly - may not come right away.

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What time of the year are you traveling?
If u just have to go to a sandy beach in the Cinque Terre then Monterosso is your only option. But in my opinion Cinque Terre is not about beaches, you have better beaches all along the Riviera.
Vernazza and Manarola are the prettiest towns especially after dark when they are all lit up and the crowds have left.
We stayed at an unassuming but comfortable place called affitacamere tonino basso in Vernazza behind the train station. Away from the crowds and a level walk from the station which is a consideration if you have luggage.
The atmosphere at the restaurants at the waterfront was amazing at night. Plus the functional hiking coastal trails ( check situation before leaving) were either side of Vernazza making it a convenient base.

Have a great trip!

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I agree: Vernazza or Manarola. I don't have a specific place to recommend: we stay mostly in airbnb's and have been successful at finding great ones. I also like to use for b&b's/pensions. You can see pictures of the place and read reviews in both cases, which I study and then make a selection based on price, location, pictures and reviews...


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We stayed in Vernazza but took the ferries to the other towns. If you are talking about going April 2018 I would think you need to book asap and availability may determine location...

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I would highly recommend staying in Monterosso, as it's the largest of the five towns and therefore has the greatest number of lodgings, restaurants, etc. April is not far off and at this late date you may have some trouble finding a vacancy.

You should be able to find something on this list. I'd suggest starting with.....

  • Hotel Villa Steno
  • Hotel Pasquale
  • Hotel Villa Adriana
  • Hotel La Spiaggia
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Do you like to Hike? If so remember the trails from Riomaggorie to Manorola and Monorola to Corniglia are closed. You can still take the trains and boats. I like Corniglia for the views and the remoteness and can do an early morning hike to Vernazza for breakfast.

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We stayed at Villa Steno. Beautiful view from our balcony. We drank "balcony wine," as our host called the wine we bought from the front desk :) And there's nothing quite like drinking wine and looking out on the Mediterranean at night. (Except perhaps having coffee from your balcony in the morning and looking out over the Sea.)

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I recommend Locanda IL Maestrale, in old town Monterosso.

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Monterosso for sure!! I love Hotel Spiaggia! With an upstairs front room you get a great view of the sea and with a cheaper rear room you still get to look down at their lovely terrace. Even during high season the town never feels crowded. Everybody else has gone to Vernazza and you'll be glad you're not there!

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I’d recommend Aria di Mare in Manarola. We found this place in the RS guide and were very happy with our decision. It’s up the hill a bit, which was a nice separation from the touristy Main Street. It’s also next to a great restaurant called Billy’s. Check them out!

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What are you looking for in a room or apartment? Water view? Large space? Bed situation? Lack of stairs? We need information.
People are all over the board when it comes to choosing a town. I prefer Manarola and Vernazza with Monterosso being my least favorite village. But as you can see, there are plenty of Monterosso fans too.

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Am saving this thread as we will be staying in CT for 3 nights in late Sept. Thanks!

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we went last September and stayed just outside of Cinque Terre, in Levanto, at the Oasi Hotel. It's right on the rail line, less expensive that the 5T, great restaurants cheaper and less crowded than 5T, and you can still spend your days in the "conga line" in the five towns. Also Levanto has an award winning beach and "beach scene" but way less crowded than the 5T. Oasi Hotel was adorable and friendly and clean and close to the station.
if you are seeing Tuscany I highly recommend Agriturismo Marciano in Siena. Siena is fabulous and very centrally located. The Agriturismo is heaven on earth...check them out on youtube or tripadvisor to see great reviews.
we stayed at a last minute place in Venice that was very inexpensive, centrally located with an excellent breakfast in the room. It was called Residenza Veniziana. I would stay there again in a heartbeat...completely updated rooms with modern bathrooms, comfy beds and flat screen English language channels.