Cinque Terre Gateway
What We Love
- A charming stay on Italy's picturesque northwestern coast, with treats in your room and breakfastThe fabulous location, with easy access to the UNESCO-listed site of Cinque Terre
- Taking a private cruise of Spezia Gulf and the Cinque Terre coast on the hotel's yacht
- Admiring the chic, inviting décor in your guest room and throughout the hotel
What To Know
- Spacious guestrooms give you plenty of room to stretch out
- It's five minutes from the train station, making it the perfect basecamp for exploring Cinque Terre
Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on earth, the five pastel-colored medieval fishing villages of Cinque Terre, on northern Italy’s Ligurian coast, have to be seen to be believed. This iconic UNESCO World Heritage site is sure to inspire and amaze. Winding paths traverse seemingly impregnable cliff sides, while a 19th-century railway line, cut through a series of coastal tunnels, carries less intrepid souls from village to village. Even better, cars were banned some time ago.
Ideally located for exploring these wonders, the aptly named Cinque Terre Gateway sits in the nearby town of La Spezia, Liguria’s bustling capital. From here, you’re an easy train or boat ride away from the villages of Cinque Terre or nearby Porto Venere. A welcome new addition to the town’s hospitality offerings, the hotel occupies a period-style building that belies its chic, modern interiors. You’ll also enjoy a lovely breakfast each morning at a nearby café, where you can mingle with the locals and plan the day’s adventure.
Double rooms boast stylish, contemporary décor, with views of the historic town center or the tranquil inner courtyard. Each room features a king-sized or two twin beds, as well as a modern en-suite with a large shower.
An Italian breakfast is served each morning at a café just outside the building. It includes fresh brioches, focaccia, hot drinks and fruit juices. For an extra charge, you can upgrade to a Deluxe breakfast buffet, with eggs, cheeses, meats and more. For other meals, there are plenty of eateries nearby, and sampling the local cuisine is a must.
Cinque Terre Gateway is located in the heart of La Spezia, just a five-minute walk from the central train station. This bustling port city is the jumping-off point for excursions around the area, with boat and train rides to the fishing villages of Cinque Terre, Porto Venere and other destinations easy to arrange.
How to Get There
Busy, infrastructure can’t cope with the vast tourism.
We took the Cinque Terre train from La Spezia. La Spezia looks mainly industrial so I was glad that we didn’t base ourselves there.
Not impressed with Cinque Terre as an area. Would have been better without the volume of people but also I was expecting stunningly beautiful, and it just isn’t.
It may have been quaint without everyone else there but any charm is lost.
Over priced, dirty in parts and overly busy
This is a very nice B&B located in the heart of La Spezia close to the train station. The room is very much better than hotel rooms, especially the spacious and upgraded bathroom. Since this is a B&B, there are restrictions that you have to follow and do not assume they are the same as hotels. You have to check-in before 7:30pm, otherwise you have to inform them in advance or you'll get charged EUR75 (mentioned in their website).
Finding the B&B in the old building was quite challenging. We saw the big sign on the right wall of the building but we were confused with the name 'Cinque Terre Bridge' on the doorbell. However someone happened to open the huge door and we just went in. Once inside the building, there's no sign leading us to the elevator. Is it elevator A,B or C? Luckily there was someone to guide us to the right elevator (which is at the far right behind the courtyard). Since this is an old building, you have to open the elevator doors manually when it arrives. It's a very narrow elevator which can only fit 2 people with 2 small luggage. Anyway, once we were inside the B&B, the atmosphere was different. Everything was nicely upgraded, plus there's a free cappuccino machine and cookies in the hallway.
Tip: There were bathrobes and slippers in the closet but this is for a fee of EUR7.50/person (it's called a 'comfort kit'). We didn't notice the 'comfort kit' sign (which could be laid flat on the high shelf at that time), so we used them right away. Only later we found out there's a fee for this (after checking out and my card was charged). Frankly, we would never have used them if we knew it wasn't for free. So my advise is to check if anything in the room is included or not. As a bonus, (after checking the fine print of course) they will give 2 bottles of natural water per night (which other hotels don't give).
Another tip, make sure you remember to take the front entrance key whenever you leave your room. Otherwise you would have to call a number and they will provide a code to get the spare key from a lockbox near the entrance. We were lucky there was a person in the office when we got locked out. It would have been troublesome for me since I only bought a local SIM card with just a data plan (no local calls). Also. the free breakfast included is just an Italian breakfast - which is coffee, juice and a cornetto. If you want more than this then of course you have to pay extra. Breakfast is served at the adjacent Elite Cafe.
We did our laundry at the nearby laundromat (which unfortunately closes at 8:30pm), so if you plan to do so make sure you do it first thing in the morning while you're having breakfast. The night before, I took a load of laundry but the 2 washing machines were in used. I waited for a while but then noticed that it closes at 8:30pm (and it was 8pm at that time), so I had to do it the next morning since it would be rushing to come back from Cinque Terre just to do the laundry (a total of an hour for wash and dry).
In summary, this is a very good lodging in La Spezia which is close to everything - restaurants, ferry dock and train station. Remember this is a B&B and they have their own rules and guidelines which are different than regular hotels. Indeed, a very unique experience for us, personally. It feels like you get to live among the locals in the building (since local residents live there too).
Our family of seven stayed in Cinque Terre Gateway for one night. It is not a hotel but an excellent B&B. The staff communicated with us very well before the visit and ensured that we got parked correctly. Once there they could not have been more helpful, holding our bags until our rooms were ready. Our rooms were very modern and clean. Breakfast next morning was at a small restaurant across the street. It was tasty and service was friendly, efficient and prompt. This was a very good experience for us as a family. This is a good place and we would stay here again. Thank you Cinque Terre Gateway.