Hands Down, This is Where You Should Stay in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre has five gorgeous villages but which town should you stay in? Here’s our guide to the best Cinque Terre hotels to help plan your visit.

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The Best Hotels in Cinque Terre


Most visitors to the area want to see all 5 coastal towns and the best way to do this is to pick one town as your home base and then make day trips to see the others. The five villages of Cinque Terre are so close together and quite hilly that it just doesn’t make sense to schlep your bags from village to village.



What’s the Best Place to Stay in Cinque Terre?

Of course, everyone has their own opinion for where to stay in Cinque Terre, but after visiting here are some of my thoughts:

Stay overnight in Monterosso if a beach is important to you or if you’re arriving in high season with a large family or group. Monterosso, as the largest village, offers much more accommodation for visitors and a complete range from luxury hotels to smaller family-run rental rooms.

I personally stayed in Vernazza, and it’s my personal choice for best place to stay in Cinque Terre, as most hotels are right on the piazza with a gorgeous view of the harbor. Vernazza is a quaint, beautiful town and is beautifully peaceful once the day trippers have gone, making an overnight stay here a great choice!

Manarola is quite pretty as well, and seems to be recommended by Europeans as the best town to stay in Cinque Terre. I can see why – this town offers the most stunning postcard views of the village on a easily walkable loop around the Ligurian coast. It’s a great choice for those wanting scenic views that don’t require a hike.


Below are recommended hotels for Cinque Terre lodging.


Locals rent out rooms or have converted buildings into floors of available apartments for visitors. If you arrive into town without a plan, look for the Italian word albergo for hotel or affittacamere for a local-owned bed & breakfast.

Below I’ve listed some of the best places to stay in each town:


Vernazza Hotels

1 | Santa Marta rooms are recently renovated and feature air conditioning (something I found to be quite rare for hotels in Vernazza). Private bathrooms, in-room TVs and comfortable, clean rooms make this one of the better new options in Vernazza, Italy. Check current rates and availability here.

2 | Appartamento a Vernazza is a great Vernazza hotel for families. It’s a 2 bedroom apartment with kitchenette and laundry, a short walk from the train station. Rates are affordable and the owners are friendly. Check current rates and availability here.

3 | La Polena overlooks the beach, with clean modern rooms. The apartment has a great location on the harbor, near restaurants and is a short walk from the train station. Check current rates and availability here.


Monterosso al Mare Hotels

1 | Albergo Degli Amici is a great all-around lodging option in Monterosso. The property is sandwiched between the train station and the sea, offering easy access to both. A gorgeous green garden with sea views, modern amenities and private bathrooms make staying here quite comfortable. Check current rates and availability here.

2 | Hotel Baia is a conveniently located a short walk from the train station and about a 5 minute walk from the large beach in Monterosso’s New Town. Rooms come with private bath, AC, free wifi fridges and a safe. Check current rates and availability here.

3 | Hotel Palme is a lush, secluded property on Monterosso’s hill with a beautiful view and short walk to the beach. Rooms are clean and light filled, some come with balconies. Check current rates and availability here.


Manarola Hotels

1 | Ca D’Andrea is a great choice for any visitor, with quaint rooms (some with balconies), a lovely garden and friendly staff. Breakfast is included, along with wifi, ensuite bathrooms and in-room TVs. Check current rates and availability here.

2 | La Toretta Lodge is a unique luxury hotel in Manarola, within a modernized Medieval tower. Stylish contemporary art-filled rooms offer gorgeous views of the ocean and come with Nespresso coffee machines. Breakfast each morning and an aperitif each evening are included! Great for couples. Check current rates and availability here.

3 | Rio Groppo is a budget-friendly option in Manarola, Italy with single and king bed rooms. Bathrooms on-suite and free wifi make this a solid option for all travelers looking to experience the best of Cinque Terre without blowing the budget. Check current rates and availability here.



Alternative Accommodation

Another option is to rent an apartment or room on AirBnB. Many of the locals rent out their rooms via the AirBnB website, so it can be helpful to sort by price or island. You can save $40 on your first stay here. For large groups, you might prefer VRBO to find an empty villa.


The Best Hotels in Cinque Terre, Italy – Summary Comparison Chart

To summarize, here’s a handy chart of our recommended Cinque Terre, Italy hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, good location and great customer service.

Name Location Best For Price
Santa Marta Vernazza All Check rates & availability here.
Appartamento a Vernazza Vernazza Families Check rates & availability here
La Polena Vernazza All Check rates & availability here.
Albergo Degli Amici Monterosso al Mare All Check rates & availability here.
Hotel Baia Monterosso al Mare Beach-goers Check rates & availability here.
Hotel Palme Monterosso al Mare Luxury Check rates & availability here.
Ca D’Andrea Manarola  All Check rates & availability here.
La Toretta Lodge Manarola  All Check rates & availability here.
Rio Groppo Manarola  All Check rates & availability here.

All room rates are approximate and vary depending on season. Prices quoted in table are based on high season, for double occupancy standard rooms. Price Table: $ <100 dollars; $$ ~101-199 dollars; $$$ ~200-299 dollars; $$$$ ~300+



Visiting Italy – Trip Planning Checklist

There’s so much to see and do in Italy that you can visit again and again and still discover new sights. I recommend concentrating on the big 4 cities (Rome, Venice, Milan & Florence) if it’s your first time and then coming back to explore either Northern Italy or Southern Italy in more depth.

Flight Deals | Flight prices from the US to Italy are highly seasonal. You can set a fare alert here to be notified of discounts. Every fall & winter, I’ve seen great deals to Milan (usually with Emirates).

Getting Around | A convenient way to explore Italy is via train. You can book tickets online before you go to save on fares. Make sure to validate your ticket on the platform. It also helps to speak a little Italian. Brush up on your Italian language skills with Rosetta Stone. You can take 10% off with promo code CJBT10.

Accommodation | Book hotels in advance to save, or check here for last minute deals. Many hotels in Italy are older so don’t be surprised if even 5 star accommodation feels slightly dated. Opt for a room with a view instead of breakfast, as Italians don’t eat breakfast in the same way Americans do and you’ll probably be disappointed with their offering.

Alternatively, groups or budget travelers can check out AirBnB. Save $40 on your first stay here.

Insurance | Lastly, be sure to visit Italy with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, travel insurance will help when you need it most. A rail strike occurred during our trip, shutting down transportation for an entire day unexpectedly. I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.


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Colette waughApril 27, 2018 - 10:23 pm

What is a great place that has a view please

SherApril 28, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Hi Colette – It’s hard to give you just one answer because with every hotel, there will be rooms that have great views (usually front facing, highest floor) and some rooms that will have no view (back alley). Best to pick a town that you like, then pick one of my hotel recommendations, and book the room that will offer a view (the booking page will specify which room types have views). Hope that helps!

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