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

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Where to Stay 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!

Here are our tips and recommendation for Cinque Terre accommodation!

 

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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 in each town.

 


 

 

The Best Hotels in Cinque Terre

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.

 


 

 

The Best Hotels in Cinque Terre, Italy

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.

NameLocationBest ForPrice
Santa MartaVernazzaAllCheck rates & availability here.
Appartamento a VernazzaVernazzaFamiliesCheck rates & availability here
La PolenaVernazzaAllCheck rates & availability here.
Albergo Degli AmiciMonterosso al MareAllCheck rates & availability here.
Hotel BaiaMonterosso al MareBeach-goersCheck rates & availability here.
Hotel PalmeMonterosso al MareLuxuryCheck rates & availability here.
Ca D’AndreaManarola AllCheck rates & availability here.
La Toretta LodgeManarola AllCheck rates & availability here.
Rio GroppoManarola AllCheck rates & availability here.

 


 

 

Getting Around Cinque Terre

At the end of the day, it’s very convenient to get around the different villages of Cinque Terre, so don’t let the town you pick stress you out too much! 

Italy’s train network connects each town together on the local line, which in turn has faster connections to the rest of Italy at La Spezia and Portovenere. We used Rail Europe to check the train schedules and also to buy our tickets online before our trip. 

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Which Cinque Terre town do you plan to base yourself in?

 

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 high speed train. You can search train schedules and book online here. Buy your tickets in advance 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

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, unexpectedly shutting down transportation for an entire day. Get a quote for your Italy trip here.

 

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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!

LISAJanuary 15, 2019 - 11:31 pm

HI. I was wondering what your opinion is on going to Cinque Terra on June 1 and June 2 with the Italian Republic Day. I hear weekends are busy and now with a holiday too I am worried that the crowds will ruin our trip. Thanks Lisa

JoriFebruary 8, 2019 - 8:10 am

HI – I am traveling to Cinque Terre in June with my kids. Can you tell me more about Santa Marta in Vernazza. It gets great reviews online for the actual rooms but I would like to understand more about the building. Is it an actual hotel? Or private apartments in a building? Or rooms in someone’s home? Any additional information you can provide would be helpful! Thanks!

SherFebruary 8, 2019 - 10:37 am

The majority of accommodation in CT are not hotels in your traditional sense. But neither are they like airbnb, where you can rent a room in someone’s home. They’re in between I suppose.. like apartment buildings, but the hotel either owns a couple floors or a group of apartments that they have transformed into a bnb/hotel.

FeliciaApril 8, 2019 - 2:57 pm

Hi,
CT looks beautiful. I want to visit Italy late June and spend most of my time on the beach in CT. Suggestions as to which village with a beach area to hang out daily and close enough to the town area for food, groceries, etc.

–Felicia

SherApril 8, 2019 - 3:07 pm

Hi Felicia – I covered this in depth in the post :) Monterosso sounds like the one for you!

Harriette ReedMay 4, 2019 - 3:34 pm

Family will be in Cinque Terra July 28-29-30 with 2 kids ages 8 and 12. There will be 3 adults. What is the best place to stay for a family near water and restaurants? What is fun for the kids to do?

SherMay 5, 2019 - 11:59 am

Hi Harriette – I have hotel recommendations in the article and also a series of Cinque Terre posts about things to do which you can find here.

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