Where to Stay in Cinque Terre
Visiting the cutest five towns in Italy?
The Cinque Terre is composed of 5 coastal towns, but the best way to visit is to pick one town as your home base. Since the towns are so close together (and separated by steep hills!) it doesn't make sense to schlep your bags from village to village!
Instead, you can easily take day trips by hiking, riding the ferry or taking the train to see them all. Now the question is… which Cinque Terre village should you stay in?
Here's our tips and recommendations to help you decide!
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What's the Best Place to Stay in Cinque Terre?
It's hotly debated which town is “the best” to stay in, but here's our 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.
We stayed in Vernazza, and it's our pick for the best place to stay in Cinque Terre, as most hotels are right on the piazza with a gorgeous view of the harbor. Vernazza is quaint, beautiful and wonderfully compact. There's something special about dinner in the harbor at sunset, once the day trippers have gone!
Manarola is quite pretty as well, and seems to be the favorite of most Europeans. 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.
But honestly, we don't recommend just showing up, as most accommodation in the busy season will fill up quickly. Any rooms you do find last minute will be much, much more expensive.
Below I've listed some of the best places to stay in each town:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
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 bought our train tickets online before our trip for convenience.Before You Go: Buy Train Tickets
Which Cinque Terre town do you plan to base yourself in?
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