I sincerely can't say enough about how wonderful my stay here was. It exceeded my expectations in every way and I wouldn't dream of returning to Genova and staying anywhere else. I can't wait to go back!
Alessandra and Giovanni are ... a treasure. As is their lovely, recently renovated old home in Genova. I had the pleasure to be there for two full weeks, and had the honor over this time of getting to know the couple personally. They are very generous, open, personable, warm, and generally fabulous people and these many positive qualities shine through in their work, pride, and joy - il Borgo di Genova.
The place is charming, and spotless. You could eat off the beautifully tiled bathroom floors. You think I'm exaggerating. But I'm not! It is clear that Alessandra and Giovanni care deeply about the comfort of their guests, and have gone out of their way to create an inviting environment that you can call home over the duration of your stay. I felt at home, instantly. Both because the house and my room was so cute, but also because Alessandra and Giovanni made me feel at home. After all, this is where they live, too. Just upstairs.
Favorite aspects of my stay ...
* Chatting with both Alessandra and Giovanni, over breakfast, and with the other guests.
* Homemade cake in the morning from Alessandra - Yes! She makes the cake herself.
* The fantastic rain shower in my private bathroom. Great water pressure is always welcome!
* Charming interior design details throughout the house and in my room - the floor tiles, the toile bedding and accents, the geraniums outside my bathroom window and the ivy outside my bedroom window, the high ceilings and ceiling fan.
* The 5-minute-or-less proximity to the Genova Brignole train station and bus terminal. This was just wonderful. I was able to do so many day trips from the B&B - leaving early in the morning and returning late in the evening, if I chose.
* Reliable WiFi! Was great. I could easily check my email, train schedules, the weather - anything - with my iPod or laptop from the comfort of my room or anywhere in or just outside the building.
I also appreciated the hot water kettle and tea service in my room. Boy did that ever come in handy as I was down at the B&B nearly the entire second week of my stay with a terrible cold. But with tea in my room and the help of Alessandra and Giovanni to get the right meds from the chemist, I was fine. Their assistance, warmth, and friendship during this week at the B&B made the trip amazing, while that week could easily have been just the opposite. Who wants to spend a week in enchanting Liguria on vacation, sick at a hotel? Well, I tell you this - if you must get sick on vacation, consider yourself blessed to find yourself confined to il Borgo di Genova. I know I did.
Liguria is one of my favorite regions in Italy, a place I plan on returning to many times. And there is no question now as to where I will stay when I want the perfect home base from which to explore Genova and the surrounding area - you'll find me at il Borgo di Genova. Without question.
The genuine warmth of the owners, combined with an ideal location: Just a two to three-minute stroll from the Brignole Train Station and bus depot.
in the lonely planet this albergo is recommended; although the new owner speaks good english, she doesn't impress as nice and welcoming; they forgot my booking ; the room is very basic; and to cold in winter; shared facilities;
I stayed one night at this B&B in 2005 and it was great value for money. It's right in the centre of the city, nicely furnished and the owners were friendly and helpful. We got plenty of advice about Genoa over breakfast in the spacious kitchen.
The decor is pretty basic but it's done well and perfectly right for the price. The atmosphere overall is cosy and welcoming, and there is a roof terrace with views of the city. Highly recommended for those on a budget.
The hosts are younger than in many B&B, meaning travellers can get the sort of information and meet the kind of people you might normally find in a hostel - but all with a higher level of comfort.
A very couzy 60 square meter apartment right in the historical center of this very large middle age town. Relaxed in a center without traffic, good restaurants, winebars, handycrafts, shops, fresh food and great people all around
charming, with all the necessary inside to feel at home, including an ADSL connection, stereo and whatever you need to taste the food in your own kitchen, but also located close to all the great spots where you can taste delicious italian food. Close the Opera House Carlo Felice, the Aquarium and the Old Harbor and the Via Garibaldi.
Stayed for three nights in May 2006. The Ramada is on Via Balbi, very close to the Palazzo Reale and the medieval center, and an easy walk to the Port area and aquarium. The rooms were very large by Italian standards, but a little curious - my room was on three levels - the entry level held a small but very nice bathroom, the mid level had a spacious living/sitting area with a large couch, coffee table and table/desk and TV; the bedroom was on the upper level, also with a TV. Breakfast was very good and substantial. Lots of good Genovese foccacia, meats, cheeses, pastries and the usual hot and cold beverages, as well as fresh fruit.
The hotel is ok, but a bit expensive in view of the condition. The owner is very friendly and can speak good English. A single room is EUR35 with shared toilet and bathroom.
The B&B certainly has some character though, it's not like you are visiting a 'boring' place. In the picture you can see the hallway with the 'endless' stairs leading up to the B&B. The ceilings are painted and the paintings seem to be old and half gone. But it does give a certain charm to the place.
To describe the B&B is impossible, hahaha, as I don't know how to put it into words. Although this place is a bit 'different' I have to say that the landlady Elena is wonderful. And that is one of the clear advantages of this place. When you enter the B&B the smell of incense (scented candles) will enter into your nose accompanied by the hearty welcome of Elena. She speaks good English and has been very friendly and helpful. We had to leave for the airport very early in the morning, and I felt a bit bothered about that as that meant having breakfast at 6:30. But Elena didn't mind at all, 'No Problem!' she said, breakfast will be ready for you at 6:30. Hahaha, it is served in an unusual place though! The 'games' room is transferred into the breakfast room in the morning, making the ping-pong table into a huge breakfast table. No complaints about the contents of the breakfast though. There is plenty to choose from, tea or coffee, orange juice, warm little breads (plenty of it and all different types), fresh fruit, several sorts of jam and I think also breakfast cereal. Hahaha, not sure as I haven't tried that. During your breakfast don't be surprised to hear the piano all of a sudden as the landlady seems to enjoy playing the piano.
A double room costs about 60 Euro per night, breakfast included. Credit cards are not accepted though, so make sure to bring enough cash. Parking in this area is close to impossible, so keep that into account when you decide to stay here.
NB : be aware that there are several hotels / B&B called 'Casa Veranda' In Genoa, hahaha, which can be very confusing!
I have stayed two nights at Casa Veranda in Genoa, hahaha, and I still can't decide if I can recommend this place to you or not. It has some clear disadvantages, but also advantages. Hahaha, the problem is I don't know how to start describing this B&B, but I'll give it a try :-)
The first disadvantage is quite clear to see in the picture.... stairs!! And stairs... and more stairs! If you are carrying a lot of luggage I wouldn't advice you to go here. There is a little alleyway up to the entrance of the B&B, but the problem is that the house is very hard to find. There is a little gate on the left side in the alley, you have to go in there and there you will find the entrance to the 'flat'. But most likely you won't notice that the first time, and before you know it you will have gone up ALL the stairs in the little alley instead of only the first few meters until the gate (yeah, yeah, I did that, arghhh!) I passed the B&B climbing about a 100 stairs too many, and I had to go back down again all the way :-(
When you get to the flat, you will find your next challenge. There are several doorbells, hahaha, and the worst part is to decide which is the right one to choose. When you enter the 'flat' you have to drag up your luggage 4 stories high, and there is no elevator! Phew, it is a long way up! Inside the flat there are two more stairs to climb, but the good news is when you are in the B&B you do have a nice view over Genova :-)
See the next tip for more info about this B&B
this has been a real miracle, we and the architects entered this area on july 1st, and it was completely ruined, and this how it was on july 19th...
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This is one of the many beautiful Hotels in the region. Italy can be extremely proud their Architecture.
just a site to find hotels in the eastern riviera: http://www.onairweb.com/hotel/tigullio.htm
a list of the hotels in genoa: http://www.GenovabyNet.it/alberghinew.htm
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