Outstanding view......and disappointing service!
Our arrival at Albergo Barbara was unbelievable. Although they were notified well in advance of our late arrival and even given the time of the train we would arrive, the owner's son greeted us with huffing and puffing and left us standing at the bottom of the 4 flights of stairs with our luggage. He then proceeded to be extremely rude the entire check-in process and insulted us in more ways than I can list. He proceeded to tell us that we were rude for being late when they had been notified. We never one time saw them again until it was time to pay.....well, I guess we did see him on the street, but he would always duck into an alley to avoid us. Free WiFi....no way. They did not even clean the room the 1st day we were there and we had to ask for clean towels. All in all we had a lovely stay in the quaint town of Vernazza but not due to the owners of this establishment. Beware of what you read about the serivce.....even reviewers who give the hotel a nice rating don't give the owners/service high marks.
Unique Quality: Great view if you want to stand by the window.
I found this hotel in CondeNast magazine. We stayed in Rooms 8 and 9 in October, 2010. Unfortunately, we did not find the owners particularly friendly or helpful and we are both couples in our 60's. I speak Italian, so I wasn't concerned about the language, but for others it would be good to know that they do speak English. Walking to the main square from the train station isn't difficult since it's all downhill. Walking back to the station is more difficult because it's all uphill. My advice would be to take as little luggage to the Cinque Terre as possible because there is a lot of walking. Vernazza is easy to navigate because, except for the steps at the train station, there are actually not a huge amount of stairs to climb. The room itself is at the top of 64 steps and we weren't offered any help with luggage. As a matter of fact, all guests are asked to lift luggage up/down the steps, instead of dragging it. This is understandable because the palazzo is very old. It was very exhausting for us to carry our luggage up and down those steps. As a matter of fact, we decided that we were going to climb up once a day and down once a day.
Unique Quality: The hotel is right on the main piazza in Vernazza. We had a spectacular view from our windows and the hotel is in a perfect location. There is no breakfast offered, but it was easy to find a place to eat. We had a small, but modern room that was clean with a private bath.
Directions: from the main train station in Vernazza, it's a downhill walk on the main street of town until you reach the water.
Room with a view in Vernazza
This small hotel is located on the town square overlooking the harbour. Our room had amazing views (see photo) and was clean and roomy, with shared bathroom.
There are several flights of stairs up to the hotel, but the friendly owners will help with your bags if necessary.
No breakfast, though plenty of cafes nearby.
Unique Quality: Great views from most of the rooms, particularly rooms 7/8/9 which have amazing views of the harbour.
The smaller attic rooms 2/3/4 also have a view of the harbour through the small windows, and are a lot cheaper - around 48euros per night, with shared bathroom.
On our last trip we went all out and stayed in room 8 - fabulous room with a large window looking over the harbour - it cost 80euros a night, and has its own bathroom.
Directions: On the main square in the top of a big old building, down the hill from the train station.
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Albergo Barbara Vernazza
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Address: Piazza Marconi 30, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, 19018, Italy
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