While in Cinque Terre last month we stayed at a small guest house called Arpiau in the town of Manarola. Our room was Aargan (see website for more information). Since Cinque terre is made up of 5 small villages there are no large chain hotels here. Your lodging options include staying several miles away in a traditional hotel or staying in a converted house/guest house. We chose the town of Manarola to be our base for no other reason other than the fact that I liked the pictures of this guesthouse. Arpiau has an excellent location, situated right above the water not far from the main street. It was quiet yet close to everything. The best thing about this hotel was the patio with sweeping views across the town and sea. there was only one other couple saying there during the time we were there (march) so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The room itself was basic but had all necessary amenities.
In general Cinque terre was very enjoyable. It was an easy train ride from Milan and there was more than enough to see and do to keep you occupied for a week. One of the best features was all the hiking trails that wound up and through vineyards clinging to the hillsides. All 5 of the towns have a different feel and other unique features. If i ever find myself back in this part of the world, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
|Basic but updated bathroom|
|Amazing patio (shared with other guests)|
|Views down the coast|
|View of Manarola from deck|