This was a special trip for my husband and I so for our stay in Cinque Terre I wanted to find a romantic room with ambiance and a view. There was no doubt we were staying in Vernazza but where?
Immediately I emailed them and was thrilled to get confirmation for the suite except for the first night. We took a smaller room in the same building then would move to the suite the next day. The Camera Nicolina is along Vernazza’s small harbor at the bottom of the village. Facing the harbor is a small piazza surrounded by a few notable restaurants with excellent reviews. It all sounds so perfect!
We made it to Vernazza!
We got to the hotel by mid-afternoon. Check in is at the Restaurant Vulnetia situated to the right as you enter the small piazza. After a quick check-in we were escorted up the stairs to the room for our first night. Thank goodness the young lady who checked us in grabbed my bag and took it up for me. I don’t know how many stairs we climbed but it was enough to get me houghing and puffing by the time we reached the top. To be honest, the stairs are worth it to stay in this room.
Check out this million euro view!
The building we were in is along the main hiking trail leads to Monterosso one of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre. Inside our room it was light and airy. It was furnished with a double bed, a large armoires a small TV and a bigger than life view of the village clock tower. In fact not to sound gross but you could spit and hit the tower, it was that close. . Where I was completely undone was when she showed us the bathroom. Sharing it with one other room I really didn’t give a care once I turned and saw large Jacuzzi bathtub with my name on it. It had more room than our master bath at home with modern decor.
I was so happy with the room and jacuzzi I didn’t even care if we got into our suite or not! The bath is shared with the room next door. We only saw our honeymooning neighbors twice during our stay and never had an ounce competition with the loo.
We decided to splurge a little for dinner and ate at Trattoria Gianni Franzi across the piazza from our room. Looking inside to see an elegant atmosphere with white table cloths and Roman rock walls, The tables were filled so we knew it was going to be a top-notch restaurant. I had dinner there about 10 years ago and it was spectacular then so my hopes were high seeing how busy it was. I ordered the fresh broiled halibut served with salad and potatoes. My husband got the gnocchi with pesto and seafood pasta and bread. All I can say is I was more than delighted with the halibut. I don’t know how they did it but it was crispy with local herbs on the outside and moist and sweet inside! Delicious! Topping it off with creamy tiramisu and a Limoncello it was the perfect meal. Don’t expect fast service here but why hurry your meal? It’s nice to slow down a little before hitting the trails and villages of Cinque Terre.
Next day we turned in our keys early and let them know we would be back later in the afternoon to move to our suite. They let us keep our bags in the building so we would not have to drag them downstairs then back up. Thank you staff for that!
Here is where it gets really good, walking into our suite I’m not beating around the bush, this is one of the best rooms I’ve stayed in! It was unique, it was large and the view? Well the word incredible just does not do it justice.
At first glance through the door you will see the large bed with two end tables but the decor is almost museum quality. Beautiful paintings with exquisite frames, Italian glass chandelier, a large armoire and a long desk area with coffee, a coffee maker, mugs and condiments to go with it and minibar. On the other side of the desk and what I now want to build in my house is a wall of Roman arches separating the bedroom from the bathroom. They placed windows that you can open between the rooms with a lever and blinds you can open and close. It was ingenious! Although there was no jacuzzi tub it was large, clean and the window looked out at the clock tower. If you want a jacuzzi it was down a flight of stairs and if no one is using it, you were welcome to.
Now for the other reason we took this room, the balcony. As long as our room, the wide terrace overlooks the harbor to the peninsula between Montorosso and Levanto. Comfortable patio furniture was a perk. We spent our evenings lounging and sipping our wine or Limoncello staring out at the sea. To top that off we were blessed with a full moon during our stay. Vernal is incredible!
This was one of the most fabulous stays, so much so we are booking this delightful property soon to unwind from hectic schedules. We can’t wait!
An added note, Veronica who made the booking was lovely to work with. She was professional but also to meet her in person was adorable. I wish I could remember the young lady who checked us in, she was new but a huge help to us. I want to thank the staff for a wonderful stay!
If you are interested in staying here you can contact the Nicoletta Suites Reservations.