Cinque Terre offers its visitors a wide range of accommodation solutions such as Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Farmhouses, Rooms, Hostels and Apartments.
If you will visit the Cinque Terre during the summer months (from June to September) we highly recommend you to book your accomodation in advance. During low season you can arrive without reservation and contact the Tourist Offices near the train station and ask for accommodation available.
It is safe to book accomodation online. You are asked for your credit card details only as insurance (check the cancellation deadline). We recommend you to call or email the hotel a few days before your arrival to double-confirm your booking.
Types of accommodation
Hotels - The majority of hotels in the Cinque Terre are small to medium in size. The Italian word for hotel is albergo. A smaller family-run establishment is often called a pensione.
Hotels in the Cinque Terre, as in the rest of Italy, are graded by stars. One and two star hotels are cheap but usually rather basic. Three star hotels are good all-rounders and prices can vary significantly depending on location and season. Four star places have most comforts you would expect at a higher price. There are no five star hotels in Cinque Terre or Levanto. The nearest five star hotel is in Portofino.
It's common for a hotel to offer only breakfast; many do not have a restaurant. There are excellent restaurants close at hand. Breakfast is always included, unless the hotel states otherwise. Do bear in mind that the Italian breakfast is not like a full English breakfast, the hotels usually offer a smaller buffet with fruit, cereals, cheese and cold ham.
Car parking is not automatically available. Check in advance if there is parking or if the hotel has an arrangement with a private car park.
Generally receptionists speak English and will be welcoming and friendly. They are a good source of local knowledge and can give you all information need for your stay. Don't be surprised if the hotel requests your passports. This is a standard procedure in Italy as they have a legal requirement to register all tourists.
Bed and Breakfast (B&B) - accommodation usually offered in someone's private home. There will be a small number of rooms to rent, the guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. The typically breakfast in a B&B is coffee (cappuccino) or tea, a cornetto (croissant) and fette biscottate with jam.
Farmhouses (agriturismi) - is a style of vacationing in farm house resorts. An agriturismo vacation is suitable for the whole family and some places can even be very romantic or luxurious. You can buy products produced on the farm such as eggs, honey, marmalade, cheese, wine and olive oil.
Rooms (affittacamere) - means room rental. In this case the owner is only renting rooms with bathroom without serving any breakfast.
Hostels (ostelli) - budget oriented accommodation suitable for backpackers, students and budget travellers. The guests can rent a bed in a room or a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Breakfast in normally not in price included. Internet access is often available in public areas.
Apartments and villas - can be rented, usually for a minimum period (at least 1 week). An apartment can be a perfect rental choice for the family or smaller groups. You have your own kitchen with all facilities. Some apartments are better equipped than others so check the web pages for details before you reserve.
Camping areas (campeggi) - In the Cinque Terre National Park there are no camping areas but quite a few can be found just to the north in Levanto and Deiva Marina. It's advisable to book in advance when arriving during the summer months (June, July and August) since these sites tend to fill up quickly during that period.