Posted Sep 30, 2011 on Hotels
I'm not sure that you could go wrong renting any place in Cinque Terre since it is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. With that said, this was the first time that I ever rented a hotel/apartment and got exactly what was presented in the picture. The view out of the living room is a hundred times better than the picture in the ad; but, that is in fact your view of the Mediterranean. The apartment was extremely well-maintained and cozy. The decorations were a bit tacky for my tastes, but it sort of fit the apartment - it had its own charm for sure. If you want to immerse yourself in the Ligurian culture, then this is a perfect apartment to do it.
The owners are very hands-off and wanted us to pay in cash, which freaked us out a bit at first. It took all of about an hour to figure out that everybody knows each other in Corniglia [the address lists Vernazza, but its definitely Corniglia] and it had a small-town atmosphere [duh!]. After one night there, we gladly paid in cash and soaked all of what Cinque Terre had to offer.
It was a bit difficult finding where to get the keys, but we asked the locals and they all knew where we were going. Actually, somebody that we asked along the way phoned over to the owner and she tracked us down. It was a nice introduction to the place The office is off the main town square next to Bar Nunzia and has a different name than 'Casa Orietta', but the office is the address that is provided by hotels.com. The actual apartment is something else entirely.
My only regret was not having the ability to stay longer. The apartment is probably best suited for longer term accommodation, and the price was incredible compared to the others that I found. The sea waves and winds can be heard and felt in the early morning. The views are incredible, particularly because Corniglia is the highest city of Cinque Terre.