Posted May 31, 2011
Old 16th century mansion located 30-40 minutes by bus from Genoa center. We had a room with shared bathroom, and were happy to find a bidet and washsink in the room. Problem was that the bidet was basically unsable because of the old piping that spewed out rust particled water. The room itself was nice, with view of the sea and the train station - the trains were pretty loud so if you are a light sleeper bring earplugs. If you are a sucker for antiquity, this is your place - old creaky wood floors, painted ceilings, grand stone staircases, and large central communal living rooms. There were two bathrooms on our floor, and one shower created a flood, so only one bathroom remained usable - all a bit run-down. The breakfast was very good -croissants, home made sweets, fruit, juice, cereal, bread, jam, yogurt, and made to order espresso/coffee- in good weather you could sit out in the patio - a pleasurable experience. A 15 minute drive by car to the center. There were several buses stopping close by to the hotel, just make sure to ask the tabbaccheria man (from whom you'll buy your tickets) where the stops are.
All in all not a bad experience, but for the price I was expecting a better maintained property - the place needs major renovations. Despite all of this, it retains its charm set in the middle of a fairly large property with shady trees and flowers. There is free car parking but no internet.