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Il Giardino Incantato Bed and Breakfast 3.5

Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera

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Pros

  • Four gorgeous guest rooms with anitque furnishings and free minibars
  • Near shops and restaurants, and a five-minute walk to beach
  • Beautiful garden with lemon trees and hydrangeas
  • Free breakfast buffet of eggs, cheeses, and seasonal fruit
  • Homemade limoncello given to guests in the evenings
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Not suitable for small children
  • No fitness center or pool
  • No coffeemakers in rooms

Bottom Line

The long waiting list at the Il Giardino Incantato is evidence of how popular this place is with guests. The in-demand bed and breakfast has four gorgeous guest rooms with such details as exposed stone arches or wood beams, gold chandeliers, and ornate headboards. The hotel is a five-minute walk to the beach and offers a breakfast buffet that can be eaten in a beautiful garden with lemon trees and colorful flowers. The hotel is not suitable for young children. Another popular pick in the area is the Albergo Marina, a nearby boutique hotel that provides a tasty afternoon snack of pasta and salad.

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Scene

Beautiful home with storybook-perfect outdoor garden

The hotel’s name, “Il Giardino Incantato,” or “Magical Garden,” was inspired by its storybook-perfect area with a stone path surrounded by lawns with lemon trees. Hydrangea bushes brim with purple and blue bundles of petals, and round tables placed throughout the space with small, colorful pots full of purple flowers provide a lovely spot for breakfast. Inside the 16th-century house, a guest book on a wooden podium invites visitors to make a personal record of their stay. A small bookshelf holds paperback travel books about Italy. Lovely fresh flowers cut from the garden perfume the space.

The attentive hosts, Fausto and Mariapia, provide guests with thoughtful extras such as fresh fruit in the rooms, evening limoncello, and a bag with towels for the beach.

Location

On a narrow street, a five-minute walk from beach

Il Giardino Incantato is located on a narrow street in Monterosso al Mare, one of the five fishing villages that make up Cinque Terre. It’s in old town, within a five-minute walk of the beach, and there are restaurants and shops within walking distance. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Monterosso train stop, and within an hour-and-a-half drive of the Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport.

Rooms

Gorgeous ground floor rooms with antique furnishings

The ground floor of this homey B&B is divided into four double rooms furnished with antiques, such as gold chandeliers and ornate headboards. Guest rooms have beautiful interior details that include exposed stone arches or wood beams. The Golden Suite can sleep four people. Rooms have ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi. Free minibars and fruit are also provided. All rooms are nonsmoking.

Features

Breakfast buffet served in pretty garden or inside guest rooms in bad weather

The free breakfast buffet includes eggs, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, and is served in a beautiful garden area, weather permitting, or inside guest rooms if it's raining. In the evenings, guests are often given a free limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur) to enjoy. The hotel has free parking and free Wi-Fi.

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Address

Via Giuseppe Mazzini 18, Monterosso al Mare, Italian Riviera 19016, Italy

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