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Where To Stay In Cinque Terre: Best Hotels By Village + Price

If you are looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre, you have come to the right place. Cinque Terre, located on Italy’s Ligurian Coast, looks like it is straight out of a postcard. There are so many options for Cinque Terre hotels, so planning can get overwhelming, but we are here to make the process easy for you. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Italy and the perfect place to visit all year round.

If you aren’t familiar, Cinque Terre is made up of 5 small villages or towns. These towns are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Each town in Cinque Terre has a unique flavor and flair. Of course, you are going to want to visit all five of them during your time on the Ligurian Coast, but we recommend choosing 1-2 towns as your home base. Since they are so close together, choose 1-2 hotels in Cinque Terre and then explore the other neighboring towns on your own.

Below, we will break down the best places to stay in Cinque Terre by village, price, and feel of the town. This will help you get a feeling for which Cinque Terre hotel and village is best for you and your trip!

Where To Stay In Cinque Terre: Best Hotels By Village + Price

Where To Stay In Cinque Terre By Village

Where To Stay In Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the second largest of all of the five Cinque Terre Villages. It is used as the starting point for exploring Cinque Terre. Choose a hotel in Riomaggiore if you prefer a slightly larger city feel with lots of options for dining while still getting that quaint feel of the Italian coast. If you are looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre to start off your explorations, Riomaggiore is a great choice. The pastel-hued buildings and picturesque views make this village a popular choice. There is even a cliff-side bar located along the Cinque Terre trail if you wanted to indulge with a view.

Make sure you are in good fitness when choosing to stay in Riomaggiore because there is a high chance you will have to trek your luggage up stairs as this town is built into the side of a cliff. This is the easternmost point in Cinque Terre, so Riomaggiore makes a great base for exploration. If you are interested in Scuba Diving, there is a large dive shop located here as well.

Where To Stay In Cinque Terre: Best Hotels By Village + Price

Best Riomaggiore Hotels By Price

 Locanda Ca Da Iride is the best budget option in Riomaggiore. The budget option does NOT mean boring or without charm! This hotel is just 0.3 miles from the city center and comes equipped with sea views, wifi, breakfast, and terraces. If you are looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre on a budget, this hotel will fit the bill!

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Appartamenti e Camere Edi. If you are looking for a great mid-level hotel in Cinque Terre, Appartamenti e Camere Edi in Riomaggiore is a must! The prices are great and the view is beyond stunning. You are located right in the national park with a terrace overlooking the beach and a kitchenette in case you want to cook your own dinner. 

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Crêuza de mä. The views from this luxury hotel in Cinque Terre just can’t be beaten. With a hot tub overlooking the Ligurian Coast, Crêuza de mä is a luxury lovers dream. Rooms are modern and updated and the hotel is set apart from Riomaggiore so you are just a quick walk away from your own private oasis. This Cinque Terre hotel comes equipped with Wifi, a rooftop terrace, garden and more.

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Riomaggiore is one of the best places to stay in Cinque Terre Italy because it is so large

Where To Stay In Manarola

Manarola is one of the most well-known towns in Italy. Although you may not know it by name, chances are you have seen it in a painting, postcard, or photograph somewhere in your life. If you are looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre that is picture-perfect, then choosing a hotel in Manarola will be the best option for you. Manarola is known for its wine production and the way the buildings are built as if they were sliding down off the cliff that hugs a cute inlet.

If you are looking for the best views that don’t require lots of hiking, choose Manarola when searching for your Cinque Terre hotels. There is a wonderfully easy loop that takes you from the town along the Ligurian Coast so you can experience a scenic and peaceful walk. Manarola is one of the best places to stay in Cinque Terre for photographers and nature lovers due to its proximity to postcard-worthy views.

When figuring out where to stay in Cinque Terre, make sure that you book your Manarola accommodation early. Manarola is the most popular and well-known village in Cinque Terre and hotels book up extremely fast. 

Best places to stay and things to do in Cinque Terre's Manarola

Best Manarola Hotels By Price

Affittacamere San Giorgio. Keep in mind that budget hotels in Manarola fill up quickly. If you are looking for where to stay in Manarola on a budget, make sure to book early before your trip. While Affittacamere San Giorgio does not have a sea view, it has a city view and is very well located in the center of town compared to other budget options. There are balconies that overlook the city streets as well as a rooftop terrace and air conditioning.

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Olimpo Affittacamere. This is a wonderful mid-range hotel in Manarola with wonderful sea and village views. This Cinque Terre hotel is close by the train station and near the top of the hill where Manarola is located. It offers modern fixtures and balcony views. There is a 24-hour desk attendant in the event you need to arrive late or leave early.

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The First. Just because this is a luxury hotel option does not mean that it will break the bank. Depending on what time of year you visit, some of the best places to stay in Cinque Terre may come out more affordable than you expect. The First is an absolute luxury, with just three private apartments that overlook Manarola. You will have your own terrace and lounge chairs and everything is brand new and beautiful!

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Where To Stay In Corniglia

If you are looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre that is off-the-beaten-path and not popular with other tourists, Corniglia is the perfect place for you. It is rare for people to choose Corniglia when figuring out their Cinque Terre accommodation, so if you want to escape the crowd, then this cliff-top village is the perfect choice for you. Hotels in Corniglia are often more affordable than other villages as well.

Corniglia is the only village in Cinque Terre that is not on the water. Instead, it is high up on a cliff. You must walk over 350 steps to get here, but that makes the payoff so much more worth it. The unique charm of Corniglia is that it is the smallest of all the Cinque Terre villages and a bit more remote and rustic than the other four. If you walk down the main alley in Corniglia, you will come to a stunning view of the other four villages below you. This is the perfect village to stay in Cinque Terre if you are active and love hiking and a more authentic Italian experience.

Where to stay in Corniglia Cinque Terre Italy during your Italy itinerary

Best Corniglia Hotels By Price

Hanging Garden. This affordable hotel option is located in the heart of Corniglia. You are steps away from the city center and are perched high atop the hill in Cinque Terre National Park. There is a rooftop terrace and rooms come complete with kitchenettes if you want to learn to cook like the locals. This is where to stay in Cinque Terre if you want true local Italian charm.

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Arbanella. This lovely property is higher-end than the one listed above but still affordable compared to other Cinque Terre accommodation options. If finding a view is on your bucket list when choosing where to stay in Cinque Terre, Arbanella will not disappoint. The view from this hotel overlooks vineyards and green hills plunging straight into the sea. The guestrooms are comfortable and free wifi and housekeeping are included.

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Where To Stay In Vernazza

Vernazza is one of the best places to stay in Cinque Terre. It is a beautiful and picturesque town with Italian charm and beauty. Vernazza is home to the only natural port in Cinque Terre and was once a fortification in medieval times. Choose Vernazza when figuring out where to stay in Cinque Terre if you are looking to do lots of hiking and want to be near a beach. This village is home to not one but two beaches so if you want a relaxing day, you have options. Please keep in mind that since Vernazza is so picturesque, hotels are a bit more expensive here so even a more affordable option may be pricey to some.

Vernazza is one of the more well-known Cinque Terre villages so it does become busy during the day with people coming in from surrounding towns for day trips. The traffic usually alleviates come sunset time, but this is one of the busier villages. The best part about staying in Vernazza is that the majority of the hotels overlook the city and lagoon so you are usually always going to have a view. Like Manarola, hotels book up quickly in Vernazza, so be sure to have your dates set early when planning your trip to Cinque Terre. Another fun fact about Vernazza is that there are no cars allowed in the small town so it is foot traffic only! How neat is that?

Where to stay and what to see in Vernazza Cinque Terre Italy

Best Vernazza Hotels By Price

Rollando Affittacamere. When choosing a budget-friendly hotel in Vernazza, don’t be afraid to sacrifice the sea view for affordability and location. While this Cinque Terre hotel doesn’t have a sea view, it does have terraces that overlook the village of Vernazza itself and that is just as cute and authentically Italian. There are free wifi and refrigerators and the hotel is less than a 3-minute walk away from the beach. This is a great option for where to stay in Cinque Terre on a budget.

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Gianni Franzi. This is one of the best mid-range affordable hotels in Cinque Terre. Many more affordable hotels start to take you off the main city-center area, but Gianni Franzi is located less than 5 minutes walk from the main beach. It comes with wifi, AC, and daily housekeeping, as well as terrace views of Vernazza. The best part? The hotel is pink and perched on top of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. What more can you ask for when choosing where to stay in Cinque Terre?

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Rooms Elisabetta Carro. Do you know all of those famous photos of Vernazza? When you book at this Cinque Terre accommodation you will actually be staying in that famous grouping of buildings on the little peninsula jutting into the Mediterranian. This higher-priced hotel offers ocean views, a rooftop terrace, and an intimate setting. It is also marked as being 0.1 miles away from the beach which equates to a one minute walk. You really can’t go wrong with the view and setting for the price!

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Where To Stay In Monterosso

Monterosso is the largest village and has the most options for hotels and things to do. It is split into two sections, an older and a newer section, and a small tunnel connects the two. Monterosso is the westernmost Cinque Terre village so if you are visiting the area from the general areas near Milan or Genoa, this is the first town you will come across. Since Monterosso is the largest village, it is a great option for families or larger groups traveling together so that there are more choices for all. When looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre, keep in mind that Monterosso offers the widest range of Cinque Terre accommodation prices.

During your time in Monterosso, make sure to head to the beach. While other Cinque Terre towns have their own beaches, they are generally more rocky and pebbly than sandy. Monterosso is home to Cinque Terres only true sandy beach. Unlike the other towns, Monterosso isn’t built on a high cliff so if you want to visit but you aren’t able to hike or climb lots of stairs, this may be the perfect village for you. Make sure to wander through the ancient ruins and check out the large statue of Neptune in the city center.

Monterosso Cinque Terre from a distance

Best Monterosso Hotels By Price

Raggi Di Sole. This budget-friendly Cinque Terre accommodation is touted for the quality of customer service. The check-in process is extremely smooth with maps and guides for guests to get the lay of the land. There is a sea view peeking through and you are less than a 10-minute walk away from the Monterosso beach. There is also free wifi and a luggage storage in case you need to leave early.

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Villa degli Argentieri. If you are looking for a mid-range family-friendly hotel in Cinque Terre, look no further! Villa degli Argentieri offers on-site child care [for a fee] and there is a playground and beach right out the window. For the adults, there is a terrace for sunbathing and the hotel just steps away from the beach and city center. This Cinque Terre accommodation is also located right new the Monterosso train stop so you are in great luck!

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Cinque Terre Riviera Luxury Villa Tanca. This luxury villa option in Monterosso al Mare offers you both sea views and views of homes spilling over the Cinque Terre cliffside. It is perfect for families or large groups and there is on-site childcare [for a fee] as well as a kitchen and self-serve laundry options. This accommodation in Cinque Terre is located a few minutes walk away from Monterosso Beach and other popular sites without being in a noisy part of town.

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Best places to stay in Cinque Terre and Monterosso

How To Get Around Cinque Terre

Once you have figured out where to stay in Cinque Terre and nailed down your accommodations, you are going to want to figure out your transportation. Luckily, there are three very easy options that are perfect for you. The first option is to drive. If you are flying into Milan or Rome you can simply rent a car for an affordable rate and drive a few hours to Cinque Terre. Having a car will allow you with the freedom to transit among the Cinque Terre villages where and when you want. We have driven along the Ligurian Coast and it isn’t that bad or stressful and we always prefer having our own car.

If you don’t want to rent a car, then the train is a wonderful option. Train travel in Italy is easily accessible and well-connected and Cinque Terre is no different. There is a train that travels through and stops in each one of the Cinque Terre villages so you can easily explore each one and then hop back on the train to continue along to the next stop. Depending on where your Cinque Terre accommodation is located, you may have quite a walk from the train station, so keep this in mind when figuring out the best place to stay in Cinque Terre and make sure to pack light!

Finally, you can get between the Cinque Terre villages by walking or hiking on your own two feet. This is a great way to get in some exercise and see what this beautiful part of Italy has to offer. If your hotel in Cinque Terre is located in one town, make sure not to stray too far. If you are choosing where to stay in Cinque Terre because you want to get in a lot of hiking and outdoor activities, make sure to check our suggestions above on which village is best for those looking to be in nature.

Ancient buildings in Cinque Terre Italy

How Long To Spend In Cinque Terre

You can spend as little or as long as you want to spend in Cinque Terre! If you only have one day, it is totally possible to visit Cinque Terre on a day trip from either Genoa area or the Tuscany region. It will be a long day, but it can be done. Just make sure to choose which villages are of high priority to you and then spend the most time in those places.

If you are looking to spend a few days, we recommend spending 2 nights and 3 days minimum to really experience what Cinque Terre has to offer. If you are visiting the Ligurian Coast as part of our 10 Day Italy Itinerary, then we recommend at least 1-2 nights, depending on your priorities elsewhere in Italy. We absolutely love the Ligurian Coast and could easily spend a week seeing all this part of Italy has to offer. However, due to the popularity of the area and the higher cost of Cinque Terre accommodations, if you can spend 2 nights, we highly recommend it!

Where To Stay In Cinque Terre: Best Hotels By Village + Price

So there you have it! There are so many places to stay in Cinque Terre and we know you will find a village that speaks to you! From affordable apartments to luxury villas, these Cinque Terre accommodations will provide you with tons of options so you can plan your trip with ease. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on visiting Cinque Terre and the Ligurian Coast. It is one of our favorite spots in the world!

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2 thoughts on “Where To Stay In Cinque Terre: Best Hotels By Village + Price

  1. Mary

    Hi

    I really enjoyed your Blog…I have been to Cinque Terre, I loved it we, my family and I just went for the day by train from Lucca? I would love to go back just to visit the 5 villages more in depth.

    Thank you

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