|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Located on the fifth and sixth floor of a typical Ligurian building with elevator and internal spiral staircase, Gardenia with its 3 breathtaking terraces is located at 10 meters from the sea .
It consists of two double bedrooms , two bathrooms , kitchen and a living with dining area.
Air conditioning is provided only in the bedroom upstairs.
Ideal for 4 people , it can accommodate up to 5 : a sofa bed allows the fifth guest to sleep comfortably .
One bathroom is equipped with bathtub and one with shower .
Gardenia is in a central location , just a few steps from the shopping center of Santa Margherita , 10m from the sea and from the most prestigious restaurants of the town .
The terrace on the fifth floor is great for lunch or dinner with a romantic view of the harbor , the other two terraces perfect as solarium .
My name is Bruno, I'm 46, I live and work in Milano.
I took mi first steps in this field 10 years ago when I started letting my parent's holiday-home in Rapallo not far from Portofino, in the Ligurian Riviera, Italy.
Since the very beginning it was a great experience both for my guests and myself: they anjoyed my attitude to the hospitality and I learned more and more about how to turn an apartment into a perfect holiday accomodaton.
Everything in the apartment is clearly of good quality; its position is ideal.
We couldn't have been happier with this property. It's wonderfully located in the heart of Santa Margharita, with unobstructed views.
We traveled with our 2 sons, 11 and 13 and it was perfect for us all
The apartment is in a great position and has a great balcony overlooking the harbour. We enjoyed our evenings watching the fishermen returning with their catch. The apartment is quite dated and the upstairs toilet and shower very small. We have used Airbnb and HomeAway extensively over the last four years and have found our hosts most helpful. Unfortunately the girls that greeted us spoke no English there were no maps or information re restaurants , supermarkets etc. Other than those few details we had a great time in beautiful Santa Margherita
The view from the decks is unmatched with a breeze that begins in the early afternoon and lasts through the evening hours. We enjoyed meals that we prepared or brought in using the deck to "take it all in." The unit was very clean and well appointed. Mother unit was near great restaurants and Gelaterias. There were some minor issues with the refigerator alarm that would go off during the middle of the night without obvious cause, but it could be muted and it would then generally reset itself. It would have been nice to have some printed instructions on how to operate appliances, but we figured everything out but how to operate the oven. We used Santa Margherita as our base of operations for various hiking journeys including Portofino and San Frutuosso as well as the Cinque Terre trails (about an hour's train ride from Santa Margherita). After strenuous hiking one day, it was great to relax at the unit the next. All in all, it was a great experience, that I would love to repeat.
We stayed at the apartment in June with another couple and absolutely loved it! The terrace was so perfect! There was enough room to eat breakfast and have a front row seat to all the bustling activity of the lovely waterfront. It was so nice to start our busy day with a quiet breakfast on the terrace and end the day looking at the shimmering lights of Santa Margherita.
The apartment itself was clean and well equipped. The manager was very nice and accommodating. Beds were comfortable. The only comment I have on the upstairs bedroom was the bathroom situation. The toilet area was really small even by EU standards, and the shower was actually outside. It was not as bad as you might think, we just started the hot water and soon the steam covered the glass. Small adjustment, nothing major. This should NOT be a deal killer, you would be missing out on a great property!
Bruno sent us a comprehensive overview of restaurants and a grocery store that was within walking distance. So very convenient! DO NOT MISS Restorante Pizzeria da Alfredo on Corso Marconi. The owner Salvatore was a character and was great friends with Pavarotti . He sat with us and ordered a bottle of Prosecco for us on the house, got one of his staff to come over and interpret. We had a great time!!!!
Don't miss this experience.....it's a MUST!
We stayed in this apartment for five evenings in April 2016. We were very pleased with all of the outdoor spaces, you couldn't ask for anything better. This apartment is directly across the street from the harbor, providing an ever changing view as boats sail in and out. The many full glass doors leading to the terrace fill this very spacious apartment with morning to mid-day sunshine. The local shops and restaurants on the street level provide for all of your needs. The kitchen and baths are functional, but could using updating. But like I said... this apartment is all about the view. You will be delighted by both this apartment and this lovely town.
The apartment is wonderful. Perfect location with a great terrace from which to enjoy the view. Lovely sea breezes help to keep it cool however it is quite hot at night on entry level as the only air conditioner is upstairs. Property very clean and tidy and kitchen well equipped. Lucia was very welcoming and responsive to our needs. Would highly recommend this apartment to anyone visiting this fabulous part of Italy.
Here you have some infos about the area from Genova to Cinque Terre.
They are ment to help you enjoy the places I love and know best and the ones it might be more difficult to bump in just walking around. You'll also find some general hints, that may sound funny or useless if you allready know Italy but will turn usefull if it is the first time you are in my country.
Consider that I usually visit the area in winter and during weekend (I love Liguria but I live in Milano), in summer time there are many other places to check.
In Italy 'bar' does not only mean a place to drink alcohol in the evening, most of the time is a place to have a coffè and croissant in the morning maybe (but not necessary) at the counter.
'caffè' is more a place to seat and spend time. The difference it is not so sharp and you can spend as much time as you want in both.
Very nice also Caffè Defilla in Chiavari in corso Garibaldi.
My favourites are:
-Hostaria Vecchia Rapallo, Via Fratelli Cairoli, 24-25 tel
-Focaccia in Riviera, it is just at the beginning of via Zunino (or at the end if you arrive from the apartment). Try their Focaccia di Recco (cheese focaccia ) it’s eccellent.
Bagni Molo (in summer is also restaurant) Marzia: (phone number hidden)
- Bar Sole, great location.
U Bansin Via Venezia, 104 tel: (phone number hidden) very easy but but the food is good
U Giancu Via San Massimo - tel: a must if you have little kids. They will love it. It's far from the center and the apt, you can go there by bus (direction San Massimo) by car or taxi
Trattoria Da Mario, Piazza Garibaldi, 23,
if you love pizza: Pizzeria Bella Napoli, Corso Colombo,
Almost all of the places on the Passeggiata are ok. To pick out some two names: Hotel Miramare and Da Monique.
My favourites are:
- Caffè del Porto Via Tomaso Bottaro, 32 tel: (phone number hidden), traditional cuisine easy and quite inexpensive.
- Capo Nord: (it's actually between Santa Margherita and Paraggi) unfortunately it is open only in summer. Very romantic, you really eat 'pieds dans l'eau'.
There are also some other nice places in the area by Piazza Vittorio Veneto and at the beginning of Calata del Porto but sometimes they are a little snobish and the gap between what you pay and what you get is too high. In summer is really crowded. Consider that Santa Margherita is one of the favourite places for young scion of northern Italy rich families to show off, in winter is different.
My favourites are:
- Polpo Mari my favourite dish is 'misto all'antica' and my favourite wine is: Vermentino di Laura Aschero
- Cantine Cattaneo: Via Vicinale della Madonnetta, 1 tel: you need to go there by car or you can take a taxi from Sestri Levante.
Portobello: Via Portobello, 16 -in the baia del silenzio
Asseu: via G.B. da Ponzerone, 2 take the road from Sestri Levante to Moneglia, the restaurant is just after Riva Trigoso. You need a car or you can take a taxi from Sestri Levante.
Ristorante dei Castelli: the owner is the same of Polpo Mario. Very nice location and good food but, in my opinion, a little too expensive. I prefer Polpo Mario.
Ruta di Camogli:
Nonna Nina (excellent traditional ligurian cuisine) you have to go by car or take a taxi from Santa Margherita or Camogli. You can also take a 15-20 min walk from the bus stop of Ruta.
If you go there for lunch and don't mind walking (and little trekking), you can spend the afternoon on the path from Ruta to Punta Chiappa and then from Punta Chiappa to the village of Camogli, wich is beautifull.
Gelaterie (icecream places)
Frigidarium (just by the castle)
Gelateria del Polpo (under the arcades at the beginning of via Mazzini)
Gelateria Centrale try Pinguino (chocolate dipped ice cream)
Baciollo (my top favourite) try: crema con fichi e noci (figues and nut) and ricotta e cotognata.
Places to have a drink from 7 p.m. till late and for APERITIVO
Aperitivo is normally served with a little food that sometimes it is not just 'a little'.
In some places, in summer, you may find 'happy hour' wich is served from 7pm to 9pm: you only pay for the drink and are aloud to help yourself as much as you like with food. It is the italian version of 'tapas'.
Enoteca Il castello
Bar le saline
Caffè Defilla in corso Garibaldi
There are two bars in the 'baia del silenzio', one is by Hotel Helvetia and the other one is almost on the other side of the bay. Both of them are very nice.
Enoteca Winter Rose
They are both on calata Marconi on your left side looking at the sea.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$71 per night, per additional guest|
|Linen and towel rental||A$57|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$425|
Usual check in time is from 3 p.m. to 7pm.
For check in after 7.00 pm we need extra help and, in spite of ourselves, we have to ask an extra charge depending on time of arrival: € 30,00 from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm + € 20,00 for each further hour.
Please let us know if we have to organize late check in for you.
Normalmente l’orario di arrivo è tra le 15.00 e le 19.00. Per il check in fuori orario siamo costretti a chiedere una maggiorazione in funzione dell’ora di arrivo: € 30,00 fino alle 23,00 + € 20,00 per ogni ulteriore ora.