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Villa Margherita by the Sea 3.0

Levanto, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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  • In the village of Levanto -- walk to town center and beach in five-minutes
  • Charming, classic rooms with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning
  • Apartment with fully-equipped kitchen and private garden
  • Outdoor terrace and handsome garden
  • Room service plus 24-hour front desk
  • Free train station pick-up
  • Free breakfast with a large selection
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout plus outdoor and garage parking


  • Lots of steps can make the property difficult to maneuver
  • Room service has limited hours

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The 12-room mid-range Villa Margherita by the Sea is a family-run bed-and-breakfast in the quaint village of Levanto, just a five-minute walk from the town center and beach. Classic rooms have en-suite bathrooms plus flat-screen TVs, and some have terraces with wonderful town views. The historic hotel has an additional lovely terrace for all guests to use and a handsome garden as well. Wi-Fi, breakfast, and on-site parking (a rarity in this part of Italy) are all free. There are no elevators here, though, and steps encompass the property, which may pose a problem for guests with mobility issues.

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A historic, quaint bed-and-breakfast with gorgeous outdoor spaces

Brick steps lead to the Villa Margherita by the Sea: a yellow, classic Italian villa built in 1906 with a family-run, friendly atmosphere. The small, traditional lobby is mostly functional, with a wood front desk, and antique touches like a pendulum wall clock add to the hotel’s character. Blue-and-white printed tile plus fresh flowers make the breakfast room feel homey, and there are marble stairs, red-and-white checkerboard floors, and classic photos throughout the property. While some rooms have private terrace access, there is a beautiful terrace for all guests to use that's laden with shrubs and vine-covered walls, as well as a lovely garden, and both have an intimate, private atmosphere. Guests are primarily couples, though some families stay here as well.


In a quiet village by the sea, close to Levanto town center and beach

The Villa Margherita by the Sea is on a busy road in the village of Levanto with the town center and Levanto's beach a five-minute walk away; the Levanto train station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Hiking and biking trails as well as Bonassola Beach are a 10-minute drive from the hotel, while the northernmost part of Cinque Terre, Monterosso Al Mare, is a 20-minute drive (12 minutes by train). Also a 20-minute drive away are Monterosso Beach and Fegina Beach, while Fossola Beach and the Castle of Riomaggiore are a 45-minute drive (both are reachable in 25 minutes by train). The closest airport, Pisa International Airport, is an hour and 15-minute drive from the hotel.


Homey and vintage, with private ensuite bathrooms; some have terraces

Charming, individually decorated rooms have an antique feel with traditional patterned tile and floral fabrics throughout. Metal bed frames and bedside lights with flower lampshades make the rooms feel like home, and all have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Most rooms have solid wood furniture with classical lines, like desks and wardrobes, and black-and-white photos on the walls. Some rooms have terraces with gorgeous town views while the Red Diamond Apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen (stove, oven, washing machine, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher) and a private garden. En-suite bathrooms also have a vintage style. Some have plain blue-and-white tiling while others have colorful floral designs. All offer hairdryers and heated towel racks as well as stand up showers and generic toiletries. There are no tubs available, though.


Loads of freebies -- from breakfast and Wi-Fi to parking and train station pick-up

For a bed-and-breakfast, this hotel offers a surprising number of freebies. A wide selection of foods including fruits, meats, pastries, hard boiled eggs, and yogurt are served at the free breakfast, a major highlight for guests. There are no other meals served on site. Yellow couches in addition to a flat-screen TV are provided in the lounge, and the terrace garden is a particularly lovely place to relax. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Free train station pick-up plus free Wi-Fi are offered as well as free outdoor and garage parking, almost unheard of in the area. Room service is available, but has limited hours.

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Via Trento E Trieste 31, Levanto, Italian Riviera 19015, Italy



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