Back in 2003, my initial plan was to stay in Camogli for five nights. Unfortunately all rooms were booked for the last two nights. Instead of cutting short my stay in Liguria, I decided on three nights in Camogli and then 2 nights in Santa Margherita Ligure, not exactly slow travel, but then again, the train ride from Camogli to Santa Margherita Ligure was only 5 minutes.
My hotel in Santa Margherita, Albergo Fasce, was not one of the best stays of the trip. When I arrived, I was informed that there was a problem with my reservation. I was given a single room with the bathroom down the hall that I would be sharing with two other girls. This did not make me happy at all. One of my “musts” when booking a hotel room is having a private bathroom in the room. The hotel situation definitely affected my stay. My review of Albergo Fasce goes into more detail about my experience at this hotel. To be fair, not everyone gave Albergo Fasce a bad review.
For this upcoming trip, since I can’t find a room in Camogli for my entire stay in Liguria, I have decided to give Santa Margherita another chance… staying at a different hotel! I have a reservation for seven nights at Hotel Jolanda. I have read many wonderful reviews for this hotel. A longer stay in a better hotel will certainly make a difference. I am excited to explore this town in more depth. I also plan to visit Genova, a place I have always had on my list but have never ended up visiting. Camogli is still only 5 minutes by train or a little longer by boat. Other than that, I plan to play it by ear.
Photos of Santa Margherita Ligure from my 2003 trip (taken while on a boat):