The Review

Mar-Mar is a small, family-run hostel located in the beautiful Cinque Terre town of Riomaggiore.

The Location

The hostel is about a ten-minute walk from the train station in Riomaggiore, which will connect you to the other Cinque Terre towns or carry you onward to other Italian cities. Riomaggiore is quite small, so all of the vistas, the marina, and many restaurants are very accessible by walking and never farther than ten minutes away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel offers travelers the choice of dorm guest rooms and also offers private rooms available in a separate building nearby. The rooms in the hostel are very clean and comfortable. Linens are provided for free and placed on the beds for guests. Towels are available upon request. The bathrooms are equipped with modern flush toilets and showers. There are not many power points in the room and the beds do not have individual reading lights. The rooms have lockers that are large enough to fit backpacks.

Common Spaces

The common area is a lounge area with couches, a television, and a computer for guests to use at their leisure. The kitchen is in an adjacent room with a seating area and there is also an outdoor terrace with incredible views. The kitchen is fully equipped. Cinque Terre can be quite expensive, so you may want to try your own hand at making pasta with pesto, the local specialty.

Breakfast is mentioned as included, but was not offered to us as we were the only guest during our off-season stay, and the restaurant was closed for renovations. There was no Wi-Fi at the time of our stay, but there is Wi-Fi at a bar nearby. Check-in is required before 7 p.m; email them in advance if this is not possible, as we arrived later and the owner happily accommodated our arrival time. The owner is incredibly kind and will offer you lots of guidance while you plan your Cinque Terre adventures. He will have updated information on which paths are open for hiking and be able to advise you on train times.


This is a great hostel to stay in while visiting Cinque Terre town. Riomaggiore is the furthest south of the five towns so it is a great starting point for the historic hike through the towns. There is also the option to take the train from town to town. You will be dazzled by the colorful buildings, incredible food, and authentic way of life that you will witness during your time here.
by Lola Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Mar-Mar" at Via Malborghetto, 4-8.)


Via Malborghetto, 4-8, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
44.099182, 9.737921 (accuracy not guaranteed)
(+39) 0187-920-932
(+39) 0187-920-932
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Great location, good facilities -- definitely recommend staying here!
I loved this hostel! It was really social and I met some really cool people. The balcony has such a beautiful view out of the colourful houses of Riomaggiore. The apartment itself is awesome, there is a huge kitchen and dining area, a 10 bed room and a smaller 4 bed room. I was in the 10 bed room and loved it because there was loads of people to talk to. Breakfast is a pastry/croissant and coffee from the bar downstairs which is owned by Mario. Only downside was that the wifi wasn't working too well on the first day I was there, and there is only one stove so it took me forever to make my food. When I next go to Cinque Terre this will definitely be the place I stay!
Great apartment/hostel in perfect location
This is a great hostel. It is actually a 10-person apartment with three bedrooms and a kitchen, plus a terrace looking out over the town of Riomaggiore. Mario, the owner, was super nice and accommodating, and it is in a great location, close to the train station (though the town isn't very big anyways). Downside is lack of internet in the apartment, but Mario let me use the internet downstairs in front of the office, and there are lots of places in town that have wifi if you order food or a drink. Other downside is no lockers, but if you meet the other people staying there and are just careful with your things it should be ok.
Age 23, USA
Beautiful place
Very easy check-in system though I came very late in the evening. The excellent price for good bed, even the kitchen was there! Highly recommended not only for students, but it's great for couples too. I'll come back again and again! Could not be better!
Brilliant and good value for money right in the heart of the village
Staff very helpful and knowledgeable good local info. Very clean and bright we even had a TV and no shortage of toilet paper. Looking forward to another visit. Buy a Cinque Terre card -- it's worth it just for the unlimited travel but the walks are the best bit. Visit Vanazza.
Richard from Yorkshire
Amazing Apartments
This is an amazing place. They rent out apartments that have been converted into hostels. Great places, the one I stayed at had a huge kitchen, great balcony, and great roommates. The front desk folk are really nice and helpful. It was a daily tradition to go and ask to stay one more night. Great town, amazing views, hikers heaven, a little pricey but well worth it. If you miss this place you are missing out.
  deffintely a fan of mar-mar. it wasn't really an above average hostel, but they were very helpful and the location was the best in Cinque Terre. Along with being in riomaggoire (which is the best town to stay in) it was the hostel closest to the water -- which means that we didn't have to walk that far up the hill with our backpacks. deffintely stay at mar-mar if you can while in Cinque Terre.
  A great place! From La Spezia, take the local train to the first town (Riomaggiore), and walk through the tunnel. On the left after one minute walking up the main street, you will see the hostel. Book in advance if going in June -- saw more than a couple people that couldn't find rooms in Cinque Terre! Packed! Lacking a social atmosphere but don't expect a wild party in the Cinque Terre hostels. You can meet people within the towns rather than in the hostels. Mar Mar is essentially a bunch of apartments. We had to walk two steep staircases to get our apartment (but most rooms in Cinque Terre are on hills -- you're in the mountains!) Then, once in our apartment, we saw it was laid out as follows -- first floor had the bathroom, second floor a kitchen, third floor, room one with two twin beds, fourth floor, room two with two twin beds. We had the top room so it was three more staircases within the apartment, but we had a little balcony with gorgeous sea views. Wow! And, even though they say it's a four-person dorm, me and my buddy had our own bedroom. We really only shared the bathroom (other two people didn't use the kitchen). We cooked dinner one night! So fun! Gas stove! And the lady at the front desk is lovely. Rates inexpensive for Italy (we found). Have to check in by a certain time though. But overall, do not hesitate to stay here if you are comfortable with a few flights of stairs.
  great stay! we had our own apartment and it was absolutely perfect! there was a bar and gelateria directly down the stairs and grocery across the street and cheap pizza all over. Totally the best value of our entire trip.

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