0.6km from Perleco Il Gelato di AlassioJust spent 2 nights at this lovely hotel in August and we can’t fault anything. The reception staff are very friendly and speak fluent English. We’re delighted to find our triple room on top floor in pristine order and felt relaxed straight away in the spacious air-conditioned room. Bonus: There’s a cute mini balcony with a bit of sea view! The beach is literally 2 minutes walk away. As this is not the front line beach hotel, it actually has the benefit of peace and quiet. Breakfast is included and the spread is lovely and plentiful. Every morning the manager (owner?) would man the espresso machine and greet guests with smiles and chit chat in Italian and French. On the first morning, I accidentally left behind my little purse at breakfast table, and only found out when I returned to the room. I was quite annoyed with myself as there’s a couple of €50 notes in it, but no ID. With very little hope I returned to the breakfast table, but saw nothing there. In despair, I asked the friendly serving lady about my purse, but she couln’t quite understand me. The manager overheard and came gesturing to me that my purse was found and kept at reception. Happy days! Such honest and lovely people in Alassio! The hotel’s location is really good for us to explore both ways of the sea front. From the west end of the resort, we ambled the whole stretch of the shopping street “Budello” and back, both day and night. Very interesting experience either time, with lots to see, buy and eat. The next day, we turned west onto the seaside promenade and strolled to the next town Laigueglia and have lunch there. It is like a mini version of Alassio, very quaint. The only niggle I have to say about spending holiday at the forgotten Italian Riviera is that they section off the whole 3-kilometre of beach, and you have to pay for sun loungers daily to get access to it. Granted, tourism is probably the main source of revenue for the local economy, but the public beach area is so tiny and packed that it’s like a post stamp. Compared to the endless stretch of golden sand in Algarve, Portugal, this Italian beach holiday in Alassio during July / August months can be a bit expensive and hectic. All in all, we still had a lovely time as the Italian are really friendly and accommodating, and we also enjoyed window shopping, loads of yummy ice cream, pizza, pasta and seafood! At one restaurant when we went up to pay for our dinner, the friendly owner wanted to waive a few quid off the bill as he saw us pulling out only the big €50 notes. We managed to find also a €5 and left the change, even though you don’t need to tip in Italy. Would love to be back in quieter months in the future!