We started the morning in a Tuscan Villa. After driving to Florence, catching a train to Naples and finally a hire car we arrived at the front door of the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi. Architecturally this place is amazing. From the street level entrance you are whisked up through five storeys of solid rock in a passenger lift (just be careful crossing the road as it's right next to a tunnel). You then proceed along the old convent halls to reach the reception which opens up onto the long terrace and ends in an infinity pool. The views are spectacular. The terrace is also covered in lemon trees and flowers making it feel like a hanging garden perched on the side of a cliff overlooking the water. The only downside of this are the mosquitoes.
We were fortunate to receive an upgrade and our room had serious dimensions. Even the bathroom consisted of a separate area for the shower/sink and then a bathtub and toilet. Marble throughout and only the finest toiletries. Sadly the shower leaked - a common fault with many of the hotels we stayed in during our trip. But all this was forgotten every time you opened the window and looked out at the view. The only shame is that the original windows are so small - with a view like that you would almost want the entire wall to be made of glass.
What we liked:
- The Room: Large, spacious and modern with an underlying sense of the old architecture of the convent.
- The Pool: The view alone is enough as many have commented. Now picture yourself in an infinity pool looking out at that view. Enough said.
- The Old Convent: Don't forget to visit the unrenovated part of the convent with its columns and partially crumbled walls.
- The Food: The food was great, including a very broad selection of breakfast options and solid dinner options.
- The Staff: Although it's a large hotel they made us feel welcome and were attentive to any requests.
- The Gardens: You start to get a sense for why there's limoncelo for sale EVERYWHERE.
What we didn't like:
- The Size: It's almost too big for it's own good - when you travel around the levels and down the halls you get a sense for how large the hotel is. Not for those seeking a more intimate setting.
- The Wi-Fi: The included free wi-fi was rubbish and only worked in the lobby. A major let down for international travelers who rely on wi-fi to avoid astronomical data charges.
- The Housekeeping: Generally good but would benefit from an evening turn down service.
- The Location: This is a tough one. Given where the hotel is located you get the spectacular views but it also means you need to travel a fair distance and play frogger with the traffic to reach the town.
Overall, a unique hotel in a spectacular location. Definitely worth visiting during a trip to the Amalfi Coast.