My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Convento Di Amalfi in July 2012 for the second leg of our 4 part Europe Trip (Rome, Amalfi, Cannes and Paris). By far this was one of the best hotels we stayed at
during our entire trip and definitely one of the most unique and best properties we have ever stayed at.
First I have to say that this property was fabulously redone as a resort, especially since it used to be a convent. Its simply amazing how the decor is so modern and understated yet it really wows. It has such a serene and relaxing feel and they kept so much of the original detail that it truly feels like a convent, not like a 5 star resort, yet it completely delivers everything you would expect from a 5 star resort. I love it when companies pay attention and honor the original use of the space that they are recreating. There are a lot of aspects of the hotel that pay hommage to its original use, such as pictures, original furnishings from the days the hotel was a convent, and a beautiful cloister that is so quiet and peaceful that my husband took a picture of me in a meditation pose that has now become my favorite picture. The entire hotel has many other areas in addition to the cloister that feel so private and off limits, yet the hotel leaves them open to the guests of the resort and you feel like its your own private resort. We used one of these spaces one evening to do a workout, it was up on the 7th or 8th floor near the fitness center, and we took some of the fitness equipment to a public balcony that was VERY private. We spent over an hour up there working out with some of the best views I have ever experienced during a workout, it was simply amazing.
We were there during a very busy season, but it never felt busy or crowded, actually, it often felt like the resort was our own private resort. I think because it was a convent and was built so long ago it has really great sound proofing, and it was so quiet.
The room we stayed in was a sea view, we opted not to get a terrace because of the price, but honestly once I saw the rooms with terraces I really wished we had one, it would have been totally worth the price, although if you cant afford it, there are so many quiet, private spaces around the resort that you can easily find your own private little outdoor area, so a terrace is not a must. The windows in the room were very cool, one of my favorite memories of this trip was opening the windows in the morning, and letting the sound of the sea in, and the sound of the children playing at the beach, when the windows are closed its complete silence, when open, its like letting Amalfi into your room. THe bathroom had a window right in the shower and it was such a cool view, while I showered I could see yachts coming in and out of the harbor, absolutely the best shower I have ever taken b/c of the view. We did not spend that much time in the hotel room anyways b/c there is so much to see and do in and around Amalfi. The hotel room itself felt very minimalist, which I happen to really appreciate, but if you are not a fan of this, you might want to think about not staying here, its a theme throughout the entire resort and while its very well done, those who dont appreciate it may not be happy. I dont want to undersell it, while its minimalist, it also feels rich and luxurious with a 13th century feel to it, kind of difficult to explain but once you stay there you will understand.
The resort amenities:
Spa - I got a body massage, whooooaa, the Europeans are not kidding when they say full body, be prepared for that if you are an American. It was a great massage though.
The spa itself is not what I am used to however, it was pretty simple and there was no tea, coffee or water for guests which I thought could easily be added.
Pool - by far the most spectacular pool I have ever been in. The view from the edge of the pool is absolutely amazing and you can perch yourself on the ledge at the edge of the pool, its the greatest experience and if you get a picture while up there you will be amazed at how awesome of a picture it is, take the opportunity to get this shot, its worth the price of the hotel in itself. I now have a fab picture of my husband and I sitting on the ledge and it looks like we are suspended in the middle of the Mediterranean.
Breakfast - this was a fantastic breakfast, b/w this and the first hotel we stayed at in Rome (St. Regis Rome) we were so spoiled! the breakfast buffet was awesome! Their cappuccinos were so delicious, and the views at breakfast were probably my favorite part of every day we were there, I could have spent the entire day sipping cappuccinos staring at the glittering Mediterranean.
On a side note, one night we were too tired to trek down the stairs to the town (its a bit of a hike, although you can take a shuttle from the hotel) and we stayed at the hotel for dinner, and this was a MAJOR LET DOWN, it was quite expensive and not good at all. The town has so many great little restaurants that are much cheaper and have 100 times better food, we were really kicking ourselves for not making the trek. It was surprising how bad dinner was b/c breakfast was so great.
The Views - no matter where you are in this hotel, you have a completely amazing views and the pictures dont do it justice! The most amazing views I have ever encountered, I would personally rate it better than Bora Bora.
Service - was pretty good, I wouldnt rate it excellent, but it was good. They did not really go out of their way to service you (except at breakfast) but they were there when you needed them for the most part. For what you are paying they could probably improve on the service factor.
Beach - the hotel has a beach that you get tickets to go to from the hotel and then you get there by boat, we went and it was pretty cool, they had a restaurant and you could rent kayaks, etc, the beaches are very different, you might want to bring water shoes if you have not been to the mediterranean, very rocky and hard to walk on, but the water is so clear and it literally looks like there are gold flecks glimmering in the water, absolutely beautiful
Amalfi in general - is one of the greatest little towns and places you can visit and everyone should go there at least once in life. Its so quiet and feels like a resort town for sure, but the people are pretty friendly and there are a lot of restaurants, shops and cafes, if you like gelato and cappuccino, you will LOVE amalfi.
We took a ferry to Capri, and while Capri was okay, we much preferred Amalfi, its much less touristy (still touristy but Capri is ridiculous).
Transportation to/from hotel - we had the hotel send a driver to pick us up from the train station in Salerno, it was a very nauseating drive for me, as I get car sick and its windy and the driver was fast (he's used to those tight curves) it was somewhat frightening at times being up on the cliffs and speeding around the curves, so if thats not your thing, take the ferry. The driver cost $90 euros and took about an hour, the ferry was $8 euros per person and took half the time, it was also a great view from the water of all the towns on the way back to Salerno. I would recommend the ferry, or driver one way to see Italy by land, and the ferry one way to see it all by sea. THey do not sell advance tickets on the ferry you have to buy them the day of, but the ferry was reliable and on time and very efficient.
Overall, this hotel was such a great experience, its a bit pricey, but the memories I have of this hotel are priceless. When I think about this hotel, I think of the views, the sounds of the sea and children playing at the beach, and the overall feeling of serenity I had here, it was such a great stay. I will definitely be back someday!
Get a room with a sea view or a terrace, you wont regret it!
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