We enjoyed a three night visit to the Luna Convento, a unique property. We don’t often get to stay in an hotel which is nearly 200 years old and itself a conversion of an 13c convent founded by St Francis of Assisi. The original cloister has been retained, together with religious memorabilia including a confessional.
The property clings on to a cliff and is c. 500 m (mainly uphill) from the ferry terminal and central Amalfi, so many of the rooms have world-class views over the town and the coast. There is a (seasonal) pool area across the road with the most amazing coastal views but it wasn’t open during our stay. The building generally looks somewhat under-maintained.
The list of previous guests is impressive and Ibsen allegedly wrote A Doll’s House while living in the hotel.
Rooms vary. Ours looked like a converted nun’s cell - narrow but adequate and with wonderful views. The bathroom was very mid-20c and needs upgrading. The over-bath shower was awkwardly located and in need of maintenance. Toiletries were minimal.
WiFi is free but available only in part of the public area, where there is also a public computer.
Breakfast is an adequate buffet with attentive staff. We had two good dinners in the restaurant, which has to-die-for views and classic service.
All the staff we met were pleasant and helpful.
Physically, the Luna Convento is an exceptional property and the atmosphere offsets some of the irritants. With careful modernisation, especially of rooms and bathrooms, it could be a five-star offering without losing its distinctive ambience. But even now it's a unique experience. Recommended.
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