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“Italian Riviera with Charme” 5 of 5 stars
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Santa Caterina Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9 SS Amalfitana, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 31 hotels in Amalfi
Italy
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Italian Riviera with Charme”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

Santa Caterina is one of our favourite hotel in the Amalfi Coast. It is together with Il San Pietro and Palazzo Sasso (that i have reviewed already) one of the hotels that mantain the charm of this wonderful destination...
It is located on the top of a cliff, few hundred meters out of Amalfi (connected with a free shuttle but only at certain hours) with a fantastic view of the mediterranean sea and of Amalfi.
Having breakfast on the terrace, hearing the birds and looking at the sea, while eating home made marmellades and cakes... well, this is Italy as you have been dreaming about!
They have different room categories, i have been staying here several times and liked them all.... with ceramic tile from Vietri, balcony and sea view...flat screen even in the standard room...maybe on the small size in the entry category, but still confortable.
Very good food at the restaurants, don't be shy and ask if you want something out of the menu...we did almost every day and it was never a problem.
The people that work there, they are there since always...which give to usual guest the nice feeling to came back home and be recognised!
they do not have a beach but a platform right on the rocks that you reach trough an elevator from the hotel. Great swimming there, but deep water... on the platform they have a sea water pool as well...and just few steps up a fantastic al fresco restaurant (usually open for lunch) and a Gym with sea view.
The Spa is very little and a bit unconfortable ( i had to undress in the small room for the treatment)... but the treatments were made very well (and i'm very meticolous about massages, so my wife) and personalised on the base of my requests, which is the only thing that counts for me...
I live in Naples, so i know my way on the Coast and for sure i will continue going once in a while to the Santa Caterina if they keep going with the good job... go for it and if you want the experience of a life time ask for the special suite over the lemon threes path... it comes with a cost, but you will understand where your money go when looking out of the balcony or relaxing on your private infinity pool...
Maybe they need to improve a bit the service at the pool... good traveller are now used to get cold towel, fruit, sunglasses cleaning..etc but perfection do not exist... or it does?

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2009

Great location, lovely rooms, gorgeous views and exceptional service. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

The Santa Caterina Hotel in Amalfi is HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!
My boyfrirend (now husband) and I had the pleasure of staying at the Santa Caterina Hotel during two very different times of the year. Both times, we had an amazing MAGICAL experience. Not only were the rooms, staff and service superior, but the food...OH THE FOOD was out of this world delicious and the best we have ever tasted. We had the option of going outside the hotel to dine at various restaurants but instead chose to eat every meal at the hotel as it was far superior than anything around. Honestly, we are planning another trip now. Once you have experienced a stay at this hotel, the feeling you have when you are there will become a part of you and you will want to go back as often as you can. Additionally, the VALUE you have there for the service is off the charts. I fully recommend the Santa Caterina Hotel to couples, families, groups and singles traveling alone. I have never written a review before now, but as soon as you experience it yourself, you too will find yourself wanting to tell everyone about your magical experience there too!

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2009

My husband and I, along with our daughter and her boyfriend, just came back from Italy. Four nights at the Santa Caterina in Amalfi were the highlight of the trip. This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in, perhaps one of the most beautiful on the Amalfi coast. There are other more glamorous hotels in Positano and Ravello, but for sheer charm and beauty, this one is my pick. It's not glitzy, just pristinely beautiful with white tiled floors, white furniture, and flowers everywhere. We had a beautiful balcony room overlooking the sea, and the king-size bed was very comfortable. A plate of fresh fruit and a vase of flowers greeted us when we entered the rooms. The exquisite pool was an elevator ride down, on a large terrace just above the water's edge. The superb breakfast was served on a terrace overlooking the sea - the pastries were often still warm when we got there, and the fresh fruit and other items were of the highest quality. The service was so friendly and helpful with everything - but never, ever intrusive - that you almost felt like you were the only people in the place.

The Santa Caterina is not actually in town (we preferred the slightly out-of-town location as it was quieter and more private.) You can walk into Amalfi, which we did - it's about a 10 minute walk - but there is also a free shuttle back and forth. If you climbed a bit up the passageways in the town, you could avoid the road. This was our second trip to Amalfi (last time we stayed at the Luna Convento, which was also lovely, but not up to the Santa Caterina.) We were there the first week in April, so we qualified for "low season" pricing, although the weather was warm and lovely every day. At those rates and considering the quality of the experience, the Santa Caterina was a bargain. We loved, loved, loved this hotel and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2009

Hotel Santa Caterina is the most exquisite hotel on the Amalfi coast. The views of the coast are breathtaking and the rooms have a warm, fresh feel to them. The hotel staff is extremely accommodating and friendly. The hotel is within walking distance of the charming town of Amalfi. I found it very easy to take day trips along the coast to places such as Positano and Capri. Although the room rates are comparably more expensive, it is completely worth the experience. The hotel offers lunch and dinner service near the water with traditional cuisine. I felt completely relaxed and on vacation while staying at the Hotel Santa Caterina. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone; from couples looking for romantic getaways to families looking for a great vacation spot.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2009

One of the best hotels and hotel settings I have ever experienced!! The location is stunning and the views are so amazing. I didn't have one complaint or negative experience. The service and value is great! There is so much to take in and the town of Amalfi is so quaint and lovely with great and affordable little shops. Santa Caterina Hotel is the place to stay in Amalfi!

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago,IL
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

Magnificent location on the Amalfi Coast.
Beautiful view of the Mediterranean.
Marvelous food. Impeccable service.
The village of Amalfi is also delightful.
True old world charm everywhere!
A magical vacation.

Actually, we liked our stay so much we held our daughter's wedding reception there. She and her husband were married in the historic Amalfi Cathedral just down the hill. It was perfect because guests from the States could stay in the hotel and the Management took care of all the reception arrangements, from food and flowers to music and dancing.
It was an unbelievable evening-one we'll never forget.

Kudos to the Hotel Santa Caterina !

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Santa Caterina Amalfi
Hotel Santa Caterina
Address: 9 SS Amalfitana, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#1 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
#1 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Santa Caterina Hotel 5*
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