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Santa Caterina Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9 SS Amalfitana, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 30 hotels in Amalfi
London, UK
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39 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“One of the world's great hotels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

Beautiful hotel clinging onto the rocks just outside Amalfi. Excellent suites, though go for the ones high up rather than on subterranean floors. Outstanding service - best in Europe (Asia is better since as good without expectation of heavy tipping). Dramatic drop-lift takes you down to gym (surprisingly well equipped with TV cross-trainers, albeit small room) in turret overlooking the surf. Great valet parking. Excellent new year's eve event with surprisingly good band. Very expensive in all respects (rooms at least $800 a night, dinner at least $60 per head even for minimal content). The local city of Amalfi has a stunning Duomo but otherwise is a sordid ripoff in terms of food (excepting the Michelin starred Caravella, which lives up to its name) - in general though the 30-minute-away town of Ravello is the gem of the whole region and worth the trip alone. Nice spa. Hotel restaurant is good not great. Only real downside of the hotel is the rock-hard beds, which rendered elusive a good night's sleep. Also the drive along the Amalfi coast is twisted and ghastly, with psycho locals parping and overtaking on every turn.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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58 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

It is virtually impossible to describe the beauty of the Amalfi coast, along with the Santa Caterina property itself. While there are certainly far more opulent 5-star hotels, the elegant and classic simplicity of the Santa Caterina provides the perfect base to enjoy the treasures of the region. At a minimum, you will want a sea-view room for the stunning and tranquil views. As others indicate, food service at the hotel is excellent and a sunny morning in the breakfast room is the perfect way to start the day.

There are, however, many wonderful places to eat along the coast, so press the staff if necessary for recommendations, as we felt the concierge was a bit too focused on keeping us in house for dinner, but perhaps that was because we were early in the season and the hotel was not overly busy.

We chose Santa Caterina and do prefer its location to the several other fine choices in the area, but I would recommend at least going to the gardens of the Hotel Caruso in Ravello. Both the gardens and the views are stunning and merit a stop, unless you happen to choose the Caruso for your stay.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

We looked for ages to find the right hotel for the second week of our honeymoon. We were not disappointed; the hotel reception rooms were glamourous and beautifully decorated with antiques and pristine white squashy sofas; the floors were handmade white tiles decorated with a profusion of painted flowers. Everywhere we looked was a Wow. The restaurant was a triumph with open air terrace and spectacular views and breakfast here was a joy with the most delicious pastries and fresh fruit that we've ever tasted. Dinner at the Catarina was delicious and the service from all of the staff was amazing ; most of them had been there for many years and they created a wonderful ambience and old fashioned service that many hotels dont give now. The General Manager, Mr Armondo, was one of the nicest people I have met, he escorted us to a wonderful junior suite set in its own grounds that was like being in heaven. The interior was all white and gold with magnificent views from all sides of the room; the jacuzzi being situated in front of the side window for that wow factor. The bathing platform and pool area were cleverly designed; being fashioned from the rocks right at the bottom of the cliff. This was James Bond glamour! We had the Med as our own swimming pool and top class service from the staff. Although expensive, it was worth every penny and we had a wonderful honeymoon experience that we will never forget. Bravo!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

We arrived at the Santa Caterina in late October and stayed for four night leaving on November 2, 2009. We drove in our rental car from Naples to the hotel. DON'T EVER GO TO NAPLES!! If you can, take a train to Sorrento instead and rent a car from there.

The hotel was/is absolutely AMAZING. I think they'd brush your teeth for you if you asked them. Our room had a balcony (all the rooms do, I think) overlooking the sea and to the left you could see the actual town of Amalfi. We had Proseco (I hate Champagne anyway) upon our arrival, with an assortment of Italian cookies and quite a large plate of fresh fruit to enjoy.

Our room was extremely white...I think all the rooms are. I loved that is was white....one reviewer complained that there is no art on the wall...but that is the esthetic beauty of the room, it envelops you in white and entices you to want to go on the balcony and experience the blue of the water and the lush green gardens below.

The service was/is spectacular. Keep in mind, we went during the last week of October, early November, so we had no issues with a crowded pool area, reserved seating with respect to lounges around the pool area (read in another review). Everything here is expensive, that shouldn't be a negative about the place...anyone who has written a review complaining about the price of everything, shouldn't have gone there, it is to be expected. We were on our honeymoon so we did splurge on this hotel and knew it was going to be expensive. We had breakfast there every morning and the breakfast is truly wonderful. The options are endless and it is a buffett, so you can fill up, lol! We had dinner there once, only because it is very expensive. The dinner was excellent and the service was too. We were on our last leg of our honeymoon and we had a very busy itenerary early on...it was nice to truly relax at the Santa Caterina and be waited on.

There are some reviews on here mentioning that you only get good service if they know you're a regular or if you tip well. The only time we tipped was when we asked to eat breakfast outside on the terrace. Keep in mind we're Canadian, so although it may have been too cold to eat outside, we thought it was warm! We tipped because they had to actually set a table for us and they did it with such ease and made it look exactly like the table inside and we weren't made to feel as though we inconvenienced someone.

We literally spend all day at the hotel...by the pool (for two of our four days, we could actually swim as the water in the pool was very warm 27 C). They have books to read which are scattered throughout the hotel and there are some very good selections, you just have to look...after being at the pool all day, we would take advantage of the shuttle service and have lunch in town and then walk back to the hotel and then nap and again, take the shuttle back down to the town and have dinner there. We also had a rental car and went to Ravello for the day.

If my husband and I are ever in a position to afford to go to the Santa Caterina (we really saved for this because it was our honeymoon) we would definately go there again and again. Just a great place to relax and be pampered.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

the santa caterina was and is the most beautiful hotel i've ever seen. my husband and i stayed there on our honeymoon - the service was impeccible; location was gorgeous; food was incredible... i can't even put it into words how thrilled and impressed we were. i'd recommend it to anyone. definitely can't wait to go back!!!

Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

My wife and I stayed 3 nights at the S Caterina in late October. It was amazing. Our room was immaculate with a nice balcony that overlooked the town of Amalfi and the water. The pool area and other facilties were beautiful and very well kept. While expensive, our dinner was well worth the price and we enjoyed every moment of it. Also, our breakfasts were an absolute delight. It was a great start to each morning. Last, the staff was very helpful and the service was top notch. We had a great time and I would highly recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Just got back from Italy and must say that Amalfi was a highlight of our trip. Can't compare it to busy Positano. If u are looking for some serenity this is a place to stay. Cant say enough about their service. As expected in 5star hotel. During our trip in Italy every hotel was at least 4 or 5 star, but Santa Caterina was simply the best. Concierges are wonderful and will go beyond their duties to accomodate u. Would do it again for sure.
Big plus for those who cant survive without internet - wifi or hook up in the room is free!!!

  • Stayed October 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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Additional Information about Santa Caterina Hotel

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 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#1 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Santa Caterina Hotel 5*
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