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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
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
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“This is what 5-star accommodation is all about.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

We spent 5 days of our honeymoon thoroughly enjoying the delights of the Romeo and Juliet private villa and the wonderful service that all the staff provided. Unlike other top quality hotels, the staff are extremely friendly and just can't do enough for you - this really does mark it out from 'the rest'.

The views are spectacular even when its overcast and the location of the villa - perched on the edge of the cliff, nestled amongst the most amazing lemon groves - is perfect. The only downside is the occasional over-zealous and loud tourist boat passing a couple of hundred yards away.

We had some lovely meals there - the local fish is fantastic and the special chocolate and lemon souffle is to die for!

Highly, highly recommend this and just put your best 5-star smile and wave when the tourist boats pass by!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

Absolutely lavish & amazing.
Sublime service.......expensive so good to go in early April as the season starts.
Portions are very small in the restaurant; so don't go if you are starving!
I would certainly go again...book room 5....with a jacuzzi view over the coastline :)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

My family spent two nights in the property in early April in adjacent junior suites- a nice upgrade from the management. The rooms were accessed along outside paths overhung with gorgeous fragrant wisteria and lemons. Both rooms had separate seating areas ( a nice complimentary tray of fruit, cookies and water) and balconies looking straight out to sea. The floors are typical painted white ceramic tiles tiles and the walls and furnishings white. It was still fresh in the mornings and the heating was on full blast in both rooms. We managed to switch it down in one room but never found the controls in the other so had to open the windows wide which was very wasteful. The beds were definitely too firm for us and we didn't sleep very well either night.
Ideal access to the town would be by boat or helicopter! We drove the whole coast and it was pretty hair raising. The hotel is situated a little out of town but there was a shuttle every half hour until 6.30.
Possibly because of the out of town location we elected to eat both nights in the restaurant. The food was excellent on both occasions even for fussy eaters. Our only negative comment is that on the second night the piano player never got out of the minor key, and by the time the food finally arrived- well over an hour even though there was barely anyone one there, we were all feeling near suicidal. A few calories later and our spirits were restored but it was a painful experience.
The whole coast seems to live on its bygone reputation but we liked the central square in Amalfi. The service in the hotel was the one thing that made us feel less ripped off by the whole Italian experience. I would have given five stars to the service if we hadn't been recommended to visit the local Emerald Grotto which must be some sort of local joke. We even overheard a poor traveler in Capri lamenting his lost euros. Talk about throwing money down a black hole... We liked the hotel in its rather dated former glory and the fact that the staff really seemed committed. But I'm not sure we shall be back to the Amalfi Coast any time soon.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 11, 2010

The Sanat Caterina is probably one of the best hotels in the world that we have stayed at. Its setting is spectatcular but it is the quality of the food and the service which sets it apart. The prices are high but it nevertheless represents good value, especially in an area ruined by mass tourism and poor hospitality. Do eat dinner in the restaurant every night of your stay..the Maitre D' is a true professional and offers an exceptional service..if you don't go for anything else, his impact and service is worth the visit!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

Loved the hotel and its surroundings. Wonderful and attentive service - Franco in the reception was so nice and helpful.
Fantastic views!
The food in the restaurant though is only average but we liked eating there because of view and service.

I dont think I would go to Amalfi in the summer - I can imagine that it must be crowded with tourists in the small villages - we could se that there are tons of souvenir shops and places for busses. And - the roads are narrow so it makes it hard for a bus to drive around which already in april made it hard to drive around. The italiens there drive like crazy on the small roads.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

Travel across the globe (3X) just to stay here...! Save up, it's worth the experience & memory.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

My experience at the Santa Caterina was very special, the best I've had at a hotel to date. The property is situated on the edge of the Amalfi coast so the views are amazing. Expect to be treated like royalty and enjoy the breath taking views from the rooms, terraces, restaurant and pool area. The rooms are all very unique, with gorgeous ocean views and special touches like beautiful furniture, artwork, quality towels, robes and bath products. Once you leave your room, take a stroll on the property and find the trail of grapevines and private villas. Then go downstairs to the pool/restaurant area and be wowed by the ocean cliffs and view of the city perched on the cliffs in the distance. When we went, they had live music at night outside by the restaurant. We were romanced by the candle lit ambiance, music, sound of the ocean and had to have some bubbly to toast to that moment.
One of the days during out stay, we were out by a sitting area in the hotel just relaxing and they asked us if we needing anything. My husband ordered a soda. The kind gentleman asked me if I needed anything and I politely said no. He came back with a soda and silver tray of bon bon's just for me! I couldn't believe it. Oh and the spa is beautiful. I had one of the best massages I've ever had in my life...I actually fell asleep and that never happens during a massage.
I will NEVER forget this place. First class all the way!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 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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Santa Caterina Amalfi
Hotel Santa Caterina

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