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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
Raleigh, NC
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Magical Wedding Location and Great Place to Celebrate Life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

To this day and for years to come we will continue to have the most wonderfully magical memories of our wedding at Santa Caterina. Our guests, from 4 countries and 6 states, say sitting under lemon trees, looking toward the sea from the Santa Caterina garden was the most heart-felt setting they have ever experienced attending a wedding. The hotel website is alluring and the garden is much more inviting, intimate and beautiful than the website portrays.

Although the days and weeks have now passed since our sunset wedding evening, the feelings we have that include the deepest appreciation toward Armando, Pino and the entire Santa Caterina staff linger with fond memories.

Before we chose Santa Caterina as our wedding location, we reviewed options in Positano, Ravello, Capri, Anacapri and other options in Amalfi. Having been to the Amalfi Coast four times, we knew it was the location for us.

Armando, Director, at Santa Caterina has a way of making anyone feel welcome as though Santa Caterina is their home, and it was ours. He is kind, considerate and he pays attention to any/all details......always with a smile!

Pino, Maitre, is a special person! His attention to detail for our fine dining and wedding evening experience was magnificent. The food was superb, the staff whom he led was beyond excellent in their approach and connection with us, as bride and groom, and with our guests.

In reflection, there is only one thing we would change about our wedding event and stay at Santa Caterina. We would have stayed longer.

Our thanks to the owners of Santa Caterina for their vision and their continued creation of a dream setting perched above the seaside.

  • Stayed October 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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Dallas, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Santa Caterina for 5 nights while on our honeymoon. Like several other reviews have stated, we were upgraded to a larger room, one with a large balcony overlooking the ocean. The room itself was spacious as was the bathroom; both were very nice, but not over the top. The grounds of the hotel are absolutely amazing, from the gardens on the cliff to the swimming platform on the ocean. As for services, the complimentary breakfast was wonderful, we ended up stuffing ourselves every day. The concierges were all very helpful, but beware as they might sway you towards a more expensive option for an activity (for example, boat rental) than you can find yourself in town. The location is great as well, we enjoyed being within walking distance of town, but not so close that we were bothered by traffic. If you need a taxi during your stay or to/from the airport in Naples, I highly recommend Giancarlo with Ravello Taxi (giancarlo@ravellotaxi.com). He is an excellent driver (important on the twisty roads) and provides excellent service otherwise. In fact, once home I realized I had left my credit card at a restaurant in Amalfi. Giancarlo picked it up and shipped it back to me free of charge.

Back to the hotel - The Santa Caterina is a wonderful place - I hope to be able to return soon.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

We spent the first part of our honeymoon at this hotel and we loved it. Everyone was so warm. Free internet. DVD players in the room, and lots of outlets. Room upgrade because we were on our honeymoon. Amazing food and service. We could not have asked for more.

THE ROOM
The room was enormous, with its own private terrace. It was a great room for having room service because there was so much space and the light and view was wonderful. The whole room was covered with tile, which gave a light summery feeling. There were hand painted accents everywhere, including custom sculpted flowers growing out of the bathroom tiles, it was so memorable and different. The bed was king size and comfortable. The tub could seat two, filled quickly, and had lots of bubble jets.

THE DINING ROOM
Pino, the dining room manager and everyone on staff greeted us with such kindness. Sometimes an extra item was thrown in. Once we got complimentary caprese salads, another time one of us ordered soup but they brought out enough for two. We loved the food so much we hardly left, or when we'd go out we'd come home for meals. Pino was concerned that we might be getting bored of the menu and he offered to make anything we wished for -- my husband doesn't eat fish which represents 85% of all Sicily menus. We ordered a simple pasta with olive oil and garlic -- Pino suggested a dish called Spaghetti L'Antiqua, which is now a staple in my repetoire at home (olive oil, garlic, flat leaf parsely, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, and a couple crushed cherry tomatoes). Whether in the dining room or our living room, everything was delicious and perfectly prepared.

The dining room views and the view from our room were stunning by the way.

Make sure to get a drink at the bar. There is a charmingly lit seating area and with our simple drinks we were brought an array of lovely snacks that tided us over until dinner.

The service was just so good. On a day where we barely left the room, the housekeeping staff came and made up the room during the hour or so we were out for dinner. They anticipated what you needed and gave you more -- that is the true meaning of hospitality.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

from the day we arrived to departure it was a perfect vacation. the staff is outstanding, the views are breathtaking and the location was ideal. i would definately go back again.

  • Stayed October 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

The first thing l loved about the hotel was the valet parking service. After two hours on mountain roads the width of a matchstick, I was panicked about where we would park the car once we got to the hotel. No problem. As soon as we pulled up, the valet service took over and we were free to check in. Do not underestimate this feature if you are travelling to Amalfi.
The room was spectacular. Clean, large, with great furniture and the views were breathtaking. You cannot take a bad picture. The pool was great, but be warned, it's FREEZING. It's actual sea water pumped in twice a day, so no heat but also no chlorine which is great. The pool area views and chairs are incredible and the service top notch.
My only complaint was our room was situated underneath the main lobby which meant we got a fair bit of noise at night until midnight. My recommendation would be to book a room in one of the towers to avoid the noise.
Location was perfect within walking distance to the town.

  • Stayed May 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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Europe
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

This July me and my husband took a trip in Italy, started very nicely in Sicily. I checked on the internet and I decided that Santa Caterina Amalfi Hotel look like the right place to stop for 3 nights: luxury, with beach and nice services. I have booked on the internet the room and ask my assistant to keep the contact at the front desk in order to receive what we have booked – a front sea view room, INSIDE THE HOTEL, main building. At the day of check-in, we arrive late, around 10pm and let know the peoples from the front desk that we will arrive late (many phone calls) starting with the morning, in order to don’t have any surprise. At the check in, an old guy with a “fake” face take our documents and assured us that we get the room we booked. He took an elevator and went with us underground, then out of the hotel. We asked again about our request to stay into the main building, because of some health issues, which not allowed us to walk long distances many times on a day. He assured us that was very close and kept walking… then entered, after a long ride, in a kind of service aria (look like!!!) and start going down, to the underground, on some very small stairs. We asked him to stop, explaining that we cannot agree to stay there, after our precise request. But he said that he doesn’t have any room left that was the only one, in one of the villas. We asked to stay for the first night in any type of room, with any view, and next day to solve the matter. The guy said that they have no availability, so it is a take’ it or live’ it situation. I don’t know if you experienced that kind of speech, polite but contemptuously, that kind of approach “too professional” and full of disgust, like “let’s teach you about the what you can get” on your money!!!! Our trip was killed instantly, we choose to go, not to stay, and we left and went to another five stars hotel for the night. The most disgusting thing is that we have discussed with the guy about not charging to us any money and he guaranteed that it is no problem, BUT AFTER FEW MONTHS, CHECKING MY CREDIT CARD STATEMENT, THEY CHARGED ONE NIGHT!! I asked myself if It was a problem of misunderstanding, or is how they are treating the guests, actually thieving them!!! I wrote to the hotel about this issue and the General Manager apologized after understanding correctly the problem and we get a settlement. So, solved after all, but the bad experience and the bitter taste can't be wiped out... Hopefully, others will be luckier... Or it was a missunderstanding, after all, who knows...

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010

My husband and I just returned from two weeks in Capri/Amalfi/Sicily. Ourk three night stay on the Amalfi Coast was Santa Caterina. It was our only disappointment on the trip. The hotel is beautiful - public areas, dining room, beach; however, that did not make up for the room were were "assigned" ! I had book online using their website. A superior double with full sea view. It was not the bottom room catagorey but not a suite. We were told at check in that we had been "upgraded" to a garden room with jazzuzi! I said no, not garden view, sea view. He said yes, sea view. We rode to the bottom level and out a door through grass, stone and dampness up "fire escape type" stairs to our upgrade!! Mostliy garden view with the sea in the background. I prostested that this was not what we booked or expected and was told that was all that was available. Thirty minutes later when I was showering to cool off!! He reappeared and took mly husband to see another room,. My husband declined that room telling me that it had been dark, beside the road and noisy but with a better view. I would never recommend this hotel to anyone. We went on the stay in fabulous Leading Hotels of the World hotels in Sicily that help sooth the Amalfi experience. Charlotte NC

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#1 Family 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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Santa Caterina Amalfi
Hotel Santa Caterina

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