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“Great Seafront Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel la Bussola
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungomare dei Cavalieri di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme, 16, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #20 of 30 Hotels in Amalfi
Marlow, United Kingdom
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43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Great Seafront Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We stayed here for 7 nights on a Page & Moy organised tour. The hotel is on a quiet road with its own bathing platform right on the marina. The main coast road is immediately behind & above the hotel and was occasionally noisy at night. The centre of Amalfi is just a 5 minute walk and buses & boat docks are even closer. Our 2nd floor room was dated but our balcony had great views of the town and constant boat action. Beds were very comfortable and maid service was faultless. Unusually the mini bar prices were reasonable, beer 3e, 1/2 bottle of wine 6e, juice 2e. We thought the room safe was a bit much at 3e per night. Breakfast was ok but there was just one toast machine and a tiny egg boiler for DIY use. You paid extra for omelettes. Dinner was also ok but choices ran out even when arriving at 8pm (service until 9)Service was good though and the staff were pleasant. Overall we were happy with hotel.

Room Tip: We liked our room no. 235
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

An old style hotel with large rooms and character, all with balconies. Close to old town. helpful staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

Location is excellent: right next to the water and very close to the old town of Amalfi.
We stayed in the prestige room for 200 euros per night. Although the room was clean, the decor was very dated and we felt the room was not worth the price. We were given a so-so room at first and asked to change. We were accomodated though.
The hotel is advertising that it is a 4 star hotel but the rating (and the price) should be revised to a 3 star. The staff at the reception were not friendly and did not exhibit the diligence that one would expect from a 4 star hotel. The breakfast was very limited. Also, lots of bus tours seemed to stop there which is also not a sign that this is a 4 star hotel.

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

We stayed here for a week in May 2011 in a "standard" grade room on the first floor (USA; second floor). The location is fantastic, right next to the centre of Amalfi, close to buses and ferries. We ate in the restaurant every night, and were very happy with the food and the attentive service (other reviewers don't like the food, but we found it to be of very good quality and reasonably priced). Our room opened on to a small private sun-terrace with chairs and tables, which was lovely for sitting and relaxing, with a great view. The standard of cleanliness seemed to be good. However, the room itself was very small for two people, and got rather cluttered with all our things. The worst feature was the shower, which was absolutely tiny: so tiny that taking a shower was actually quite difficult (bending down to pick anything up off the floor was difficult due to lack of space!). I feel they could easily remove the bidet and install a larger shower instead - an overweight person would not have been able to use that shower at all.

Also, they charge extra for every little thing, such as 2 euros for 30 minutes of access to the wi-fi Internet (which is exensive) and it's only available in the public areas.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

i stayed in thishotel on weekend for a night in off season. the price was great and we were lucky since they have just renewed the rooms. the rooms was clean, and facilities are just good enough. ask for a roomwith view. the breakfast is included and was quite modest.

can not say many thing since the hotel was empty and it was off season very quiet.

there is a small parking facility behind the hotel.

Room Tip: rooms with the view on the corners of the hotel
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  • Stayed March 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

Last minute decision to stay in Amalfi after coastal drive. We ended up at the Bus Terminal which is sea front looking for a place to stay & looked up to see a hotel sign at far end, we stopped to ask for vacancy & were pleased to have a beautiful room on 3rd floor sea view with balcony & gorgeous view. Staff were pleasant & accomodating, as it is a family run business. The town of Amalfi is short walk through the chaotic bus terminal but very lovely. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed April 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingen, Australia
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

We were travelling in a small group as part of a trip with Appian Lines of Rome.
We were to stay at the 4 Star Excelsior in Amalfi just out of town,
The La Bussola Hotel is at best a 3 star Hotel.
It is very dated circa 1970s although it is spotlessly clean.
When we arrived we were allocated a room on the second floor. We entered the room to find it was already occupied and not cleaned with underwear and baggage strewn about. Fortunately the occupants were not active.
We were then allocated a corner of the building room on a higher level with a nice outlook.
Its saving grace is the excellent location, with the beautiful outlook over the small harbour. Also close to shopping , Transport and village.
Using it as a base whilst visiting Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello is quite good.
The rooms are pretty basic,although, as mentioned, the view certainly is very good.
The shower in our room was only 80cm by 80cm with an opening of around 45cm
Others had shower over bath.
During summer this would be a nice spot for a bit of swimming and sunbaking directly across the road from the Hotel.
The package that we had included breakfast and dinner.
I would not recommend the Dinner inclusion it was dreadful. The breakfast was the same day after day, cheese, cereal, toast, ham. Awful coffee unless you can have "coffee milk" which is a type of latte served in a tall glass and hot.
All in all I would recommend the hotel to be used solely as a base. As there are many nice little cafes only 200 metres away these would be far better for meals and half the cost for far better food is some incentive.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lungomare dei Cavalieri di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme, 16, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Amalfi
#8 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#9 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel la Bussola 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rooms with balcony front sea view, air conditioning, parking, good restaurant, Meeting Rooms, American bar, lifts, roof-garden solarium. Well-positioned, in centre of Amalfi, on the Promenade, along the sea. In a quiet, panoramic location, few yards from the Cathedral Square, and the harbour from where every morning several steamers leave to Positano, Capri, Naples and Salerno. Open all year round. ... more   less 
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La Bussola Amalfi
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