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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 #21 of 30 hotels in Amalfi
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous position”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012 via mobile

Being across the road from the shoreline, the rooms have an excellent view of the shore and out to sea from their balconies. The room was clean and well furnished, charming but not modern. If you like hard beds (fairly typical of Italy), it would be perfect. The staff were friendly and the owner has a delightful sense of humour. We would certainly stay there again.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We stayed 5 nights at La Bussola. The location couldn't have been better, very close to the coastal centre of Amalfi, near transportation, seaside view, yet far enough that there was no annoyance from the bustle of people, buses, etc. Breakfast every morning was typical Italian selections. The staff was friendly and their advice on attractions and transportation options helped us make informed decisions on what we did and how we got there. The rooms were immaculate and housekeeping thorough.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

LA Bussola is one of the best hotels in the amalfi region. You will not be able to find any other place with a room with an amazing view of the entire ocean. The staff is friendly and polite. The wi-fi on your computer / handheld device is expense, but you are most welcome to use a computer in the lobby. Though the rooms are small, but are neat and clean with prompt staff who will clean in your absence.

Room Tip: Take the room with the full sea view... it is worth the extra money...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

I stayed at this hotel five years ago and loved it. I had no second thought of making this my home in Amalfi again for my return trip a few years later. The staff is still wonderful - so very helpful on everything from restaurant recommendations to travel along the coast - they continue to just be so accommodating and friendly at every turn. It does break my heart to say that the property needs some updating. While my room was clean there just are some issues that I hope they get resolved soon around the property - some cracks in walls and holes in the ceiling tiles and just general updates that need to be made. This was a good prepay value but there are better quality properties in the city itself. And - with the bus system you really can stay in any city along the Amalfi Coast and have easy transportation to the Amalfi Coast and have easy transportation to any other city or location along the coast. One note - the wireless internet does not work. The hotel does provide a computer in the lobby for free - which is nice. The breakfast is included and was very good by Italian hotel standards in my opinion.

Room Tip: There are rooms with larger balconies in the center of the hotel. This also is along a popular walk...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Great location...short level walk from ferry...private swimming area (dock, not beach). Modern conveniences. A bit large and lacking in personal attention if that is important to you. Great rooftop deck where you can have drinks delivered from the bar or bring your own pizza & wine for dinner. The room had a sweeping view of the sea. The only bad taste was that they did not honor the Rick Steves discount. They told me I was getting an upgrade instead of the Rick Steves discount, but my room rate was the same as posted on the door.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jo55, Manager at Hotel la Bussola, responded to this review, April 7, 2012
Dear Sir
We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in Amalfi. As you say our Hotel has a great location ...short level walk from ferry...private swimming area, we are glad you underline this.
We deeply apologize about the Rick Steve's discount, there has been a misunderstanding as we always apply this discount. We will do all the best to make your next stay with us the must confortable one, should you return to La Bussola in a near future.
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

My wife and i stayed here for 2 nights. It is clean, good food, fast free internet and nice views of Amalfi. Unfortunately no in room tea or coffee making, this I feel is a must have in my opinion. The only fault I found was that the staff were a little bit cold and stand offish. Helpful when asked but not forth coming. If we ever return to Amalfi we will stay here for sure.

Room Tip: If you have a room that is facing Amalfi don't have your window open early in the morning. The l...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

We are a mature couple and stayed in La Bussola Hotel in Amalfi for 2 weeks last June. It was a holiday to remember for all the right reasons. The hotel was comfortable and it had all we were looking for, good food a friendly atmosphere and a nice old fashioned room which was very clean and which met all our requirements. We had a great view from our room which was right at the front of the hotel. You could see the whole harbour and little beach and there was a passing scene of people going up and down the prom all the time. It could be a little noisy at night but it was just people enjoying themselves and it stopped soon after midnight most nights.
The hotel had quite a few guests who stay there every year and who were very friendly and chatted to us a lot so we always felt at home. Outside across the street there was a private platform belonging to the hotel on which we sat in deck chairs with umbrellas or swam in the clear green sea by way of a ladder.

Amalfi is a very central location from which you can reach Capri by ferry or go up or down the coast to Sorrento and other stunning locations by bus. The feast of St Andrew was celebrated while we were there and there were processions, bands, fireworks. cannons booming and big crowds all great fun.

If you make your way up the little streets ( its very steep) overlooking the town especially before the sun sets the view of the whole town and harbour is breathtaking. There is also lovely small villages which can be reached by climbing up steep steps on both sides of the town where you can stop have a drink and a rest before climbing down again. All very scenic and enjoyable but you would have to be quite fit as its a good climb. In fact the only fault I could find with Amalfi is that its quite hilly and not suitable for anyone with poor mobility.


It was a lovely holiday and we would love to go again.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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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:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#8 On the Beach 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*
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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