We decided to spend some time in Italy and Sicily using local transport and a ferry. Arriving in Naples we took the bus to Sorrento where we spent a few pleasant days, and then took to bus to Amalfi. Travelling this way you start thinking 'will the Hotel be easy to find when we arrive ?'. In this case the answer is Yes. The bus journey took about 1.75 hours twisting and turning and going up and down through some wonderful scenery along the Amalfi coast. The problem for quite a few on the bus was the 'twisting and turning and going up and down' - many felt travel sick, so be aware of this. From the approach road down into Amalfi we saw our Hotel (the name La Bussola was painted in large letters on its roof). The bus stopped at its terminus in the Square from where it weas a 200 yards walk to the Hotel which was still in sight - so no problems locating it.
The Hotel is situated on a fairly narrow road on the sea front with really good views out to sea. A short walk further down takes you to the harbour wall. Many kiosks are situated here from where you can hire a boat to take you sight-seeing along the coast, along with various eateries. Back to the Square and the town centre there are other eateries, taxis, scheduled buses, boat trips and local Tourist buses which take you to any of a number of interesting places to visit. These were quite reasonably priced at €3 euros a trip per person. Off the Square are streets packed with places to shop, eat, drink and generally do some sight-seeing. Amalfi is a place worth visiting, but be aware that September seems to be the season when the flies appear (this was also true of Sorrento) - dining outside can be a bit of nuisance as constantly swatting flies increases substantially the danger of you knocking your glass of wine off the table.
The Hotel itself was a mixed bag. Excellent location but our room, although overlooking the sea, was dark, small and dingy. By removing the trestle for the suitcase and standing it on end in the wardrobe we increased the available space. Then we put the chairs out on the balcony to increase it some more. The bathroom was an accident waiting to happen. The shower cubicle had sliding doors which did not slide properly, and it was so close to the toilet that using the latter resulted in you catching your heels on the shower tray and descending much faster than you intended. Other rooms we passed did appear to be bright and airy, so perhaps we should have asked to swap - but for a 3 night stay we let it rest.
The Bar was a different story. Clean and spacious with comfortable seating and a good selection. The spirits were hand-poured, the measures were generous, and the prices were very reasonable.
We had breakfast only in the restaurant. It was spacious, but the choice of food was limited even for a continental breakfast, but worse than that were the flies on and around the bread and croissants. It really needed to be in some plastic or glass storage units.
If I was to go to Amalfi again I would choose a different time of the year, but would only stay at La Bussola having requested and confirmed the type of room I was staying in, but would probably give breakfast a miss.
- Also Known As:
- La Bussola Amalfi
- La Bussola Hotel
- 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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