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“Arrived as a Miss and left as a Mrs!” 5 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 #23 of 31 hotels in Amalfi
Copenhagen, Denmark
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Arrived as a Miss and left as a Mrs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We spent a week in Amalfi for our wedding in June. I was in email contact with Mena for many months planning the menu, rooms, hairdresser-everthing! She was always very attentive and helpful.
The hotel is in a great location within easy walking distance to the cathedral. The rooms were clean and authentic with lovely tiled floors. All the staff we met were friendly and accommodating. We booked a Prestige room and had a view of the harbour. Lots of comments mention the noise, but we didn’t hear anything worth complaining about. The jacuzzi was great! Our guests stayed in Class A rooms and there was no problem even if they are a little on the smaller side but they had a balcony.
Our wedding dinner was just absolutely perfect. There was so much great food. Our wedding cake was just out of this world! The breakfast is your typical continental but lovely coffee. There is a huge roof terrace which is a great place to have a drink and admire the view.
I would recommend the hotel as a place to stay while in Amalfi, but also as a great place to host your wedding reception.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

my husband and I stayed at Hotel la Bussola for 9 nights in September 2013 for our honeymoon. the location near the harbor could not have been better. it was very easy to catch the bus and ferries to travel to other coastal cities. we did day trips to positano, maiori, minori, ravello, salerno, vietri sul mare, and capri, and with the assistsnce of the front desk staff, this couldn't have been easier. most people spoke English which was great.
the rooms themselves were clean although the décor and size of room could have been better due to our American standards! the beds were comfortable, the included breakfast was good and offered options, and the staff was so friendly!

Room Tip: definitely get the sea view room! the harbor is beautiful, though it was loud at night...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Amalfi, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The hotel was located in an excellent location, and the staff overall worked hard to make sure that your needs were accommodated. I would recommend this place to others, and would stay here again should the opportunity arise. They do try to steer you toward certain things that I think they get a commission on, so beware. Overall it is a good place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask for front or side rooms with view of the sea.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Telluride, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a nice hotel in a wonderful setting. Our sea facing room, plus partial view for the kids looked great and the trip started wonderfully...until we tried the air conditioning during a major heat wave. Generally we skip the AC but it was hot and as the night progressed, some terrible smells that seemed to be raw sewage filled our second room. The night clerk was great and tried everything but to no avail. When we advised the day manager that our family of five crammed into the one room to avoid the stench, he seemed indifferent. I totally get problems in August in Europe but the service was bad and the options presented were not great (e.g. move your kids to another floor). After another night they eventually found a smaller room on the same floor. So if it is hot, and your an AC type of person, beware. If not, great spot, stunning town and the swimming platform is a real gem on a busy day.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are worth it but our AC problems came on the South side of the building (i.e. away f...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

I stayed with a friend of mine at this place. Location is superb and the service is great. The people at the hotel were really friendly. Breakfast could have been a bit better, but that's a minor detail.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I love this place! The warm family-feel, the perfect location – what else does one need in Amalfi. Hotel La Bussola was the 4th and final stop during our European stay. We researched dozens of hotels. Our Amalfi requirements: Location, Location, Location -- a nice place in town, on the beach, easy to book tours, with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, free breakfast and most of all, A DEAD-ON SEA VIEW...Check!

It was enough that the list above was met but the folks running the hotel were so COOL. They were flexible with tour assistance and even allowed us to pay for tours by credit card (not all hotels did this).

And for those challenged by the vertical nature of Amalfi, aka all those dang steps…Hotel La Bussola is perfect. It lies on one of the few flat spots on the Mediterranean allowing your car service to drop you off at the door, and it’s just down the street from the SITA bus hub. La Bussola even has a swimming platform for hotel guests only.

Important: Sidewalks are important and lacking in Amalfi. Italian drivers are intense (aka crazy). Hotel La Bussola’s entrance has a crosswalk which leads to a nice strolling sidewalk that runs along a portion of the Mediterranean Sea so you’re not dodging cars in the street. This is important if you have kids and/or are walking impaired.

Amalfi is stunning. Don’t waste time booking a place that doesn’t meet your wish list. You’ll regret it.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The hotel sits right on the sea front and has lovely views over the marina. The a/c in our room didn't work properly so it wasn't very comfortable and generally I'd say that it is a bit dated. It was very noisy as well.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
La Bussola Amalfi
La Bussola Hotel
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 On the Beach Hotel in Amalfi
#9 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#9 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#24 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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