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“Expensive for what it is but it is Amalfi!” 3 of 5 stars
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Miramalfi Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Salvatore Quasimodo 3, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #19 of 30 Hotels in Amalfi
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Expensive for what it is but it is Amalfi!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

Hi
We struggled to decide whether to stay in Positano or Amalfi. We're glad we went for Amalfi. Positano is gorgeous but very busy and touristy. Amalfi is a bit more laid back and smaller with better opportunities to stay in a hotel with more drammatic views.

The Miramalfi has a number of selling points - it's location/view of the coastline set up on the mountainside and the sunbathing platforms, pool (which was cold and not that inviting actually) and ability to swim in the sea from the platform. Also, the outdoor terrace in the dining room is superb for breakfast with incredible views. Perhaps this is what you're paying for.

Breakfasts by the way are ok. Scrambled eggs are superb. Coffee perfect. Toaster is one of those revolving conveyor types where oddly you need to reinsert your bread 3 times to get it toasted with any browning and literally takes 5 mins. You won't bother in the end. So, recommendation to this hotel - go get a normal toaster! It's such a petty point I know but it's annoying when you've paid this much. No fresh fruit at all! Absolutely incredible in this climate. Tinned peaches and prunes were on offer which you'd have been happy with if there was a war on! No fresh fruit juice. Diluted sweet concentrate which was gross. It's these touches which can make a huge difference,

The table service for coffee etc is reminiscent of Fawlty Towers - you'll know exactly what I mean when you get there. But maybe this is all part of it's charm!!

Lunch - well it feels like there's been a fire alarm and everyone's exited the hotel - no one's around and pretty much non-existent other than a very expensive cordon blue menu in the restaurant which looked closed - no one in there, or a snack menu in the outside small terrace by reception which was very very limited to a sandwich for 9 euros - again no guests in sight unsurprisingly. To be fair they are building a new pizza restaurant on the level below which looks superb with a great terrace and opens soon, so that solves the lunch problem.

Room - freshly decorated, very clean, bathroom perfectly clean and fresh with a great power shower and side jets. Definitely go for a superior room as you get good furniture on the much larger balcony and sunbeds. Only Italian channels on the tv but who watches tv on holiday...controversial!

We specifically asked for a double bed and they told me they only do 2 singles pushed together when we got there which really did have a big gap in between even when squeezed togeter and tightened the sheets - the gap woke me up regularly on each of the 3 nights we were there, I know this is not unusual in Italy but not in a hotel at these tariffs.

Other major issue is the noise at night! The walls must be paper thin. Voices easily heard, chairs scratching the floors all over the hotel. Proper impact sound problem and obviously no sound insulation incorporated in the hotel when it was built. Pretty shabby actually and we both didn't get very good night's sleep. You would expect this sort of noise etc at night in say a 2 or 3 star travelodge budget hotel (I've stayed in loads and had much better nights sleep in more comfortable beds and no noise at all on any of those occassions).

The rest of the hotel is freshly decorated, design is dated, could do with a real modernisation to match the room rates.

We stayed in late May and the room got very hot and stuffy when we were there. Opened the sliding doors ok but didn't want the vermin coming in at night. We thought our air conditioning was broken but when I asked reception they said the system was still on heating! What! This hotel specifically advertises air conditioning on its website. So, we were properly annoyed about that. It was mid to late 20 deg C when we were there. Unbelievable! It was like going back to the 70's staying in a hotel in eastern europe.

Reception staff were v friendly and v helpful. No quibbles there.

Shuttle bus to and from Amalfi is a figment of their imagination - we never saw it in action and waited for it to go anywhere one night and the manager came up and took us instead himself in to town which was a very nice touch.

In general terms, Amalfi is amazing, great restaurants in town, def go to Gemmas. Go and stay in Hotel Villa Fraulo in RAVELLO, now that is how a hotel should be. We went there afterwards, absolutely superb.

So, you have to pay 300-400 pounds a night min to get good luxury in Amalfi, such as at the grand hotel convento just down the road from miramalfi. However, I do think you have to realise these hotels are trading off their views only.

The walk from miramalfi in to town is great, views brilliant, bit hairy walking along the windy roads but it's not for far as you fork off down a path and nose your way around the cliffs and then down about 230 steps to the harbour. Works up your hunger and thirst. On the way back the route up the steps through the gardens closes at 9pm, so check with recpetion on the slightly different route otherwise it's the windy narrow road all the way back. Takes about 15 mins but helps your food go down.

All in all, apart from the niggles, we had a great time and loved our holiday.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from a short break in amalfi staying at the Miramalfi hotel. The location of the hotel makes it very easy to walk into town whilst affording spectacular views of the coastline. We had booked half board and were not sure what the food was going to be like but we were in for a treat - the food served at dinnertime was some of the best food I have ever tasted and the staff in the restaurant were friendly, flamboyant and made us feel special. Our only disappointment with the hotel was the bathroom in our room which could do with a bit of updating. Apart from that I would thoroughly recommend the Miramalfi hotel as somewhere special to stay.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

The views from this hotel in my opinion are the best in Amalfi, certainly much better than the other hotels. It is a short walk from the centre, however as someone has previously mentioned you don't need to walk along the main road, there are steps along the cliff. There's also a shuttle bus from the hotel a couple of times a day.
The food was good - we were half board and the restaurant staff were fantastic. The reception staff were not as friendly but still helpful. When we arrived there was confusion on our meal basis, we had paid for half board but they thought we were B&B, we had to wait 3 days for it to be resolved, it seems the manager is only part time.
We booked a superior double but really didn't look superior, it was clean and basic but the best thing was the view from the balcony. The hydro-massage bath didn't work and there was only 1 english channel - CNN. We booked a double but they were 2 twin beds were pushed together with a distinctive gap in the middle, a little uncomfortable.
All in all I think that it was a bit expensive for what it was, but it seems all the hotels in Amalfi are expensive, I think you're paying for the location and view and not the room quality. I would recommend staying at this hotel if you don't plan on spending much time in your room.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

We spent a really memorable time at the Miramalfi a wonderful hotel which is built on the side of the cliff overlooking Amalfi harbour,to eat your meals on the terrace directly above Amalfi was an experience straight from a dream. The hotel laid on an Italian barbecue which was course after course of exquisite Italian food served in an alternative dining room which was lit by large candles in holders attached to the posts supporting the roof once again overlooking Amalfi harbour.
The hotel swimming pool was reached by a lift which decended through the actual cliff and the pool was accessed via a tunnel from the lift to the walkway around the pool.
All rooms have balconies which overlook Amalfi harbour.
The most memorable meal was ''Mussel soup''in actual fact it was a large bowl full to the brim with succulent mussels-----exquisite--.and not to be missed.
Trips To Sorrento and Ravello on the local bus are a must but not for the timid as the sheer drops from the road to the sea are fearsome and the drivers have no nerves

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  • Stayed September 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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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

We stayed here for two nights and the hotel is a pleasure to stay in. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the room fresh, clean and with a wonderful balcony view over the sea. Free shuttle bus into town was useful and we ate in the restaurant one night where the food was average for ok. Amalfi and the coast is stunningly beautiful, but the bus ride along the coast road to Sorrento is not for the faint hearted!!

  • Stayed April 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

Rooms: We had a spacious room, with a balcony overlooking the sea with stunning views of Amalfi. It was a joy to wake up to this view every day and really made the holiday special. Bathroom was lovely too (though no bath).

Staff: Friendly and helpful, but nothing special, particularly for a 4-star hotel. Not sure about all the rave reviews about the staff.

Location: It was a just over 10min to town, but the walk involved walking along the main road - it wasn't pleasant trying to dodge traffic, particularly at night. Not the most convenient of locations, but then again the advantage of this location was the stunning view of Amalfi town. In case it isn't clear, from the main square where the buses stop, you have to take the main road uphill going in the direction of Positano. You will have to walk through two tunnels, and the hotel is another 5 min uphill after the 2nd tunnel.

Breakfast: basic, the normal cold meats and cheese.

Value: Think it was a bit pricey for what is was

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Brick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

We stayed with friends at the Hotel Miramalfi for almost a week. The hotel is beautiful. Very modern European look and feel with views that are breathtaking. It is built into the side of a cliff overlooking the water. All our rooms were directly facing the water with lovely balconies. Stunning to watch the sun come up in the morning and the moon in the evening. Room was nicely appointed (except, as in all of Italy - no tissues), beds comfortable, modern bathrooms. Wait staff was friendly and accomodating. Great choice for a home base to explore the Amalfi coast. Breakfast every morning in a beautiful dining room overlooking the water. Relaxing and welcoming. Bella

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Via Salvatore Quasimodo 3, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#17 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Miramalfi Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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