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.
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