My husband and I got married at Hotel Marina Riviera (HMR) and it was truly perfect. I'll describe what we experienced in two parts: the first will describe our experience with our hotel stay; the second will focus on our experience with wedding ceremony that we performed on the hotel's roof terrace.
Part 1: The Hotel Stay
Service: The service was truly exceptional. I can't stress this enough. Everyone on the staff is genuinely friendly and helpful. This came in particularly handy as we approached our wedding day, but more on that later.
The hotel is located in the town of Amalfi (on the Amalfi coast) and is just down the street (3 minute walk) from the town center. The center is where the ferry station, bus station, and beach are all located. Just across the street from all of that is a strip that houses the majority of shops and restaurants in Amalfi. In short, HMR is a short walk from anything most travellers would want to be close to. The hotel also happens to be situated on a piece of land that juts out onto the ocean a bit. The result is absolutely stunning ocean/cliff views from the hotel.
We stayed in a room with a balcony and one of those aforementioned stunning views. The room and hotel in general is clean and beautiful. The view from the room, however, is a real differentiator. Waking up each morning, opening up your balcony door at the sound of crashing waves and sitting on a private balcony with a full on view of the Amalfi coast is not a bad way to spend a couple of vacation days.
Breakfast was included in our stay and it was delicious. It consisted of an assortment of pastries, chef’s specials of the day (egg based and other cooked items), antipasto, several beverage options, including cappuccinos. Not to mention, the breakfast terrace is super nice with some (you guessed it) awesome views. Wi-fi is included and in addition, they have a nice desktop in the lobby you can use.
Part 2: The Wedding Planning
The hotel staff was instrumental in pulling off what my husband and I consider to be our dream wedding. Everyone was so supportive and patient from the beginning all the way up to the ‘I do’. The staff was accessible and responsive to every request (recommending an officiant and hairdresser, setting up on the wedding day, providing appetizers and drinks for wedding guests, facilitating transportation from hotel to reception sight, etc.). I did all of my planning via email and phone from the States and thanks to the service at HMR, I can say that my wedding planning was overall stress-free.
The wedding ceremony took place on the top floor terrace. It is gorgeous up there; I’ll leave it at that. See the photos attached.
In summary, our entire experience at HMR was exceptional. My husband and I just got back from Italy and already we’re eager to go back and stay at Hotel Marina Rivera. It is an awesome hotel with an outstanding staff and phenomenal views.