We stayed in the hotel's Amalfitana Suite in June 2010. We cannot say enough good things about this hotel -- the hospitality and helpfulness of the staff (especially the proprietess, Miss Josie, pronounced "juicy"), the fantastic location, the family-friendly atmosphere and beautiful views made this a near-perfect hotel for us. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and delicious fresh fruit. The room was kept immaculate by the cleaning staff during our stay. Our children were warmly received and always made to feel welcome. The only negative we can offer is with respect to the mattresses -- the king-sized mattress in particular was the hardest and most uncomfortable mattress we have ever experienced.
The beach is conveniently located just steps from the hotel and was busy with mainly Italian and European families. The water was crystal clear -- beautiful! Our children had a great time swimming and the hotel kindly provides beach towels.
This hotel does not have a restaurant, but it does have a bar menu and the portions are certainly as big as any you would find in a restaurant! Caprese salad, pasta, etc. is available and Miss Josie's husband is the cook. He also makes the breakfast -- delicious! Restaurant Eolo downstairs is owned by Miss Josie's daughter and was easily the best meal we had in Italy -- we highly recommend it for the food and the atmosphere.
We were lucky to be in Amalfi during the Feast of St. Andrea, the patron saint of the town. The people of Amalfi know how to celebrate! Processions, bands, fireworks...a lot of fun, so consider yourself fortunate if your trip coincides with one of their holidays. The Hotel Marina Riviera has the best view of the fireworks in all of Amalfi.
One word of caution about shopping for pottery in Amalfi: You should consider packing and shipping it yourself. We purchased pottery at a shop in Amalfi and it was poorly packed; two pieces were broken beyond repair and the shop would not help when I called them. FedEx was excellent about reimbursing us for the lost merchandise, but it was really the shop's fault, not FedEx's. We did purchase pottery from another shop in Ravello and it was packed well and arrived in one piece. We would also recommend Positano for shopping. (Capri and Positano are easily reached by water taxi from Amalfi.)
Enjoy your trip to Amalfi and I hope you stay at the Hotel Marina Riviera!!
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